What watch do you wear and What's your Dream Watch?

I've seen the car topic, now let's start with the watches. I'm a watches maniac.
Currently wear: Rolex GMT Master ref. 1675, Rolex Submariner 1680 red write.
Next: AP 15300
Dream: Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712

Comments (229)

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:58am
LePrestige, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Currently: black on black Apple Watch 1.

Next/dream watch: Rolex DateJust II two tone Rolesor 36mm, white dial, gold Roman numerals.

Final dream watch: Rolex President gold/ AP Royal oak gold (slim)/ or of course the nautilus.

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:33am
stth_167, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The DJ II only comes in size 41mm and in ss or ss+white gold; I assume you're talking about ref 116233, also one of my favourites (although it has some "daddy money" connotation).

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Feb 18, 2017 - 9:29am
stth_167, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Cartier Tank solo ss Next: Daytona yellow gold and steel, white dial Dream: Breguet classique with moonphase and power reserve indicator and an AP RO or Nautilus

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Feb 18, 2017 - 10:05am
kop, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lol another one of these threads relevant to my interests.

Current: Rolex GMT Master 116713 (Two Tone), Panerai PAM 048, IWC Portofino Chronograph, Girard-Perregaux Richeville

Next: Royal Oak 15202, Rolex Daytona 116508 (YG and Green Dial)

Dream: A Lange Sohne Datograph, A Lange Sohne Zeitwerk, FP Journe Chronometre Bleu, Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6241

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:34am
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Watches might be the one thing on which I'm willing to spend money (as opposed to crazy cars or houses).

Current: JLC Master Ultra Thin Small Second (daily use); JLC Master Compressor Chronograph (casual use)

Next: Maybe an IWC Portuguese, Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar

Dream: a thin Patek with decent complication (e.g. 5270, 5078, 5327), Lange & Söhne Tourbographe "Pour le Mérite", some high-end, customized JLC models (I visited their manufacture and they have incredible pieces)

Hard to consider a "regular" watch once you've gotten used to a thin model.

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Feb 20, 2017 - 1:07am
Matrick, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dream: Patek Philippe 5980R-001 Nautilus

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

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Feb 20, 2017 - 1:35pm
ASUgrad2017, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: seiko 007, citizen economic drive, and orient symphony Dream: Rolex Date Just or Sub

Feb 22, 2017 - 11:42am
Ehmerica, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have an eco drive and honestly, I don't know if I will ever need another watch. Other than maybe a timex for hunting. Although, I could eventually justify a Rolex sub.

Only two sources I trust, Glenn Beck and singing woodland creatures.
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Feb 22, 2017 - 10:48pm
ASUgrad2017, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I just like that I don't have to constantly reset it like I have to do with my other automatics if I dont wear it for a little bit

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Feb 22, 2017 - 11:46am
AKBOS, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is generally people's first impression once they really get into watches, but over time your appreciation for how damn perfectly Rolex executes on sport watches will grow. Classic designs and impeccable quality.

With that said, my daily drivers are a Tudor Black Bay Black and an Omega Speedmaster. I also have a Panerai 111, which I am going to sell when I figure out the best medium to do so. It was my first "real" watch purchase (no offense Seiko!) and no longer enjoy wearing it.

Next watch is a Rolex GMT 116710 BLNR and dream watch is AP 15202.

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Feb 22, 2017 - 3:35pm
Waving Wind, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I love how incredibly timeless Rolex designs their watches. Quality and finish are absolutely amazing. Somehow, prices seem to be quite robust too. Funny enough my current watch, the Rolex GMT 116710 BLNR, has a market value greater than what I paid for it. Of course, it's not a meaningful return, but it's dissimilar to most other "wearables", which simply depreciate to 0 over time.

In the end, though, I try not to get too carried away with the whole watch thing. There's too much good stuff around to buy, it would drive me crazy.

DYEL
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Feb 23, 2017 - 9:08am
aspirer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Does that matter, though? You said it yourself, it's a great horological brand. It holds value better than any other piece (speaking generally), it has classic designs and a very rich heritage. Also, when it goes back to Switzerland for a polish that thing looks like it just came fresh from the cabinet!

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:50pm
SF_G, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Rolex is top quality, but it's popular to the point that it's generic. Every crackhead has a Rolex (or at least a fake one).

And for business purposes, I'd recommend against a "bling" watch.

Patek 5204R on the other hand... 8==D~~

Feb 22, 2017 - 11:29am
silverbuck898, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Two Seiko 5's and a Swatch. Dream: AP Royal Oak Offshore and the new Rolex Yachtmaster 40.

Feb 22, 2017 - 12:52pm
shortstack, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd really like to own an A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst and an A. Lange & Sohne Langematik Perpetual.

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Feb 22, 2017 - 11:38am
supervalued, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The love for watches is so fundamentally irrational.

