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After much deliberation, this is what ended up on my wrist in the end for my 30th. I couldn't be happier.

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Incredibly jealous of the wedding Panerai; I really want a watch (or his/her watches, not bought by me per se redface.gif) for my wedding, but fat chance on that. I even took her to the Blancpain store and tried on the Fifty Fathoms in rose gold and informed her they have a cute white version too. frown.gif I will probably end up with a stack of bills and the sofa to sleep on after all the papers are signed and deeds are done. ffffuuuu.gif

That Damasko is great too, forgot how much I liked those (the DA36 especially)... the Euro is running train on my currency though.

Do not know what watch to buy next (for my own 30th birthday)....
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post


Do not know what watch to buy next (for my own 30th birthday)....

What's your budget?
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haven't really saved anything for it. Maybe $5-10K, but that upper end is kinda dreaming unless some other stuff I am doing takes off. Don't really want a wristwatch to cut into my car budget but at that price it might, so I'll likely stay a bit modest. I like the Glashuttes, etc, but since it's some sort of auspicious gift to myself (or so I tell myself) and I want it to go with me to my deathbed hopefully, it's probably gonna be some sort of SS Rolex or something unequivocally classic, like a JLC Reverso Duo. I can get trendier/less elegant watches later or whenever. Gonna be living in Tokyo in 3 weeks and there are some many watch stores, used watch emporiums, pawn shops - watch selection is great, they have everything. Used to be reasonably priced too, but the yen is killing me now. ffffuuuu.gif
post #8705 of 34211
i thought you always drool over the Radiomirs
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Originally Posted by mylesmyles View Post

I got married a few weeks ago (Aug 20th) and my wife was nice enough to get me this

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Beautiful PAM - congrats!

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After much deliberation, this is what ended up on my wrist in the end for my 30th. I couldn't be happier.

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Nice Explorer - good choice.

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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Incredibly jealous of the wedding Panerai; I really want a watch (or his/her watches, not bought by me per se redface.gif) for my wedding, but fat chance on that. I even took her to the Blancpain store and tried on the Fifty Fathoms in rose gold and informed her they have a cute white version too. frown.gif I will probably end up with a stack of bills and the sofa to sleep on after all the papers are signed and deeds are done. ffffuuuu.gif

If you don't mind my saying, it doesn't sound like you're looking forward to the impending nuptials.

This arrived yesterday:

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^^ great box ^^

pic of whats inside please smile.gif
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post

This arrived yesterday:

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Post pics, post pics, post pics bounce2.gif
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

haven't really saved anything for it. Maybe $5-10K, but that upper end is kinda dreaming unless some other stuff I am doing takes off. Don't really want a wristwatch to cut into my car budget but at that price it might, so I'll likely stay a bit modest. I like the Glashuttes, etc, but since it's some sort of auspicious gift to myself (or so I tell myself) and I want it to go with me to my deathbed hopefully, it's probably gonna be some sort of SS Rolex or something unequivocally classic, like a JLC Reverso Duo. I can get trendier/less elegant watches later or whenever. Gonna be living in Tokyo in 3 weeks and there are some many watch stores, used watch emporiums, pawn shops - watch selection is great, they have everything. Used to be reasonably priced too, but the yen is killing me now. ffffuuuu.gif

Watch prices have gone up far beyond sanity... regardless of your home currency. As far as an SS Rolex goes, my personal choice would be the Explorer I: sportier than a date just, but not as 'chunky' as a submariner. Plus consider that if you learn how to change straps (really easy to do), you can always pop a black leather band and totally change the look of the watch (to say nothing of a yellow or orange leather or rubber band).
post #8710 of 34211
^ i love the design of the 36mm explorer but eventually ended up selling mine, i just felt it wore a bit too small, and i'm not a 'big watch' obsessive by any means. somehow the black face and gloss dial make it seem smaller. i have a silver faced vintage air king that seems to wear bigger.
of course YMMV and it's a beautiful watch, but if you've been trying on blancpains and panerai you will certainly notice the difference
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thought id post a couple pics here...
this is my newest in ye olde stable... panerai radiomir 232
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my daily...GMT IIc...(and harvey)
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heres my wife's panerai 49...
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also have a couple IWCs that ill have to get some decent pics of.
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Originally Posted by imageWIS View Post


Watch prices have gone up far beyond sanity... regardless of your home currency. As far as an SS Rolex goes, my personal choice would be the Explorer I: sportier than a date just, but not as 'chunky' as a submariner. Plus consider that if you learn how to change straps (really easy to do), you can always pop a black leather band and totally change the look of the watch (to say nothing of a yellow or orange leather or rubber band).

