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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. Concordia

    Concordia Well-Known Member

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    If you keep it simple, Lange is wonderfully effective. Maybe like Legal Seafood in that respect. The Saxonia (manual or automatic) is my current thought for a real dress gold watch-- not that I need one.
     
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    :slayer: MAZAL TOV!
     
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    I keep going back and forth on this - Saxonia or Calatrava 5119J
     
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    well, my grail ALS is certainly more attainable than a patek, but at over 100k, i would not exactly call it attainable for me. :(

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    i hear what you are saying. i think though that that lack of "harmony" is intentional on the ALSs, that is their look. anyhow, they are both unbelievable watches, but i were only to own one, id go patek.
     
  5. Dino944

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    Good luck with the AP shopping. I should have stated the prices I gave were the last prices I was aware of in the US, as of a few weeks ago. If you are outside the US, maybe your prices are different.
    For years, ALS has had a reputation for having a much higher level of finishing than Patek, and still being quite wearable (unlike F.P Journes which have a reputation for poor reliability and constantly being sent for repairs). Personally, the only ALS that speaks to me is the Lange 1. To me, it really has a unique dial layout, and was the first brand to use the Grand Date (I know it was developed by JLC). Also, the case on that was a great size at 38.5mm, large enough to remain current even with the trend for larger watches (although, they have come out with a larger size for those who insist on larger is better). Its a watch that just looks perfect on the wrist. Sadly, I've never really warmed up to the 1815, and I love the movement but not the dial on the Datograph. As for Patek, I find them very hit or miss. Some of their complicated pieces are really beautiful, but many of their simpler pieces (even some of the lesser complications such as the annual calendar watches), I find very stodgy and boring when it comes to their designs...and in many circumstances grossly overpriced.
     
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    Congrats Hampton! Which model did you go with? Did you figure out a deal using the correct pricing?
    I'd personally skip ref. 5119. The lugs on it are too small, very weak, and easily damaged. I'd never buy that one. Our local PP AD showed me one that came back after the owner accidentally hit it against a doorway. Broke the freakin lug right off! All they could do is solder it, and it will never be as strong. I'd only buy a Patek where the lug was an intregral part of the case rather than added on like on a 5119...but thats just my 2 cents.
     
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    but it is a beautifully simple and elegant watch.

    also, while some of the simpler models are a bit boring, at least in pictures, in person they are always better, i would be more than happy to have one of these annual calendars.


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    sidebar - the ALS watch box with the winder, in one of the links before, was unreal.
     
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  8. Hampton

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    Thank you all for the help. Very happy with it. Get ready to be bored out with this watch in this tread, 24H posting of my baby :)

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    :bounce2: looks wonderful!! :bounce2:

    wear it in good health :)
     
  10. Hampton

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    Thanks you stitchy and for all your help :)
     
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    Stitches, Interesting that you posted this watch. I bought the DSSD last week, so I pretty much completed the SS Rolex lineup. Thinking of a DD 2 in white gold or adding the above annual calendar later this year. Kindly educate me on this watch.

    Regards.
     
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    my pleasure!


    firstly, congrats on your DSSD, great watch.

    well, what would you like to know exactly? it is beautiful, for starters.

    it is also available with a white dial.

    check the link below for all the specs, and an awesome 360 degree view.

    http://www.patek.com/contents/default/en/5205G_001.html

    i believe the list price is just under 50k.
     
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    Thanks, wearing the DSSD now, it wears big and small at the same time! I feel its big and appropriately heavy but from the observers perspective it looks like a Sub....as the dial is no bigger. Its got the *right* wrist presence compared to my sub, subc, SD.
    The PP above....Whats the durability as a daily wear watch, does it scratch easily, and overall is a daily use watch worn in rotation? I tend to wear them a week or so at a time every 6-12 weeks.
    I had the PP Worldtime and hated it. This one is new for $43 to me, so a little more than the world time, but i am not really careful with watches. Dropped a brand new Panerai on tile wearing it first week....that watch didnt take too kindly to tile floor in the bathroom!! I dont plan on ever dropping a watch again, but i do bump them against stuff :(
     
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    glad the DSSD is working out so well for ya.

    i have never owned that patek :(

    but i would imagine that it would not take too kindly to hard bangs, the very polished surface would likely get dinged up quick.

    buy it and let me wear it as a proxy, ill take excellent care of it, guaranteed!

    what do you have in your collection at present?
     
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    Appreciate the proxy offer, but i very capable of banging it up myself :).
    I have a bunch of Rolex, SS vintage to modern, TT and a yellow one. IWC chrono, Panerai 112, 312, JLC MUT and a VC thats older dress watch. I like the Rolex as they tolerate a ton of abuse and keep on ticking as long as I send them off for service.
    The others pretty much stay on the winders in the safe, the Panerai dont even fit the wolf winders so they just sit! :embar: Tried a PP and it stayed in the box, but it was the best looking box which is somewhere in this thread, so i got rid of it. Maybe i should stick to the Camry of watches....Rolex.
     
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  17. Hampton

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    Very nice. Everyone who has AP now I consider a brother :)
     
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    Since you guys are discussing Lange, I think the rose gold Langematik Limited Edition for Wempe is quite nice.

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    The yellow gold or platinum versions aren't bad either.

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  19. Hampton

    Hampton Well-Known Member

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    My father has a Lange & Sohne that he is very happy with. Good watches and a classic look, will work great with suits.
     
  20. Dino944

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    Sorry Stitch, I have to disagree. Most of their simple watches that are boring in pictures are just as boring in person. I've handled lots of them, and my father has owned a few Pateks (Calatrava, Nautilus,, and a few of their pieces with complications). A few of their simple dress watches look good, but for the most part unless you get one with some complications, most look like they belong in an old age home and overpriced. But we all have our dreams, and you're a good guy, so if a Patek is your dream watch I hope you are able to make it happen [​IMG]

    Congrats on your RO 26300. The blue and orange is an interesting combination. I tried that model a while ago and its very cool ! Enjoy it and wear it in good health!


    The case on that is more durable than some of their offerings since the lugs are an integral part of the case. My Dad at various times used Pateks as daily wearers but he really babies his watches. If you are really tough on your watches, stay away from Patek unless you don't mind sending it in for service every 2 year or so. A friend of mine who is really tough on his watches and owned several restaurants and was always banging the hell of out them around the kitchen. They could take some abuse, and being fair to the watches, he really is tough on his watches, however he got rid of his Pateks as he realized they just weren't up to what he was putting them through. He also got tired of spending $2K or so every 2 years to fix his watches (most times they required more than just a cleaning, because of all the hard knocks they sustained). Good luck.
     
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