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

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

  1. onehotchili

    onehotchili Senior Member

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    Well, last night the wife and I went out for sushi on a date night.... I mentioned the my zeroing in on a new watch with a Patek at the top of the list. She basically gave me the go ahead on either watch.... and then said what about a new Rolex for her :). I've been eyeing one of the Blue Dial 114300 OP that were released at Baselworld last year for her. Looks like I'll be picking up one of those to keep her happy.

    I think she is just relieved I don't want to use more of this business deal $$$ towards a Richard Mille....
     


  2. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Agree with all of the above - sometime the obvious choice is obvious for a reason! If clasic vintage is your thing, then maybe take a look at Heuer: Autavia chronos are classic, there's also a weird calculator one. Very cool, and nods of approval all round from the aficionados, I would think. See also Lemania, but I think the Heuers are better looking and have the visual interest you want.

    If you want to go a bit left field, then two oddballs from me: 1. IWC Porsche Design chrono - a few different versions, and although they don't have bezels, they do look different. 2. Cartier Pasha: probably not what you were thinking, but some versions of the chrono have engraved bezels and it's an iconic and unusual design.
     


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    Thanks for the suggestions, all.. Keep them coming while I do some research.
     


  4. Journeyman

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    Second Mimo's suggestion that you consider Heuer if you're going vintage.

    The Heuer Autavia is an absolute classic, and prices have increased quite a lot over the past 5-10 years. It's pretty hard to find a good, round-cased one and the more common models are the 1970s ones with that classic, 1970s-style slightly elongated case.

    The Heuer Carrera is also a classic chrono and, while is doesn't have a bezel, it has a scale (albeit without numbers) that runs around the outside of the dial. There are some beautiful Carreras out there. The late 1990s re-edition is also nice, in my opinion, particularly the silver-dial version.

    The Breitling Navitimer looks a lot "busier" because of the slide-rule and various timing functions, but it's also a great, vintage chrono and you can get good examples pretty easily.

    Universal Geneve also made a nice, triple-register chrono with a tachymeter scale very similar to the Omega Speedy Pro.
     
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    My Speedy Pro :)

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    If you mean the the Compax (Nina), that would be my first choice, but out of my price range. I like how the smaller case sits on the wrist. I am not a fan of a 40mm + case.
     


  7. robw

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    Some good advice here on vintage chronos. Actually just got this 1966 Navitimer 806 as a birthday present from my awesome wife. Not especially rare or expensive, but a pretty cool watch all the same IMO. Will probably swap out the strap to something more vintgage-y but here it is:

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  8. cyc wid it

    cyc wid it Stylish Dinosaur

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    Seen some interesting Wakmanns, Gallets, etc.

    As a side note, I've fallen in love with applied Breguet numerals :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:
     


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    Vintage chrono? Lots of charming options on all budgets but make sure you know a good watchmaker!
     


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    My Cali Pam 249 today
     


  11. mimo

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    If you want a sporty chrono that's not too big, then bargains abound: a Breitling Chronomat is about $1500 used with box and papers in its sensible 40mm size. Now that they've long been 44mm and just bloated to 47mm, the smaller ones are a bargain. If quartz is an option, the 38mm Colt chrono is $1000 easy, but I reckon $1500 for a still modern-looking automatic Breitling chrono is a pretty good deal. More obvious bling than the others suggested, but horses for courses.

    I think Rob's Navitimer is cool, if you can pay a bit more and take the tracks instead of the bezel. A design classic. Or, if you want to stay under the $2k mark, the Sinn 903 is a legit alternative.
     
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    Very nice. Best wishes for whatever you choose for you and the wifey!
     


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    The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Pi...

    AWell this little bugger had better work properly tomorrow, of all days...

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    I really can't decide how I feel about Nomos. Been considering adding one of the 35mm Orions to my box. I like the simplicity and utility of the design. But then a voice in my head tells me they're nothing special. Can someone give me a reason to get excited about Nomos?
     


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