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 15300Dream: Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712
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.
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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).
Current: Cartier Tank solo ssNext: Daytona yellow gold and steel, white dialDream: Breguet classique with moonphase and power reserve indicator and an AP RO or Nautilus
Current: AP Royal Oak Chronograph/Rolex OP 39 are my two most frequently used. Also have Grand Carrera, Breitling and a Submariner.
Next: AP Royal Oak Offshore (black/gold)
Dream: Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar 5140p-013
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
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 & Sohne 1815 Annual Calendar
Dream: a thin Patek with decent complication (e.g. 5270, 5078, 5327), Lange & Sohne Tourbographe "Pour le Merite", 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.
Dream: Patek Philippe 5980R-001 Nautilus
Current: seiko 007, citizen economic drive, and orient symphonyDream: Rolex Date Just or Sub
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.
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
Exactly. Just let it get some light.
Frankly as a watch enthusiast I have never understood the appeal of Rolex watches, they simply exude all the wrong signals. I'd personally much rather go with A. Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin or Breguet once my budget permits me to, haha.
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.
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.
Waving Wind:There's too much good stuff around to buy, it would drive me crazy.
There's too much good stuff around to buy, it would drive me crazy.
GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."
I also have a speedmaster and have really liked it. The manual winding gets annoying at times but i guess an automatic movement wouldn't have done much good on the moon
Rolex, although a great horological brand, appeals to people who know nothing about watches, cause thats what they have heard about
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!
Totally agree. Its one of the greats in horological history for sure and I love Rolex. I was just pointing out that if someone wanted a nice watch but maybe don't know a ton about watches, they will go for a rolex. Kind of like if you win the lottery you'll go get a Ferrari or something. Whatever, still a sweet company and watch maker.
Pennsylvania, Switzerland...same thing.
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~~
Current: Two Seiko 5's and a Swatch.Dream: AP Royal Oak Offshore and the new Rolex Yachtmaster 40.
I'd really like to own an A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst and an A. Lange & Sohne Langematik Perpetual.
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)
My father is a Zenith fan and owns an El Primero, beautiful piece!
Great choices gents! I'm a Zenith collector and have various El Primero models and the Cronometro CP-2. The movements are exceptional and thankfully the brand has retained its authenticity and not devolved to consumer demands (big, bulky watches).
Agreed. A friend of mine was on a consulting project for a, let's say, tier-2 watch company who wanted to revert course from big, bulky watches to their older, "authentic" models. Pretty interesting project and approach.
saving up my money for an ed hardy watch, those things are sick
Lizard Brain:saving up my money for an ed hardy watch, those things are sick
For example? :D
Nicest haircut than Bateman
I'm particular about this one myself: http://groupon.s3.amazonaws.com/sponsorship-imgs/G...'s-Watch--Silver-Stainless-Steel-Band-White-Dial.jpg
I rock a Breitling Galactic Unitime; I think it works well dressed up and down. I know the watch snobs shit on Tag Heuer, but I would love to snag their Grand Carrera Calibre 36. An Omega moonphase with a nylon strap is also something I'd like to acquire.
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.
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.
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."
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.$10k on. I definitely get the jewelry argument, no doubt - I guess my main problem I have is the sheer cost, as especially if you own several of these watches there is a serious opportunity cost there. It's just the sheer number of watches being sold at this price which does personally surprise me.
Interesting - would be very interested to hear your/ your family's view on these mass-produced watch brands like Omega given they have worked in watch making?
I'll bite. Interestingly my family has people who worked in the high-end (manufacture) and low-end (say, below 500$ watches) sectors. Overall, I would say the most important aspect is the mechanical mechanism. This is changing somehow with the likes of Swatch offering "cheap" models, but I still consider that the main gap from basic to sophisticated. It also tends to limit how much you can produce, since they are (or at least used to be) more complicated and not really adaptable to mass production. I think I have a rosy view of what is a good or a bad watch. Most firms, even the "prestigious" ones, mass-produce parts if not entire watches. I tend to judge a brand based on their high-end capabilities and trust that this will be reflected in their more affordable models, hence my bias towards JLC.
Another important factor in pricing, which is an important part of who many view the status attached to a watch, is the materials you're using. You can take a relatively shitty watch and make a gold edition which can be mass-produced to a certain extent. That can easily make it cost twice the steel equivalent but, in my opinion, does not make it any better.
