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no pics on this computer but I'll try to get some up

IWC 3706 on croc

IWC MK XV (the old style) white face on buffalo w/deployment

Omega Speedmaster Moony w/hesalite on steel band

Rolex Sub date 16110

Panerai 111H on a few, I like the rubber/deplyment and black croc w/buckle

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Lots of stuff going on, here are my thoughts:

 

1. Newcomer: I too enjoy the discussions we have here now. Just hope we don't get smacked down by gdl203 for straying from his original intent too much lookaround.gif Congrats on the 10k mark too!

 

2. Cuttingboard: I wouldn't get too hung up on the idea of resale value. It's one thing if you like a particular Rolex, but I don't think you should make a decision based solely on that factor (a good article on the subject: http://www.chronocentric.com/watches/buyersguide.shtml#resale). It does sound as if you want a piece for the long haul, and the master control series is an excellent choice. I do think the overall aesthetic of the master control series is "classy" whereas a chronograph strikes me as a sportier complication (more on this point below...)

 

 

3. kngspook: Both of those are excellent choices for versatile watches (I think the watch snob wrote about that and those are 2 of the 4 he mentioned). I can shed some light on the dress watch front as my first and only real watch is the MUT Moon 39, and I am in the market for a more versatile/sporty watch now (submariner, speedmaster pro, zenith el primero 38mm). I can't say I am upset with my decision though. Since it was a gift from my wife for our wedding I wanted something formal (thus anything sporty was out of the question, so was swapping/reselling it at a later date). It took me a year to settle upon it (enough time to let any fad choices pass through my system). I guess what I am trying to say is, take your time if you are looking to buy a piece you are going to keep for the rest of your life. I would avoid the chronograph in the master control series simply because there are many beautiful chronographs out there (ones with more history too), but there are very few reasonably priced, elegant dress watches as other master control watches (and I don't see myself buying two master control watches for my collection).

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Originally Posted by Shikar View Post

1968, one owner, all original down to the insert...finally got one.
Regards.
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Awesome watch. Enjoy.

-LR
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When I'm feeling flashy:

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Originally Posted by Arthur PE View Post

no pics on this computer but I'll try to get some up
IWC 3706 on croc
IWC MK XV (the old style) white face on buffalo w/deployment
Omega Speedmaster Moony w/hesalite on steel band
Rolex Sub date 16110
Panerai 111H on a few, I like the rubber/deplyment and black croc w/buckle

Those are some very nice choices -

But then, I'm a little biased (Click to show)
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I like simple watches, but the Speedy and 3706 are probably my favourite chronographs - well done smile.gif
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When I'm feeling flashy...

 

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Great article Cylon, thank you very much!

I currently own a vintage Omega De Ville (1st pic) as a dress/formal watch that I wear to work a couple times a week and because its in pristine condition, I only want to wear it on special occasions. Therefore, I'm looking for a watch that can pull double duty with a suit or jeans. I have another vintage Omega manual wind with sub-second dial at 6 o'clock that gets some action during the week also.

Choice 1a is an IWC Portugese Automatic 7-Day (2nd pic) and 1b is the JLC Master Control (3rd & 4th pic). I haven't been able to find exact pricing on the IWC or JLC but from what I understand, the JLC is no longer in production so I may be able to get a better price. I'm not in a hurry to buy, since the watch will be a present to myself for a possible promotion at work this spring.

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I think both your choices are lovely. Most of the time I am underwhelmed by IWC, but the 7-day Portuguese is absolutely amazing. You should be able to pick up a JLC master control calendar cheaper than that though.

 

Also consider the Blancpain Villeret Moonphase in 38mm or 40mm. The aesthetic is similar to the JLC master control calendar, though instead of the bland looking small second hand at 6oclock, you get a moonphase complication of which you may know i am already a fan biggrin.gif (though I still don't know how I feel about the personified moon).

 

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I would also take a second look at the two new offerings from JLC, the Master RdM, and the new Reverso Calendar that WarrenG, Newcomer and I have spoken of previously.