I've thought about the Explorer I many times; the older smaller versions were going for like $2000 in Japan up until a year or so ago. ffffuuuu.gif Got really close to buying one several times recently. I like them I guess, I wear a Sinn 356 daily and I like SS sports watches on bracelets, white on black dials, etc. The only thing is, it'd be a nice daily, but I don't know for how long, and not much more to me.

I like the GO Panomatics, my only qualm is that they're a recent revival brand really, so in that sense, while being aesthetically nice and more elegant than a Panerai et al, they have only as much brand value, and I worry the make may not have as much longevity (if I plan to live another 30 years and have this watch strapped to my wrist in my coffin, or leave it to my kid or something) - pretty sure I won't have any desire to wear a Panerai in 5-10 years. I'd really like one now, but at that cost it's not feasible as a trendy watch for me.
I think to a lesser extent, even IWC may fare similarly. They have a lot of designs, but none of them that are current are particularly steeped in history or timeless and of a ubiquitious design like a Rolex is - and I don't even really like Rolexes, TBH.

I'd really like a VC Patrimony, a Lange Saxonia 40mm, a bigger JLC Master, a Calatrava, something like that - just not in the budget for a gold watch to give myself just yet though.
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

thought id post a couple pics here...
this is my newest in ye olde stable... panerai radiomir 232 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
8a97676c.jpg
my daily...GMT IIc...(and harvey)
0aec56ed.jpg
heres my wife's panerai 49...
4a99be7c.jpg

also have a couple IWCs that ill have to get some decent pics of.

very nice mang!!
post #8714 of 34211
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post


I've thought about the Explorer I many times; the older smaller versions were going for like $2000 in Japan up until a year or so ago. ffffuuuu.gif Got really close to buying one several times recently. I like them I guess, I wear a Sinn 356 daily and I like SS sports watches on bracelets, white on black dials, etc. The only thing is, it'd be a nice daily, but I don't know for how long, and not much more to me.

I like the GO Panomatics, my only qualm is that they're a recent revival brand really, so in that sense, while being aesthetically nice and more elegant than a Panerai et al, they have only as much brand value, and I worry the make may not have as much longevity (if I plan to live another 30 years and have this watch strapped to my wrist in my coffin, or leave it to my kid or something) - pretty sure I won't have any desire to wear a Panerai in 5-10 years. I'd really like one now, but at that cost it's not feasible as a trendy watch for me.
I think to a lesser extent, even IWC may fare similarly. They have a lot of designs, but none of them that are current are particularly steeped in history or timeless and of a ubiquitious design like a Rolex is - and I don't even really like Rolexes, TBH.

I'd really like a VC Patrimony, a Lange Saxonia 40mm, a bigger JLC Master, a Calatrava, something like that - just not in the budget for a gold watch to give myself just yet though.

I agree with almost all of this. But I think IWC makes some really classic designs. Their Mark pilot series are timeless. Simple, and understated. Same goes witha lot of the portuguese lines. I think IWC walks the line though...a lot of their desings are very trendy. (read:the big pilot or top gun watches) but they have quite a few that are as timeless as a calatrava.
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I actually think the Portuguesers are just too big to be timeless, or elegant. They're cool looking, fancy and impressive, but might look dated in 15-20 years, just as small '90's watches look so small and kind of bleh nowadays. I agree the Mark series has the history, I probably should've excluded that one from my list, and I think the 3717 as a compliment to like a Mark series is interesting - WWII era pilot vs post-war pilot. Both also nice for me since I like flight jackets and plan to wear that style casually for the rest of my life.

However, I do remember the days back in the '90's when I started studying watches and IWC's were just not as desirable back then, you could pick up Portofinos for like $1200. TAG Heuer with alien-shaped bracelet links in gold and silver were the hot shit, lol. Oh how the mighty fall. Perhaps watches besides some holy quintet of Calatravas and Patrimonies will never be that timeless and I should stop worrying about it.
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