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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. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    what model Hamilton is this? I can't find it anywhere.
     
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  2. Cylon

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    Hamilton jazzmaster chrono
     
  3. Edgein

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    I like the Omegas too. Especially the Speedy Pro. Don't hold their value unless vintage. Watches, unless very high end limited production are not the best investments, but they are way cool.
    I really like my vintage VC RG sub second time only. For everyday, I wear a Tissot T-touch Pro in titanium. Light and does what it needs to. Not mechanical, however. :(
     
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    I'd almost never buy a watch "new". There are enough fetishizing watch geeks out there that you can pick up almost anything in pristine condition used.

    I haven't had much luck with a couple more obscure watches that I am interested in, but since I refuse to pay retail on them (since they aren't worth that much), I'll just hold out.

    Exceptions are probably the PP 5970/5270, Phillipe Dufour Simplicity, Vari's work and maybe a couple of others, but then you are talking $80K+. They will probably increase in value some... I can't imagine some of the other high end watches really having staying power in the same way (RMs, Unwerk) except as ugly curiosities.
     
  5. Cylon

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    I find the whole idea of justifying a watch purchase as an investment to border on the ridiculous. Any object has the potential to increase in value--watch antiques roadshow--but nobody buys a desk or a piece of pottery thinking, "oh i'm gonna buy this BECAUSE it will triple in value after being forgotten for 4 generations." They buy it because they like it. Same goes with watches.

    A watch is jewelery. We like to gloss over this fact by convincing ourselves it's a fine piece of mechanical engineering or delude ourselves its an investment like a 401k or a stock portfolio. While it certainly is the former, it is almost never the latter.
     
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    I agree, as a generalization. But, as with most things, some people are good at doing just this and making money. Of course, it's not easy and not for everyone, but for those willing to put in the time to learn about the watches, learn about trends and spot new hypes, develop relationships with sources, watchmakers and customers, and scouring the world and the web for good deals, can make a good living dealing collectible watches.

    Now, for everyone else, just focusing on buying right, at the best possible discount, should go a long way in helping preserve value if there's a need to sell the watch down the road.
     
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    I believe all of PD's current creations rise in value before the customer even receives - low supply, high demand. This, of course, is an exception, and I concur with everyone else - watches are not an investment.
     
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    I had a chance to meet with Mr. Dufour at his little work shop. Wonderful man that truly loves what he does and does it as well as anyone living. This was 5-6 yrs ago and was too late to get a Simplicity from him. The area surrounding Geneve is very beautiful and for a WIS, heaven! If you go, it's worth the trip to Rochat, near Lausanne. Might be the best restaurant in the world...
     
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    I'm glad you enjoyed the pics! I too had to wait and see it in person, but the proportions are dead on--not the same issue I have with the Master Ultra Thin...but again who would take my word for it :)

    I do toy with the idea of playing around with the strap a bit but have decided for the time being to just enjoy it as it is.

    As much as I love it, it has its limitations as you mention. Its not a casual watch, but that's not a dealbreaker. A Stowa or something can fill that casual/weekend gap nicely without breaking the bank.

    As to why JLC is popular for most of us on here...I think they just make excellent watches, but also the type of person who comes to styleforum is someone who wants both a lasting elegance, quality and value. JLC fits that mold better than anyone else IMHO. Of course PP and ALS make amazing watches, but they arent attainable for most people lest they rearrange their life priorities. To use an imperfect analogy: Samuelsohn v. Kiton (im probably going to get skewered for this comparison and people will be saying actually theyre more like....[​IMG]but I think I made my point...people looking for something a little under the radar but undoubtedly well made)

    And speaking about the JLC 1931...did you see Hodinkee lately? [​IMG]

    http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2012/2...g-a-jaeger-lecoultre-tribute-to-1931-rev.html

    Thankfully not a Hublot (the opposite of under the radar)
     
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    any particular model/year? :puzzled: It's not on the website. Thx!
     
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    The best part of Dufour's watches is that, unlike a lot of current watchmakers, he is just sticking to perfectly elegant stuff. A lot of the watchmakers go a bit crazy with styling and frankly I find most of their work pretty ugly, but Dufour doesn't have anything to prove.
     
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    My newest--- vintage Omega Seamaster 300 (mid-60s) in exceptional condition. On a vintage NOS Tropic strap.


    [​IMG]
     
  14. Warren G.

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    nice watch dshap..congrats man!!
     
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    Nomos being taken apart, cleaned, and put back together. Very cool.
     
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    dshap - love your SM300! saw your posts on tz and equally admired your watch there lexybeast - my favourite nomos! the tangente seems to be the nomos of choice these days, but I can't get over the radial flip; someone posted a great nomos write up on tz's public forum ; great read if you haven't read it already. here's what I'm wearing today: [​IMG] this gets the least rotation but never fails to put a smile on my face.
     
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    Beautiful dshap!!
     
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    The Tank Americaine is a beautiful watch. There have been a few variations, I prefer the one without a date window. It looks a little dressier without the date, but each version is very nice.



    Thanks, its the Louis Cartier Tank XL. But many people abreviate the name as LC Tank XL.



    Yes, the Tank XL that I have was part of their Collection Privee and was very limited in production only 200 pieces in rose gold and 50 in platinum. The new Tank XL is slightly larger and thinner (as it does not have the exhibition back to view the movement), and its a plain silver dial without guilloche. Its a very nice watch, but I like many elements of my Tank XL more.
     
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