+1 on the 7day Portugese.
- JLC Deep Sea
- Vintage Flieger
- Patek Aquanaut
- IWC Mark XV or 3717
I have no desire to be rude but I dislike all of them.
1. I'm not much a fan of the BP FF, but if I did go that route, I'd be sure to get one with the wonderful little "no radiations" logo
2. I dislike panerai
3. The portuguese is the nicest one here
4. I'd rather get a Stowa Flieger
5. I've never liked the Royal Oak.
The only caveat here is that I have a smaller wrist (approx 7'), and so I think that's why I shy away from your choices here.
Regardless, happy choosing and let us know what you decide!
I think you should take Cant Kill Da Rooster's advice re: JLC divers. You may like what you see!!
- Panerai 233
- IWC Portuguese (5001-09, black dial)
- IWC Big Pilot (5009, not 5002/5004)
- AP Royal Oak (15400, black)
Putting aside considerations of price or versatility, which is the most beautiful? (Am leaning a couple ways, but interested in hearing views of SF)
Some interesting pieces there. However when it comes to beauty, I only see two in the bunch that are beautiful and which I would seriously consider buying. Each is truly and iconic design and built for a different purpose. I love the Royal Oak. Some people love it, some hate it, but it created the genre of steel luxury sport watches. The octagonal bezel with white gold hex bolts is distintive and elegant while remaining sporty. Its a watch that upon close inspection you can see how much effort and care goes into creating each perfect beveled edge, each brushed surface and how they play against the polished surfaces. The 15400 also has a beautifully finished inhouse movement. If you do not have a RO it would make a great addition to your collection. I recently bought the 2012 ultrathin RO 15202 and I love this watch. Everything about it is on a level I have rarely seen with other sport watches.
The other watch I think is beautiful, is the Panerai 233. The design is iconic, it stands out from other sport watches with its cushion shaped case and lever mechanism for the crown. In addition, the 233 uses a nice in house movement. I really like its looks, but I just don't find a Panerais all the comfortable. Still its a great looking watch.
Blancpain, makes a high quality watch. However, I find them a bit boring. The 50 Fathoms is a nice watch, but I just don't love anything about it enough to buy one. To me its the sort of watch that if you put a Chopard Mille Miglia logo, Tag logo, or a logo from some other brand it could easily be from someone else.
IWC...I used to like their old pilot chronographs the 3706 and 3713 (which were simple and reasonably priced). However, there is nothing from their current line up that I find even remotely attractive. The Big Pilot is actually one of the least attractive and least comfortable watches in my eyes, but with big watches being "In", its size alone seems to have created quite a following. As for the Portugese 5001-09, I think are many watches I find more attractive and more versatile. The 5001-09 is a piece that I just find boring. It also seems to lack any true purpose. Its not really dressy, its not really sporty, its just another big watch without much use to me. I'd rather have a Portugese Chrono if I had to go with something from the Portugese line. If I were set on getting something from IWC, I'd probably go vintage.
Good luck shopping and let us know what you decide.
Hi Stitch, only a slight edge? Man we need to chip in and get you some good glasses...just kidding! I might choose a different model of RO over the 15400. However, after years of comparing various watches and brands, ROs are miles above the Portuguese watches in terms of workmanship, finish and overall quality. So IMHO the RO is in a different class than the Portugese.
Really??? I don't even like the Portguese watch (it would be my last choice out of the ones suggested by the OP) and yet I think I'd choose one over a Dornbluth or Stowa. Which Dornbluth or Stowa would you choose?