But anyway I would love a limited edition omega speedmaster or a nice Zenith El Primero. Currently on the white-gold datejust and I must say it's gorgeous (the sporty side is lacking though)

Feb 22, 2017 - 5:43pm
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My father is a Zenith fan and owns an El Primero, beautiful piece!

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Feb 22, 2017 - 11:48am
Lizard Brain, what's your opinion? Comment below:

saving up my money for an ed hardy watch, those things are sick

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Feb 22, 2017 - 3:57pm
TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm particular about this one myself: http://groupon.s3.amazonaws.com/sponsorship-imgs/Goods/Ed%20Hardy%20Watches%20%2008-05-2013/812235013324-Ed-Hardy-Stellar-Men's-Watch--Silver-Stainless-Steel-Band-White-Dial.jpg

Feb 22, 2017 - 12:08pm
CRE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I wear a Citizen Eco Drive. Have one with a brown leather strap and one with a silver metal strap.

A Rolex or Omega would be cool, but I don't get the whole jerking off about watches that much. Definitely wouldn't pay for anything more than an Omega or a Rolex. I end up beating the shit out of watches somehow.

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Feb 22, 2017 - 12:10pm
saracen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As a genuine question, would be very interested to hear what it is about watches which makes people so willing to spend such large amounts of money on them. Personally I have had an Omega for the last 6 years which cost $3k at the time ($6k now), and don't plan on replacing it. Don't get me wrong, I of course appreciate a Portugese or a Royal Oak, but prices are so high for watches like this that I find it hard to justify having more than one. Am well aware that I am in the minority, but would genuinely be interested to hear what it is about watches that appeals so much to so many people.

Feb 22, 2017 - 5:46pm
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For many it still represents a status symbol. Others like the engineering part. The whole "a watch is the only jewelry a man should own" argument is genius from a marketing perspective.

Personally, many in my family have worked in watch-making, so that was part of the "education."

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Feb 24, 2017 - 2:40am
saracen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I definitely see that, but with so many of the brands being part of public companies like Richemont or Swatch, looking at the sheer number of watches sold per quarter makes them less special for me and less willing to spend c.$10k on. I definitely get the jewelry argument, no doubt - I guess my main problem I have is the sheer cost, as especially if you own several of these watches there is a serious opportunity cost there. It's just the sheer number of watches being sold at this price which does personally surprise me.

Interesting - would be very interested to hear your/ your family's view on these mass-produced watch brands like Omega given they have worked in watch making?

Feb 22, 2017 - 12:36pm
AZConq, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Currently - Two $10 dollar watches from Walmart that most people think are expensive ones.

I got a free Citizen Eco Drive ($600) as a gift, that I leave in a glass box in my room. I like how it looks, but don't see myself wearing it. This is probably the most expensive thing I own right now, too.

Feb 22, 2017 - 1:22pm
BrianHunter, what's your opinion? Comment below:
thebrofessor:

OP, if you are indeed a student as your profile says, how the hell do you afford having 2 rolexes?

Nice question! I inherited the watch passion from my father, I started with a Rolex AirKing (about 1700€) gave me from it for my 18, then I started to make deal/swap with collector and dealer of the country, buying and selling it with my little savings (arrived from intern works or public relations). Watches is my passion, turned into a little business. :-)
Jun 5, 2017 - 2:08pm
jordan25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are quite a few college kids (rich daddies) at my uni with rolexes, you would be surprised. I am not that blessed though haha

Don´t say this in a banking interview: Which superhero would you be and why? I want to be like Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor - me.
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Feb 22, 2017 - 12:45pm
BreakingRich, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I currently don't wear a watch, but I have my eyes set on an Omega De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph, steel with navy leather strap. My plan is to buy one when I have my first child and have it be an heirloom to pass down. If I have more than 1 kid, each will get a watch that I buy when they are born.

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Feb 22, 2017 - 5:50pm
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

That Patek is beautiful. A friend of mine is super into watches and interned for some watch magazine at the time of the auction. He could only talk about that during the following two weeks.

Feb 22, 2017 - 1:06pm
N0DuckingWay, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Apple watch 1

Dream/next: whichever apple watch will have a cell connection so I can run without my phone. Other than the apple watch, I don't really care about watches.

"There's nothing you can do if you're too scared to try." - Nickel Creek
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Feb 22, 2017 - 1:54pm
monkeycharles, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Once you calibrate the watch by running with both, the distance tracking isn't terrible and the storage on the watch is more than enough for a lengthy running playlist. I checked mine while running on a trail with markers every 1/10th of a mile and it was dead on, but it probably depends on how consistent your stride is too.

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:17pm
N0DuckingWay, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah but I use Strava, so the GPS tracking is necessary. Yes, the new one has that, but I don't want to upgrade just for that. Plus, my runs are generally 45 minutes. I'd like for people to be able to contact me during them (and vice versa, if there's an emergency).

