Originally Posted by dbln79
Here's some lume from a 112
Argh! That Base Luminor haunting again! Be quiet, voices in my head!!!
Originally Posted by no frills
Was it actually late last year? I think a large bulk of it was happening in Jan/Feb this year... so I haven't been "out of the game" for that long.
mechanical piece that (a) she can wear on a daily basis and (b) would be on the sporty/stainless side but still be (c) acceptably "classic." His words, not mine. Budget is $3,000 to $5,000.
You're right, I think in retrospect that you'd been "practicing" with more modest (i.e. only regular extravagant) purchases late last year, but Jan and Feb was when you peaked! Either way, it was pretty intense even as a spectator!
This is a very broad specification, isn't it? If she's OK with vintage, there seem to be a million wonderful things in that price range. But I can't help but think that if she "quite liked" the used Sub, it's not the one. "Quite like" isn't the response I'd want for a $5k gift to my lady. But that would have been the obvious used choice, just as the obvious new choice to me would be Omega - Speedy at the sporty end, man's DeVille still chunky but more subtle.
My wild card suggestion would be that Nomos Zurich Weltzeit we all admired a while back. Quirky, interesting, big but not over 40mm, and none of her girlfriends will have one. If that's too odd, then maybe one of the coloured but simple editions, right at the bottom of his price range. I don't know why but I've a fixation on German watches, from Stowa to Lange and all in between. Considering I'm part Swiss, I should probably keep my mouth shut! But on that note, a sporty alternative might be a Sinn 6000? Maybe that's a bit expensive for a fairly generic Valjoux 7750 chrono. But it's still kind of cool.
As for that Patek, I think the old lady jibes are a bit harsh! I can picture it on my (young!) lady just fine, and the case shape is so classic and elegant. But if she doesn't like it, she doesn't like it. Isn't that all that matters?