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. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

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    I have both, and some watches you simply can't buy new - too late :)
     
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    beautiful.


    i have not bought pre-owned because i had been working in the jewelry business when i made my purchases, and was able to get significant discounts. but i wouldnt count it out for the right watch or opportunity.
     
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    also this.
     
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    That I have! The only thing I initially didn't enjoy about buying pre-owned was the feeling that it was not "mine." However, after about a year of ownership now, I don't get that feeling anymore. I also buy new.

    So it depends on the watch and how good of shape it is in to me. And with vintage, of course I would buy second-hand.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys!

    Has there been an instance were a watch has a problem and you end up loosing money?

    I posted a while back about looking to buy the IWC 7 day, I didn't like the Baume et Mercier Capeland flyback IRL, but now I feel that I should buy a "tool" watch.

    Reasons

    I feel that a 12k watch at 22 would draw too much attention.
    From a financial perspective I should invest the money

    I still want a watch, but I now plan on buying used.

    I like the IWC XV, Rolex Sea Dweller, Omega Speedmaster

    Thoughts?
     
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    Knisse Senior member

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    I think the brand Rolex is one of the best from a investment point of view, if that matter. But, i would never get one myself untill i am 40+ years old, i think it looks weird on anyone younger. And from my experience, a lot of people get the fake ones, depending on your area this might vary.

    The Omega speedmaster has way too much going on, i would avoid - but definitely not the worst from the investement point of view

    Since i am considering one myself, i obviously favour the IWC as to me it is almost everything i like about a watch. Understated, goes with everything, and simple looks good. I am not sure about the investement perspective of the IWC, but it is a strong worldwide brand so if you find it used at a good price i doubt you will loose any money, unless you wreck it of course :)
     
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    I meant the redesign of the Fliegerchrono as the model number changed from 3706 to 3717, in case that was unclear :) That happened around 2006, if I´m not mistaken.
     
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    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    I had a basculante; I think they've been discontinued for several years now. I really liked the watch, but for some reason found myself never wearing it. Had I it to do over again, I wish I'd either have gotten an entry-level Reverso for that kind of style at about the same price, or just a regular tank were I set on Cartier.

    This is the one I had:
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    I've posted pics of this before, but my more recent tank-style is a Bedat no. 7 from 2004. The current ones aren't as good as the earlier ones from the late 1990's up to about 2005 (I think the company changed ownership) but both the older ones and current ones can be obtained relatively inexpensively.

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    NonServiam Senior member

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    Certainly, with great joy! Sometimes because the watch is vintage or discontinued. But I also like to have someone else take the initital hit when it comes to brands that do not keep their value as well as, say, Rolex.


    Who would know or notice unless you tell them? Your financial perspective is probably correct though :)

    All excellent choices! I wear my Rolex Sub more than any watch, and I own quite a few. The perfect everyday watch. The SD just the same, only I like a cyclops on my Rolex :embar:



    Do anyone notice watches outside of watch geek / menswear circle jerks? :) I have yet to have anyone in the real world comment on my watch, whether I´m wearing a Rolex, IWC or Patek. I also never think twice about wearing a nice watch to work, something I sometimes read about here. So, my boss wears a Seiko and I might wear my Patek :slayer: At work, our focus is on what we are trying to accomplish, not our f-ing jewellery. I work as a software developer though, and if I choose to wear shorts, t-shirt and Patek to work, noone will bat an eyelid.
     
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    I also fear that the rolex will look weird :(

    I agree with you about the Omega, if only they would get rid of the tachymetre. IWC XV is definitely winning.

    I am not looking at the watch as an investment, but I have decided to cut back on how much money I want to allocate towards my purchase.
     
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    Only if you can afford without breaking your bank, then go for anything you like, don't listen to the poor mugs here.
     
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    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    Agreed. After almost a decade here, I wish I had a nickel for the number of regrettable purchases members no doubt make because of our recommendations. This place is an excellent source of knowledge and insight, but any final decisions about a potential purchase should be made selfishly... make it with only your own needs/wants in mind.

    This is one reason why I miss member SoCal2NYC; he was quite controversial, but I enjoyed how he always bought whatever he wanted regardless of whether it was a "good value" or not. He got it because he liked it. Obviously, this wouldn't work for everybody, but it was a refreshing alternative to the bargain basement discount bang-for-buck who cares if you like it, it's a good deal mentality often espoused.

    SoCal... you're missed. ;)
     
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    All those watches have great stories, great choice for the first real watch purchase.

    I personally will go for the Rolex option, just really useful, adaptable for every situation.

    A used one should not be too expensive, however I will not suggest the second hand for your first watch. I will have no doubt to get a sub date or GMT2 for a young 20s.

    I see plenty young people like myself wears PAN, I can't image someone like myself wearing a popular Rolex/Omega/PAM/IWC watch will be out of place, don't even think your employer cares about it except those watch freaks.

    Look forward to your wrist pic with your new watch.
     
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    that's what makes the watch from an aesthetical point of view...
     
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    Would be better to try all of them which one fit best for your wrist.
     
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