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Meh, disagree. Montblanc is turning out some excellent watches and very good values these days.
If I wanted something from a new mechanical watch company then I'd pick a company that is devoted to watches and achieved something others didn't, e.g. Nomos, not a company that's trying to capitalise on a brand from another industry.
 

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Looks like a great jacket and watch, for what must be a cold day!
It's 60 degrees here. If I don't start wearing this, I'll never get to :redface:
 

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If I wanted something from a new mechanical watch company then I'd pick a company that is devoted to watches and achieved something others didn't, e.g. Nomos, not a company that's trying to capitalise on a brand from another industry.
I mean, I understand what you're saying, but not everyone cares about brand history. Personally, I would buy a half dozen different Montblanc watches before I considered a Nomos. The DNA of the company means less to me than the beauty and quality of the product.
 

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I mean, I understand what you're saying, but not everyone cares about brand history. Personally, I would buy a half dozen different Montblanc watches before I considered a Nomos. The DNA of the company means less to me than the beauty and quality of the product.
What’s your issue with Nomos?
 

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I mean, I understand what you're saying, but not everyone cares about brand history. Personally, I would buy a half dozen different Montblanc watches before I considered a Nomos. The DNA of the company means less to me than the beauty and quality of the product.
If you want beauty and heritage, there is only one option.
 

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What’s your issue with Nomos?
No issue with the company...I respect what they're doing from a watchmaking standpoint. I just don't find their designs appealing. I really wanted to buy a Club, in fact...until I tried it on. I just don't bond with them.
 

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all - im thinking of buying my first high end watch, i really like the montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum. I can pick one up for about £3k. is this a good deal or should i be steared to a better watch?
I think for anyone to give you an educated answer, we'd have to know a lot more about what you're looking for and your price range. There are "classic" options for different styles of watches and different price points, but I would encourage you to expound more on what you like/don't like. what you would wear it for/wear it with, and how much you are willing to spend.
 

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Well I actually looked at the watch Rich Williams wanted and would suggest one of the following if he is looking for alternatives:
Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Grey World
Fredrique Constant Worldtime
Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer

Of course the PP and Vacheron suggestions would fit the bill but I suspect are outside his budget. The forum standard Rolex/Nomos response, though fine their watches are, I find at odds with what he is looking at.
 

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Well I actually looked at the watch Rich Williams wanted and would suggest one of the following if he is looking for alternatives:
Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Grey World
Fredrique Constant Worldtime
Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer

Of course the PP and Vacheron suggestions would fit the bill but I suspect are outside his budget. The forum standard Rolex/Nomos response, though fine their watches are, I find at odds with what he is looking at.
This is a good post and I just looked up the suggestions, all of which at first glance are some decent looking watches.

But to the OP I would suggest that you re-examine exactly why you want a worldtimer. If you’re stuck on that style of watch, good luck to you in your search, but a word of caution from me...

As a frequent traveller, I took a liking to the IWC Portugese Yacht Club World Timer with the metallic grey dial. In some ways it’s two watches in one as along with the traditional movement is an inner rotating ring which makes one revolution every 24 hours and tells the time across all time zones along with your ‘home’ time.
The issues for me were -
1. The watch was HUGE both in circumference and height
2. At my vintage with gradually diminishing visual acuity it was very difficult to read the font size of the city-name time zones around the dial edge
3. Once the novelty faded I found I really didn’t care what time it was in Bangkok, Rio or wherever else. I travel a lot for work but only really need to know the time where I’m at and the time where I live. I don’t care what time it is anywhere else in the world.
4. Unless you wear it all day or enjoy resetting it you have to keep it on a winder to keep the time correct.

Result? I flipped it for a Heuer Autavia chronograph with a manual rotating 1 to 12 bezel which is easy to adjust as I move to different time zones and back, and easy to read the time in both places even with my declining vision! There are many other choices for watches with rotating 1-12 bezels although I’m not sure of your budget. I know @Andy57 has the SPECTRE version of the Omega Seamaster which has a similar set up.

YMMV of course but I urge you to consider the above before dropping a lot of dough on a watch with features you may never / rarely use. Good luck!
 

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Get a watch from a watch company, not a fountain pen company. 3k will get you a decent vintage piece.
I have a Montblanc Ultra Slim and I'm pretty impressed by it. Actually, I think they are putting out some pretty compelling pieces and it seems to be a bit lazy to write them off as a pen company.
 

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Put the 116500 on a cordovan strap I had lying around to match with my carmina's, love how the strap changes the watch. Looks more toned down. Old strap from Bulang & Sons, single layer cordovan so it's like a second skin.

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I had always been enamored with world timers. I hated everything I had on wrist until I got my JLC geographic, which gives me the second time zone without an encumbered dial. The most recent iteration also gets rid of the date for purists. I like my date window.

Get a watch from a watch company, not a fountain pen company. 3k will get you a decent vintage piece.
The minerva pieces from Mont Blanc are wonderful.

No issue with the company...I respect what they're doing from a watchmaking standpoint. I just don't find their designs appealing. I really wanted to buy a Club, in fact...until I tried it on. I just don't bond with them.
I share your feelings on Nomos. Amazing watches, but the bauhaus designs do nothing for me. I kept wanting to like them but never could.
 

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My thoughts about Mont Blanc, as you said @usctrojans31 the Minerva pieces are amazing. Truely amazing.
But the brand Mont Blanc as a watch brand isn't really convincing to me neither.

The issue I have is the fact that they offer pieces at low entry prices and pieces such like the Minerva ones. It feels as if they don't really know what they're heading for (at least to me).
 

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I suppose I am happy for the Frey family, but nothing good has really come out of the sale of Minerva. It was a special company when it was family owned and making relatively simple watches. Now, no real appeal to me, even if they turn out some cool stuff for Montblanc.
 

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I suppose I am happy for the Frey family, but nothing good has really come out of the sale of Minerva. It was a special company when it was family owned and making relatively simple watches. Now, no real appeal to me, even if they turn out some cool stuff for Montblanc.
Here is an example of what was lost:


Simple, clean design. No mess
 

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