"There's nothing you can do if you're too scared to try." - Nickel Creek
Feb 22, 2017 - 1:49pm
RX, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Rolex - Datejust (SS, fluted, silver face) and A. Lange & Söhne - Saxonia Next: Rolex - Daytona (2016 model with white face/black ceramic bezel). Almost my turn on the waitlist for this one Dream: A. Lange & Söhne - Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar "Terraluna" or Patek Philippe - Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar

Feb 27, 2017 - 5:08am
stth_167, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Very solid choices. minor correction: a fluted bezel on a Rolex means it's gold, so your DJ is most likely SS+white gold. Which size is yours?

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:01pm
LeveragedTiger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: 1955 Omega Seamaster Next: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 or Calibre 1887 Dream: No specific model. Just keep adding nice, classically styled time pieces from Piaget, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling, Bell & Ross, IWC, Patek, etc.

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw
Feb 22, 2017 - 2:05pm
Ebolamonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Citizen Men's JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Titanium Watch Dream: Swatch

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:05pm
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Omega sea master right now. Speedy every other week. I have a constellation that I don't wear often. Bought a watch in Iceland that I love. Very classy and understated.

Future purchases.

Jaeger LeCoultre reverso and a gold datejust

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:14pm
REITiculous, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Tag Heuer CV2014 Next: dont really see a need to change from the current watch Dream: Rolex Cellini Time

"What we learn from history is that people don't learn from history."
Feb 22, 2017 - 2:28pm
sinbad25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Daniel Wellington (cheap and gets a surprising amount of compliments) Next: Rolex Explorer II Dream: Not sure yet. Probably a Patek Philippe Grand Complications model

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:51pm
mcmac, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Apple watch 1 (daily), Rado Centrix rose gold (casual) Next: Rolex Daytona / Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Blue / Cartier Calibre De Automatic Dream: Rolex Submariner White Gold Blue Dial or AP Royal Oak

Feb 22, 2017 - 3:24pm
alpha.beta., what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Chopard Mille Miglia Chrono Next: Rolex GMT Master ii Batman

Dream: Audemars Pigeut skeleton tourbillon

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:19pm
surferdude867, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: I guess I'm living your dream (or something closely related) as I wear a Nautilus, however not the exact same model. Here it is:

Edit: Damn can't get the image to show up properly, what's the deal here. Anyone?

http://imgur.com/mTbB8HU

Dream Watch: Patek Phillipe Sky Moon

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:34pm
MandAlternatives, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Love the topic. Actually in the market for my first

Currently I am rocking a burberry but want to move into the 1500-3000 range watch. If anyone has any suggestions for the first major watch purchase I would appreciate it.

Been looking at Frederique Constants and used Roleys but would love any input.

For what it's worth the AP has always been the dream watch.

Feb 22, 2017 - 6:06pm
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would go with FC over Rolex unless you're lucky enough to find a vintage model in that range. Otherwise I have seen some nice Longines models at a relatively okay price. Montblanc has some interesting models, too. 3000 puts you close to the more affordable Zenith and Omega models. One big questions is whether you're looking for a "sports" model or a "dress" watch.

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Feb 23, 2017 - 7:34am
storyofmylife, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I own a FC with 303 movement (non in house) but one thing to keep in mind is that the company has been bought by Citizen.

Looking at Jaeger Le Coultre Master Ultra Thin or IWC Portofino as a dress watch upgrade. As a sports watch upgrade I'd pick a simple Omega Seamaster as worn by James Bond played by Daniel Craig and Prince William.

Dreamwatch: AP, Lange & Sohne, Patek, Breguet, Vacheron Constatin. Pretty much anything except for Hublot

Feb 23, 2017 - 3:03pm
BrianHunter, what's your opinion? Comment below:
MandACuler:

Love the topic. Actually in the market for my first

Currently I am rocking a burberry but want to move into the 1500-3000 range watch. If anyone has any suggestions for the first major watch purchase I would appreciate it.

Been looking at Frederique Constants and used Roleys but would love any input.

For what it's worth the AP has always been the dream watch.

For that range I suggest you an Omega Speedmaster, or a Rolex Datejust (plexi) or a Pam001 :-)
Feb 23, 2017 - 5:36am
stth_167, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well, actually, that's none of your business. But I can assure you, it certainly wasn't cheap.

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Feb 22, 2017 - 5:35pm
Plainview, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not really into watches and not sure i'd ever drop serious money on one but:

Dream: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph- yellow gold band, blue dial or Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Chronograph Ceragold (red gold on leather strap)

Also kind of like Urwerk's stuff as well even if it can be a bit weird.

Feb 27, 2017 - 5:21pm
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Plainview:
Also kind of like Urwerk's stuff as well even if it can be a bit weird.

