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Postby agp » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:42 pm

danpass wrote:I wonder if I should get an Omega Seamaster (always wanted one) and write it off as a business expense.

"Employee performance gift'?


If I were you, I would look on eBay (sorry if you're too rich for eBay) for a used white-dialed Omega SMP 300M Bond. They're my favorite Seamaster watches, after it comes the new Liquidmetal Planet Ocean. But that's just me, I have a soft spot of white/beige-dialed watches.

FastSRT8 wrote:For something 'affordable', look at Panerai... then if you want to spend big $ look at Patek


Pams are too big for me. Biggest watch I can pull of is a Breitling Chronomat Evolution 43.7mm diameter/ 14.7mm thickness.

Grupet wrote:Why is Rolex not a real watch and what is a real watch then?


Here's my philosophy: when you like something, as in you enjoy it as a hobby, whether it be an item you collect or a skill you practice, of course you would try to get it to the point that is unmatched by others, to a degree that it’s awe-inspiring. There are lots of people who make decent money, and some of them will say "I want to buy a nice watch." 9 out of 10 will buy a Rolex Sub/DSSD/GMT. Then the few people who make more than decent money will say "I want to buy a nicer watch." 9 out of 10 will buy a Rolex Daytona. Sure they have expensive/nice watches, but they are just status symbols.

When I say I like watches, I mean I like watches because I can appreciate the finer things... I can appreciate the Valjoux movements when I open up a Chronomat Evolution; I can appreciate the toughness when I dive with an Ploprof; I can appreciate the Anti-Reflective coating on a Planet Ocean; I can appreciate the seemingly dirty, grimy, smoked $500 leather strap for a Panerai; I can appreciate the hornback on an Royal Oak Offshore Safari; I can appreciate the straining on my eyes of having to look 5 seconds at a Big Bang to tell what time it is.
Why do people not buy those watches? Sure some are more costly, but mainly people want to be recognized when they spend $4000+ on a little clump of steel. You'll get more "hey, nice Rolex!" than "hey, nice Ploprof!" And this, for me, has ruined Rolex. When you buy a Rolex, you are buying a status symbol and people’s attention, not a watch.

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Postby NYC_Dweller » Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:56 pm

agp wrote:When you buy a Rolex, you are buying a status symbol and people’s attention, not a watch.



it takes one to know one. many people know and buy rolex due to its name (thanks to their marketing). to them, it is the pinnacle of wrist watches. it is like how many people buy a benz s550 due to its name but it takes a real benz/car enthusiast to understand the worth of a s65 amg. the cars appearance are practically identical but you can buy two s550's for the price of one s65 amg.

my daily watch is a tag heuer grand carrera calibre 17 chrono. these are also in my watch winder:

- iwc ingenieur automatic (vintage collection)
- chopard luc xps
- rolex day date ii 41mm platinum - just picked it up
- kenneth cole watch - A LOT less but has more significant meaning than any other watches i own - priceless

i own these watches and the (s65) because i enjoy the craftsmanship put into them. to me it is more art than timepiece (and car). when we buy finer things in life it automatically attaches a status symbol next to product. in my opinion, if we work hard for our money (legally) and you are capable of buying a 50k watch when a $25 timex or casio does the same thing it is ok to wear it as a status symbol.

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Postby 4Runner » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:41 pm

I found the S65 AMG. I am still preferring the G55 AMG.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:43 pm

Ok ok as a watch person I have to admit I have rolex too. It's a staple.

BUT I also have a VC, Panerai, and a Patek I inherited.
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Postby NYC_Dweller » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:53 am

FastSRT8 wrote:Ok ok as a watch person I have to admit I have rolex too. It's a staple.

BUT I also have a VC, Panerai, and a Patek I inherited.


well said... a rolex is a staple for a watch person. you know the patek marketing campaign slogan:

“You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”

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Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:14 am

NYC_Dweller wrote:well said... a rolex is a staple for a watch person. you know the patek marketing campaign slogan:

“You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”


LOL yeah... much nicer to get one passed down than to buy one ahahahaah

As for Rolex, it's a staple and one every serious watch person should (not must) own. They are pretty solid. I for one have 2 LOL. My Rolex Date which is sentimental as it was the first watch I bought for myself and a Datejust which I acquired as it indeed is a staple OLD MAN watch hahhaha. I still love the Daytona and aim to acquire the new rose gold model with the brown leather strap
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Postby agp » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:14 am

agp wrote:When you buy a Rolex, you are buying more of a status symbol and people's attention than a watch.


Fixed, this is more accurate. What I said before was too extreme.

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Postby danpass » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:38 am

agp wrote:If I were you, I would look on eBay (sorry if you're too rich for eBay) for a used white-dialed Omega SMP 300M Bond. They're my favorite Seamaster watches, after it comes the new Liquidmetal Planet Ocean. But that's just me, I have a soft spot of white/beige-dialed watches.
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Well that's the goal :D

but really I just wonder about the authenticity on ebay. I may stick to a watch forum to look for a sale on a Seamaster.

On a sidenote I went to the mall last night for the Art of Shaving place and also made Mayor's a stop ... to check out the Seamaster. Prices have really jumped on all the watches. 3800 retail for the Seamaster Co-Ax auto. Just a couple of years ago they were 2500. Not a decade ago, just 2 yrs IIRC. 6500 two years ago for a Sub ...... 8k now.

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Postby agp » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:58 am

Your local jeweler may have some good watches from time to time, so it's worth checking out.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:01 am

Increase in materials, labour and profit rates. Costs more to pimp now a days.
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