Overall, it can be a significant opportunity cost, that's for sure. Then again, everybody has their thing for which they're willing to spend money. Some like cars, some like big numbers on their bank account(s), some like traveling, etc.; others like watches.
All interesting points. Thanks a lot.
My pleasure ;)
Same reason people spend large amounts of money on cars. Would you rather drive a toyota camry or g series?They both get you from point A to point B. Would you rather wear a timex or rolex? They both tell time.
none & none.
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.
OP, if you are indeed a student as your profile says, how the hell do you afford having 2 rolexes?
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 1700EU) 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. :-)
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.
My phone has a time keeping feature
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.
Sounds good. Especially with the navy leather strap
Current: Omega Speedmaster 145.022 (1969)Next: Rolex Sea-Dweller (c. 1970's)Dream: Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in stainless steel (just need to come up with $11MM+)
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.
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.
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.
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).
Current: Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 8Next: Nomos Metro datum gangreserveDream: Glashutte Original Panomatic lunar
Current: Rolex - Datejust (SS, fluted, silver face) and A. Lange & Sohne - SaxoniaNext: Rolex - Daytona (2016 model with white face/black ceramic bezel). Almost my turn on the waitlist for this oneDream: A. Lange & Sohne - Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar "Terraluna" or Patek Philippe - Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar
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?
Yes, that's correct. My DJ is 36mm.
Very happy with it as my "everyday" watch while I keep my my Saxonia reserved for more formal outfits and special occasions.
Current: Tag Heuer aqua racer. Bought it in the fall of my junior year in college.
Next: Rolex submariner
Current: 1955 Omega SeamasterNext: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 or Calibre 1887Dream: No specific model. Just keep adding nice, classically styled time pieces from Piaget, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling, Bell & Ross, IWC, Patek, etc.
Current: Citizen Men's JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Titanium WatchDream: Swatch
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.
Jaeger LeCoultre reverso and a gold datejust
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Current: Tag Heuer CV2014Next: dont really see a need to change from the current watchDream: Rolex Cellini Time
"What we learn from history is that people don't learn from history."
Current: Daniel Wellington (cheap and gets a surprising amount of compliments)Next: Rolex Explorer IIDream: Not sure yet. Probably a Patek Philippe Grand Complications model
Current: Apple watch 1 (daily), Rado Centrix rose gold (casual)Next: Rolex Daytona / Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Blue / Cartier Calibre De AutomaticDream: Rolex Submariner White Gold Blue Dial or AP Royal Oak
Current: Orient Bambino 3
Dream Watch: Another Orient Bambino when this one breaks?
Watches are purely aesthetic to me because we are surrounded by clocks on phones, walls, and computers. I see why some people enjoy watches but there is no utility in expensive watches for me.
Currently have a Fitbit charge 2. Would love to get into watches later on when my budget would allow me to!
Current: Chopard Mille Miglia ChronoNext: Rolex GMT Master ii Batman
Dream: Audemars Pigeut skeleton tourbillon
Current: Omega Speedmaster, Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-axial & Seiko SKX007Next: IWC Big Pilot ref. 5009Dream: Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4300V & AP Royal Oak 25960BC with the salmon dial
Hey how do you like the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra? I really like the look of that watch and have considered purchasing it several times.
I really like it. It was the first "real" watch I owned so there's some sentimental value attached to it. It's a nice change of pace to go from my speedy to a smaller watch like the aqua terra.
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/mTbB8HUDream Watch: Patek Phillipe Sky Moon
Current: Christopher Ward Moon PhaseDream: Anderson Geneve Tempus Terrae
That Anderson is a super cool looking watch.
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.
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.
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
Having a JLC Master Ultra Thin I can only recommend it. The Perpetual Calendar model is really, really nice.
How do you like your FC? I am looking at the moonphase (non in house) movement for a very reasonable 1500. Been looking hard at the Omega's just having a hard time finding an affordable style I actually like.
Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the impact Citizen will have, after buying FC, on the brand/watches.
Agreed on anything other than Hublot, I think Breguets are absolutely beautiful just not something I would buy till I was 50 haha I think an AP at an earlier age would be really sick.
I do like the FC especially compared to the alternatives in that price range. I have the Breguet hommage design with the Breguet guilloche.
MandACuler:Love the topic. Actually in the market for my firstCurrently 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 :-)
Current - Tissot T-Tempo (entry level swiss automatic)Next - Rolex Turn-O-graph (the remodel)
About the turn-o-graph: https://www.bobswatches.com/rolex-blog/rolex-news/...