Same here. I probably would not buy or wear one, but at least they are innovating and not afraid to go in their own direction.

Feb 23, 2017 - 3:12am
smunger8, what's your opinion? Comment below:

A colleague of mine in banking once said that a good watch can change your life, as he said this I paused and was speechless for a little while. I only wish I wasn't such a sissy because I find them annoying to wear.

Feb 23, 2017 - 5:29am
kkkk k, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Skx009, Omega Speedmaster - FoIS

Frankly with these two workhorses, I'm done :)

Feb 25, 2017 - 7:18pm
rubey419, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Love my SK009 Pepsi! My weekend watch as well.

Daily Driver: Seiko SNKE01K "Poor Man'a Grand Seiko". Sporty and elegant enough for professional and causal use at 37mm. People have mistaken it for a Rolex lol. I work in a healthcare environment in corporate finance, so don't want to be too flashy since it gives a bad vibe.

Weekender: Seiko SK009 (switched to a custom GMT band instead of the stock Jubillee). Hamilton Khaki Quartz with NATO strap.

Dress: Bucherer. Not sure of the model, passed down from my father. Also simple and elegant at 36mm.

Dream collection: Want to add the Omega Speedy Pro, Rolex GMT II, and Cartier Tank.

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:59pm
SF_G, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Exactly. Watches are a status symbol. With a Rolex you're just like everybody else.

Rolex = 5" cock Vacheron Constantin = 7" cock A. Lange & Sohne = 8" cock Patek = 10" cock Patek Grandmaster Chime = 12" BBC

Feb 23, 2017 - 3:06pm
emceedrive, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Rotation of an Omega Speedmaster Reduced Date(SS, including bezel - Reverse Panda that was a Japan exclusive actually), Rolex Yachtmaster 1 (Two-tone Rolesor with the blue dial), and a Calibre de Cartier (Smooth Bezel with black dial - on a black strap).

All bought second-hand.

Next: Realistically, a Hulk Submariner. If life goes my way, perhaps a vintage 36 President. If life goes to shit, perhaps a Navitimer (although that thing is too damn big for my tiny wrists). Whatever it is, it'll also be bought second-hand.

Dream: Solid Rose Gold AP RO

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:25pm
NoSurprises, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've been in the business too long to regard the watch as a status symbol. More accurately, it reflects my own regard for my level of professonalism and recognition of quality. What others may think is of little consequence. That being said, I wear a vintage Rolex Submariner (40 yrs. old, no date) and a Rolex oyster of similar age, very simple, 18 ct yellow gold, alligator strap. Also wear a DOXA SUB 750T with the COSC certified movement and orange face. The thing can really take punishment. My grail watch - maybe a Vacheron Constantin Chronometre Royale 1907 or an A. Lange & Sohne 1815. The Patek Calatrava is appealing in its simplicity, but it is a bit too small for my taste.

No Surprises!
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Feb 24, 2017 - 1:24pm
BrianHunter, what's your opinion? Comment below:
NoSurprises:

I've been in the business too long to regard the watch as a status symbol. More accurately, it reflects my own regard for my level of professonalism and recognition of quality. What others may think is of little consequence. That being said, I wear a vintage Rolex Submariner (40 yrs. old, no date) and a Rolex oyster of similar age, very simple, 18 ct yellow gold, alligator strap. Also wear a DOXA SUB 750T with the COSC certified movement and orange face. The thing can really take punishment. My grail watch - maybe a Vacheron Constantin Chronometre Royale 1907 or an A. Lange & Sohne 1815. The Patek Calatrava is appealing in its simplicity, but it is a bit too small for my taste.

Amazing, the sub is the 5513? I had it before the 1675, meter first gilt dial. Stunning! Great taste :D
Feb 24, 2017 - 12:55pm
Alpha Omega, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Grandfather's Omega Seamaster Dream: A. Lange & Sohne 1815, Greubel Forsey Vision, Patek Phillipe Calatrava. Would also love to own a one of a kind watch like a Philippe Dufour.

Feb 24, 2017 - 1:23pm
dr_mantistoboggan_MD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm surprised no one said anything about Shinola so far, not a watch geek but i have a leather Canfield and i love it. 'Gotta love the Detroit aspect and the story (even if it's a manufactured one), as well as the witty comeback if an older person ever says you don't know "shit from..."

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:32pm
subutai, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I rotate between 3; an old-ish Tissot chronograph my dad gave me, a Seiko 5 my mum bought me (I absolutely love it) and an SKX007 I bought for myself after the first year of university.

I have a dream collection of about 7 watches: Rolex Daytona (white face) Rolex Day Date Platinum Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Patek Phillipe Perpetual Calendar Chrono (Ref 5270) Cartier Santos Seiko GS (62GS) JLC Master Moonphase

I'd love to own a grand master chime but it seems impractical (and stupendously expensive...)

