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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. Keith T

    Keith T Senior member

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    Looks like an awesome day for "a good walk spoiled" LOL.

    We've got some perfect golfing weather at the moment too.... but alas, I am stuck in the office as usual.


    FWIW, his would be my only watch on a navy strap (old pic):


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    I have also considered getting a pair of navy "shoes" for my Reverso, but as of now it's still on the OEM black gator.
     
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  2. bkotsko

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    I decided on the RG El Primero today.
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    I have the opportunity to purchase a lightly worn AP 15202ST initially sold in June 2015. It is a full set and the watch shows minor signs of wear. The watch has never been polished. The seller is asking 15500 euro along with trading in my Panerai 27B that I have in my signature for sale.

    An AP dealer called me earlier this month, that he will be getting a 15202ST in April, I have read that a 10% discount on the watch should be achievable, bringing the cost on the watch BNIB to 20K euro.

    What do you guys think, would be the financially more wise move? Buy the new one or the used one?
     
  4. MZhammer

    MZhammer Senior member

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    Considering you'd have to add your Panerai as it sits, you'd essentially be "selling" it for 4.5k Euro and getting a slightly used watch versus getting a BNIB.

    Why not just sell it for 4.5K on the open market to make up the difference on the new one? You're asking 7k right now, it would probably move fast for 4.5. Or sell it for 7K and pocket the extra 2,500?
     
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  5. Belligero

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    15.5K € plus a Panerai isn't exactly the deal of the century for a used 15202.

    Anyway, this is not a difficult decision if a new one can be had for about the same price.
     
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  6. Farhad19620

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    Speaking about compliments on watches from the general public with a friend I have never had as many compliments
    on any of my PP, VC, L&S, IWC or Pam as much as I get on this watch which was just an impulse buy because I do not like skeleton watches much anyway!
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  7. Dino944

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    I'd sell the panerai for as much as possible and purchase the new 15202. Why take a lesser amount on your Panerai so that you can buy the used RO? Doesn't sound like that seller is doing you any favors.

    I purchased my 15202ST new in 2012, and as far as I'm concerned it was one of, if not the most satisfying watch purchases I have made. Wishing you lots of luck!
    For a bit of inspiration...
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  8. mimo

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    Show us your Lange. :)
     
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  9. Farhad19620

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    I wish I had the Lange 1 and 1815 still that all have long gone! As they say all good things come to an end LOL
     
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    The general public seems to like skeleton watches and being able to see what they perceive are its inner workings.

    However, the serious watch collector market (a much smaller group than the general public) doesn't seem to care for them, and it shows in the pre-owned market. Skeleton watches even from big name brands tend to have insane amounts of depreciation. A few of my collector friends say, they like how skeleton watches look in a display cases, but hate seeing their wrists and or wrist hair through the dial when wearing them. Come to think of it, of all my serious collector friends, only one has owned a skeleton watch (a VC perpetual calendar, purchased pre-owned and he sold it after just a few years). Cheers!
     
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    Thanks a lot to all that commented on my post, your responses snapped some sense into me. I will indeed pass on this opportunity and take my time to sell my Panerai, and purchase a new one hopefully in April or otherwise sometime down the road.

    Dino944: wear yours in the best of health. It is a beauty!
     
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  12. Kid Nickels

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    Operative words in bold… not at all surprising in that case.
     
  13. Dino944

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    Thank you! Wishing you all the best on your journey to owning a RO.
     
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    Nice, Dino! Where does BLNR stand as far as satisfaction? Just curious? Close to RO or not even remotely close?
     
  15. SirGrotius

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    Dino that looks incredible on you. Solid is the word that comes to mind but is such an understatement.
     
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    It's obviously the strap. :p
     
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    Alright guys, I need some advice. Looking to buy my first nicer watch and need some suggestions. Budget is around $1200. I've looked at the Tag Formula 1, different Shinola's, and a few Tissot. I'm only a few years removed from college and work for a medical tech company so it's pretty casual. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
     
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    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sinn gets good ink around here.
     
  19. BLAUGRANA

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    There are others in this thread with more experience and knowledge than I have, so take this for what it's worth. However based on what your'e saying I would suggest two things:

    1) Take your time and really look and see what's out there. Don't just look around your budget but also somewhat higher. Either way, if you're asking for a suggestion I think that's fine, but I also think if you need to ask that maybe you haven't done enough of your own research. I looked at various watches for over a year and continue to do so and I still feel as though there are some watches that I'm not yet 100% familiar with. More important than that though, I changed my mind somewhat during that time as far as what I liked and how I prioritized my money. Fortunately I didn't buy anything as I discovered other watches that I loved and had I bought something else it would have only held me back from getting something that at the end of the day I loved more. I was re-watching the Talking Watches episode featuring John Mayer (who I'm not necessarily a fan of in terms of horology much less music) and he noted how the first ten watches or so he regretted buying. Knowing that I wanted a couple of watches like the Tudor Black Bay I actually came across the chance to get a number of Shinolas for about 40% off. While I liked the prices and thought I'd appreciate the Shinola (a brand that is too much maligned in my opinion), I didn't get one because I knew it'd just cut into my budget or delay me from getting a "better" watch that I loved more. I'd also suggest considering what you think you'll still like in say five years or even twenty years. I'm a bit older than you are and I try and buy things that I think I'll still appreciate for many years to come. Sure you can always offload a watch, but I'd rather get something that I'll wear and live with for years to come.

    2) In the meantime save your money. If you can double the budget, you open yourself up to the possibility of some nicer watches for the money. At that price you can get a nice like a slightly used Tudor Black Bay or Tudor Ranger and still have some money left over for a nice strap. Or if your'e so inclined you could get a Nomos, Longines Heritage or a Montblanc Heritage piece. Personally I'd go Tudor in that range off the top of my head. Otherwise, if you can triple your budget you open yourself up even further. Tripling your budget would get you my favorite modern Speedmaster brand new and still leave money left over for a great strap, and that's not to mention other options. And while doubling your budget or even tripling your budget may seem like a lot, if you do the math and just put money away every month or every check it isn't as daunting.

    Sorry I didn't recommend anything in the price range you're considering. I'm just not as familiar with watches in that range. Maybe a Junghans?
     
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    LOL, yes that is what I thought also but the bloody thing gets noticed even on a simple black alligator strap!
    The watch came on a leather alligator print strap but I could not stand that for a minute so had to change it straight away. I must say though that the quality of that fake alligator strap the watch came with was so good that when I went to a specialist strap maker shop even they could not tell if the strap is a real alligator one or just alligator print on leather!

    Any way here is something much better and No it is not mine yet but I love it to bits! LOL


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