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do not like. i dont think that would appeal to many women under 70.
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Hamilton is a great choice for an entry level watch. They are fairly priced, robust, well made, and all that jazz.

In that price range, I would look at the following:

Tissot Visodate
Various Hamiltons
Stowa--MO, Pilot, etc.
Seiko SARB

I am sure that there are others I cannot think of, but those are the ones that are popping into my head right now.

Of course, you could always give him your Breitling smile.gif.

For a chrono, Archimede pilot.

http://www.archimede-watches.com/archimede-watches-collection-pilot-deckwatch-klassik-diver-outdoor-automatic-handwound-chronograph-2824-6498-7750/pilot-watch-automatic-2824-handwound-6498-chronograph-7750-b-watch/pilot-chronograph-b-watch-automatic-valjoux-eta-7750.html
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do not like. i dont think that would appeal to many women under 70.

 

I hate it too.  But it was the only example of a vintage Patek for ladies that I could find for under $5K.  My brother-in-law did say send me the first example I came across.....

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Here's some lume from a 112

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Still looking for a watch with a 3/4k budget.....thoughts on:

 

-Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph Automatic or

Frederique Constant Heartbeat Mens Watch

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Still looking for a watch with a 3/4k budget.....thoughts on:

 

-Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph Automatic or

Frederique Constant Heartbeat Mens Watch

 

Why is the font so highlighted with the FC suggestion?  Are you saying that you basically prefer this one...?  smile.gif

post #21862 of 36823
How do I convince my wife that vintage watches do not carry with them the spirits of their past owners?
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LOL ^ is she Asian? My girl thinks this as well.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

A plastic-breasted petrolhead with a watch collection?  Wayward was right, she is interesting.  If still rather unattractive.

+1   Agree completely!  

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Actually, it turns out that she ISN'T a model. That she deals in exotic cars for a living. And that she does own that watch. And many others.

Also, I will kop to having become a bit more frivolous lately. I can now be known as Frillyvolous Imeldific or something.

As Wayward suggests she may be interesting.  But the bleach blond hair, plastic parts and tramp stamp...she is a dime a dozen in Vegas.

 

She's got nothing on Kate!

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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Hamilton is a great choice for an entry level watch. They are fairly priced, robust, well made, and all that jazz.

In that price range, I would look at the following:

Tissot Visodate
Various Hamiltons
Stowa--MO, Pilot, etc.
Seiko SARB

I am sure that there are others I cannot think of, but those are the ones that are popping into my head right now.

Very solid suggestions.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

As it turns out, I am back on the hunt - but for a family member who wants to give his wife a "significant" mechanical piece for their 10th wedding anniversary.  His wife already has a Cartier (quartz) and a B&M but they tend to be on the dressier side and he wants a 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.  Says his wife is fine with a men's size as long as it doesn't exceed 40mm.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

His first thought is to get a vintage Sub - maybe a no-date 5513.  She borrowed one from a friend a few months ago and he says she quite liked the feel and look of it.  Any other thoughts given the criteria he outlined above?

 

Given what he saw of my recent purchasing spree he was asking if he could get a ladies Patek given his budget, but when I pointed him to vintage Ellipse models like this one:

 

 

 

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/patek-philippe-ref-ref-4226-1-lot-273-294

 

... he almost vomited.  Guess he didn't like the aesthetics.

 

Thoughts?  

The bracelet on the Ellipse is horrific.  As Stitchy suggested it just screams geriatric ward.  

 

I think in the $3-5K range with men's watches being acceptable, brands in her range with watches at 40mm or a bit less are as you mentioned include vintage watches from Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Breitling, IWC, and Heuer.  

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What do all of you think about Hamilton's for a starter automatic/manual watch in the $500-1000 range? 

 

I agree with the suggestions above: personally I like Stowa for something casual but simple, and Tissot for a chunky sports chrono.  Yes, they're generic, but as they fall into that price range, they strike me as bang on for the money.  Hamilton I've never hankered after, but seems to fall into the same bag.  I'm thinking of something similar for my own son - probably a Tissot chronograph of some sort.  And maybe the Stowa for myself!

 

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Originally Posted by Khal80 View Post

Still looking for a watch with a 3/4k budget.....thoughts on:

 

-Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph Automatic or

Frederique Constant Heartbeat Mens Watch

 

Both would be a horrible waste of 4k imho.  The 1k watches above would have more integrity - and are basically the same as what you're proposing to buy for 4.  If you're not interested in vintage/used (a world of wonders at your budget), then I'd suggest an Omega for that kind of price - a Speedmaster Professional is the obvious choice if you want a sports chrono, or you could get a 42mm Seamaster in that budget too if you like the dive watch thing.


Edited by mimo - 6/12/13 at 10:53pm
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Here's some lume from a 112

 

 

Argh!  That Base Luminor haunting again!  Be quiet, voices in my head!!!

 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

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?

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Both would be a horrible waste of 4k imho.  The 1k watches above would have more integrity - and are basically the same as what you're proposing to buy for 4.  If you're not interested in vintage/used (a world of wonders at your budget), then I'd suggest an Omega for that kind of price - a Speedmaster Professional is the obvious choice if you want a sports chrono, or you could get a 42mm Seamaster in that budget too if you like the dive watch thing.

This particular Tag is actually worth considering. Don't stop at the name!
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Finally home from HK and reunited with my vintage Rolex and UN - pix as promised months ago.
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That UN looks very nice, any chance you could take a better (sorry) picture of it? biggrin.gif
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This particular Tag is actually worth considering. Don't stop at the name!

 

Guilty as charged, I suppose, and it does look nice.  But...the price just seems so high.

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

 

She's got nothing on Kate!

 

I think in the $3-5K range with men's watches being acceptable, brands in her range with watches at 40mm or a bit less are as you mentioned include vintage watches from Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Breitling, IWC, and Heuer.  

 

Agree completely.  But then it might be patently unfair to start comparing women to Kate...

 

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

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?

 

These are all excellent suggestions, many, many thanks.  We'll look into it. 

 

As it turns out, the Patek might not be her daily wearer choice indeed.  But my brother-in-law may end up getting it for himself hahaha.  Some slightly more flattering pics of the 2573 here:

 

http://www.watchtalkforums.info/forums/patek-philippe-forum/19760.htm

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