Feb 25, 2017 - 7:20pm
KyloRen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Love the looks of IWC Portuguese and most NOMOS, but god damn those things are expensive.

Observe. Learn. Share.
Mar 26, 2017 - 11:55pm
BullRunKid, what's your opinion? Comment below:

True, I completely blanked on the point of this thread. Not huge on the brand myself, altho I do favor a few of the fifty pieces...

Feb 26, 2017 - 1:14pm
David__D, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Honest question: I'm in business school starting as an MBB Associate shortly, is wearing a Movado Museum Stainless going to get me laughed at? I know they're not exclusive but I dig the look.

I honestly don't care for some of the super swanky Patek Phillipe's but looking through this thread I like the A. Lange & Sohne a lot, I prefer simplicity.

Feb 27, 2017 - 5:32pm
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Perfectly fine watch. I just would not recommend trying to be the flamboyant guy in the office with $4K+ bespoke suits, etc. Then you would have a really weird clash.

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Feb 26, 2017 - 2:04pm
TripleDown, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Omega Seamaster (Got it in 2009) Dream: TBH, I love my Seamaster, doubt I would change it, but if I was really pushed maybe a Rolex Day Date Platinum

Feb 27, 2017 - 7:43am
DDrogba, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As a swiss, can any of the americans comment here on what you think of franck muller? We love it here as it tries to fuse the traditional swiss watch with some american art deco style, but for some that detracts from prestige as it is only 25 yrs old and so not "old world" enough.

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:54pm
Bondarb, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Let us not kid ourselves about why we buy watches. Unless you are a watch geek who really gets into the movements and such (nothing wrong with that but its not most people) then I believe one should embrace the fact that we buy watches for the effect they have on others. With that said, I will tell you a story of how I became a Rolex devotee with full expectation to get flamed for this story and line of thinking:

When i was in my mid 20s, an older relative of mine gave me a Cartier French Tank, which was my first nice watch and which I absolutely loved...I felt it fit me well: understated, tasteful, classy. I wore it happily for several years and still love it mostly for sentimental reasons and because of who gave it to me.

A few years later I got a nice paycheck and decided I wanted to buy another watch and went with a Rolex. I bought a simple, entry level Submariner....nothing too crazy but still a Rolex. Watch geeks rolled their eyes and I was somewhat embarrassed to have made such a clichéd choice.

I bought the watch on a Sunday and wore it into work for the first time Monday. That morning a very attractive coworkers of mine who I had barely ever talked to came over to my desk and said "bondarb...I cant believe you bought a Rolex without bringing me along with you!". Call me a chump, but I was basically hooked on Rolex from there.

Bottom line is that Rolex is a "prestige brand" broadly and not just to those who know watches and so if you are going to pay up for a watch I think you might as well get something people recognize and makes an impact. Sorry if this is offensive but you should know that most watch brands are unknown to women and you get no more impact from wearing, for example, a $20,000 Jaeger LaCoulter Reverso (which watch geeks love) then you would wearing a cool looking novelty watch for a few hundred bucks. Don't blame me blame society or maybe blame Rolex's excellent marketing team!

So these days I wear two watches, one for casual situations like bars or sporting events and one for more dressed up (but not formal) occasions. The dressed up one is a blue and gold Rolex submariner, which I enjoy seeing is usually the most visually garish watch in business meetings I am in especially these days. The casual one is a Panerai luminor marina which I have put on a really funky custom alligator double strap. Both get tons of comments/compliments and are conversation starters, both reflect elements of my personality, and I don't really care what watch snobs think of either of them!

Jun 5, 2017 - 2:28pm
jordan25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I am not really into watches, so I don´t have a clue on what´s good or not. But Cartier French Tank or Jaeger LaCoulter Reverso (not the brand, more the design) is a watch I would expect my grandma to wear, no offense. I would never believe that it costs 20k. I would not even wear it if it would be for free. People at school would probably make fun of you too (not knowing about the brand/price, just based on design). But again I don´t know what watch experts/fans look for. Just judging from the design it looks pretty lame. I think not only has Rolex a strong brand but its design looks really nice and classy. I am a college kid and just curious, what do you guys actually like about watches like this one? Would you buy it without the brand/price factor just for the design?

Don´t say this in a banking interview: Which superhero would you be and why? I want to be like Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor - me.
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Apr 10, 2018 - 6:13am
CaulfieldCapital, what's your opinion? Comment below:

this is old but I just had to respond: it's uncultured college swine like you that make us youth look bad...the Reverso is a masterpiece of a watch comparable in statement (for the watch-fluent) to an entry-level Patek.

These are classic watches with an appeal of ELEGANCE. Rolex is nice but that's why snobs hate it - it's like a high school senior saying he wants to work at GS but knows no other investment bank. It's like an idiot talking about art and knowing only of Picasso. It's like someone not from New York saying they prefer a bland 50th floor midtown condo to the prewar charm of Park Avenue.

