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Watch Hierarchy

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CTLION, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. CTLION

    CTLION Senior member

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    I haven't worn a watch in 20 years, but for my 40th birthday my wife bought me a Rolex Datejust Gold and Steel wristwatch and I am interested in acquiring more watches. I have seen the suit hierarchy, but as a timepiece virgin could you give me a run down of the the best, the great, the good, the subpar and the horrible...no need to even bring up Timex.

    I doubt I will ever drop 6 figures on a timepiece but it still interests me.

    Many thanks...yours in time...CTLION
     


  2. Supergenius

    Supergenius Senior member

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    The "traditional" big 3 are Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. Breguet, A. Lange ans JLC are up in that realm as well.

    I'm sure this topic will generate lots of discussion.
     


  3. anginaprinzmetal

    anginaprinzmetal Senior member

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    Rolex, Breitling and Omega a tier below than those above, well maybe Omega and Breitling just a tad less than Rolex. I'd put Cartier on par with Rolex although they are more "jewelry"" than watch (if you know what I mean).

    Gran Seiko would probably go with Omega and Breitling. Another one in this mid-range would be Panerai.

    Tag, Bell, Tudor are probably below.

    Bottom would be Hamilton, Movado and the likes.
     


  4. CTLION

    CTLION Senior member

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    Where does. Jaeger fit into the equation? How about Chopard, Montblanc, etc...
     


  5. JTA

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    I believe JLC quality is in the same realm alongside PP, VC and AP; though in terms of exclusivity PP may be on the top of the pantheon.
     


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    MikeDT Senior member

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    Wish I could find me a wife that would buy me a gold Rolex.
     


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