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post #24526 of 35013
thanks for the entire collection of write ups, should post it up in the article section as well. nod[1].gif
post #24527 of 35013
Nothing wrong with Tudor, mimo.
post #24528 of 35013
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Originally Posted by MPAVictoria View Post

Just wanted to take advantage of some of the watch related knowledge present in this thread. I am getting married and my Fiancee wants to buy me a nice watch for a wedding gift. The budget is around $3000 dollars.

So far I have been considering the Cartier Tank Solo XL but I am worried that it won't be tough enough to wear everyday. I have always liked the Rolex Explorer but I am not sure if I could get a nice used one for that kind of money. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
 

Hi MPA,

 

The only thing you really can't do with most Cartiers is wear them to go scuba diving.  They are only water resistant to 30m, which means its ok if it gets wet, but you really don't want to submerge it in water.  For that, you want something with at least 50m of water resistance, some people go further and won't wear it in water unless its water resistant to 100m.

 

However, if your routine is say going to the office, the gym, and some weekend activities, it is more than up to the task.  You can really bang the hell out of Cartiers and they just keep going. One of my friends wears a Cartier Santos Galbee XL (similar movement to a Tank Solo XL) every day and for sporting activities and its fine, no issues.  In addition, about 10 years ago my wife wanted the men's large size automatic Tank Francaise and it has been her beater for 10 years.  Trust me she has been mean to that watch and no issues at all.  She plays racket ball with it on its gotten its share of scuffs and scratches, but its been very reliable for her.  Also, keep in mind, the Tank has been in production in some form or other for nearly 100 years.  Its one of the most iconic watches in the world, and its incredibly versatile.  If it were a dainty watch incapable of daily wear, its unlikely it would still be in production and have the reputation that it possesses.  

 

The Rolex Explorer is a nice watch.  I had one for nearly 10 years.  Its a very understated and versatile sports watch.  Its advantage over the Tank Solo, is its water resistant to 100m.  Its a bit sportier than a Tank Solo XL, but its still versatile enough that it can be worn with a suit.  With a $3,000 budget you could probably get a pre-owned 36mm (classic size Explorer).  The new models are 39mm.  At $3,000 you could probably get a 114270 or a 14270.  My preference would be the later 114270, which has a slightly revised movement and solid end links on the bracelet part that attaches to the watch head (rather than the old hollow clam shell ends of the bracelet).  The caveat is to wear this pre-owned watch in the water is to either get it pressure tested to make sure water won't get into the watch (always possible a seal dried and cracked), or make sure you have a recent receipt from an overhaul from Rolex at which point the gaskets would have been replaced.  Sure some indies could do a good service, but unless you know their rep, there are some indies that are hacks and I wouldn't trust their work.

 

The Omega Speedmaster Pro is another good choice.  Definitely on the sport side, but not really water resistant.  In addition, its a manual wind.  Some people don't mind and enjoy the ritual of winding a watch to get it going.  Others forget to wind it, and find it annoyance to have to wind it each day.  

 

Good luck with whatever you decide.  

post #24529 of 35013


A little Saturday morning lume
post #24530 of 35013

I have been looking at those Panerai pics quite a lot....although my Saturday mornings must be lighter that yours!

 

Thanks for all your kind comments, gentlemen, it's really an honour from men of your knowledge and standing: Wurger - what's the "article section", and how does it work?

 

Wraith - I have to agree.  As my post indicates, my first hands-on encounter with them made me feel very differently: I'd really thought of them as a lame Rolex substitute, and not until putting one on did I really feel the distinct identity they bring.  I stand very much enlightened and corrected.  That Black Bay is a very charismatic piece of wrist candy, and the price only makes it better.  

 

Incidentally, having looked briefly at the links in your sig a while back, I meant to introduce you to a good friend of mine who threw himself into a similar living a couple of years ago.  He's a great guy, and what he's producing seems to be received very well so far: http://www.neilgibsoncomics.com/

post #24531 of 35013

Can't help but notice: like most of the forum, it's quieter at the weekend.  But there is definitely a correlation between TWATters and those most likely to be online during their working hours!  It's a morgue in here on a US weekend...maybe because it's a holiday too (is it?)

post #24532 of 35013
It is, Mimo.
At home smoking a turkey and enjoying a cigar while re-reading your posts. Nice day!
post #24533 of 35013
Thanks to everyone who took the time to reply. I have some research to do I guess. :-)
post #24534 of 35013
Mino, on the bottom of the page, in small fonts, there is a row for the different sections: home, reviews, forums, article and my profile.

You click into articles and add a new article.
post #24535 of 35013
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Wraith - I have to agree.  As my post indicates, my first hands-on encounter with them made me feel very differently: I'd really thought of them as a lame Rolex substitute, and not until putting one on did I really feel the distinct identity they bring.  I stand very much enlightened and corrected.  That Black Bay is a very charismatic piece of wrist candy, and the price only makes it better.

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post #24536 of 35013
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Wraith - I have to agree.  As my post indicates, my first hands-on encounter with them made me feel very differently: I'd really thought of them as a lame Rolex substitute, and not until putting one on did I really feel the distinct identity they bring.  I stand very much enlightened and corrected.  That Black Bay is a very charismatic piece of wrist candy, and the price only makes it better.  

To be honest, growing up Tudor was always sold as a poor man's Rolex, with the Tudor lineup mostly comprised of lame rehashes of Rolex stalwarts. It's really only in the last 2-3 years that they have attempted to reboot the brand.

Americans go nuts over them (and the press driving their demand is mostly from America) because they have no or next to no experience with them - IIRC Tudor was not even distributed in America for a long long time.

That said, there is no better way to reboot a brand than releasing some really good looking models, even if the faux heritage card is perhaps a little overplayed in this instance.
post #24537 of 35013
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

That said, there is no better way to reboot a brand than releasing some really good looking models

Hopefully IWC and Rolex will one day get that kind of reboot devil.gif
post #24538 of 35013
mimo, thanks for the compendium. i may bookmark that. smile.gif
post #24539 of 35013
Even before that time, there were some fine Tudors.
post #24540 of 35013
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

mimo, thanks for the compendium. i may bookmark that. smile.gif

+1

mimo, I really enjoyed your tyre-kicking diary.

While perhaps closer to 'poor man's watch thread' than what's usually discussed on TWAT, worn&wound is looking for writers... You should contact them if you'd be interested in tyre-kicking, maybe even test driving some lower priced watches.
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