great story, rn. very glad you found it.
makes me want to did up my first "expensive" watch and post it. would be cool to see all the "beginner" watches of the TWAT thread.
That's a fantastic watch, but that strap is EPIC! Who made it? Honestly one of the best looking croc straps I've ever seen.
These watches are really nice... Thanks for the pics! Always looking to up my watch game. Haven't really felt out the leather strap look - not sure how to make that work.
Yes, I have seen the 5711P in person and I've put it on my wrist. It is one heavy piece, close to 300g. Very understated since it pretty much looks like the SS version except for a few key differences (positioning of "PP Geneve," metallic framing around the date window, a lighter blue dial (but equally as mesmerizing, if not even more electric) and that diamond at the bottom). One auctioned in Amsterdam recently at close to $150,000+, no doubt because of the rarity/novelty factor (a platinum 3700 cleared $820,000+ at a Christie's auction in late May, after all)... but can probably be had via a looooong application process via an AD for somewhere around the mid-$90s, no one still knows for sure.
I am on the fence about a 5711P. I love my 5711 in steel precisely because I need not "baby it" as much as my dressier Pateks. It is as close to a "beater" Patek as you can get; but if you have a 5711P then I wonder if you'd baby it more. I take my 5711/1A into salt water and chlorinated water all the time. Would I do the same if I had a 5711P?
Of course if money weren't an issue at all then the "right" answer should be "hey, get a 5711/1A to thrash around and a 5711P for loving and caring." But though I can be frillyvolous in relative terms I am not quite at that level of frillyvolousness...
I owned the Black Bay - liked it a lot but didn't love it. No down sides to speak of - it was well made, nicely finished and accurate. The vintage leather strap I did love.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Thanks for the feedback! I prefer it with the leather strap as well, it suits the style of the watch much better. I guess the Tudor Pelagos might be a safer choice, but I like the Black Bay because it is so distinctive/divisive.