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Originally Posted by Kai View Post

Here's a regulator in stainless steel:

http://www.tourneau.com/shop/certified-pre-owned/stainless-steel-1845-regulator-manual-54837p

Ah... but it's not the Regulator Chronometer. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

I am thinking about buying an IWC Portugeuese Chronograph, and post GST refund, it comes to $6500... what do you guys think? Good price? Should I save money in light of the coming economic downturn?! I feel bad spending money, but i love nice things.



The newest version of the Portuguese Chrono destroys this older version. I'd spring for the new. Here's a Hodinkee article on the refreshed line-up:

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/introducing-the-iwc-portuguese-chronograph-classic-a-modern-classic-goes-in-house
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Originally Posted by McWu View Post

The newest version of the Portuguese Chrono destroys this older version. I'd spring for the new. Here's a Hodinkee article on the refreshed line-up:

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/introducing-the-iwc-portuguese-chronograph-classic-a-modern-classic-goes-in-house


The only downside is that the new version is like $14k vs. this at 6.5k...
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A long time lurker, I wanted to give my 2 bits regarding IWC. They are beautiful watches. Stunning. I was almost going to buy the spitfire one right up until I saw the marketing for it. The video release with Malkovich I thought would seal the deal for me - but it did quite the opposite. As an international airline pilot, I could not have been more embarrassed for IWC. No pilot I know would associate themselves with that sort of nonsense. Now these watches - again, beautiful. But whomever is in change of their marketing needs a foot in the rear end. "Able-bodied watch lovers"? What the hell are they talking about.

 

Sorry - this is not a rant against IWC watches themselves, I admire them completely. Perhaps I shouldn't let marketing persuade me either way when it comes to buying a product, but I can't be associated with an ethos like theirs.

 

I've since fallen for JLC Master Tourbillon series. no pointless ads or BS that I've come across anyway.

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Originally Posted by ncc1701d View Post

A long time lurker, I wanted to give my 2 bits regarding IWC. They are beautiful watches. Stunning. I was almost going to buy the spitfire one right up until I saw the marketing for it. The video release with Malkovich I thought would seal the deal for me - but it did quite the opposite. As an international airline pilot, I could not have been more embarrassed for IWC. No pilot I know would associate themselves with that sort of nonsense. Now these watches - again, beautiful. But whomever is in change of their marketing needs a foot in the rear end. "Able-bodied watch lovers"? What the hell are they talking about.

Sorry - this is not a rant against IWC watches themselves, I admire them completely. Perhaps I shouldn't let marketing persuade me either way when it comes to buying a product, but I can't be associated with an ethos like theirs.

I've since fallen for JLC Master Tourbillon series. no pointless ads or BS that I've come across anyway.

I don't understand what turned you off? They ran some ads? What?
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Can anyone identify this watch David Beckham is wearing? Also, if anyone knows something simarly looking in the sub 2000 dollar mark could you be so kind to share. I love the look of a gold case, black main dial, with 3 inset gold dials. Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post


I don't understand what turned you off? They ran some ads? What?

Not sure if you've seen the ads. They don't inspire me to purchase their watches. It's as though their marketing department is run by adolescent while their designing department is cutting edge.

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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

I am thinking about buying an IWC Portugeuese Chronograph, and post GST refund, it comes to $6500... what do you guys think? Good price? Should I save money in light of the coming economic downturn?! I feel bad spending money, but i love nice things.



may I suggest that you save the $6500? While I am a big fan of IWC myself, I won't spend $6500 for the Valjoux based watch. The reason why the newer Portuguese is much more expensive is because they are using the in-house movement, similar to the one on the Portuguese 7 day power reserve one. The other consideration i'd give is the size of the watch. I own both the Portuguese 7 day power reserve and the Portugueser (3531)....I find myself wearing the Portugueser for most days while the 7 day power reserve just sitting there looking pretty.

Here is some info on the Portugueser but it is pretty hard to find these days

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f350/small-portuguese-ref-3531-a-354321.html
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I am thinking about buying an IWC Portugeuese Chronograph, and post GST refund, it comes to $6500... what do you guys think? Good price? Should I save money in light of the coming economic downturn?! I feel bad spending money, but i love nice things. [...]
Discussed recently and extensively: http://www.styleforum.net/t/36253/the-watch-appreciation-thread/19300_100#post_6238263

My two bits' worth is that while the Port Chrono is a good-looking watch, at that price point you can do a lot better than a 7750. It's a good, reliable movement, and its ubiquity is well-deserved, but it was expressly designed to be inexpensive to produce and I'd balk at paying that much for a basic steel watch with one in it.

