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I like the XX a lot, especially the Aeronavale (no date) version.  I want one.  I really love the look of the Sub, so perfectly classic, but the Type XX on a strap has a proportions and a feel that would really work for me as dress or casual.   It's also a lot cheaper than the Royal Oak, so I'm not sure they can be compared.

 

Anyway, this is TWAT, so the correct answer will always be "all of them".

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Master Cabinet Maker, surely?

 

Frills, there's no way it's wrong to wear that watch with a suit.  You may be the only person in the world who actually thinks it's suitable for the beach and the sand box.  It certainly looks like it belongs there anyway.  And by the way, whatever the shade of your suit, the soft sheen coming off it says "really expensive Super 180's (& cashmere?)" or something.  Tell more please.  Either way, it looks suitable to live with a PP collection.  Awesome.  Although a navy tie as well..not sure.

 

Nuke, that's brilliant news.  Hearty congratulations, TWAT-bro.  This is a thread of superior intellect as well as manners, nobody doubted you I'm sure. :)

 

I know what to call makers of Patek watch winding boxes (at least back in the day, not sure if they've outsourced to others or brought it in-house): Employee of Scatola del Tempo.

 

Shade of suit is navy (although the photo filter makes it look closer to purple-y).  Good call on the Super 180s - fabric is from Loro Piana.  And though it's supposedly much finer it doesn't feel fragile or paper thin.  It just feels.. great.

 

Hard to see in the pic as well but was wearing a pink shirt with (narrower) stripes.  On top of the blue pinstripes on the suit, I felt like a solid tie was all I could manage.  Maybe I am growing conservative in my old age, but my first reaction nowadays when wearing suits is to reach for a plain white shirt.  Then I can play with contrasts with the tie/suit, etc.  All my white shirts were in the laundry this time unfortunately. I need to have more white shirts made.  <- So boring.

 

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Anyone have a Breguet Type XX?

 

I was considering a Breguet Type XX.  Wife chose the 116520 white dial Daytona.  No regrets.

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Been away again for a while. Lots of great stuff! :slayer:

 

Patek, I like your LV and apologize for being pissy earlier. Not sure if it's extenuating or aggravating to admit that I'd had a few ales.

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 I need to have more white shirts made.  <- So boring.

 

 

I was considering a Breguet Type XX.  Wife chose the 116520 white dial Daytona.  No regrets.

 

Try some light blue shirts.  One SF-staple with which I am in full agreement (although I also still like white shirts).

 

I can see that - no arguments on the loveliness of the Daytona.  But it's literally double the price of the Aeronavale, cf. my comment above about the Royal Oak.  I like the Type XX Aeronavale.  I like even more that it's available for $6k-ish new or $5k mint used.  One day perhaps...

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Been away again for a while. Lots of great stuff! icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

Patek, I like your LV and apologize for being pissy earlier. Not sure if it's extenuating or aggravating to admit that I'd had a few ales.

Not an issue at all.
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Very nice collection of watches.

Thank god I have a small wrist, or I might not be able to control my impulse.
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post


I had a Rolex Sub for a while and flipped it. Actually thought it was quite nice, but was wanting to look around a bit before picking one up again. There aren't that many watches that really work in that style:
  • Breguet Type XX looks a bit too pimped out
  • GO Sport Evo might be an option
  • JLC Deep Something or other
  • BP Fifty - I hate the surround on it, too bulbous looking
  • BP Fifty Bathy - Looks like a Rolex and MIH had a bastard child, not sure what I think about i
  • VC Overseas - Just bland
  • AP ROO - too much for me
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Overall, of the watches on your list the Breguet Type XX, seemed to be the most interesting, although as Mimo suggested I'd go with the non-date version.

 

The GO, is great quality, and I know there are lots of GO fans here, but I just find them bland.  Not to mention, if you want a diving watch most designs borrow elements from the Sub.  Many companies go out of their way to make their watches look less "Sub-like," however there is a big difference between better and different.  IMHO, most just end up different not better.

 

I love JLCs, but I just find their sports watches a bit disappointing for the price point.  I guess I'm more enamored with their Reversos.

 

I've tried on BPs, including the Fifty Fathoms in steel and in Ti.  Nice watch, but overall I find BPs a bit borring and again at that price point I'd rather have something else.

 

As for VC's Overseas, they just don't appeal to me.  I think the finish on PP's 5711/5712 or APs 15202 and 15400 are finer than that of the Overseas.  In addition, I found the Overseas bracelet a bit too flashy.

 

The Offshores just don't interest me.

 

You seem to be considering a variety of watches, chronograph, diving, etc.  Is there a specific purpose for the watch...or is it just going to be a watch for everything?  Maybe if there is a theme be it chronographs or diving watches you will have an easier time narrowing down you choices.  

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Okay, somebody please get this. I'd go for it myself, but I'm a broke college student.


JLC Master Control Ultra-Thin, listed by someone with no idea what it is!!!! (How do you screw this one up?)


 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190923082960?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

If only I had money... I would have gone for it in a heartbeat frown.gif


I'm passing it on to you guys in the hopes that someone who will love it as much as I would can grab it. I figure it'll still get up to a couple thousand at the least, but you'll definitely end up saving big. 


 

Watch is up to $3k. Not a great deal at this point.
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Off the top of my head, Roger, I'd say between $29.75 and $800...

