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The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre,

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mimo, Feb 12, 2016.

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  1. in stitches

    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    Buy a 15300. You'll never want for anything again....








    .......except maybe a Zeitwerk repeating. :hide:
     
  2. Renault78law

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    I'm not concerned about trends at all. By way of analogy, some people are faced with this dilemma: buying a large house far from where they work, or buying a small house/condo close to where they work. Studies have repeatedly shown that people often underestimate the toll of their long commute, and overestimate the joy they might get from the size of their home. My question was directed to those who previously wore large watches who now say they'd never go back. At the time that person bought the watch, I'm assuming he bought it knowing that it was large, that it was purely a casual watch, and he didn't think the size of the watch was too cumbersome or uncomfortable. Subsequently, he decided 44+ mm is too big and declares 38-40 mm is optimal.

    Going back to my analogy, does the guy who buys a large house in the burbs likely ultimately decide it wasn't worth it to live so far away from the office? Maybe more often than not, yes. Here, does one often initially underestimate the wearability or comfort of a large watch? I understand this is a personal decision but I just wanted to get some personal perspectives from those with more experience than me.
     
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  3. firenze_rob

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    I think it really depends on your horological pathos. For me, I'm quite aware of my draw to historicity. For example, I think modern B-uhrs and Panerais should point to the past in their aesthetic and size, and thus remain relatively large. Likewise, the Carrera reissue I posted a few pages back is the smallest watch that I have. Then again, I'm not a one watch kind of guy. I feel comfortable wearing anything from 36mm to 46mm. It does depend on the piece and situation.
     
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  4. Dino944

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    Thanks for clarifying and sharing a very interesting analogy, particularly since I have a friend who did precisely that (moved to a big home in the suburbs, but on a good day spends 3 hours per day (round trip_ commuting to NYC...it can take longer if the weather is bad. Personally, I thought it was a bad idea, and although he hates the commute now, he still stands by his decision.

    Anyway, I would say, that the difference (among many) with your housing analogy is one has to consider their family, the commute of a working spouse, or will the spouse need to find another job closer to the new home, new school for kids, new friends for the kids, and the time spent commuting that cuts into free time with family, not to mention the far greater financial outlay and potential difficulty/cost of moving back closer to work if the suburbs turns out to be a mistake. With the watch there are no where near the number of variables or issues, its largely how you feel about it as it really only affects you. Not to mention, the comfort/wearability of a watch can vary from person to person based on the shape of the watch in question, its lugs, how far the winding crown protrudes and the wearer's wrist shape/structure, some people have a boney wrists others don't. In the end, if you decide its not for you, trading or selling a watch is thankfully a lot simpler than selling a house and moving a family closer to work again. Wishing you lots of luck with whatever you decide.
     
  5. TheWraith

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    I commute 4 hours a day (2 hours to work and 2 back again). I've been doing that for the majority of the last 23 years. You get used to it, you can do productive things on the train journey and my lifestyle is greatly improved by living outside Sydney while still being close enough to it to take advantage of its virtues (like watch boutiques ;) ).
     
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  6. Keith T

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    I've got me-self a Radiomir.

    I do wear it regularly.

    And and I have ...

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    "Not even a single letter?" LOL.

    Of course, I'm a non-discriminatory watch whore[​IMG], meaning I have zero problem wearing a Panerai 210, or at the other end of the scale, a diminutive vintage Curvex.

    I also happen to love the Fifty Fathoms, and have tried it on more than once (old pic below).


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    For me personally, I thought it did wear just a bit too large for a round watch. YMMV. Just depends on your own wrist size and shape.

    I've often said that if BlancpaiN ever releases something like it in the 40-42mm range, I'd be all over it like ... something on something else that it's really attracted to.

    LOVE the sapphire / lumed bezel, and of course all the history behind that watch.
     
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  7. BostonHedonist

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    Pretty cool. And under $6k
     
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    Thanks!
     
  9. Kaplan

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    What I had was a 44mm Luminor (177), not a Radiomir. I was very happy to own and wear it for a handful of years and I definitely didn't regret my purchase (and I sold it for 50% more than I had paid for it). Yes, I wore it casually, but except for the occasional socialising, I'm very rarely in a suit. Also, there wasn't anything uncomfortable about wearing it - the prime reason I let it go, was that I basically had come to prefer the aesthetic of a smaller watch. I still very much like that watch (and some other larger watches), but I'm satisfied with enjoying them from afar.
     
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  10. in stitches

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    I think my range for watch size is 36mm on the small end to 44mm on the large end, with 40ish being my sweet spot.

    Echoing Dino, trends will come and go, but the most important thing really is how it looks on your arm/wrist/hand, taking not just listed size, but also case/lugs/crown design into consideration.
     
  11. Thin White Duke

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    What are you sporting these days Stitchy?
    Do you still have that date-o-graph or did you flip it?

    I wonder about those in the business, if they have grail watches and once acquired they stop buying, or if, like some mechanics I know and their cars, they are constantly acquiring and flipping as their moods change.
     
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    Good question!

    Personally, I went from watch to watch for nearly a decade, but since I got the AP RO 15300, I liquidated everything else. I haven't had the urge to swap it. It has truly scratched the itch for me.

    From what I have noticed in the industry, there's a lot of both. There are people who switch what they wear almost every month, just selling off what they have on their wrist when a customer notices it and replacing it with something else, and there are also those who wear the same thing for years and years.
     
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  13. IGotId

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    Just curious, what color dial?
     
  14. in stitches

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    Le white.
     
  15. Thin White Duke

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    Aye it's interesting peoples' different take on his. I've given it some thought and aside from a few quartz watches I've acquired, I've narrowed down my personal choices to four - one for high days and holy days, one for daily suit wear (blue Sub!) one for casual/weekends and one world timer for traveling.

    I noticed the SA at Diamonds and Dials in the Tampa Mall (they since moved out to St. P) wasn't wearing a watch. I asked him how come and he said someone had come into the shop and made him an offer for what he was wearing and he sold it right off his own wrist!
     
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    Does anyone here have experience with the Seiko sard007? Thinking about getting one. Thanks.
     
  17. tricky

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    The 15300 is my perfect one and only watch. I'm down to just a SubC LV and Explorer 1 39mm but would consider selling both for a 15300...if I could find a new one.
     
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    that would be quite the find!!

    BTW.........package coming your way this week.
     
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    Yeah it's likely impossible and would be seriously marked up...maybe they'll go back to 39mm one day though.

    And thanks a lot on the second point...hopefully better luck this time :)
     
  20. in stitches

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    Why not buy a pre-owned one and just send it in for a polish and service? Save alotta money over NOS and also actually attainable. Might be a long wait for a 15300 NOS.
     

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