The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. DerekS

    DerekS Guyliner

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    Id be worried that id spend it on the vending machine eating twinkies.
     


  2. dddrees

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    Gorgeous watch, made by a great watch company.

    However given the choice between this and a Patek,


    I Personally would spend the extra to get the Patek.
     
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    That may be, but there's the insignificant detail that the "extra" to get any Patek perpetual calendar vs. that steel JLC is going to represent at least a 3X increase in price. Other than the trifling issue of cost, yes, the Patek is obviously the one to get. Well, that and the literal years it can take to have a complicated Patek Philippe serviced... :nest:

    However, as long as we're working with unlimited funds and not considering service issues, given the choice between a Patek Philippe perpetual and a Philippe Dufour minute repeater with sonneries, I personally would spend the extra to get the Dufour. I'll take mine in platinum, please! :teach:

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    I've bought several watches from Govberg in Philly - hard to beat their service (or discounts)



     


  5. Cylon

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    Only thing I hate about this watch is the asymmetrical year function tucked away at the top there
     


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    Are you thinking about new or used for that one? Its possible they made some improvements to its movement if you are considering a current model. My Dad considered one back in 2003/2004. However, our local AD hated that watch. The few that they sold always came back with problems. He said all the other JLCs they sold were reliable and trouble free, but the old Master Perpetual Calendar had issues. I don't know if they eventually made some changes that resolved problems with that watch.
     


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    Neat watch. I've seen them made by a few companies. Years ago Vacheron was making them. Not sure if they still do.
     


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    :lol:


    cool. remember who you dealt with?


    thanks. not sure how it works. i am pretty sure its illegal, at least with US currency, to alter it like that.
     


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    Good to know, thanks Dino. I was considering getting a used The current master calendar does not appeal to me. I find that a number of the master series updates are inferior to their earlier vintages.
     


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    No problem Axel. I'd hate to see one of our SF regulars stuck with an unreliable watch. As I had mentioned, my Father considered one years ago as they seemed like a bargain for a perpetual calendar. However, once we heard about their issues, and I did a bit of online research back then, he nixed that watch and chose a different model.

    Good luck on the search for your next watch!
     


  11. Dino944

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    Not sure about the details, however Corum's coin watch is still on its website. Its a bit different in that unlike the one you guys have, or the VC version, Corum's coin watch does not open to reveal a watch. The coin is the watch case housing the movement, and the coin's surface is the dial of the watch. http://www.corum.ch/site/#/COLLECTION/WATCHCHAPTER/232
     


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    What do you guys think? I'm leaning towards the gray ruthenium colorway but afraid that it'll be less versatile over the long-term. Decisions decisions...
     
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    Not loving the grey. Color looks very dark and too monochromatic.
     


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    I would go with the cream / ivory dial. I have heard that it is wise to try it on in-shop before making a purchase on that model :).
     


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    I have the Corum coin watch, which was a gift from my dad on my 21st birthday.

    My dad has a Piaget coin watch, which looks almost identical to earlier posted (hidden watch) example except it has lugs soldered on and is mounted on a strap. Dino is right, VC made coin watches and I think also Audemars Piguet.

    When I first got my coin watch I will admit that being the precocious prick I was (and likely still am) I was a little less than utterly overwhelmed with gratitude. I thought it even a tad... cheesy.

    Over time I've come to develop an appreciation for the watch - and the thought that went into purchasing it in my instance.

    Unlike a new watch where really the only thing you can realistically nitpick over is the serial number (i.e. wanting a *nice* or "lucky" serial number), every coin watch - by virtue of the fact that it once was actual circulating currency - is different.

    It's like picking from a crop of vintage watches - some are overpolished, others not. Some have marks to the "coin bezel". Others have strange marks on the face or reverse. Others are struck with presumably worn stampers and markings are less pronounced. The stamped year is also different.

    My dad apparently went to nearly a dozen Corum ADs in 7 different countries in his search for "the" coin watch for me.

    So some years on, the coin watch does duty now as my "black tie" watch. It actually works well as my cufflinks are matching YG-onyx barbells and the watch is very flat - and dare I say it - elegant. Which is of course essential in the context of black tie. Not a single person has commented on it because it honestly is not very noticeable.

    As a bonus, the Piaget has IIRC an inhouse movement and the Corum coin watch has an AP movement. Well, mine does anyway - they have quartz movement versions as well.

    Re: the legality - it was explained to me by Piaget that it is illegal to alter US currency in the USA. Hence the coins are hollowed out in Switzerland, and all the necessary thing-a-majigs are done there, and they can be safely sold in the USA.

    I have bad photos of both watches for insurance purposes, will dig them out if anyone is interested.
     
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