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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. oneeightyseven

    oneeightyseven Senior member

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    yes, it is going to be a gift for my graduation. I just feel bad because they have paid my entire way through school and everything else so I figured I would still get what I want without the exorbitant price tag.

    I admit I will have to do my due diligence on the seller. I have also just texted my sister about setting up an appointment with a jeweller she knows to see what he has/if he can get what I need for a decent price.

    I want to thank you for both your consideration and patience with me in this matter. It really means a lot to me because buying something like this is a pretty big purchase and it would royally suck to end up with a "franken watch".
     
  2. oneeightyseven

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    yeah she looks beautiful! That is probably the most accurate depiction of what I had in my mind for year (hell, since I've been on this site I've wanted a JLC with a choco croc strap).

    Also regarding the Grand Ultra Thin, it looks great in pictures. I guess I will have to try it on and see if I get the same excitement (or lack thereof) that you did
     
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  3. Dino944

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    Congrats on your up coming graduation. Make sure you do your due diligence, with whatever you decide to get. There can be a great savings to going with a pre-owned piece, but again its generally much safer to buy from a reputable store rather than an unknown private seller. Don't simply be persuaded by price. I know if my parents were buying something for me, they would rather have the piece of mind of spending a bit more with an AD or a very reputable pre-owned jeweler/watch store and know the item they were buying is real rather than spending less (but still a significant sum only to find out something about the watch is not legit).

    Wishing you lots of luck & fun with your new adventure, choosing a watch.
     
  4. wurger

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    This + :)
     
  5. Newcomer

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    So, a bit off the beaten path here, but can anyone think of women's watches in the $500-$1,500 price range?

    My boss' wife asked me for suggestions (she knows I love watches). Originally the price range was a bit higher, and I suggested a Tank. But she is thinking about a "trial watch" to see if it is something she enjoys wearing. She is in her early thirties, slim. She has many children though, so sturdiness would probably be an attribute. Something with a little bit of water resistance as well.

    I find this is a tricky price range for women. Michele is always an option (I don't think that horological value is high up on the priority list), and maybe TAG?

    Open to some ideas, and would appreciate suggestions. She wants to be able to try it on though, so it needs to be something somewhat commercially available (the Tank is still "on deck").
     
  6. wurger

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    Thanks for all the comments, guys!
     
  7. wurger

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    I would recommend LA GRANDE CLASSIQUE DE LONGINES
     
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    This winter has been brutal in Michigan and the kids have off from school on Monday. So I used miles and booked a last-minute trip to Phoenix with the wife and kids.
    RGM diver with mojito by the pool. IPhone photos, slightly inebriated...

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  9. Dino944

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    Kind of a tough price range. Most tend to be fashion watches in that range. She might be able to get a Tag, or as someone suggested a Longines. If she is willing to spend more, the Tank is a great watch with classic styling, and it will last a life time if taken care of (although its not a watch that I'd go swimming with).
     
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    Yes, I was thinking TAG, but the Longines is a great suggestion. It is a fairly terrible price range. Funny how you can great some pretty excellent watches in that price range for men... but for women, not so much.
     
  11. HRoi

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    Well, 187's decisions are mostly made for him by the Inner Circle, that's why he can't explain them very well
     
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  12. mimo

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    Yes. Also:

    - Oris Rectangular

    - Longines Master Automatic (25mm)

    - Raymond Weil Jasmine (bit of a Cartier Ballon Bleu lookalike, but so pretty because of it)

    - Baume & Mercier Linea (there's a really nice one with a mother of pearl dial)

    - Zenith Port Royal Lady

    Or, a couple of wild cards:

    - Oris Aquis, a dive watch but very pretty with the white dial and bezel, especially if she has fashion-watch styles in mind

    And if it doesn't exactly have to be a ladies' watch:

    - Frederique Constant Classics Automatic; big for a lady at 38mm but if she's not too dainty, it's a really lovely dial.
     
  13. mezentius

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    Hi gents;

    A few months ago I came here thinking about buying a Max Bill chrono as my first watch.

    This is what I ended up with - just picked him up today

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    Once again, big thanks to everyone in this thread for helping me make an informed choice. I couldn't be happier with this acquisition.

    Also, my 2 cents on the MUT Moon vs Grande debate - I tried them both on in steel at the shop. Unlike the others, my feelings were the other way round. I thought that the the Grande's simplicity brought out all my favourite features of this style of watch. It hits just the right spots - the small seconds cuts the vast expanse of dial of the MUT 41; the smaller indicators at 12, 3, 6 and 9 gives it more gravitas and occasion over the 2014 MUTs; and without a central second and moonphase, everything is perfectly balanced and exemplifies the epitome of orthodox elegance. Of course, not saying that the Moon is imbalanced per se, but rather that the added features, as nice as they are, distract from, rather than add to, all the reasons I love this watch.

    I do most definitely prefer the Moon's case and size though.

    P.S. Having never owned a watch before, whenever I move my wrist such that the winder moves (I'm assuming this because I can't see the winder) I hear a little whirl sounding like ratchets if I hold it at shoulder height (in relation to my ear). I assume this is standard mechanical noise which the winder makes, and not something to be taken care of? It's not very loud at all, and I have good hearing.
     
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    Congrats on the watch! It is a beauty. As for the sound, I do not recall hearing mine but I don't think I've ever paid that much attention.
     
  15. Newcomer

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    Wow, some great suggestions there Mimo. I think the RW and B&M are both great ideas. I made sure to pass those ones along :).
    Yowzers! That is awesome! First off--let your fears be allayed, that is just JLCs winding system. The Cal 899 (or whatever it is in your JLC) only winds unidirectionally, so you get that great ratchet sound. And I think you made beautiful choice. I have to agree in particular with your description of the watch as "exemplifying the epitome of orthodox elegance." One of the things I long about the JLC Master series is that they are so difficult to dislike. They are objectively aesthetically pleasing. They tend not to alienate many, and the normal criticism is that they are a bit cold. Wear it in the best of health! Looks great on your wrist.
     
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    @mezentius

    Congratulations on a lovely purchase, it does look very good on you.

    Well played sir!
     
  17. Betelgeuse

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    This. That is a lovely watch. [​IMG]
     
  18. Newcomer

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    That watch really is sublimely proportioned.

    I look forward to hearing some of your thoughts with time.
     
  19. mimo

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    As I said, it's conceptually perfect. I found it just a little too big and empty, and wished it were either 1-1.5mm smaller, or had some texture. But that was how it felt on my wrist, and it's a very personal thing.

    There's no question that the design of the dial is just beautifully understated. Congrats on a classy purchase. [​IMG]
     
  20. Dino944

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    Congrats on the new JLC!!! Its a beauty. So simple and so elegant! I'm sure it will give you many years of enjoyment. Congrats again!
     
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