Versatile dress watch

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  1. PHV

    PHV Senior member

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    Looking for a dress watch, around $3500. JL's offerings are too much for what I like. I prefer roman numerals anyways. Are there other nice tanks to consider? I will also look at Tonneau style watches. I like my Oris but I wouldn't wear it in certain environments.

    I don't necessarily have to spend the above amount, but right now the Cartier is still my favourite (the hand wound), what alternatives are there?
     


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    Pardon my ignorance, but what is a tank? Is it a rectangular watch?
     


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    I believe it was conceived by Louis Cartier who was influenced by the World War I American tanks.

    There is also the Tank Francais, and Tank Chinoise.

    Yes, it is a rectangular watch.
     


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    You can also try vintage tank watches which from under your budget could yield some nice items.
     


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    How about a JLC Reverso?
     


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    JLC reverso... I don't get it. I'm not a movement nut so perhaps it's lost on me. I hate bracelets that look like that, and the watch face is a simple that I don't like. I don't know why people here are obsessed with the Reverso and most IWCs. I'm not about bling bling but most of them are way too apple pie for me.
     


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    Very very nice. Formal: [​IMG] Casual: [​IMG]
     


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    Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser,May 15 2005,17:18
    Bedat
    Very very nice. Formal: [​IMG] Casual: [​IMG]
    The no. 1 is very nice. Unfortunately I don't get along well with leather, as I wash my hands constantly and it is damaging. That is the reason I gave up my last leather banded tank and gave it back to my dad. I saw an Italian company with very similar, but edgier designs advertized in Town and Country (the worst rag ever). All were leather as well.
     


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    I never know where to look. Ebay isn't trustworthy, as I am not an expert in vintage watches.
     


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    As much as you like roman numerals, plain markers are usually reserved for dress watches. Â The JLC Ultra Thin one of the best dress watches on the market right now. Â And you can usually find them around your stated budget. Â What about the Zenith Elite? For the adventuresome, how about a Chronowiss Cabrio? Â Their dials are very Breguet-esque at about 1/3-1/2 the price. Â If you like a bit larger tonneau, the Ulysse Nardin Michelangelo, though slightly overpriced for an ETA 2892-A2 (UN 22) after the recent hike. Â I have an older GMT from UN that's great, and my friend has a spiffy looking Maxi Marine.
     


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    (LabelKing @ May 15 2005,12:45) You can also try vintage tank watches which from under your budget could yield some nice items.
    I never know where to look. Ebay isn't trustworthy, as I am not an expert in vintage watches.
    You might consider some of the vintage Hamiltons. In their day, they were arguably the finest American maker of timepieces. The 982 movement is rock solid and the 987 is no slouch either. While desireable from a collector's standpoint, they are much less likely than a vintage Rolex or Omega to run the risk of being faked.
     


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    Girard Perregaux has a line of tank-style watches called Vintage 1945. Â MSRP's are over $5K, but you may be able to find one discounted to under $3500. Also, several of Zenith's Port Royal models are rectangular, and they should be within your price range.
     


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    The Nardin is gorgeous, I might consider it but as I remember most Nardin's are have stratospheric price tags. The Ultra Thin has an understated elegance which is perhaps too understated for someone of my age. Keep in mind I'm 20, and I'm not trying to look like a 60 year old English professor.
     


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    How about something like this: [​IMG] I'm not talking about the brand itself, but a similar type of watch. I think Zenith also has something like this.
     


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