Bought a Patek 5196P

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  1. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Hi all,
    Just sharing the excitement! I've ordered a Patek 5196 in platinum from an authorized dealer. I'm really excited! I think it's one of the most elegant, classic watches I've ever seen. The colors, the design - I just think it's really spectacular. It's pretty rare and hard to come by - so I should have it in 6 to 8 weeks. Will post pics when it arrives.
    Z
     
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    GQgeek Senior member

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    Nice! Looking forward to the pics. Were you considering it a long time or was it an impulse buy? ;p
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I thought about it quite a bit, but I must admit it was a bit of an impulse. I was actually leaning for a while toward a perpetual calendar or something a lot more complicated. But, believe it or not, I'm actually much happier with the top of the line Calatrava than I would be with a mid-range complication. For one thing, I want a dress watch rather than something thick and bulky. The 5196 is manual wound and is super thin. For another thing, it works also for my psychologically - it's hard to explain, but I'm not one for compromise, and I like the idea of having the best dress watch Patek makes; I would have some discomfort with a complicated watch that didn't have a tourbillon and a minute repeater and other absurdly expensive complications, because anything less is just a compromise for the sake of money. I don't know - it's hard to explain. But for what it is, the 5196 is as good as it gets. Of course, all this reasoning is beyond my thinking that it's absolutely beautiful.
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    This is the model.

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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That is a gorgeous watch. Truly elegant. I share your fondness for simplicity, and I think you made an excellent choice.

    One day I'd like to own a Patek. But all these clothes keep needing to be bought...
     
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    I was also shopping for a new watch recently. I understand what you are saying about compromise. I found the PPs to be a bit small for my taste - since Iv'e gotten used to wearing a 40mm watch. I am probably leaning towards a JLC at the moment.

    If you dont mind my asking what sort of discount did you get? I hear 20% is about standard. Is that true?
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Unfortunately, this is apparently a "rare" and hard to find model and pretty much sells for MSRP from an authorized dealer. I shopped around quite a bit.
     
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    Demeter Senior member

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    zjp, this is an absolute beauty.

    I think you made the right choice. I muchly prefer Patek's dress watches to their complications. The most aesthetic complications I've seen are those made by Ulysse Nardin and Vacheron Constantin.
     
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    I was also shopping for a new watch recently. I understand what you are saying about compromise. I found the PPs to be a bit small for my taste - since Iv'e gotten used to wearing a 40mm watch. I am probably leaning towards a JLC at the moment.

    If you dont mind my asking what sort of discount did you get? I hear 20% is about standard. Is that true?

    40mm is absolutely huge for a dress watch or any watch not used for intensive purposes for that matter.
     
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    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    I was also shopping for a new watch recently. I understand what you are saying about compromise. I found the PPs to be a bit small for my taste - since Iv'e gotten used to wearing a 40mm watch. I am probably leaning towards a JLC at the moment.

    If you dont mind my asking what sort of discount did you get? I hear 20% is about standard. Is that true?



    20% off on a brand new, popular model PP would be quite a feat.
     
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    40mm is absolutely huge for a dress watch or any watch not used for intensive purposes for that matter.

    Well this is the watch I wear:
    http://www.watchbuys.com/Master/NI-023.htm

    I think it looks reasoanbly dressy. I am 6'0 185 - and I dont think it looks too big. I actually think that these days 40mm is average theese days.
     
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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Z, that is a gorgeous watch. Quite frankly, many of the watches that people ooh and aah over here leave me scratching my head. You've bought a classic piece. Congratulations!
     
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    you never, ever, go wrong with a patek...

    is this model an automatic?
     
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    Wow. Whatever you paid for that beauty, it was worth it.
     
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    is this model an automatic?


    It sure ain't a quartz, that's for sure.

    z, as usual your taste is impeccable.
     

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