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Watch Hierarchy

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Thread Starter 
I haven't worn a watch in 20 years, but for my 40th birthday my wife bought me a Rolex Datejust Gold and Steel wristwatch and I am interested in acquiring more watches. I have seen the suit hierarchy, but as a timepiece virgin could you give me a run down of the the best, the great, the good, the subpar and the need to even bring up Timex.

I doubt I will ever drop 6 figures on a timepiece but it still interests me.

Many thanks...yours in time...CTLION
post #2 of 7
The "traditional" big 3 are Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. Breguet, A. Lange ans JLC are up in that realm as well.

I'm sure this topic will generate lots of discussion.
post #3 of 7
Rolex, Breitling and Omega a tier below than those above, well maybe Omega and Breitling just a tad less than Rolex. I'd put Cartier on par with Rolex although they are more "jewelry"" than watch (if you know what I mean).

Gran Seiko would probably go with Omega and Breitling. Another one in this mid-range would be Panerai.

Tag, Bell, Tudor are probably below.

Bottom would be Hamilton, Movado and the likes.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Where does. Jaeger fit into the equation? How about Chopard, Montblanc, etc...
post #5 of 7
I believe JLC quality is in the same realm alongside PP, VC and AP; though in terms of exclusivity PP may be on the top of the pantheon.
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All you'll want to know and then some.
post #7 of 7
Wish I could find me a wife that would buy me a gold Rolex.
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