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

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

  1. robw

    robw Senior member

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    Obviously no one can really answer because you know which one really talks to you. Speaking for myself, I would get the Daytona if you are ok with the price difference. Next choice would be the sub (I am very happy owning both).

    The GMT in black looks to me just like a sub so I don't see the point in getting it, unless the whole stealth thing is the point in getting it.

    I wouldnt worry too much about the scratching and wear, unless you are very hard on your watches. All watches are going to show some wear and you can always deal with it down the road if you want to.


     


  2. alford78

    alford78 Well-Known Member

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    Yea agreed with the black GMT and black sub look alike and would only add one if it was like way down my collection.

    Polished centered links is a quick fix at home for free or a cheap fix at any jeweler. I've went from brushed to PCLs and from PCLs to brushed at home with very good results both ways with just a little tape, different medium cloths, and a kitchen cleaning pad. I've also used paper and fine jewelers files with great results. So that thought can be erased from the decision making process.

    Get what speaks to you when "it's sitting on your wrist". That's when a watch will tell you it's right or wrong. Nothing else really matters does it? As long as you and your watch are in harmony that's all that matters.

    I'm personally on a kick of searching really small individual makers just to have what's not seen in the wild and in hopes of picking one that will break out at some point so I'll be able to leave my children really special early pieces from early in the makers' careers. There are really a bunch of great independent watches out there to be had for under $10k.
     


  3. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Buff, buy the Sub from Viral's friend...
     


  4. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    ...then you'll be Buffy the Viral-pal Payer.
     


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    Belligero Senior member

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    No kidding. It's fair to say that Rolex is wildly popular here in northern Italy (old town Trieste at the moment), particularly the stainless sports models. I have absolutely no problem with that; in fact, I'm quite pleased to see them! :D
     
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  6. Viral

    Viral Senior member

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    Lol!

    I'm tempted to buy it myself, however I'm still hunting for a deal on a pre-owned Cartier tank solo xl in rose gold.
     
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    Not a new video but popped up recently and I thought the TWATeratti might find it interesting. Enjoy.

     


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    I always get a kick out of seeing the well used acrylic crystal ones - even plain Jane DJs with stretched out jubilee bands. It's getting rarer now to see these models though as the modern sapphire crystal ones have been around nearly three decades at this point.

    If I see a matte dial, acrylic sports models, I presume it is usually on the wrist of a collector at this point in time rather than the original owner. Especially if on a NATO band.
     


  9. Dino944

    Dino944 Senior member

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    Not necessarily...my dad has some relatives who are between their mid 50's and early 80s who still wear their old GMTs and Subs from the 1970s and early 80s. They wanted good solid watches for everyday, bought Rolex watches and never bought another, nor do they collect them.

    Still it is always cool seeing people wearing old Rolex watches out in the wild rather than merely in the window of vintage watch shops.
     


  10. Soletrane

    Soletrane Senior member

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    Dino944 - cool! I did say "usually" ;-)
     


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    +1 well said, Dino.

    When I'm out wearing my Sub, or Omega or whatever, if I see the same or similar watches, it just makes me smile. I guess I have a similar reaction to Dino. But even if I saw everyone wearing the same watch as I am, like Dino says...who cares? The Sub is a classic watch, a true icon. If you like it, wear it, nothing else matters.
     


  12. bigbadbuff

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    Since several were nice enough to offer opinions I'll update... I've decided I can't make the decision on my wife's watch on my own, it's just too personal a decision and not really fair to her for me to decide. So, even though it could mean major pushback from her, I'll take the risk and I'll take her out one afternoon soon and just tell her she has no choice but to pick something :) Never thought I would spend retail for something like this, but this will have to be an exception.

    I also decided on the Sub for myself... I've taken a few days to think about it, went back to the AD again and I've simply been resisting for no reason. The Daytona does make me swoon and it probably is my grail watch at the moment, and it KILLS me to be this close and let it pass by, but honestly I can't swing something for my wife (especially at retail) plus even a used Daytona right now. I'd rather have my DJ and a new Sub to switch between than just the Daytona so that's the route I'll be going. Now, Sub date or Sub... LOL.

    Thanks for the help from everyone...
     
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  13. robw

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    Enjoy the Sub and don't look back. It is a winner no matter what. The Daytona will be there when/if you are ready to move on it in the future. Some of us remember when Daytonas in steel were truly hard to find but that hasn't been the case for a long time now.

    Regards


     


  14. tifosi

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    Agreed. Just pulled the trigger on a new 114060 Sub, myself.

    I bought the ceramic Sub date when it came out after always being a "no-date" guy. I wanted the latest and the no date wasn't being made yet. I always wanted to go back to a no date and I decided to do it. Should have it early next week.
     


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    Got myself two modern reissue Soviet officer's watches, the legendary "Komandirskie" - literally translated as "Officer's". The original was commissioned by the Soviet Ministry of Defense in 1965 and was a staple wristwatch for most Soviet officers up to the mid and late 80's. Not high end by any stretch of imagination but near and dear to my heart - the gold variant was my first watch given to me by my dad who was in the Soviet Army.

    Nice looking and pretty solidly built watch with good readability and time-tested manual movement, fun to wear to get a break from the hoity-toity Swiss pieces :)

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