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. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    ^^ i like that ^^

    we have this one for sale on a leather band.

    http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Ite...arams=s+5-p+16-c+288186-r+-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+

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    beautiful, full boxes, appraisal and paperwork from tiffany, and in superb condition. would gladly sell it for a great price. :spam:
     
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    Khal, there's no need to listen to me, I know little. But I do know that for $4,000 there are a hell of a lot of awesome things around if you're happy to go used/vintage.

    Maybe if you spell out some preferences and/or red lines e.g. dress or sport, maximum or minimum size, bracelet or strap, preferences in colour etc? There are a lot of very knowledgeable guys here with a lot of very cool under-$5k watches. I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions. "What can I get for X?" seems to be a more exciting question than "should I buy this?", so I would hope a few of the masters will rise to the challenge:

    Come on fellas..."Khal's $4k Watch Challenge" - no limits to imagination or specification so far!

    To get the ball rolling, based on a simple search in a few minutes, here are some of my suggestions for a $4k maximum:

    New:

    Rolex Air King. It's small for a modern man's watch at 34mm, but if you're a slender guy, it might work for you. And if it does, it's a brand new, classically-proportioned Rolex for under four grand.

    But I'm assuming you like a bigger watch based on what you said before, so:

    For an alternative to the Tag you suggested, maybe a Zenith El Primero. There are a few around new on clearance that fit the budget, and it's got the credibility of an original (and historical) movement. Another chronograph I've seen on here a few times and liked the look of, is the Baume and Mercien Capeland. It's pretty much the same under the skin as the Tag, but I find the style a bit more refined, there are many colour options, and it's under budget.

    But for something less obvious and sporty, but still big and modern, I'd refer back to the suggestions I made to Frilly above: the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit is a really unusual and distinctive watch, and just bumps against the top of your budget. A grand cheaper are the other Nomos Zurich options, which I think are very cool in the blue, brown and original no-date versions. There's a cool anthracite version to complete the set. They all come with a date window too; I just don't like it. This German maker are really appealing to me right now, with an in-house movement for about $3,000 I think they look great, and the black shell cordovan strap is a nice and unusual touch too.

    But you said try used, so here we go.

    Again, if you can cope with a smaller watch, there is a lot around. You can get a solid gold cased Jaeger LeCoultre or even Vacheron Constantin dress watch for under $4k. But if it's going to look too small, then never mind - no point in buying it for the name and shininess if you feel like a girl with it on your wrist. Unless it's for a girl. But if you happen to be a very slender man like our Frilly, then there is plenty around at 33-34mm that will be incredible value.

    Anyway, assuming not, here are some others:

    First off, Rolex. Used and under $4k, you can find any number of DateJusts in every conceivable colour and style. Proper Rolex with box and papers, 36mm is a nice subtle man size in my opinion (and I'm a big fat bastard), I think you'll feel you've got something solid for your money. And if you change your mind, it won't depreciate a dime.

    But talking of solid gold, there are one or two. Over the last few pages, there was discussion of the Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox. I just saw a gold one, with a 37mm case, for your price. Maybe a bit of a niche taste, but a thought.

    Otherwise, a brand that stood out to me in this price range is IWC. A pilot watch might suit your sporty taste and is quite fashionable these days. Or for something different, the Ingenieur is the original anti-magnetic watch, in case you're an X-Man.



    Were I in your shoes, and remembering that this is all predicated on "I don't want another Omega", I'd skip any more chronographs (you have your Speedy) and get something different next. If it's new, I'd get the regular Nomos Zurich for something smart. If it's used, I'd get the DateJust for versatility and just being a Rolex. But you're not me, you're you, so find something that keeps you awake at night drooling. To be honest, I kind of want all of them, and that is a word of warning about reading this thread!
     
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    Now how's that for service, eh? Got to hand it to the man for keeping his eye on the game; someone give him a raise! He sells even when he's lazing on the net!
     
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    Thanks-appreciate the wisdom. I wish the budget was alot higher because I have seen some beautiful watches on this thread.


    I have the Omega Speedmaster ST 375.0054
    , white dial chrono but have no qualms with another chronograph.

    because i dont have a watch collection and would like this to be more of a daily in rotation with the above.

    I would like a leather strap, maybe a darker dial to have a different look. Nothing too small. Some of the above mentioned were too small. Im thinking 38-42?

    A watch that can be worn with a suit or casual on jeans. I could have taken an easier route and just bought a watch based on looks from a fashion co but want something to say, oh, he may know something about watches....even though I dont.

    As for your suggestions, i liked the Zenith El Primero the most followed by the IWC

    Not sure how I feel about the Nomos style yet
     
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    :nodding: gots to be on my game, brosephson.
     
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    My new JLC strap arrived!! Brown alligator.

    And I just had the watch polished and serviced. Cant wait to put this on, it will be like having a new watch!

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    Good looking strap, and top notch quality too. Make the watch pics happen soon.
     
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    thanks, guys. i hope to sneak home the DSLR from work and some pics up ASAP, if not, monday at the latest.
     
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    Just posting a random wrist shot / rock your socks / shoe porn / look at my ugly office carpet combo pic:

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    - That is there the trouble starts!

    - A lot of people wear sports watches with suits these days. My personal view is that if you're doing something serious, it's good to have a "quieter" dress watch

    - Well, keep looking and get something you love. Which IWC? I'll take a wild guess at the Pilot! And why not? I think it's wearable with anything. Maybe that's better as it's so different from what you have.

    - For a clean dress watch that's big and modern (40mm) I love it, but if it doesn't sing to you, don't bother. I'm an old fart next to you I imagine; one man's simple is another man's boring!
     
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    thanks, mimo.

    roger, that is a great pic. all the colors and textures there look lovely together.
     
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    Wow, nice strap watch combo.
    This. I totally agree. I don't mind a sports watch with an odd jacket and it can look ok with the suit as long as it isn't too big.
     
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    i wear my 112 with a suit all the time. dont even care.
     
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    "Don't even care" is always an option. But I'd say three more things in mitigation of your 112:

    - you often seem to wear an odd jacket for a "business casual" style, at work

    - you are of sufficient manly proportion that it doesn't look silly

    - it is, although huge, a simple two-handed watch after all

    But anyway, you like it, and not feeling the need to justify yourself is perfectly stylish.
     
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