The Watch Appreciation Thread - Page 1390
Styles mentioned in this thread:
Yes - it's the 2009 reissuance of VC's Historique American 1921, also known as the "driver's watch." Put it on your wrist while you're driving and you don't need to cock your head at an angle to read the dial.
I saw this piece being sold at Wempe a few months ago in the mid-$30s (retail). It doesn't look like it lasted very long, it was gone within a couple of weeks.
Another Vacheron Constantin favourite is the Mercator, which was made with a variety of dials with detailed handmade maps in enamel.
(auction photo from watchreporting.com)
tiempo de lujo
I'm not sure whether it would suit my style, but it's a unique watch that I'd love to see in person.
^ Have you handled these watches in real life? Do you know what they look like on your wrist?
Take a step back, you don't have to get a watch right now.
You're making just about every single mistake a beginner can make - settling, buying online, rushing into a purchase, buying in/from a country that is not exactly known for giving good prices with watches, basing your decision on reading spec lists (mineral glass vs non mineral glass??), etc.
The decision-on-spec-list thing seems to be particularly common. It's not like you're buying some meaningless piece of disposable consumer electronics (well, at least not in most cases); much of the enjoyment of a watch comes from the intangibles. I'm keen on photography, and this type of thing seems to come up frequently on the very few times I'm on a camera forum (I stay the hell away from them except to find older lenses). Mind you, cameras essentially are disposable consumer electronics now, but it's still the intangibles that separate a great one from an impressive-on-paper dud.
Ergonomics, reliability, availability of parts, and feel of operation are hugely important, but there's no meaningful way express these factors on a spec list. Add a bunch of opinionated gear nerds ("equipment measurebators", as Ken Rockwell has so aptly put it), who spend far more time defending their pet camera system online than actually taking photos — therefore dominating the search results — and you can't blame people who are new to the hobby for focusing on the wrong areas.
There was a great piece of satire that sums up this state of affairs recently:
Anyway, don't buy watches on based on their paper specifications is what I'm saying.
Both my favourite camera and my favourite watch both have terrible specs, by the way: