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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.

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  1. roomiller

    roomiller Senior member

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    Give us a little more info and we can help guide you. Budget? Lifestyle? What do you wear to work? Etc.

    Do you already wear watches? If so, what type?

    If not, I'd recommend taking like $400 and buying some solid lower end watches to see what style of watch you really enjoy wearing. A Seiko SKX007 for $125 to try out divers. An orient bambino or seiko cocktail time to fuck around with dress watches. Maybe something baohaus-inspired to see if that is more your speed. Try a chrono to see if an omega speedmaster would work for you.

    I was able to afford my first "real" watch for a while but I held off to ensure that when I finally made the jump, I got something I really loved and fit my lifestyle. It also has the added benefit up rounding out your watch collection. I currently have 4 watches, and while I wear my Pelagos almost daily, I still have a watch available for when I throw on a suit, need a beater, or just want a change of pace.
     
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  2. JezeC

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    I have never seen so many luxury boutiques congested into such a small proximity. You can practically find at least one jeweler every other block in Central or Times Square – it’s pretty insane. Since buying a home is not realistic due to astronomical valuations, might as well cop some luxury items, I guess.

    The BLNR has to be at least 2 months of work for these taxi or bus drivers right?
     
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    More than that. Then again, you never know, random people in HK have 5-10 properties to their name...
     
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    Anybody have strong feelings one way or the other about the 50 fathoms bathyscaphe? I'm itching for one on a nato and considering it as my next piece.
     
  5. BLAUGRANA

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    Hodinkee's shop put up some new watches today. I've been getting on pretty much right away when they're putting them up. The past couple of weeks I've been on before any watches were sold. I had that Polerouter in my cart and was very close to pulling the trigger today, but I held off. I'm being torn in a couple of directions at the moment. Still wouldn't mind a Polerouter at some point.

    Speaking of Hodinkee, a new Talking Watches aired today. A good episode that has some very interesting and rare watches.
     
  6. Dino944

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    BP offers very good quality, but I find the bathyscaphe version a bland if not just plain unattractive design. To me it just looks generic and there isn't anything I like about it. If I were getting a 50 Fathoms I'd get a standard version. One of the other issues I have with BP, is even when they make something that is nice, for what they cost there is always something I'd much rather own than a BP. But if you're itching for one then go for it.
     
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    Indeed, some watches make me realize that their manufacturers don't really know what they're doing when it comes to design.

    The Bathyscaphe is one of those watches.
     
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  8. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    One man's boring is another man's classic. I love Blancpain, particularly the dearly departed Leman series. The FF Bathyscaphe is an attractive watch, but seems to be a "try before you buy" given its size.
     
  9. Joenobody0

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    Regarding BP in general - I'm more worried by the service horror stories than I am by the design. I actually thought it looked nice in person, but it's not going to be a watch that anyone cares about in 10 years. The movement isn't nearly robust enough to live in a real sports watch. If you want a dress watch that looks sporty, and have tons of cash to burn... I'd just get a Patek.
     
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  10. bigbadbuff

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    Oh I agree and appreciate the advice. The issue, like many face, is that I love several and am having a hard time deciding. There's probably 10-15 pieces in the under 10k range I would absolutely love to have, but reality is 1-2 can be acquired now and probably no more for 5+ years.

    Just to share with everyone, since I always enjoy seeing how similar/dissimilar tastes run:

    First tier short list (I will definitely buy one of these). This will be rotated with a Datejust but will get more wrist time than the DJ.

    Rolex Sub 114060
    Rolex Sub with Date 116610
    Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710LN (all black)
    Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710BLNR (blue/black)

    Second tier short list (if funds permit I'll one acquire now):

    Omega Speedmaster Pro
    Rolex Explorer 36mm
    Tudor Black Bay (blue or black bezel)
    Longines Master Collection Chrono (2 subdial version)
    IWC Mark XVIII
    Glashutte Original Senator 60's
     
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    My 2C.
     
  12. cchen

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    Sporting the FPJ today

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    I like Blancpain and many of the models it had made. Some of its complicated watches are truly lust worthy, in my view.

    The bathyscaphe does nothing for me, but if it works for you go for it.

    They tend to be expensive if you pay list but there are substantial discounts on the secondary market to be had, at least last I checked.
     
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    I'd definitely go with whatever from the first tier is your first choice, and not worry about the second tier. Of the second Tier the only ones I really like are the Speedy Pro and the 36mm Explorer. However, I certainly wouldn't choose my second or third choice from tier one just to add one of the items from tier two. Wishing you luck and lots of fun with trying them on and making a decision.
     
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  15. mimo

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    I used to really like the Bathyscaphe until Belligero crapped all over it.

    Buffy: Get the Sub. It seems to be the one you really want. Top of your list, the simple, defining, timeless perfection of purpose and design. You could add a date, or a 24 hour bezel or a bit of blue, but I feel it's the Sub you really want. The fact that your second tier looks at the blue or black Black Bay as well, only reinforces the point. All roads are leading you to 114060. Yes, the BLNR is nice but it will go in and out of popularity just like the Coke and Pepsi before it. That's not a bad thing. But as everything you want is a bit like a Sub, I can't help but conclude that you want a Sub.

    If you do pick up a second, get a used deal on the GO Senator 60s. You're wearing one, soon to be two steel Oysters on bracelets. The 60s can be had at way below list and has a really cool vintage style. The blue one is lovely, and so different from anything you have for a quirky but classy dress watch. Otherwise a Speedy is never wrong as a casual alternative. You just probably won't wear it as much as the Sub when you're casual, and the GO will look better with a suit.
     
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    I tend to agree, particularly for that kind of money.

    Speaking of diving watches, I saw that Oris has introduced a new, old version of their "65" diving watch, that harks back to the style that they made back in, well, 1965.

    Old:

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    New:

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    You can also get it on a leather, rubber or NATO strap.
     
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  17. sd2002

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    Never had a stringray strap before, myself. (Much as I enjoy trying different looks and swapping out straps).

    How's it feel, compared to calfskin, or croc?
    Little bit grainy but less than I thought it would be. Still soft though, the color quite interesting, varies light grey to dark. Making me consider stingray shoes for the future :)
     
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    Sorry first time responding while quoting someone else last fount lines are my answer [​IMG]
     
  19. Keith T

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    @ cchen: that Journe is bonkers, especially for a modern aesthetic, time-only watch.

    Nice combo with your threads. :slayer:
     
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  20. Ambulance Chaser

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    Take a look at Montblanc as well. It's not just for pens anymore. The watch division is headed by the former head of JLC.
     

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