Originally Posted by prayingrobot
Pretty excited about the PP Nautilus Annual on a steel bracelet. Ref 5726. What I want is an annual calender watch durable enough for daily use and minimal immersion. Obviously $47k is a committment for most of us. Ouch. I will try to trade a 5146 on leather.
Am I stuck paying full price in the US for this new model?
Is there another steel annual suitable for daily wear?
Most Patek dealers are saying they can't discount Pateks anymore. Maybe if you go to a small dealer, or try a big chain and open a credit account with them as I was offered 10% off list if I did that. If not sure where you are located, but last week I was in Las Vegas and between the 2 or 3 ADs located on "The Strip" they had every model of Nautilus in stock.
As for whether its durable enough for everyday use, it depends on how hard you are on your watches. My Dad used a time only Nautiuls as a daily wearer for about 3-4 years and he never had any problems. However, he babies his watches. Another friend of mine had a time only Nautiuls for about 10 years and he was in the restaurant business and he was very hard on his watches. He was always banging the heck out of it, and then having to send it in for service/regulation every year and a half to 2 years. He eventually sold it, saying it was just too delicate for daily use for him.
Originally Posted by DerekS
im a huge fan of the standard SS daytonas. I had the white and black dial both. fantastic watches...i really miss them. The solid 18K is on a whole different level. those are fantastic. ..... and heavy as a brick
At one point Daytonas were my absolute favorite watch and I owned them in steel & gold, all steel, white gold, and eventually yg). I did have black and white dial SS Daytonas at the same time. However, I decided I really preferred them with black dials and that I wanted a bit more diversity in my collection...so I traded/sold a few. So now for Daytonas I have 1 black dial all steel Daytona (with El Primero based movement), 1 black dial all steel Daytona (with inhouse movement) and a black dial gold Daytona with (El Primero based movement). You are right the all gold is heavy as a brick...which is something I really like about that watch.
Originally Posted by in stitches
dino - that all gold one is boss. takes some balls to pull that off.
When I haven't worn it for a while, it does feel a bit over the top when I put it on again...but after a few days I get used to it and it doesn't seem all that different than the steel. Every now and then its fun to wear something with a bit more pizzazz and presence than steel : )