How much did you pay for the Rolex
Well, actually, that's none of your business. But I can assure you, it certainly wasn't cheap.
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.
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.
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.
Current: Skx009, Omega Speedmaster - FoIS
Frankly with these two workhorses, I'm done :)
Gotta love the skx007/009's. They are seriously the ultimate beater watch.
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.
Seriously you guys must be all rich bankers. Talking about owning multiples rollies, lol!
probably that watch with the planets in it i think its called an omega , or a hublot
Current: Rolex GMT 116710LN , Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, Longines HydroConquestNext: JLC Reverso 976 or 986, Oris Aquis Date ceramic bezelDream: Constantly changing, but currently Patek 5960 in platinum
Rolex is a bit tacky for me, IMO. If you work on the street, everyone has it. Hell the guy next to me on my desk has one. I went with something different, an IWC Portuguese.
Exactly. Watches are a status symbol. With a Rolex you're just like everybody else.
Rolex = 5" cockVacheron Constantin = 7" cockA. Lange & Sohne = 8" cockPatek = 10" cockPatek Grandmaster Chime = 12" BBC
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
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.
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
Current: Grandfather's Omega SeamasterDream: 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.
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..."
Inherited my father's Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Aqualung. Only wear it for more formal events (black tie party, important meetings).Day to day no watch.
Chapel15:Inherited my father's Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Aqualung. Only wear it for more formal events (black tie party, important meetings).Day to day no watch.
I love it! Amazing watch! Congrats
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 PlatinumAudemars Piguet Royal OakPatek Phillipe Perpetual Calendar Chrono (Ref 5270)Cartier SantosSeiko GS (62GS)JLC Master Moonphase
I'd love to own a grand master chime but it seems impractical (and stupendously expensive...)
Dream: Any of the Arnold and Son models are ridiculous
Current: Bulova Accutron Corvara 65B141Next: TBD
Should clarify that before getting it as a gift, I had no habit of even wearing a watch, so I'm completely illiterate on the manner and will have to do some serious research when the time comes.
The crown on my Tag diver broke so...
Current: Casio F-91WDream: Rolex Daytona
SB'd for the Casio
From Detroit, have a Shinola Runwell currently. Dream watch is an 80's Rolex Datejust like you would expect guys like Gekko or Gutfreund to wear. Something real go to hell.
Love the looks of IWC Portuguese and most NOMOS, but god damn those things are expensive.
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I'm amazed I only saw blanc mentioned once, would have thought they had more presence at their price.
@BullRunKid It's due to the price point that few people have mentioned it - it's achievable for a lot of people, and most people dream bigger than that.
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...
Not a watch connoisseur...
Current: Omega - Speedmaster ProNext: maybe a IWC Portugieser / Hublot Big Bang / Panerai LuminorDream: A. Lange & Sohne - 1 Time Zone Silver Dial Mechanical / IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Blue Dial
Current: Rolex - Oyster Perpetual DatejustNext: Patek Philippe - Calatrava 5227J-001
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.
If you like it keep it - if someone laughs at you because of your watch, he is a real dbag
FYI - Lloyds Blankfein rocks a Swatch
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.
Ha, I'll never be that guy. That would look very out of place in the Southern office. Thanks for the input!
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
Currently: 1988 Omega Seamaster Professional 200m (Pre Bond)
Once I finish college and my budget permits:A Panerai Luminor 1950 Chronograph please.....
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.
My mate has one, but I'm not too keen on the whacky looking dial with the strange number font.
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 cliched 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!
This is awesome. I really look forward to buying that sub one day. Nice choice!
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?
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.
Current: use my phone.Goal: Tudor or Tag Aquarscer with black dialDream: IWC portuguese with blue alligator leather strap
Currently: NOMOS Glashuette Tangente 38 Datum and Tudor Black Bay Blue ETANext: No plansDream: Ochs und Junior Perpetual Calendar
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.
Interesting. What are your thoughts on breitling or Tudor watches for work?
Ditch Breitling and maybe on Tudor
You're seriously wearing two watches? Do you also wear two ties to work?
Currently wearing:-Rolex GMT Pepsi Bezel (with black shoes / belt)-Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic (with brown shoes / belt.... I also tend to prefer this one)
Want:-Jaeger LeCoutre Moonphase
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.
