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For me, the early leader in the clubhouse: Tudor Chrono in blue.

Gotta see 'em all in the metal of course.
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One of them is a Rolex, the other is some brand I've never heard about. If they are the same price, of course I would pick a Rolex!

 

Hahaha....point well made.  But seriously, for that money I still haven't got past the platinum Datograph mentioned several posts back.  Come to think of it, the platinum Day-Dates are $45-55 too, which is just as crazy.

 

I guess if you spend as much on advertising and sponsorship as Rolex do (and I don't think it's my imagination that they've really ramped this up over the last couple of years), you have to get your money back somehow.  There's not really any reason in cost terms for the new Daytona to be any more expensive than any of the gold editions - the material cost differences as a percentage are marginal.  But then again there's no reason for a platinum Patek to be $20k more than the gold one either.

 

Let's face it, they all do it.  But let Paris have her baby-blue Daytona.  Should I ever be as successful and deranged as Frilly, I'll choose something else.  In the mean time, I really do rather like that new GMT.... 1159[1].gif

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I guess what I was trying to say, is they are competing with the big guns in that price bracket. I mean some of these prices are verging on unconscionable.
This has been a fun day in TWAT [The Watch Appreciation Thread--I just realized what an unfortunate acronym this is].

i understood your point, and you made it well. while i agree that comparatively you can get way more bang for your buck, as derek said, there are no shortage of people who will pay for the rolexes.

indeed a great day in the thread. i assume the acronym was never noticed because until recently the thread had a different name. ironically enough the name was changed because is said "porn" in the title.
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Originally Posted by kungapa View Post

One of them is a Rolex, the other is some brand I've never heard about. If they are the same price, of course I would pick a Rolex!
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Also, the Rolex has three (3!) subdials. Clearly better than the stinky two subdials on that other watch.

please tell us you are joking.
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@mimo

1.) platinum is 95% pure precious metal and 18k gold is only 75% pure precious metal. that alone is a 20% bump.

2.) platinum is a very hard metal and much more difficult to work with.

i read an article with an interview with someone at VC when they were doing their all platinum special editions, and i forget the exact numbers, but the amount of dials that were no good that had to be scrapped/refined for every successful dial was very significant. the same is pretty much true for cases and buckles.

the amount of "throw" aways (obviously they are not thrown away, but they must be reprocessed) and the amount of time taken to craft the platinum models is far greater than the gold models.

now, im not saying that there is not some "prestige" thrown into the price bump to platinum over gold, but there is good reason why the price for a platinum watch will always be far more than a gold watch of the same model.
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please tell us you are joking.

My last post here in TWAT was about my 1960s vintage Valjoux 88 chrono. So yes, I am joking.

I was posting from the - rather simplified - point of view of some potential customers for these Rolexes. Rolex has the unique situation of almost being a proprietary eponym synonymous with high-end, expensive luxury watch. For people with no interest in watches and more sense than money, the type of signal owning a Rolex sends is highly desirable. It can be understood by a lot of people in the general public, whereas a Lange or even a Patek doesn't communicate the same thing.
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My last post here in TWAT was about my 1960s vintage Valjoux 88 chrono. So yes, I am joking.

I was posting from the - rather simplified - point of view of some potential customers for these Rolexes. Rolex has the unique situation of almost being a proprietary eponym synonymous with high-end, expensive luxury watch. For people with no interest in watches and more sense than money, the type of signal owning a Rolex sends is highly desirable. It can be understood by a lot of people in the general public, whereas a Lange or even a Patek doesn't communicate the same thing.


eggsactly.

aslo...how ya liking that chrono?
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i think it was a rhetorical question. wink.gif

I rather suspected that, but not being a regular on this thread, and having seen the depradations perpetuated on other threads by the ilk of HermesMan, you can never quite be sure. Maybe I should stick to shoe threads. :-)

The terrible thing is that sodding ugly Rolex will sell like hot cakes to a certain kind of person.
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kungapa - well said.
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I rather suspected that, but not being a regular on this thread, and having seen the depradations perpetuated on other threads by the ilk of HermesMan, you can never quite be sure. Maybe I should stick to shoe threads. :-)

The terrible thing is that sodding ugly Rolex will sell like hot cakes to a certain kind of person.

I was just being a dick....definitely not trying to make you feel unwelcome. Hope you stick around...this is the best thread on the forum. wink.gif
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+1 Million to whoever said for that kind of money they would rather buy a Paul Newman Daytona.

And the new G-P column wheel chrono looks nice...

http://www.girard-perregaux.com/collection/collection-en.aspx?type=6&id=33
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very nice indeed. GP, as has been said here, is often under appreciated. well, at least flies mostly under the radar.
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I was just being a dick....definitely not trying to make you feel unwelcome. Hope you stick around...this is the best thread on the forum. wink.gif

No offence taken at all. I'm a bit of a closet wristwatch enthusiast, and have been dipping in and out of this thread for ages without posting on it before.
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Originally Posted by Geezer View Post

I rather suspected that, but not being a regular on this thread, and having seen the depradations perpetuated on other threads by the ilk of HermesMan, you can never quite be sure. Maybe I should stick to shoe threads. :-)

The terrible thing is that sodding ugly Rolex will sell like hot cakes to a certain kind of person.

That is the beautiful thing about this thread, is that everyone communicates honestly and tries (mainly speaking of myself) to communicate intelligently. This thread is like the hidden gem of SF.
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I was just being a dick....definitely not trying to make you feel unwelcome. Hope you stick around...this is the best thread on the forum. wink.gif

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+1 Million to whoever said for that kind of money they would rather buy a Paul Newman Daytona.

And the new G-P column wheel chrono looks nice...

http://www.girard-perregaux.com/collection/collection-en.aspx?type=6&id=33

You know, I was just thinking the same thing when I saw it this morning. I think that this is a step in the very right direction for GP. From what I remember reading, it is clocking in at ~40mm, and 11mm thick. I love the aesthetics of the 1966 line, but I feel that GP can be a bit oversized at times. It is nice to see them issue such a beautiful, classically designed chronograph.

I kind of feel sorry for GP. I feel like they are kind of the black sheep of the top tier. I feel like GP would do better if they dropped down a half a tier, or issued some more steel offerings. I am sure this thing is going to be priced fairly extravagantly, and I just think I would go for PP, AL&S, or VC at the price range I am sure they will be asking.
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

eggsactly.

aslo...how ya liking that chrono?

It is fantastic. Hasn't left my wrist since - though my girlfriend keeps trying to borrow it. It has gotten me hooked on vintage chronos though - might be a gold one in my collection sometime in not too long.
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So, I have a question. The following two watches are the same price. You can take one of these home from Bazel this year. You are in the mood for a chronograph. Which one do you choose?



This one:



The PP is elegant, but I wouldn't need the chrono function where I would wear it.
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