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an draoi

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I generally wear my Apple Watch, but for some reason during the quarantine, I've been wearing my Submariner every day. It's so nice not to have my watch constantly pinging me with notifications. Everything has slowed down and it's very peaceful to have a watch that is just a watch.

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* adopts Derek Zoolander voice *

Just a watch?! JUST A WATCH?!?! I DON'T THINK SO!

That is an officially certified superlatively chronometastic tool watch.
 

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I generally wear my Apple Watch, but for some reason during the quarantine, I've been wearing my Submariner every day. It's so nice not to have my watch constantly pinging me with notifications. Everything has slowed down and it's very peaceful to have a watch that is just a watch.

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Now here's a story that will NOT resonate with most here: before I bought my Submariner, I looked at all the different watches and learned about movements, etc. While I was saving up for the watch I just assumed that my Submariner would be the first of many luxury watches -- next I'd get a GMT, then an S/S Daytona, followed by Vacherons, Pateks, etc. Now, I had no idea how I was going to pay for any of these future purchases but... you know how it is.

To my amazement, as soon as I got my Submariner I immediately lost all interest in nice watches. It was like flipping a switch - I was cured just like that. It's been 15 years and I'm still cured. I still admire nice watches, but it's just that.... admiration from afar. If I ever get a big windfall and have more money than I can spend, then sure -- I'll pick up a Vacheron and maybe a Day-Date. But if I never buy another watch that's fine with me. Weird, right?
If you're going to go with One Watch, the Sub is a great choice.

Do you also feel the same with other luxury items such as cars, shoes, etc.?
 

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Picking up a new watch for my birthday today. Was going to go with the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, but I already have a Breitling Navitimer, so it seems redundant if I am going to drop $5k+.

I have never liked Rolex much at all, but I made myself look at every single model recently and have since come around to fall in love with the Explorer I (I was first drawn to the submariner no date, but it's a bit too recognizable and also has some of the redundancy I want to avoid). My local AD is a family friend and made an appointment for me to come in the supposed only one in their vault. So today should be a good day and I'll have months now to just sit and look at it. Good times.
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Boy is this Explorer special.

I was told no one just walks into a store and buys a Rolex--always lists, etc. So happy birthday to me for deciding two days ago I wanted this particular watch.

I was really lucky they had this, too. Rolex has been unable to ship a bunch of watches to ADs and this store jumped on a bunch of stock and has been making private appointments. So if I didn't buy this today, I would have had to wait a while to find another. So they're not having any problems moving them, but Rolex apparently has a lot of stock waiting to be sent off to ADs once they open again.
 

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I didn’t realize the Explorer was one of those “wait list” watches.
Still, a handsome piece. Enjoy it.
 

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Do you attribute that to your love of the Sub, or just a general contentment with one nice watch, regardless of what it is?
If you're going to go with One Watch, the Sub is a great choice.

Do you also feel the same with other luxury items such as cars, shoes, etc.?
You know, it's hard to identify the root cause of the sudden and unexpected cure of my watch addiction. I like my Sub, but I don't think it's the greatest watch in the world or anything. There are a lot of nice watches out there. So I do have eyes for other watches, it's just that I'm never tempted to stray, you might say, LOL. When the Sub came along I just lost interest in all the others. I still appreciate them but I don't have any urge to buy them, and I never ask myself whether I'd happier with another watch.

As for other luxury goods, there's no uniform rule. I love cars but buy them as infrequently as possible -- I just drive the old ones until the wheels fall off. My wife's car is creeping up on 200,000 miles so I'll replace it soon, hopefully with a Model Y. But I'll probably keep driving my Audi until it's no longer worth fixing. It's a nice car and has never given me any problems. The electronics are already pretty dated but... I'm not motivated to buy a new car just to get better electronics. Many people lease so that they can drive a new car every few years, and I've thought about doing that too, but... when you chase the latest and greatest, the chase never seems to end. If I were one year into a 3-year lease and a better car came along, I just KNOW I'd be counting the months until I could trade in my current car and get the better one. But that would be a shame, because it would impair my enjoyment of my current car.

Suits, same thing -- I bought 5 bespoke suits and 2 sport coats from one of those HK tailors about 14 years ago. They're finally getting a little shiny and threadbare so... I'll order some more from the same place. I buy new shirts when the white ones turn grey, or when the collars and cuffs start looking like Swiss cheese. It costs a little up front to buy the bespoke suits and sportcoats but over time they are an excellent value. I'd like to get some Saville Row suits, but paying five times more without getting five times the value -- that's a lot to ask. If money were no object I'd try a Saville Row tailor, sure. But money is an object for me, I'm lucky enough to be in a position to buy some of the things we enjoy here on SF, but my budget is not unlimited. I buy things like ties, business casual shirts, and khakis in fits and starts, one year I'll buy 10 shirts and 6 or 7 ties and then I'll go another year or two without buying anything.

When it comes to shoes I'm pretty much a crackhead. I hope it's impossible to overdose on shoes because if it is possible, my days are definitely numbered. There are people here on SF who have larger collections than I do but... I've got a pretty big collection. I've finally got my habit under control, to some extent, but it was raging for quite a while and I've got an embarrassingly large collection.

So I don't know why my watch addiction was cured with the first purchase. When I was in the market for my Sub I was sure I'd have a major watch habit but... it just went away all by itself, instantly. My shoe addiction still has me in its clutches, I like to think I've beaten it but the truth is that at any moment I could buy another 5 pairs. But watches... I just went cold turkey and never went through withdrawal. Who can explain it?
 

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I didn’t realize the Explorer was one of those “wait list” watches.
Still, a handsome piece. Enjoy it.
My impression from reading watch forums is that the "Big Four" are Daytona, Pepsi, Batgirl, and Hulk. When any of those are readily available at MSRP or below, we'll know that the Rolex bubble has burst.
 

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The blue dial stainless/gold Sky-Dweller is also much sought after.
 

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I agree that it’s not the greatest watch in the world. But it might be the greatest one-watch collection in the world.
+1 while neither my GMT Master II nor my Sub are my favorite. If push came to shove and I was left with one watch it would be one of those two. By far the best 1-watch candidates in my stable.
 

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After over a year of searching, finally found a suitable day-date, ref 18238. Almost NOS with the case back sticker still intact, 0 stretch in the bracelet, matte dial. Bad timing given the current environment. Not sure where I'll be wearing this but still enjoying this at home
 

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After over a year of searching, finally found a suitable day-date, ref 18238. Almost NOS with the case back sticker still intact, 0 stretch in the bracelet, matte dial. Bad timing given the current environment. Not sure where I'll be wearing this but still enjoying this at home
Wow, that is fantastic!!! Love the watch on it's own, but that German date wheel too...
 

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After over a year of searching, finally found a suitable day-date, ref 18238. Almost NOS with the case back sticker still intact, 0 stretch in the bracelet, matte dial. Bad timing given the current environment. Not sure where I'll be wearing this but still enjoying this at home
Congrats! :cheers: Looks great! It's rare to see a vintage Day-Date that is so crisp and new, and with the original brushed finish on the lugs. I've never seen an older DD in such nice condition. Gold being relatively soft and a lot of DDs being worn daily, even for very rigorous activities, many look like they have seen better days. You are basically getting to experience a nearly new condition vintage watch. Enjoy it!
 
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