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WIN
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Bright day in NYC today. Color palette is grey/silver/white, so wearing the Daytona. mimo, hat is felt fedora in grey. Spectacles are titanium - gunmetal grey inset, matte silver backing.

Amused by how the angle of the pic and/or the awkward way it was taken makes it look like my prescription lenses are shrinking parts of my head/eyes. Haha. A bit psychedelic.

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Weekend reading:

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Frills as I was scrolling without reading I was thinking it was an old ad photo.

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Starting to get into watches and am debating to spend the Hamilton / Stowa /Junghans range or to move onto a little higher range at Nomos. (or any brand recs in the $500-700 / $~2000 ranges) Cost isn't a major issue but just wondering if it's better to get a "starter" watch to get used to it first or to just go in. Do prefer components and build and want something simple and reasonably versatile. And one more dumb question, is it necessary to get a rotation of watches? Or is one just fine?

Wearing a simple timex now.
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Frills as I was scrolling without reading I was thinking it was an old ad photo.

Hah nice. What's old is new again, and so the cycle goes. Nowadays when I wear my fedora I look like the rebel, when everyone else is wearing business casual. Standard fare in the 1950s to the early 1980s, I want to say.

Also the Instagram filter is biased towards making pics look old-y.
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Thanks Dino, and Newcomer, Keith T and Kid Nickels for the compliments! Part of the fun of watch collecting is also assembling the paraphernalia that surrounds watches, which gives us a context and history in which these watches were designed and worn. I have the original box with this particular VC, as well as the original hang tag and even the leather wallet, unused after 50 years.

On another note, how many of you guys are into high-end pocket watches? 

Does this whet your appetites? wink.gif

I love the idea of having the set: watch: box; papers hang tags; and advertisements.  I have a few old watch ads, and I specifically have one for a limited edition VC I purchased about 12 years ago.  I agree that having all of the accessories and the ads lends a context that and a completeness that I appreciate.  None of my watches are as old as yours so I love the idea that you even have the wallet which is 50 years old and unused.  Nice find!

 

While I like some vintage pocket watches and see them as historically important as wrist watches eventually evolved from them, I can't say that I have a desire to own one.  I think its great if someone buys one and can actually get good use and enjoyment from one.  I think for me, it just wouldn't get enough...would it be vest time rather than wrist time?  So I probably wouldn't buy one, but I do think they are cool and they often represent a good value on the used market often selling for a fraction of what a similar Patek, VC, AP, etc wrist watch of a similar vintage and complication would sell for.  I wish you luck with the idea of offering pocket watches to collectors.  I think if done well, and in a limited run it could be good for both your company and collectors.  

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Bright day in NYC today. Color palette is grey/silver/white, so wearing the Daytona. mimo, hat is felt fedora in grey. Spectacles are titanium - gunmetal grey inset, matte silver backing.

Amused by how the angle of the pic and/or the awkward way it was taken makes it look like my prescription lenses are shrinking parts of my head/eyes. Haha. A bit psychedelic.

desu8ara.jpg
 

 

Great photo.  I love how you have combined various accessories such as the fedora and glasses into your wrist shot.

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Starting to get into watches and am debating to spend the Hamilton / Stowa /Junghans range or to move onto a little higher range at Nomos. (or any brand recs in the $500-700 / $~2000 ranges) Cost isn't a major issue but just wondering if it's better to get a "starter" watch to get used to it first or to just go in. Do prefer components and build and want something simple and reasonably versatile. And one more dumb question, is it necessary to get a rotation of watches? Or is one just fine?

Wearing a simple timex now.

IMHO the answers to your questions depend on you.  Are you someone that isn't sure you want to get into owning nice watches so a Hamilton etc. would be putting your toe in the water to see if watches interest you?  Or do you see your self moving forward and buying more watches/selling or trading the ones you have?  Or would you simple collect and add to your collection?

 

Unless you aren't sure if nice watches truly interest you, I would say go for the nicest watch you want and can afford.  Its not like say learning to drive a standard transmission car and then deciding you want a racing car and then figuring you need to learn the handling dynamics of a sports car before going into cars with more powerful motors and maybe trickier handling.  If you would sell or trade the Hamilton in a short period of time, then why bother with it.  Buy what you want after you find a good price and skip the depreciation and having to find a buyer for your starter piece.  

 

I'm not really sure what you mean buy components and build.   Its not exactly like a car where you might change the suspension, and brakes or add a turbo/super charger.  

 

As for having 1 watch for everything or several watches, again that is up to you.  There are watches that are versatile and a person can wear them for most things.  But its tough for them to truly be perfect for every situation.  If you want a 1 watch for every occasion watches that seem to fit that model are things like a Rolex Datejust, Cartier Santos, or maybe an Omega Aqua Terra seem to fit that description.  They can be worn casually or dressy, and there are other offerings that might be more dressy or more sporty, depending on your taste and needs.  However, none will ever be as formal as a true dress watch, and none are as rugged and sporty as some of their siblings such as the Submariner, the Calibre, or the Seamaster.  I like having real sports watches for casual wear, true dress watches for formal events, and a watch or two that are versatile enough to be worn casually or with a suit.  In the end, what is right for you depends on your lifestyle, sense of style, and what you like.  Good luck and happy shopping. 

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