I've posted this image before, but for a two-register chrono with a light dial, blued hands and gold numerals, I'd much rather have this beauty, which not only has central chrono seconds and minutes, but is also a more classic size than the IWC and has a uniquely-shaped case:

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Edited by Belligero - 4/29/13 at 10:20am
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

I have also figured out the difference between the NEW SS Daytona release this 2013 and my current "vintage" model.  Here's a pictorial tutorial (oh nice, that rhymes):

 

 

 

See the blue arrow pointing at the OLD Daytona's lug and how it does NOT connect with the chrono pusher? OK. Now take a look at the RED arrow pointing at the NEW Daytona's lug and how it DOES connect / slope through the chrono pusher.

 

See it? See it? See how the lug "slopes through" the top pusher straight through the crown? And how the crown guard at the bottom "slopes through" the bottom pusher to "become" the lug? THAT'S innovation, boys and girls. Now, line up at your ADs and pay that premium!

That's amazing!  I hope Rolex patented that idea so no one steals it from them.  wink.gif

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Blue and black looks bad, I don't know why Rolex didn't release Coke and Pepsi although they are probably trying to sell blue/black before they release the other ones.

I like the blue and black together!  As for why they didn't release the Coke or Pepsi bezel, you are presuming that they have been able to make the bezel in red.  Perhaps the material they are using doesn't easily lend itself to making a good red color.  Personally, I think the green of the old aluminum bezels on the Sub LV looks better than the green used on the current Sub.  Rolex tends to test things extensively before releasing it to the public.   I'm sure if Rolex had perfected a red bi-color bezel they would have released it, as there are tons of people that have said when they release a Pepsi bezel they will buy the ceramic model.  I doubt Rolex is trying to intentionally reduce their sales of GMTs by not offering the Pepsi/Coke.

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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

I am thinking about buying an IWC Portugeuese Chronograph, and post GST refund, it comes to $6500... what do you guys think? Good price? Should I save money in light of the coming economic downturn?! I feel bad spending money, but i love nice things.



ive had 2 of these watches...the black with white subdials...and when it was stoled, i replaced it with the blue dialed Laureus special edition. 6500 is a little high, personally id look at the grey market and buy one for around 4K. I love the watch though....its really nice in person. The valjoux based movement doesnt bother me at all...its great....reliable, and sturdy. Personally, i wouldnt pay 6500 though...but thats because im cheap. I think 4-4500 is the sweet spot for these ports. Ive read of some accuracy issues, but thats pretty few and far between. Mine were spot on.
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ari - i have no idea on the pricing, but i have always been a fan of that watch. if you love it, and you can afford it, there is nothing wrong with going for it imo.
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I've owned that Portuguese chrono in the past and it is indeed a beautiful watch.  Mine was reliable and accurate.  It's not a purchase that I would repeat, however.  As stated above, at that price point you can do better than a Valjoux 7750 in the movement department.  That's my only caveat, though.  If your only concern about the movement is accuracy and reliability, the 7750 can be counted on to deliver.  (Just as it does in a good many $1k watches....)

 

Were I shopping for a somewhat dressy chrono at around the retail price of that IWC, this Omega (but in steel, with silver dial) would be high on my list.

 

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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I've owned that Portuguese chrono in the past and it is indeed a beautiful watch.  Mine was reliable and accurate.  It's not a purchase that I would repeat, however.  As stated above, at that price point you can do better than a Valjoux 7750 in the movement department.  That's my only caveat, though.  If your only concern about the movement is accuracy and reliability, the 7750 can be counted on to deliver.  (Just as it does in a good many $1k watches....)

 

Were I shopping for a somewhat dressy chrono at around the retail price of that IWC, this Omega (but in steel, with silver dial) would be high on my list.

 

 

The colours on that watch are amazing!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

I would rather stick with the blue dial.

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This is the smaller model (40''?). I think is more versatile than the 45'' one.
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