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Foo - I share your mehness on Nomos. I keep wanting to like them, but they just leave me feeling ambivalent. I respect the hell out of the product and the work behind it, but I have yet to see something from Nomos that makes me happy. If I'm spending thousands of dollars on a luxury purchase, my emotional state better start at happy and go straight through euphoria.
Nomos engenders the Bauhaus aesthetic; it’s German. You’re not supposed to be happy.
 

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Okay, okay—I will relinquish my Lange hate for the purposes of this exercise. Excellent combo and slightly less obvious than the other two you mention.

The GMT needs no validation. It is another potential one-watch candidate and doesn’t even really need a partner. Aesthetically, the Pepsi is a standout. No other watch expresses so much color so well. You can wear this with anything short of black tie. Personally, I would never bother actually using the GMT function, but I do love the romance of travel that it expresses.

Although I don’t like Langes, I cannot deny that the 1815 is great value for money, very high quality, and one of the more versatile dress watches around. You can more easily wear this casually than a Tank, yet it does pretty much everything else a Tank can do. It’s only real de-merit is that it is not a Patek Calatrava :devil:

Together, you have a fantastic pair. Between the two, so much ground covered: steel and precious metal, bracelet and strap, complicated and simple, sport and dress, Swiss and German, etc. Very well thought out (or fortuitous!).
The GMT has been essentially my only watch and daily driver for the past 15 years, apart from the Sub I don't think there is a more versatile Rolex or maybe even watch in general. I have a some family in Europe, so the GMT function actually comes in fairly handy with phone calls and stuff

I dig the 1815 because I like straight forward, simple watches and this one kind of hovers the dress watch/normal watch line with the Arabic numbers and railroad tracks on the dial and sub-seconds dial. I do enjoy a classic Calatrava like the 5022 and your 5296, I think if I was to more strictly play the game with an ALS I would have selected a the Saxonia Ultra thin, but I'd rather have something more versatile since luxury watches are a luxury for me, and I don't ever really see myself going much beyond a 2 watch collection unless we start counting things like a beater Casio or Apple Watch
 

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The GMT has been essentially my only watch and daily driver for the past 15 years, apart from the Sub I don't think there is a more versatile Rolex or maybe even watch in general. I have a some family in Europe, so the GMT function actually comes in fairly handy with phone calls and stuff

I dig the 1815 because I like straight forward, simple watches and this one kind of hovers the dress watch/normal watch line with the Arabic numbers and railroad tracks on the dial and sub-seconds dial. I do enjoy a classic Calatrava like the 5022 and your 5296, I think if I was to more strictly play the game with an ALS I would have selected a the Saxonia Ultra thin, but I'd rather have something more versatile since luxury watches are a luxury for me, and I don't ever really see myself going much beyond a 2 watch collection unless we start counting things like a beater Casio or Apple Watch
I much prefer the 1815 over the Saxonia. The old-timey numerals on the 1815 are the only way to cohere with the overall old-timey Lange look. Whenever they do batons, it looks Frankenstein. If one wants minimal and modern looking, one does not generally turn to Lange.
 

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IMO, Nomos watches look like something found at Ikea. I've yet to really warm-up to them or even consider them viable in the realm of watches I typically like.

They're like the White Claw of watches :hide:
 
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Nomos watches look like something at Ikea IMO, I've yet to really warm-up wot them or even consider them viable in the realm of watches I typically like.

They're like the White Claw of watches :hide:
Generally agreed. I do not enjoy that they look like an early 20th century Bauhaus clock shrunken down to fit on your wrist. The classic Calatrava is a more honest and successful expression of a Bauhaus wristwatch. As mentioned, they seem marketed to those who want to signal an interest or expertise in design or architecture.

That said the example that @pmeis shared is a standard. The light grey dial greatly softens the look and adds a lot of tonality to a design that otherwise tends to lack nuance.

