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

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

  1. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    The only thing I'll add is that several of the German grey market dealers on chrono24 will sell you a new Orion for 25 - 30% off the retail price. I used mychrono a few weeks ago and was very pleased with the transaction. Before buying used, I would at least check out what a new version will cost you.
     
  2. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Generally I am familiar with grey market in regards to electronics, but what constitutes a grey market watch? I am looking at Chrono24 right now and there are definitely some attractive prices there, including new Orions for ~$1500, which is doable if I hold off another month or so. How do I know which ones are grey market?
     
  3. Joenobody0

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    Brought in to the country legally, but not through the official distribution system = grey. Assuming you're in the USA, anything sent by a dealer from overseas will be grey. Anything bought from nomos directly or one of their dealers (watch buys, toppers, etc) isn't grey. It's not really a meaningful distinction, at least for nomos.
     
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  4. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Ah, got it. Simple enough.
     
  5. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    The Orion is a fantastic dress watch. Not just in terms of bang for buck, just fantastic overall. It's more attractive than many watches that are far more expensive. It is a great first step into the world of nice watches and it may be the only step you'll need to take.
     
  6. Joenobody0

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    One great thing about nomos - super cheap and quick movement service. It's an underrated aspect of ownership. Beware the larger cased watches with the old movement though, the sub-second register moves too far from the bezel. .
     
  7. New Shoes1

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    This. The sale is technically from an AD with a stamped warranty card that is valid, which is different from how it usually is with a grey market vendor like Jomashop.
     
  8. Dino944

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    I've never been a fan of the 7 Day IWC Portuguese. I just don't like its dial at all. But if it puts a smile on your face go for it.
     
  9. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I think it's a pretty watch, but so thick for what it is. Knock the diameter down my 3mm and the height by 20%, and then we're talking.
     
  10. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    :cheers: here's to 100 pages of the "new" thread! (just happened to notice)
     
  11. Texasmade

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    I only have 50 pages with 40 posts a page.
     
  12. tigerpac

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    This. While I think it's a pretty watch I feel like it is a better 'in theory' watch than on the wrist.
     
  13. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Senior member

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    Something about it just looks off to me as well, if we're talking about the one with blue numerals.

    In any event, I don't think that would be my preferred IWC if I had the choice.
     
  14. TheTukker

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    Thanks guys - I actually think a date window is key for me and think that the date window at 6 is probably the ideal spot. The 7 day portuguese may be too big overall, but I think it's one of those watches that got the date window down.
     
  15. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Senior member

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    Can't fault you. At the end of the day, you're spending your money, so it's for the best that you get what you really want!
     

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