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. katiedaddy

    katiedaddy Senior member

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    Everyone,

    I was wondering if you can help me out? I'm trying to make a watch purchase (lets say $2000-4000, for the right watch $5000). I'm a girl, but I don't like the majority of women's watches (because they're too bling'd out, quartz movement, too 'cute', etc.) so I'm open to looking at men's watches too. Also I'm under 30 and working in a corporate setting - so I'd like a watch I can wear for that, or pretty much anywhere.

    Criteria:
    Automatic
    Preferably in-house movement
    leather strap or steel is fine
    I like a bigger watch... so around 34mm and up
    Silver preferably over gold, and generally not a fan of two-tone
    Preferably something not too common (I know Rolex is decent, but I guess it seems like too obvious of a choice...)
    Swiss or German
    Visible back of the watch would be nice (sorry if I don't know the proper term) but not necessary


    So far I've been most interested in IWC and Glashutte Original (though the latter, I haven't been able to find anything for less than $5000 so far). I was wondering if anyone has any brands to suggest, and also for the two I've mentioned - are there specific models I should look at. I've also looked into JLC but not as extensively as the other two, so I'm a bit new to what's available w/ them.

    One other one I looked at is Frederique Constant - supposedly an up-and-comer, but I'm a bit wary of them not having fully establish themselves yet. I also looked at Panerai - but I think it's too casual for my first watch... and also likely above my budget. I've also tried to avoid brands where I've read and been told are generally 'overpriced' for what they are offering (e.g., Longines, Tag, etc.) based on my price points, though I am open to suggestions.

    Lastly, I'm heading to HK and maybe other parts of Asia soon - I was wondering if it's better to buy over there than in North America?

    Thanks everyone!


    First of all, your preference sounds best matched with Rolex probably datejust model, and GO certainly can be had under 5K and will be a good option but for IWC most models under 5K will be modified ETA. But finding 34mm wouldn't be too easy since even the smallest one would be around 38mm nowadays. Try Habring2, some have in house movement and it's made by a women! As far as shopping for watches in HK, there are many to be found but discount is not that better than US unless you're looking for used watches which can be easily had with pretty good discount. I am just surprised that a woman is not looking for either Chanel or Cartier watches. Good luck on your search [​IMG]
     


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    I picked this up from the post office on my way to work this morning. Oh, Rolex is such a slippery slope [​IMG]

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    Man, look at the size of that crystal [​IMG]
     


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    What would be the price for a classic AP Royal Oak, second hand in good condition from a reputable dealer? I'm talking about the basic self-winding model.

    Thanks,

    JD
     


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    Hey Katiedaddy - yeah I'm not particularly interested in fashion watches (e.g. Chanel) - just not my style. All watches targeting women seem to be very jewel-encrusted or fashion/faddish. Which is why I prefer most men's watches. It's just classier in my mind. A watch should be the highlight, not other things like jewels and etc.

    I'm trying to avoid Rolex if I can, just because it's so common. And on someone younger, I think a lot of ppl will assume it's fake. And this will come off incredibly snooty, but 'everyone' knows what a Rolex is... it'd be nice to have something a little more unique, and known by people in the know. But I'll check out the datejust all the same...

    IWC - I know their low-end/entry-levels won't have in-house movement, which is okay. Are there a few models you would suggest I look at? (also - 38 mm is fine, I think I'd be willing to go up to 40mm...)
     


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    I can't swim so I can't really say which one, but hopefully that will change this summer [​IMG]

    Reminds me of a 'Gary the watchmaker' cartoon in the back of IW a few issues ago.
     


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    Hey Katiedaddy - yeah I'm not particularly interested in fashion watches (e.g. Chanel) - just not my style. All watches targeting women seem to be very jewel-encrusted or fashion/faddish. Which is why I prefer most men's watches. It's just classier in my mind. A watch should be the highlight, not other things like jewels and etc.

    I'm trying to avoid Rolex if I can, just because it's so common. And on someone younger, I think a lot of ppl will assume it's fake. And this will come off incredibly snooty, but 'everyone' knows what a Rolex is... it'd be nice to have something a little more unique, and known by people in the know. But I'll check out the datejust all the same...

    IWC - I know their low-end/entry-levels won't have in-house movement, which is okay. Are there a few models you would suggest I look at? (also - 38 mm is fine, I think I'd be willing to go up to 40mm...)


    Cartier makes some classic models in the price range and size you're looking for: Tanks Francaise & Americaine and the Roadster come to mind.
     


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    In fact, if you were a serious diver you would not wear a dive watch while actually diving. While I appreciate the history and aesthetic of dive watches, I never wear one diving. Wrist mounted computers / digital depth and bottom timers are what are worn nowadays.
    Not entirely true. I know quite a few divers that wear dive watches. To each their own.
     


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    I didn't realize this thread reached a million views.

    Thanks to all the contributors [​IMG]


    Not just that; this is the third most watched thread around here - pretty impressive Sir!
     


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    Not entirely true. I know quite a few divers that wear dive watches. To each their own.

    Wraith, that is my experience, at least in relation to divers who dive regularly (not just on summer holidays). There is a good reason why a dive watch is widely regarded as surplus kit - it does not record depth underwater, so even its utility as a back-up device is questionable.
     


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    ET - If you love it, get it. It looks great on your wrist and I am sure its singing that sweet tune to your ears.

    Now you're just taunting him...
     


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    I'm not disparaging your experience, bhall41. Please do not disparage mine, which differs from yours. To each their own, as I said. The divers I was talking about are very experienced local divers on the south coast here. They wear depth gauges elsewhere, not on their wrist. Whether you think their wearing of dive watches is questionable or not really is of no concern to them, I'm sure.
     


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    I'm not disparaging your experience, bhall41. Please do not disparage mine, which differs from yours. To each their own, as I said. The divers I was talking about are very experienced local divers on the south coast here. They wear depth gauges elsewhere, not on their wrist. Whether you think their wearing of dive watches is questionable or not really is of no concern to them, I'm sure.


    Wraith, I am not trying to disparage you or anyone else here. I am making an observation (based on personal experience) and also making the point that a dive watch has no real place in a diver's kit these days. My experience is that of a regular diver who has dived widely in both Australia and abroad. I hold numerous certifications, including technical certifications.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, I like diving watches and appreciate their history and aesthetic. However, it is unnecessary (and I would argue undesirable) to wear a diving watch to go diving nowadays. The reason for posting on this issue was to disabuse forum members who may think that a diving watch is still an essential tool for divers.
    Ben
     


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    My new Christopher Ward C5 Malvern automatic watch:
    [​IMG]
     


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