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Or, possibly, more.

Since we're on thought experiments here's another -- you can own only one Rolex and it can't be in steel?
 

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Since we're on thought experiments here's another -- you can own only one Rolex and it can't be in steel?
I think gold is too soft for a bracelet watch in frequent wear, so it's gotta be something in platinum.

This pretty much leaves the Day-Date or Daytona. (A handful of Oysterquartz were produced in platinum, and there are probably a few other models out there which were made as one-offs.)

I'd lean toward the Daytona, with the DD a close runner-up.
 

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I think gold is too soft for a bracelet watch in frequent wear, so it's gotta be something in platinum.
What's the main concern over time, scratching or bracelet stretch?
 

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What's the main concern over time, scratching or bracelet stretch?
It just gets rounded off and starts looking kinda shitty over time, especially on the contact areas of the bracelet. Platinum is noticeably more hard-wearing and keeps its edges far better.

Not an issue for people who are super-cautious about how they wear their watches, but that ain't me.

On the plus side, the ceramic sleeves in the bracelet pins of newer PM models drastically reduce the abrasive wear that's usually referred to as “stretch”, so that’s become a non-issue.
 

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I think gold is too soft for a bracelet watch in frequent wear, so it's gotta be something in platinum.

This pretty much leaves the Day-Date or Daytona. (A handful of Oysterquartz were produced in platinum, and there are probably a few other models out there which were made as one-offs.)

I'd lean toward the Daytona, with the DD a close runner-up.
Gold may be a soft metal, but I wear this ALL the time and it honestly doesn’t show. Keep in mind that Rolex covers their bracelet screws in ceramic (only on the DD40). Absolutely zero stretch.
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Gold may be a soft metal, but I wear this ALL the time and it honestly doesn’t show. Keep in mind that Rolex covers their bracelet screws in ceramic (only on the DD40). Absolutely zero stretch.View attachment 1345141
For sure.

It's just that in the hypothetical situation where I'm limited to just one Rolex, I'm gonna be wearing it every day for everything, so I'd go with platinum for the extra toughness and the characteristic patina that it develops with wear.
 

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For sure.

It's just that in the hypothetical situation where I'm limited to just one Rolex, I'm gonna be wearing it every day for everything, so I'd go with platinum for the extra toughness and the characteristic patina that it develops with wear.
I see your point. One last thing to consider: this watch weighs 190 pounds. In the summer, it’s not the most comfortable watch to wear. Further, it has no micro extension system. I was caught in between links and had to order a 1.5 mm link. Cost be $1,000. Platinum would be much worse. I think the best daily watch is the white gold Daytona. None of the issues I just described apply to it.
 

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I'd go with the Smurf, just for something you won't see on many other wrists.
 

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PP's waiting lists are certainly no longer chronological. That 3-year wait for a 5711 you were quoted 4 years ago? "Since you don't have a history of purchases with our boutique, then I'm afraid you're looking at another 3 - 4 years, sir." Assuming that they keep you on the list at all. Still, at least they are being open about it.

This idea of ADs selling sought-after models above MSRP - is this an exclusively north American thing? I've not seen this ever happening in the UK, although my watch purchase history does not extend very far back. If it used to be common (in the US and/or elsewhere) and is now prohibited by manufacturers - and sales to grey dealers/flippers risk cancellation of the AD's contract - then the habit of ADs selectively holding back in-demand models to motivate/reward their highest-spending customers is an understandable strategy (still frustrating though).
Wait lists at most dealers have never been chronological except with maybe a few very decent ADs. I knew one, who used to take a $500 deposit to put you on a list. He would give you an approximate time, and one would often get the watch maybe 2 months earlier than he projected. When I asked about the deposit he said it was often enough to keep would be flippers from taking up space on the wait list. However, most dealers will skip the order on the list as a favor to "Better clients."

As for ADs charging over list price, I haven't encountered a Patek AD asking over MSRP. However, years ago some Rolex ADs in the US were regularly charging over list price for steel Daytonas (anywhere from a 50% premium, to double the MSRP). From what I have heard, Rolex told US ADs they are not to do that, and I have not heard of ADs charging over list price on new pieces in a very long time.

Sorry.....stainless Daytona.
Definitely an odd transaction. However, in the past when things were slow at some dealers would make harder to get pieces available. My Dad went to an AD in 2009 asking for a steel Daytona and with some negotiating he got the watch with a 5% discount off the MSRP. Around 2013 or 2014, my wife and I popped into a jewelry store (also a Rolex AD). I had never done business with them, and while my wife was looking at jewelry, the sales man near the Rolex showcase volunteered they had a white dial steel Daytona if I was interested. I wasn't as I preferred the black dial, which I already owned.
 

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Since we're on thought experiments here's another -- you can own only one Rolex and it can't be in steel?
Rose gold black dial Daytona...I'm not that tough on my watches. If it were living on a deserted island, then I'd choose platinum as it is more durable than gold.
 

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