Help Me Pick Out a <6k Dress Watch

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  1. J. Cogburn

    J. Cogburn Senior member

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    This would be easy for me if money were no object; Patek Phillipe. But alas, it is, and I could use some advice. Short of the ideal, these are my criteria:

    1. <$6k.
    2. Few complications beyond a second-hand and perhaps date.
    3. Roman numerals on the face (partially or fully).
    4. Round face.
    5. Pink gold case.
    6. Black crocodile strap.

    OK, that's pretty specific, so if I have to vary a little to get close to this package, I'm game.
     
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    sorry, do you mean more than $6k, or less than? You've posted >$6k, which would mean greater than, but your tone implies less
     


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    Fixed. You're right. Other edits also tendered to sharpen the criteria.
     


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    admittedly i haven't found the perfect one in a few minutes of googling (mostly looking at ebay) i think you would do tremendously well with a vintage omega deville or speedmaster; they look wonderful on croc straps, and their pink gold was exquisite. hope this helps a bit.
     


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    Seems like your criteria are rather narrow. Roman numerals? Really? Pink gold --this stuff has been a big fad for the last five years. I know that there are some classic pink gold pieces but most of it lately seems like gimmickry. I'm not sure you can get all of this in one production piece. I believe there's probably a Rolex that meets most of your criteria but the price would probably go north of 6k. Maybe something by IWC. Keep in mind that you can buy a lot of watch for half of the budget you describe. It probably wouldn't be pink gold, however.
     


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    Checked prices at prestige time.com. The cheapest gold JLC is now over 10k ? I gifted someone a VC Patrimony Traditionelle some time back and it was around 15k. Now it's over 20k.

    Anyways, the watch I thought I would suggest were the basic Breguet manual wind or the JLC ultra thin. Both are now north of 10k
     


  7. J. Cogburn

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    Not wild about the Omega's for the office. Nice watches though.


    Yeah, it's a wish list, but I'm willing to be flexible. I'll trade yellow gold for the pink gold. I'll punt on the crocodile band as long as I switch out the band I'm stuck with. And I'm sure not wed to $6k. If I can get that watch for less, then it's all good.

    Now, God-help-me for offering this thought given how I gather Baume & Mercier are felt about around here, but I quite like this watch from an aesthetic point of view
     


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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure "gold-plated" is the only way I can swing this.
     


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    Of course, if I want to go quartz, I can always save a lot of money and go with Ole Mathiesen. Note the watch with the black croc band and roman numerals.
     


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    I would go for an Omega as well, great quality and brand. Go for a Seamaster or de Ville
     


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    Yes. I wear an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5 daily (it also fulfills my Bond obsession),and I would love to purchase a Speedmaster Professional or De Ville as a dress watch.

    I currently have a vintage 67' De Ville that I love, I need to get a new strap for it however.
     


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    You can buy a croc strap anywhere, for any watch. I wouldn't factor that in to a search. I also think you are looking for Rose Gold. May have better luck looking for that search term. Keep in mind those are almost always plated and will damage over time. I suggest either a solid SS, or a very strong plating that will last.

    Check out a watch forum (watchuseek). Will give you a lot more suggestions and it will be from "watch people". They work great with a search like you are doing by listing the features you want or don't want.
     


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