Originally Posted by TC (Houston)
I had a light afternoon so I hit a couple of jewelry stores to do a little diligence. The first store had 5 second hand APs in stock, and I tried on a Royal Oak 15300 in rose gold on brown strap, and a Royal Oak Dual Time 26120 in stainless. Both were really beautiful, but at 39mm definitely a tad small for my wrist size and taste. I think I'm pretty well decided on the stainless 15400 with white face and will pull the trigger after the holidays.
On the way home, I swung by another jeweler that is an IWC AD because I've really wanted to try a Big Pilot (which is also on my wish list). Unfortunately they didn't have any in the store, but I tried on several of the 41mm Rolexes and also the Sky-Dweller, which is a pretty neat watch. I haven't really been very interested in the Datejust models in many years (although I bought Mrs. TC a 40mm a couple years ago that she wears as her daily). I'm probably in the minority here, but I really like the size and weight of the new models. I tried on a rose gold Day Date just for kicks, and surprisingly I really liked the look and feel on my wrist. Love the rose gold. This watch wouldn't crack the top 5 for me, but I could see owning one if I had a more extensive collection.
Also, not sure if this is some kind of sign, but I drove the F355 today and had a very fortunate near miss. I parked it in in one of the few reserved spots in front of the second jewelry store--I was the only customer there. About 5 minutes later some lady comes rushing in the store shouting that someone's red Ferrari is rolling into the middle of the parking lot. I came out to find it sitting in the middle of the parking lot driveway about a foot from another car. Didn't hit anything . . . phew!!! The parking brake can be a little tricky in that if you catch it funny in between two clicks it may not engage. I usually double check if I'm on any kind of a slope but this lot is almost flat and I didn't even think about it. That could have killed my watch budget! LOL
The RO is a great watch. I adore mine. The 39mm isn't for everyone, so luckily there are other variations to choose from. Looking forward to seeing some photos after you pull the trigger on the 15400. As for the Big Pilot its probably my least favorite of their pilot watches. I'd much rather have one of their older DoppelChronographs 3713 on the original 1990s style bracelet. As for the new larger sized Datejust and Day-Date, yes sorry...but think they are hideous. They look bloated and distorted. Luckily, I prefer their sports watches, Subs, GMTs, Ex2,s and Daytonas.
Wow, you are so luck that nothing happened to your car. I always put my Fcar in gear and put the hand on...I never fully trust the ebrake. Great car, a friend of mine is looking at selling his Porsche 993C4S to get a 355 Spyder. Anyway, glad to hear your watch money isn't being spent repairing body work...that would be sad on many levels.