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  1. A bit of late closure- I ended up buying the watch I've probably lusted over the longest- IWC Top Gun Tried a couple of other options during a trip into the city but this just blew me away! It is as big as I would ever go but it doesn't look ridiculous (unlike the big pilot!) and it is just a brute! Now onto the next one
  2. I just saw this and have never seen one before, is it just me who has not seen one before? Other than the Daytona, Rolex doesn't have many "busy" designs so surprised something like this isn't still in the line up. https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/rare-watches-new-york-online/rolex-steel-triple-calendar-jean-claude-killy-model-ref-6236-116/108626?cid=EM_SM_P_DRK_FB-IG_LDP_WTC_19008_Lux1120___&fbclid=IwAR37ClNw5BhTe_vXQdWvTHtC1oQibqnl2PTbzmqLoLkeOQUrLD_8_Z57DpM A reasonable estimate too
  3. I don't love the shape of the case on the Bulova although it is a nice watch, the others are nice but at this point looking for a more modern option. I think I'll find a dsotm to try on, if it is too big I can rule it out, otherwise it's winning at the mo
  4. Evening all, following my last thread I am still undecided about what to buy next, but I think I have decided it will be a chronograph... I've wanted an IWC top gun for some time, but sometimes after staring too much I find myself losing interest, so have been looking at other options. I like the idea of an all black watch, so far the only 3 I have found that I really like are as follows: IWC top gun chrono Tudor fastrider Omega dark side of the moon I stumbled across the tudor and thought it looked good, I would prefer something with an in house movement though. Then ran into the omega, perfect I thought- I've kind of loved the speedmaster but its almost too obvious- the dsotm is like a modern take on the classic and looks very smart, then I saw it (like the IWC) is 44mm+ and 17mm thick. I have a feeling it will dwarf my wrist. I really like Bremonts chronos, also Breguet and IWC spitfire has similar combos with stainless and brown leather, they look great but can't see it being worn much. Any obvious options I have missed? 42mm sounds perfect, and after looking at loads of vintage options I'd rather go modern. Thanks, TC
  5. I have but unsure of the Fifty Fathoms, it is definitely one I need to try on before making the call. The bathyscaphe looks great but again needs to be on the wrist for a decision!
  6. I would like a dress watch- but especially given the current climate would barely ever wear it! I'd be happy with it looking pretty waiting to be used occasionally though. Currently my Explorer 214270 is the top of the heap and it's a great understated watch that is equally at home with a DJ as a T-shirt. I prefer a bracelet, my Seamaster has a rubber strap and it looks great but is a faff to use. A strap with a folding clasp would be nice. I have no overall preference- every watch looks better on something different IMO, with materials also. I don't picture myself wearing gold watches, but still think a full gold day-date with president bracelet is a great looking piece! I would like a hulk or pepsi too- but out of principal I'm begrudged to go down that route unless I found one for the actual RRP.
  7. I think I agree re-budget, I have been a little underwhelmed by most at the top end. I have a feeling a Railmaster may prove irresistible first, I would also like a speedy pro but almost put off because it seems so cliché! I would like a chronograph but the IWC Top Gun is probably higher on the list for me- unsure about the size as I've not tried one on yet- I suspect it will bee too big, my Seamaster 300M is 41mm and on the large side for me. Will have to take an up to date pic
  8. Firstly I'll point out this relates to watches- not pretty ladies, sorry to disappoint! In a recent post I pointed out that I have been lured by Blancpain for some time, I'm a sucker for things that have outstanding history and Blancpain being the oldest manufacturer is what got my attention. I don't know why but antiques have an appeal when the age is significant. For example our wine glasses are all old and I love the fact that things so fragile have survived 1-2-300 years and are still perfect and enjoyed regularly! Anyway- can anyone advise on how I would go about locating say-an old Blancpain model to weigh up if it appeals and is affordable? I know there is the chance that an old one may appear on a website etc, but do I really need to do more research on specific models and spend time making calls and doing it the old fashioned way instead? I won't pretend I know much detail about the history of any models but I have read the company history a few times! Thanks, TC
  9. To be honest residual value is always something I consider, even if I loved it I doubt I would buy a watch for for 4 figures + if I knew it would be worthless afterwards. Probably because that is one of the key decisions in my line of work when we purchase new equipment etc. On the flip side, my most valuable watch is my grandfathers- that would be worthless at auction (without anyone knowing the history). The idea that I can buy something relatively expensive knowing that it retains some financial value means there is security there if I end up in a bad place, or that my children can decide whether to keep or sell in many years to come. I am happy spending money on watches and don't mind them depreciating, but if they became worthless overnight I'd consider spending the money on holidays instead!
  10. Good morning all. I have been thinking about a new watch purchase over Christmas, and think I could go to around £10k, I recently decided it would be nice to buy just one watch a year and Christmas seems like a good time to do it! I have spent some time flicking through watches around £5-£15k online and to be honest I've been pretty underwhelmed, yes I'd like a Sub but don't want to pay double the RRP, the Vacheron Constantin grand complication watches are 10 times by budget, leaving the possibility of a Blancpain Villeret if I can find the right one in budget. I've been admiring these for a long time: But this is pure perfection, albeit at house money!! I suspect unless the right Blancpain comes up I will buy either a Speedy or Railmaster, a lot different in terms of cost and finish but both are in my wish list. The only underlying problem is that although I love and appreciate the super fine details, machining, workmanship etc in these expensive watches, I've been overthinking the options so much it dawned on me that spending such money on a watch could actually be vulgar, ruining the whole prospect! Has anyone else felt like this when the opportunity of buying an expensive piece comes up, am I justified or is it nerves?! I work hard, don't "holiday" and don't finance luxuries (else they wouldn't be luxuries IMO) so I have no "borrowing" guilt, if values are stable then it could even be viewed as an investment, but sometimes it just seems wrong! Maybe this is too deep and I need to speak to someone
  11. That is very interesting, maybe it explains why the dot on the bezel and the minute hand on my Seamaster are green and the other markers are blue.
  12. Retro digital watches. I don't own any, I keep stopping myself buying any, but there are some awesome 80's looking LED/LCD watches that I fancy. I can't see myself wearing them- but I guess if I enjoy looking at them then it's no different to art of any kind... This is one of my favorites, probably topped by the Omega Chrono Quartz suggested on a previous thread:
  13. Having looked into the Chrono Quartz I have almost forgotten about the Equinoxe, they certainly hold their value though!
  14. Thanks for the replies, I did not know they were for sale yet. I don't know how much I love it- but I do love the fact that it is so different and the innovation inside. The price is a little higher than expected, maybe when second hand prices become apparent they will plateau due to scarcity (I cannot see them selling millions), one day I might get to see one in the flesh and make a decision!
  15. Pretty funky, I imagine they look great when photographed well but may be a disappointment on the wrist...
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