Rolex is barbaric and uncouth next to a Jaeger LeCoultre or Cartier Tank, which leverage the square design of eras past. These were the standard back when this was a men's world with real men (I know, it's hard to fathom that a smaller dial means more manly but, again, this was when men weren't so fragile about their masculinity like today lol). Anyway, real men, not a generation of college hardos that decided they wanted to go into finance after watching Wolf of fuckin Wall Street lmao.

The kids today seem to know only of Rolexes and Gucci loafers - exhausted cliches fueled by herd mentality. I say this not necessarily to rant but to provide some utility to you here - when you're this level of basic (think a college girl in leggings and an oversized hoodie kind of basic), people notice, and immaturity is counted. It shows naivete etc - YES even in these little things. MDs for instance can be old-timers - they dig young guys that remind them of their time and detest the new era, about-to-be-new-money schmucks. So anyway take it or leave it but sometimes it's better to learn the culture of things BEFORE you have the money, which sounds counterintuitive but just trust me.

The only rule is: there are no rules
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Mar 1, 2017 - 7:24pm
ZetaMale, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Wearing: Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moonphase and vintage Vacheron Constantine Patrimony. Both I consider very classic, great movement, tons of company history, and generally can only be noticed by those tilted towards horological knowledge. No gold here.

Kinda of want: Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars

Want (for casual): Rolex Explorer II with white face. Not a big Rolex guy, but these are exceptional

Really Want: A Lange Sohne anything

Pro tip: Until you're 40+ years of age and made your own money (inheriting definitely does not count) do not ever--I mean ever--wear a Patek Phillippe. Even the Nautilus.

Basic tip: Royal Oak Offshore, anything Hublot/Ulysse Nardin, and/or watches with diamonds are unacceptable watches.

Godspeed.

Apr 5, 2017 - 1:45pm
Keyser Söze 123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're seriously wearing two watches? Do you also wear two ties to work?

"A man can convince anyone he's somebody else, but never himself."
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Mar 3, 2017 - 10:00am
overpaid_overworked, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's funny, I used to think that as I moved up in the bank I'd get nicer timepieces (I got cussed out in a store once for referring to them as watches), at some point it doesn't really matter.

1) More and more senior guys are wearing cheap watches or sports watches. On a day that we were talking about this trend, went to meet a c.$20 bn PE fund manager, the guy was wearing a $20 Casio. Had an MD that wore a $60 - $80 Nike watch (with his $5,000 suit) just didn't care.

We were speculating that these guys are wearing cheap watches because they are so far above the game we are playing they don't need a $100k timepiece. Or, they are wearing the sports watches because they already have more money than you, are smarter than you, and now they are 'more manly' than you because they run and swim and whatever else.

2) I realise that I can't afford a mortgage and get a watch that will blow people away (everyone has a $10k - $20k timepiece), so I go for more unique pieces, something different from what everyone else has, you can find some really cool stuff: my colleague has a navy divers watch from the 50's, I've seen some WW2 era pilot's watches, there's lots of interesting pieces out there.

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:38am
CaulfieldCapital, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I hope you guys realize it's actually a thought-out condescending move. I hate seeing these CEOs and fund managers rock the Swatch. They do it in the same arrogance that silicon valley devils wear shitty t-shirts to work.

C-suite and buyside execs know they make enough $ to not care. It's easy to decide "hell let me be ironic today and sport a $10 watch". But subconsciously this is sort of a microaggression towards lower employees that put a considerable chunk of their bonuses towards a luxury like a 5-digit price tag watch. They do that because they're not used to the luxury and it's exciting - execs are essentially silently communicating the message "ha you peasant, you make 200k and you're blowing a whole 10% on a watch while I make 20m and I'm wearing a ($10) watch 0.000001 of my income - get your priorities straight"

I hope this makes sense (pulled all nighter sorry). Like, Mark Zuckerberg would dress in a hoodie and flip flops so that if anyone challenges him about it he can whip out the "dude, I'm the billionaire founder of a" bla bla. It's douchey as hell, hence why Eduardo Saverin says "sorry I didn't wear my fuck-you flip flops" to Mark in their last fight.

Lloyd from GS wore a clear swatch - that's a fuck-you watch whereas a 500k Patek isnt.

The only rule is: there are no rules
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Mar 6, 2017 - 11:57am
casinoguy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: I wear a circa 1960's stainless steel Rolex Oyster I purchased at auction in NYC and refurbished. I prefer the smaller case size to the behemoths being produced today. It is clean and simple and will last me a couple decades at least.

As a product of the 1980's I am also a Swatch-aholic. Swatches are my daily beaters and yes I wear them to work. I buy the original gents sized ones (smaller original case) and I also gift Swatches to people to mark special occasions. Like if we go on a trip I will buy everyone in the group Swatches to mark the occasion; I use them as stocking stuffers around Xmas, etc.

