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Bought a Patek 5196P

zjpj83

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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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Originally Posted by rajesh06
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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Originally Posted by rajesh06
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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Originally Posted by LabelKing
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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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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Originally Posted by acidicboy

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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