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

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  1. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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    Back when I believed "Rolex guy" was a type of person, I did everything to avoid liking the manufacture. I assumed they were overrated, overpriced and far too populist. Maybe this is partly true - when you consider it wasn't that long ago when you could buy one for a couple hundred bucks, while now it won't be long before $10k only gets you a basic model.

    But when it comes down to it, Rolex's popularity is pretty well-warranted. As a company, they have a mindset that takes both innovation and tradition equally into account. They're like that kid in the classroom that doesn't always jump to raise his hand, but when he does, he's always got the right answer.

    Their designs change at a snail's pace, so owners don't rush to upgrade to the newest models all the time. This keeps perceived value consistent and makes buying one pretty much risk-free. Unless you wreck it, you can always get most of your money out. And yet, they've lead some pretty awesome innovations through the years: from things like the oyster case and GMT complication to surprising newer innovations like the Oysterflex bracelet.

    Sure, the movements may not be the nicest to look at. But you also don't have to coddle them. Rolex watches can take some punishment.

    So don't worry that buying a Rolex will suddenly transform you into some kind of horological Johnny-come-lately; the "Rolex guy." Buy one, as I did, to see if you like it. I'd be willing to bet it'll still be on your wrist a year later.
     
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  2. Belligero

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    Well-put. The only thing I have to add is that after seeing the movements on the workbench side-by-side with others around their price bracket, I don't find Rolex's finishing to be deficient at all. They're not decorated, and they're certainly not flashy, but the precision and quality of the finishing is excellent.

    The old-school solid caseback makes it easy for those who haven't handled one to take potshots, but I don't see that they're hiding any flaws:

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    The basic 3130 looks pretty good to me too, and the attention to detail is evident even in my crappy mobile phone photo without any special lighting:

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    And it's not just the current ones:

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    Given that they're not meant to be art movements, I'd say they're more than decent, and certainly better than a lot of what I've seen under display backs these days.
     
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  3. zippyh

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    It's a 3536-02.
    They also made with with a white dial in steel and black dial in titanium.
    Discontinued around 2003.
     
  4. Dillardiv

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    Any recommendations for some watch browsing in San Francisco? I know there's a Tourneau and HQ Milton. Heading there for work today and have several hours free tomorrow.
     
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    I've enjoyed visiting Shreve.
     
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    There was discussion about vintage chronographs recently. Another option that comes to mind is the 1964 Carrera re-edition. I think this came out in 1996 or so. It has a high quality manual wind lemania movement and is faithful to the original, without any of the fake patina or other "vintage" features that are common these days.

    Here is mine.


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    There is also a black dial version, which is nice too.

    They are not very hard to find and probably sell in the neighborhood of 2 to 3K these days.

    So, you get a vintage (heck it itself is about 20 years old so vintage on top of vintage) looking watch with some history in a relatively modern timepiece. It should not be difficult to get service and so forth.

    The only problem I see with this watch is that it is 36 mm, which seems a little small these days, but is what the original was.

    Something else to consider.
     
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    Wow; that's absolutely beautiful!

    Give it a few years and I doubt many will still be saying that the 36 mm diameter is small or undesirable, either. ;)
     
  8. firenze_rob

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    ^^ To boot, there were two black dialed versions. One that I really like has contrast subdials. For those interested, the reference is CS3110. I have the white dialed version. And if someone wants to buy mine for 3k. PM me!

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  9. Dino944

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    Correct, it has been out of production for many years.
     
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    The Tourneau is pretty meh. I think you need an appointment for HQ Milton?
     
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    Anyone into gold? The hue of Omega's "Sedna" gold is to die for. This is a really cool watch that is very rarely seen in all gold.

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    Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world.
     
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    That gold Omega is indeed gorgeous but I don't even want to know what they're asking for it.

    @dopey - huh?
     
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    The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Pi... 
    I'm into gold. But I've yet to convince myself to take the plunge with the 116618LB sunburst blue dial. Which makes me wonder if I'm really into it, because I'm not very good at holding back... [​IMG]
     

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