I also have a Japanese Seiko Black Monster dive watch which is too big, but a legit piece of engineering.

My next watch: Possibly something like a vintage Rolex Explorer 1, but these are "hot" watches now and I'm typically too cheap to pay the markups they are asking for these kind of antique watches. So I'd probably rather buy a vintage gold-case Rolex, Omega, or Patek and slap it on a leather band. I would also like a modern Rolex Datejust as a daily beater.

I prefer used / antiques and I frequently keep tabs on various watch auctions as well as the stock in the good NYC antique-watch stores.

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:42pm
YYCTrader, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Patek Philippe nautilus 5726, hublot classic fusion chrono titanium Next: Patek Philippe Grand Complications Dream: I've learned there's no such thing as a dream watch, only the next watch. As soon as you buy what you think is your dream watch, something else will take its place.

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:18am
stth_167, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+SB for the Patek and the wise thought on a "dream watch", but... Hublot, seriously?

Mar 29, 2017 - 12:41am
YYCTrader, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Let me paint the picture for you... I was young and got my first decent bonus. Jay Z issued his "new watch alert" and I liked the style.

I actually wanted an AP Royal oak but there wasn't an authorized dealer in my city, and I found the styling of the hublot to fit my taste as well.

Mar 25, 2017 - 8:26am
frensisturatello, what's your opinion? Comment below:

hublot classic fusion ultra thin skeleton -> https://i2.wp.com/www.thehorophile.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/hublot-classic-fusion-ultra-thin-skeleton-11.jpg

runs well above 10k, which is not that much, but the brand and the watch aren't worth that much per se. So, to me it's a bad deal and to allocate 10k on that I'd need enough to buy a 30k rolex.

also, rolex are overrated.

next: zenith el primero -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naj3POakHcs

Apr 5, 2017 - 11:54am
Keyser Söze 123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current watch: Casio Databank Calculator Watch CA53W-1

When making my decision I was also between the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164A-001 and the Rolex Custom Ceramic Daytona 116520 White, but for me the ability to calculate an amortization and run a DCF for my clients in meeting really changed my attitude towards the other alternatives. Furthermore the digital movement of the lithium battery (in my opinion) far surpassed the jeweled automatic caliber often seen in the aforementioned equivalents.

Dream watch: Bremont Wright Flyer White Gold WF/WG

"A man can convince anyone he's somebody else, but never himself."
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Jun 5, 2017 - 1:37pm
mbusa001, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Do you like the DD 40? Really considering getting a secondhand one. I tried some on this weekend, and was torn between the yellow gold and the white gold.

Jun 5, 2017 - 2:15pm
jordan25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

nice watch, many kids at my university wear it

Don´t say this in a banking interview: Which superhero would you be and why? I want to be like Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor - me.
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Apr 12, 2017 - 11:02am
Jumped-up country boy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Casio F-91W

Next: Junghans Max Bill Automatic on a Milanese loop bracelet.

Dream: Vintage Rolex GMT-II master with a (slightly faded) Pepsi bezel and a NATO strap.

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Jun 5, 2017 - 12:25am
imsurance, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Jumped-up country boy:
Current: Casio F-91W

Next: Junghans Max Bill Automatic on a Milanese loop bracelet.

Dream: Vintage Rolex GMT-II master with a (slightly faded) Pepsi bezel and a NATO strap.

Not sure why this got a monkey shit (let the guy wear whatever watch he wants) so I'm giving the SB for balance.

Jun 5, 2017 - 3:10pm
Levered Beta Boy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Cartier Tank Louis and Bernhardt diver for casual wear.

Next: JLC Reverso Tribute Duoface.

Dream: Vacheron Constantin 222, AP Royal Oak A series, PP 3700, Rolex 6062.

Jun 5, 2017 - 6:24pm
MonacoMonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not a fan of brands being "whored out" to a larger conglomerate. This isn't P&G.

For ex. Richmont owns A. Lange & Söhne, Azzedine Alaïa, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chloé, Dunhill, IWC Schaffhausen, Giampiero Bodino, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lancel, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Peter Millar, Purdey, Roger Dubuis, Shanghai Tang, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Some great brands with great lineage in there, no doubt. However, I'd much rather stick to independent brands (i.e. Patek, Audemars, etc) if spending over $10k on a timepiece.

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:31pm
UnstructuredFinance, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: 50s gold Omega Seamaster- was my grandfather's Next: Maybe an old Tudor Prince Oysterdate
Dream: Rolex Daytona two-tone stainless steel/gold with an ivory dial and black subs

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:05am
urbantravel, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Real Marcus Halberstram:
I've seen the car topic, now let's start with the watches. I'm a watches maniac. Currently wear: Rolex GMT Master ref. 1675, Rolex Submariner 1680 red write. Next: AP 15300 Dream: Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712

A Gucci watch and the battery is not working.

