Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.
Almost wore mine today but at the last minute picked this instead:
I want to buy a tank watch, any suggestions? $10,000 budget.
ill PM my paypal info so that this easy fix can be applied.
cant fault you there.
I don't have a speedy either. Had to wear this today too.
my heart goes out to you.
^Couple of nice consolation prizes up there.^
Maybe we need to form a support group for those of us lacking Speedys.
New shoes for the Speedy 9300. Worn on the bracelet since day one, I decided to try it out on a strap. I dug through the strap drawer and found a nice Camille Fournet in semi-glosse black gator, but thought it looked a touch too formal on this sporty watch. So I tried this matte medium brown TWB croc instead:
...and there's RogerP....piling on....
Kidding. That's a nice one.
I do like the strap.
If you can find someone that is willing to part with there Collection Privee Cartier Tank XL (although I am biased) thats a watch I would try to track down. Its an icon. There maybe be several Tank style watches, but its a signature piece from Cartier which they first introduced around 1917. They made 200 in rose and 50 in platinum. The base movement is a Piaget, finished to Cartier's own standards, and its rectangular (most companies stuff a smaller round movement in a rectangular case because its less expensive to use in the long run as it can be used in round pieces also). Whether someone would be willing to sell theirs to you for $10K...I don't know. The few others I know that own them, love them and aren't parting with them. Still no harm in looking/asking. There are some other variations on Tanks from Cartier that are also quite nice...and you may be able to get for less as there are many more of them out there like the Tank Americaine. The Tank Chinoise from Cartier is also a cool design, a tad smaller but very handsome...its a bit more square than rectangular. Here are a few photos of mine. Best regards, Dino P. S. Also if you're just looking for rectangular watch and not necessarily a Tank the JLC Reverso offers many great options.
I was killing time the other day (no pun intended) and walked into a local watch dealer/jeweler, and had a browse around the store. After looking at various and sundry watches, I ended up in the JLC section of the shop. While some of the Master's caught my eye.. I spent some time with the associate and then as we started talking about, and looking at the Reverso, all of the sudden, I had an epiphany.. I don't know how long ago (a few weeks?) that Apropos and others started chiming in with Reverso's and then threads with the enamel-work started propagating.. Didn't get it at the time.
Now I get it. And now I am thinking about it a lot. Seems like if you go with a Stainless model, it's not totally unthinkable to have the enamel-work could get up 70-80% of the cost of the base watch you are applying it to?..
So how does one start? I'm not sure what I'd want on the back, but love the artisanship and unique nature that this watch would have, and might be a good item to use as a goal/acheivement reward for myself..
What was the experience like, for anyone who went through the custom design process? I don't think I want something as basic as monogram, or single colored shield, or maps, that are on the JLC build it yourself site.. Come up with artwork and then submit, and they quote you a price? Do you have to have it photo ready? Do you proof it? Is it really around $5-7000 for the custom work?
What Reverso would you lean to? Kind of like the Grand Reverso Calendar? (I'm also a little ignorant as to which of the Reverso's don't allow customization - other than the duetto's)
Maybe I'm over my head here, but I love the whole art-deco - unique aspect of this..
That Cartier is pure class. Every time I see someone wearing a giant wrist clock with a tailored business suit, I want to hit them with a picture like that.
There are some great looking Speedys here on SF. It's definitely a watch that looks great on a bracelet or a strap.
Thanks Roger. It's one of my favorite watches. IMHO its a watch that shows how simplicity in design can be beautiful and relevant even nearly 100 years after it was introduced.
Was that Cartier made in 1917, or was it a later release of the line that originated in 1917? If so, it has been cared for incredibly well.
Also - why do watchmakers use IIII instead of IV for the four?
It was released originally in 1917. Mine is from 2008, it its slightly larger than the original.
IMHO the IIII vs. IV is mainly about spacial relation and helps create a sense of balance.
Thank you all for your nice comments about my choice of a speed master as a first watch. I absolutely love watches, but good ones cost a little more of course
I'll get a leather strap at some point; maybe a black first.
BTW, it has a nice display back
Does anyone else live in Asia, or Japan? I'm thinking leather straps in 40C heat and humidity might not be a great idea!
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