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Which of these watches would you trade a Big Pilot for?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. BBRex

    BBRex Senior Member

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    Personaly, I would just keep the pilot.

    +1. I love that watch. [​IMG]
     


  2. GuidoWongolini

    GuidoWongolini Distinguished Member

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    I'll buy the BP..

    Of the above - I'd go for the Explorer on a black croc strap.

    Also, be a nice change from your large IWC's..

    I still have my Explorer 1, (& yes on a black crocodile strap) I just don't wear it.. In fact, I think one of my ex's still has it!
     


  3. lordofpi

    lordofpi Senior Member

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    I am tempted to suggest #2 because I am very appreciative of Audemars Piguet watches, but the Royal Oak never appealed to me -- I don't know if it's the sportiness or what exactly. Rolex was always an off-putting brand to me because of its snob-appeal, though the products are definitely quality. So, after all that ado, I concur with the others: #1 JLC Reverso is a beautiful watch and a great conversation piece.
     


  4. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Distinguished Member

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    I don't dislike the Reverso by any means but it's not one I've ever been able to get excited about.

    I think you should get the Royal Oak. It's not as if there's a situation where you would want to wear the JLC that the 5001 wouldn't work reasonably well so why not branch out a bit. Plus I think it's the most attractive of the three options.

    I like the old BP but don't think I could find many chances to wear it.
     


  5. acidboy

    acidboy Stylish Dinosaur

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    My first choice right there would be the Royal Oak. I have a thing with that industrial like design (and in a way, I am part of a minority that likes the IWC Inge) but APs price is really crazy imho, and JLC's Reverso is as classical or even more. Besides that, I think that Reverso fits in with your Rubinaccis more than the AP.

    Edit: And the blued hands on the Reverso, with the SS case.... I like!
     


  6. A Harris

    A Harris Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    I wouldn't take any of those over the Big Pilot. But if I was forced I suppose the Reverso. That is a real apples and oranges swap though!
     


  7. Journeyman

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    Another vote for the Reverso.
    It's a lovely watch and is on my wishlist.
    I quite like Rolex designs (although the style is widely copied), but probably wouldn't get one simply because of the "Oh, it's a Rolex" phenomenon. If I was to get a Rolex I think that I'd go with a GMT, preferably with the "Pepsi" bezel.
    I would never get an AP RO. Just don't like the look of it and as you say, it's grossly overpriced.
     


  8. LabelKing

    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    The Royal Oak has always struck me as an odd success. Its design is rather dated looking, and yet it's relentlessly popular.
     


  9. kolecho

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    Despite the itch to hate on Rolex, I think the Explorer 1 is a pretty tasteful watch.

    Agreed. It is fine for a sportier look.
     


  10. Ambulance Chaser

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    Keep the BP. The Reverso is the best of the three, but looks like a brick on the wrist. If you can find a Reverso Sun/Moon in the GT size, you will have a difficult decision to make.
     


  11. citoyen

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    +1 to the reverso crowd.

    fits your style better than any of the other. plus they aren´t really comparable (the ap and rolex yes, but not with the reverso - i know you know....).
    square/rectangular watches are for the connaisseur(!! i did not say for the expert/nerd). i think every man should own at least one of them. and the JLC are the best options imo. whats the $ price?
     


  12. leon12

    leon12 Senior Member

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    Keep the BP.. it's iconic.
     


  13. A Guy from Shanghai

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    Reverso, but not in Grande size. I have a Reverso Duo and find it to be an ideal size for a dress watch.

    +1. Size of Duo or Classique will be more suitable for a smaller wrist. (I remember your wrist size is same as mine, 6.5")
     


  14. dopey

    dopey Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know how to evaluate whether the JLC fits into your needs or not, but it is a very nice watch though not the Reverso I would choose.


    I like both of the other two as sports watches but think the Explorer is the better choice. Beautiful, simple and unfussy design with a very legible, classic dial (too much writing, but you can't have everything) and it will run for you like a tank. It delivers everything you could want from a sportwatch. If and when I need to replace my 20+ year old TAG/Heuer sportwatch, a Rolex like the Explorer is what I would get. Are there any AirKing models you like - some have weird dials but I thought there were some simple ones, too.

    If you have another watch to wear for the office, I would keep it on a bracelet as a metal bracelet is just much more suitable for a wear-and-forget active use watch (unless you are talking nylon or NATO strap).

    The Royal Oak is a nice design, but too much $ to spend on a watch that I want to be able to wear and forget about.
     


  15. Shikar

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    Reverso....with the Rolex (tougher to visualize as its pictured with a bracelet) being a not too near 2nd.

    Regards.
     


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