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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. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    38-42mm is reasonable for a watch size, depending on several factors such as your wrist size, how complicated the watch is (can't fit 'grand complications' in a 36mm watch), etc... I do think that 42mm for just a perpetual calendar is a bit excessive, especially considering that they could easily make a 38,39, or even 40mm perp cal that would look just as good but be a more 'timeless' size.

    Honestly, the lower end of Patek prices is just as crazy as the upper end. 25K for a SS Nautilus is simply insane. There is nothing, nothing about that watch that warrants the price, and I'm a big fan of Genta's (RIP) early creations, from the Naut to the RO to the Mickey Mouse retrogrades.

    On a side note: while the Swiss are pushing prices higher and higher and overcharging left and right, the Chinese have started to make mechanical watches with perpetual calendars, column-wheel chronographs and yes, even tourbillons. I'm not saying that the current Chinese watches compare to anything that Patek or IWC offer in terms of quality and finishing (obviously), but given time, if the Chinese can get up to say Omega quality, they can, given great marketing campaigns give the Swiss (like Rado, Movado, and even the middle tier) some serious competition.
     
  2. ThinkDerm

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    patek. size alone on the IWC is a disqualifier.
     
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    I do agree with this. IWC does have a few smaller perpetuals. My Da Vinci 3750 is 39mm, although I find the styling a bit off now. Part of the problem with the Portuguese is that it's built on their 7-day movement, which itself is almost 39mm (although the 7 day power reserve is also another plus for me). I am kind of annoyed that the latest Portuguese Perpetual iteration is even larger at 44mm.

    I'm not really sure how I feel about the Chinese movements. I've seen a Chinese tourb, and it's definitely interesting from a value standpoint, but I'm also interested in the histories behind different manufacturers, so I'm not sure I'd ever be compelled to pull the trigger on one.

    Just so I'm not taking this thread too off-topic, here's a shot of my first watch (RIP).

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    I really like the Rolex pictured :slayer: (I guess that's a good thing about time, one clarifies, restates or some times even does an about-face regarding one's position.... I am far more pro-Rolex than I used to be)

    The Chinese tourbs are great considering the price.... also considering that a tourb on a wristwatch is utterly pointless (even if you have the JLC gyro-tourb)... Watch history only really applies to vintage pieces... since most of the watch houses have been bought out, re-imaged, brought back from the annals of history (BP, Lange, etc...) the whole 'history' selling point of new watches is often a stretch of the imagination coupled with good, if not great marketing + a mostly clueless public who does not know enough to see past the marketing.

    As per IWC, the prob is that the Da Vinci is such a, polarizing design that it is very love-it or hate-it and the Portuguese is a far more 'approachable' design. Also, it's IMHO really short sighted of IWC to make a movement that's 39mm. If the trend moves away from massive watches, they aren't going top be able to find a lot of uses for such a large movement.
     
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    i received my GS 6146-8000. here is a pic with it on. I did not buy one that was polished, the crystal is scratched, but i think it adds a nice vintage look to it. it is 43 years old after all :slayer::D
     
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    very nice GS^

    my latest:

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    hasn't come in yet but i recently purchased a 39mm version of this...

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    Great watch - how do you like the alarm? Amazing how wrist close-ups make watches look much bigger than they actually wear, isn't it.
     
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    thank you, i confess i've not yet used the alarm, and possibly never will- still nice to know its there i guess.
    funny about the size, it does look really big on me in the pic, and does seem to wear larger than my speedmaster, although it's only 40.5mm.
     
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    I love the Railmaster, great choice. It's a shame Omega discontinued it.
     
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    Looks great although it would benefit from a polish. Does it need a service?
     
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    That GP is stunning, although the GO is no slouch either. :)
     
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    Patek Annual Calendar, hands down. And 27? You must be doing something right with your life....
     
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    +1
     
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    Seems like you are leaning toward the IWC yourself. Get the one you think will make you happier.
     
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    I've been observing the price of a particular watch (JLC reserve de march) and noticed that the price has gone up about 50% in the past few years. Is this the norm?
     
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    bhal, thanks!

    It has been overhauled last month. My watchmaker will polish just the crystal for me. I did not want to polish the case as id rather let the 43 years of nicks be. that picture doesnt really do the watch justice as it looks like there is water damage on the dial but it is not the case. I will have it polished by today hopefully and upload another pic :)

    I am very lucky that the dial and all parts are original. I purchased from a collector in China who had great communication and a better offering than ebay in terms of price and product!
     
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    they increase prices for sure so it may have amounted to almost 50%. i love that watch too btw.
     
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