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:44am
gryphonguy31, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: two incredibly cheap (~$250) watches from a brand called Akribos because I have to pay for my own school and couldn't justify an expensive one.

Next: Shinola (I'm from Detroit so they're a big thing) not sure which yet

Dream: idk, haven't settled on one yet

-"Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance."
Sep 18, 2018 - 3:58pm
repeezus, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've heard nothing but good about Shinola's watches and they're gorgeous to boot. Did you end up pulling the trigger?

Aide-toi, et Dieu t'aidera.
Sep 18, 2018 - 5:05pm
gryphonguy31, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not quite yet. Probably coming in another month or two here.

-"Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance."
Jul 26, 2017 - 3:50pm
MusicCityBoer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My daily driver is a Halios Delfin http://www.woundforlife.com/2014/07/09/first-impression-halios-delfin/

Next: Rolex Daytona

Dream: Patek Phillipe Grand Complication

University of Chicago
Nov 14, 2017 - 2:10am
Jamie_Diamond, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Garmin fenix 5s (gps watch --> run 6 miles everyday before work) Next: Rolex Air King Silver Dial as seen in the movie "A Cure for Wellness" Dream: A. Lange & Söhne Beobachtungsuhr

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Jan 20, 2018 - 5:52pm
Soltan.b, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Seiko SKX007, Wenger Commando Dual Time Silver Dial

Next: Omega Speedmaster, Cartier Tank Basculante or JLC Reverso

Dream: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst, A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk White Gold Jump Hour, Patek Philippe 5170G Chronograph

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:48pm
FWH, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Movado series 800 chronograph, Cartier Ronde Solo XL

Next: A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia thin 37mm, rose gold

Dream: Patek Philippe Perpetual calendar chronograph moonphase 1518

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:15pm
mtpkp496, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Rolex Submariner 50th Anniversary (Kermit)

Next: Either a Date Just or an Omega Speedmaster Pro

Dream: Daytona Ceramic

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:44pm
Carl Van Loon, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: It's not impressive or anything but I like wearing and old Tissot PR100 my Grandfather passed down to me a couple of years ago. The watch really doesn't hold value as I've seen similar old ones posted on the internet going for less than a new one but I like it because it's around 20 years old and the face has aged a bit.

Next: Rolex GMT Master Pepsi... love it.

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Mar 14, 2018 - 2:44pm
CRE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Wear an Apple Watch now. It's cool enough, but it's neither transformative enough to be in the same category as an iPhone or an iPad and it's not functional enough to be in the same category as an iMac or Macbook Pro. Kind of disappointed in it, even as a massive Apple fan. It's just kind of "meh"

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Apr 11, 2018 - 3:46pm
LeChiffre, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Current: Timex Easy Reader Next: Shinola Runwell Dream: I don't know much about watches, but maybe an old Omega. Something nice but not too flashy.

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:25pm
MonkeyAroundWallStreet, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Watch Style (Originally Posted: 08/12/2015)

Hello Monkeys,

I know that there is a watch thread already; however, I want to go a different direction.

I currently have $100-600 that I am willing to spend on a watch. My daily style is typically a Brooks Brothers button down with the sleeves rolled up and khakis, so I am looking for something that can be worn casually as well as to an interview.

I thank you in advance and I look forward to your responses.

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:42pm
Dchristosc, what's your opinion? Comment below:
juniormistmaker:

For your price range, I think Shinola's are nice and they're a bit less common and stylish in my view.

Agreed. They make great quality pieces.
Apr 16, 2018 - 3:29pm
nick3912, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For this price range Tissot comes to mind, but you'll probably only find their quartz watches under $600.

If i were you I'll try to find a great deal on a used TAG or save some more for a used Omega that will last you a lifetime.

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:34pm
Mc0015, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have something like this. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009OP3Y9Q/ref=s9_simh_gw_d0_g241_i5?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=mobile-1&pf_rd_r=1Q5R4WDZYFZNWX4QPM0S&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2068141862&pf_rd_i=mobile Perfect formal occasions

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:35pm
Double Doubler, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Go Tissot. Get a solid quartz watch to start with and upgrade in years to come if you really want to go automatic.

Double Doubler
Apr 16, 2018 - 3:38pm
Satire 101, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Apr 16, 2018 - 3:39pm
Bud Foxx, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Apr 16, 2018 - 3:41pm
whitepowerranger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Apr 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
quebecquant, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Apr 16, 2018 - 3:46pm
cbn18, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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May 4, 2018 - 11:28am
oswaldoswald, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Sep 12, 2018 - 10:03pm
CREsyndication, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Sep 12, 2018 - 10:38pm
Dr. SBWM, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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