 

 


Edited by Cylon - 1/22/12 at 9:03pm
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Originally Posted by kngspook View Post

 

The other idea is to just give up completely on the versatility front, and go for the dressier watch that will get less wear, and with that, the need for durability becomes less, and then get some really nice in that space (like a JLC Ultra Thin, Ultra Moon, or Master Chronograph).

 

Thoughts?

 

Sorry kngspook I realize after re-reading my response to you and Cuttingboard, I leaned to answering Cuttingboard in the paragraph I had devoted to you. To return: I love my MUT, even moreso as the days go by, but you are right in that I would prefer not to wear it every day. If I had to choose again, though, I would probably make the same decision. I don't know if you are looking for an heirloom/timeless piece, or something that catches your eye in the moment. I think that is the most important question to ask in the first instance, then all other question flow from there.

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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

Those are some very nice choices - But then, I'm a little biased (Click to show)
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I like simple watches, but the Speedy and 3706 are probably my favourite chronographs - well done smile.gif

Very very nice.
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That Blancpain Moonphase is absolutely wonderful. I love it. I am such a sucker for Moonphase complications.

Also, I was thinking, maybe we should form a new discussion thread that we can shamelessly bump and not continue to tarnish the p0rn thread smile.gif. I am working on coming up with a post right now, and will likely post it in the forum tomorrow so that it does not die! Good idea Cyclon.
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Also consider this new not-yet release from Blancpain:

 

http://www.blancpain.com/en/news/pre-baselworld-2012

 

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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Great article Cylon, thank you very much!
I currently own a vintage Omega De Ville (1st pic) as a dress/formal watch that I wear to work a couple times a week and because its in pristine condition, I only want to wear it on special occasions. Therefore, I'm looking for a watch that can pull double duty with a suit or jeans. I have another vintage Omega manual wind with sub-second dial at 6 o'clock that gets some action during the week also.
Choice 1a is an IWC Portugese Automatic 7-Day (2nd pic) and 1b is the JLC Master Control (3rd & 4th pic). I haven't been able to find exact pricing on the IWC or JLC but from what I understand, the JLC is no longer in production so I may be able to get a better price. I'm not in a hurry to buy, since the watch will be a present to myself for a possible promotion at work this spring.
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Love this, is it in white gold or steel ?
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Originally Posted by Cylon View Post

 

Sorry kngspook I realize after re-reading my response to you and Cuttingboard, I leaned to answering Cuttingboard in the paragraph I had devoted to you. To return: I love my MUT, even moreso as the days go by, but you are right in that I would prefer not to wear it every day. If I had to choose again, though, I would probably make the same decision. I don't know if you are looking for an heirloom/timeless piece, or something that catches your eye in the moment. I think that is the most important question to ask in the first instance, then all other question flow from there.


No worries. As a side note, I was paying attention to the discussion occurring about Cuttingboard's options, and I never really considered Blancpain. I'm going to look into them now. Another one I forgot to mention, that I was strongly considering for a long time was Glashutte as well -- Cuttingboard, you might like them too.

 

One of the other issue I'm struggling with (and people might frown on me for bringing this up, but I feel it's unavoidable), is the message each watch sends. I'm pretty young, and extremely fortunate to even be considering these watches. So when considering spending the money on a pure dress watch, I wonder if it's going to send an overly "old-school" message to my friends and age group when I do wear it? And is buying an obviously expensive watch like a Rolex Submariner going to be perceived as flaunting and immodest?

 

The upside of having a serious pure dress watch is that it might send a more mature signal to those who are looking for it. And IWC, despite being more expensive than the Rolex, isn't going to be as noticed as the Rolex. Of course, there are benefits and drawbacks to being noticed too, right? I do remind myself frequently, though, that these are good problems to have.

 

But anyways. Back to the question you asked -- I'm definitely looking for more of an heirloom/timeless piece. I know I'm on SF here, where people deeply enjoy collecting things (at least it seems so, my impression after being here all of 12 hours...), but I don't anticipate building a huge collection. I don't want even a moderate collection. I want a tiny collection of very well-chosen, meaningful (to me) pieces.

 

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