I gave you an SB for this. I've certainly seen fund managers walking around with Nike and--gasp--Apple watches. I also agree with you on them simply not caring--or saying they have enough money, you know they have enough money, so whats the point in wearing a big deal watch.
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.
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.
Rolex Two Tone 16013 Datejust. Your compliment was sufficient, don't touch the watch.
Current: Patek Philippe nautilus 5726, hublot classic fusion chrono titaniumNext: Patek Philippe Grand ComplicationsDream: 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.
+SB for the Patek and the wise thought on a "dream watch", but... Hublot, seriously?
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.
hublot classic fusion ultra thin skeleton -> https://i2.wp.com/www.thehorophile.com/wp-content/...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 ->
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
Currently: Rolex Day-Date 40 (white gold) and JLC Reverso (automatic in 18k rose gold)
Next/dream watch: Patek 5396 and AP 15202 (also a JLC Atmos with calendar for the office)
Final dream watch: Patek 5270 or 5204. In worst case a ALS Grande Lange 1 Moon 41.
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.
The DD40 is great. But not wearing it much. Got the AP RO Jumbo a couple of months ago, and wear that most of the time.
My dream watch is a Rolex Submariner 904L Stainless Steel. How I wish I can buy one this year.
nice watch, many kids at my university wear it
Next: JLC Master Control or the new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo in titanium/ SS Sky-dweller.
Dream: AP RO in Rose, Franck Muller Skeletal, Patek Celestial
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.
Jumped-up country boy:Current: Casio F-91WNext: 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.
Current watch : Casio F91 W classicDream watch : Swatch quartz analog
What? You expected all to have rolex, patek & ap here?
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.
Not a fan of brands being "whored out" to a larger conglomerate. This isn't P&G.
For ex. Richmont owns A. Lange & Sohne, Azzedine Alaia, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chloe, 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.
Current: 50s gold Omega Seamaster- was my grandfather'sNext: Maybe an old Tudor Prince OysterdateDream: Rolex Daytona two-tone stainless steel/gold with an ivory dial and black subs
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 15300Dream: Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712
A Gucci watch and the battery is not working.
An old Omega my grandpa gave me. When I'm just hanging around or doing anything outdoors I usually wear my Suunto Core or Vector, love them both.
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."
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.
Not quite yet. Probably coming in another month or two here.
My daily driver is a Halios Delfin http://www.woundforlife.com/2014/07/09/first-impre...Next: Rolex Daytona
Dream: Patek Phillipe Grand Complication
University of Chicago
My dad used to own and Omega Speedmaster, that has always been a super fresh watch for me!
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 & Sohne Beobachtungsuhr
What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.
mb and f legacy 1
Current: Seiko SKX007, Wenger Commando Dual Time Silver Dial
Next: Omega Speedmaster, Cartier Tank Basculante or JLC Reverso
Dream: A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst, A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk White Gold Jump Hour, Patek Philippe 5170G Chronograph
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
Current: Rolex Submariner 50th Anniversary (Kermit)
Next: Either a Date Just or an Omega Speedmaster Pro
Dream: Daytona Ceramic
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.
Carl Van LoonVan Loon & Associates
ap bust down hood nicca shit
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"
Rocking a Tudor Pelagos LHD todayNext piece Oyster Rolex DeepseaDream piece AP Royal Oak Offshore Chrono
Current: Timex Easy ReaderNext: Shinola RunwellDream: I don't know much about watches, but maybe an old Omega. Something nice but not too flashy.
Tissot Heritage Visodate; it's the watch I have always wanted and the watch I will always wear.
Wear Omega Seamaster from the 1950s
Watch Style (Originally Posted: 08/12/2015)
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.
Ingersoll and Fossil stand out as within that range.
I would go for a hamilton khaki or tissot
For your price range, I think Shinola's are nice and they're a bit less common and stylish in my view.
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.
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.
http://us.tissotshop.com/men/classic-watches/t-com...wished they made that in rose gold
May be able to afford some pretty classic looking Hamilton watches (maybe even automatic) toward the high end of that price range.
Low end Movado, middle tier Bulova
If you're looking for a distinct dive watch with pretty classic style (Rolex submariner-esque), I picked up a Squale 20 ATMOS Classic for about $550. Absolutely beautiful watch, great history behind them, and the quality is incredible.
I have something like this. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009OP3Y9Q/ref=s9_si... formal occasions
Go Tissot. Get a solid quartz watch to start with and upgrade in years to come if you really want to go automatic.