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It warms my heart to see that Zenith kept the same size tonneau case for the Shadow and Revival watches that it used for the vintage A384/A385/A3817/A3818 watches instead of supersizing it to appeal to modern tastes. My wrist is just under 7" and I think my vintage A385 (37 mm) wears very nicely.

I hate to pile on Nomos, but their watches don't do anything for me either. I think it's the lugs that point straight out from the case. Then again I own a GO, which is even more hated by posters in this thread than Nomos, so my taste is suspect. :devil:
 

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thanks man 👍

I came into these because I pounced on respective opportunities. The tank I got a sick deal on and the sub was offered to me by my AD sooner than expected, although the timing was still right and so I pulled the trigger.

I have other watches and am trying to figure out the next move. Ideally, I want a 3-4 watch collection which will be my watch wardrobe. I'd like to add a 36MM DD to my collection but am not quite sure about which permutation.

This is in fact a nuanced proposition since many other watches could fit the bill. But like others have stated, the 2 in question are the archetypical models in our society. So do I veer from that or stay content?
Have you thought about adding some strap and/or bracelet variations ? Mesh bracelets, different color leathers, exotics like alligator, rustic thick leather, etc.. It can really open up the versatility.

For example, the Submariner with a casual brown leather strap is a totally different look and vibe.
 
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Personally, since I don't need a dress watch, my two watch collection consists of a no-date Sub and an IWC Mk XV, as they're both my favourite design in their respective catagories.
To me you have the perfect collection. Two iconic watches, no overlap.

I try to maintain a single watch in each tool watch category that I like. I can't do just two. For instance a diver, a pilot's chronograph and a GMT/dual timezone watch.

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I'd consider giving up the Pelagos for an 116600 but the Pelagos fills the diver slot perfectly and I love the titanium. I also wear straps on all but the GMT so I can get a lot of mileage out of these three.
 
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Have you thought about adding some strap and/or bracelet variations ? Mesh bracelets, different color leathers, exotics like alligator, rustic thick leather, etc.. It can really open up the versatility.

For example, the Submariner with a casual brown leather strap is a totally different look and vibe.
I have, although the native design is so sound that most modifications ruin the look for me. But I can appreciate where you're coming from - a change in strap could potentially make the watch feel totally different - I did that on my RG Tank and it pops!
 

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To me you have the perfect collection. Two iconic watches, no overlap.

I try to maintain a single watch in each tool watch category that I like. I can't do jus two. For instance a diver, a pilot's chronograph and a GMT/dual timezone watch.

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I'd consider giving up the Pelagos for an 116600 but the Pelagos fills the diver slot perfectly and I love the titanium. I also wear straps on all but the GMT so I can a lot of mileage out of these three.
Visual style wise, the 3 are similar. If you only wear the GMT on the OEM bracelet, I would probably leave the others on straps that are diferent. Brown leather and black alligator for example.
 

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I have, although the native design is so sound that most modifications ruin the look for me. But I can appreciate where you're coming from - a change in strap could potentially make the watch feel totally different - I did that on my RG Tank and it pops!
The straps add variety until your collection grows. Just me. Depending on what clothes I am wearing, I might change the strap on my Speedmaster.


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Glad you are content.....I need to get there someday!
3 things help me with staying contend: First, I don't buy anything unless I really love it. Second, I'm extremely picky, which means that there are very few watches that I would actually like to own (and I wouldn't want to own more than maybe 5 anyway - I'm not a collector). And third, while a great deal of the pleasure for me is in the hunt and research for just the right thing, I've realised that even when that ends with a purchase, it only very shortly sates the desire for something new 'to hunt' - so unless it's something just right the purchase part becomes easy to just skip.

Any other want-to-haves?
As mentioned above, I'm way too specific in my taste to actually really like anything on offer at the moment (at least anything that I know of, but I enjoy searching). But to give an idea of the kind of thing I would want, if they only would make them right, I posted a wish list a week ago. Another to add to that list would be a Patek very similar to yours (is it automatic? It would have to be) and ideally, no date.
 

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