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I'm also not a huge fan or audemars..
but I love their simple royal oaks, like the 15202 (prefer the 41mm of the 15400 though).. but I'm not a big fan of chronographs or watches that are too busy.. but I do like the perpetual calendar.. and the nautilus chronograph (that and the white face Daytona are probably the only chronographs I like)
I have the hulk submariner now which is 40mm.. I like the 41mm royal oak
Only really big watch I've considered and owned for a couple days is the 46mm superocean heritage.. But that wears smaller than it is
This was my first real watch, which is 36mm (had the IV instead of the IIII):
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5'11, 165lbs. Not small, not big, but I do have small wrists and ankles.
I actually just sold my no-date Sub-C because it was just sitting there collecting dust. Really wish Rolex would make that watch in a 39. The weird thing is before I bought my Sub, I tried on the 38mm Explorer and thought it was tiny. Mind you that could be because it's thinner than the Submariner.
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For me though, 40mm is the sweet spot, the current Submariner does wear bigger because of the squarer lugs (squarer in comparison to the old ones) even at 40mm but I still like how ti wears on me but it is max I could go. To be honest though, I didn't think a 36mm watch was going to work for me but the Rolex OP was just right. I guess it is more conservative? Not sure if that is the right word but it is just right for being less conspicuous even with it's blue sunburst dial. Sub and OP could be my 2-watch rotation for everyday wear.
The Daytona is just about perfect for me though, probably because it is actually smaller than advertised. Rolex claims it is 40mm but it measures ~38.5mm.
I do wish my wrist isn't as puny, it can get very limiting at times. I want to be able to wear a Panerai or an IWC Portuguese 7-day reserve or a Big Pilot.
I've always admired high end watches from a distance but lately have really gotten the bug to buy one. Been reading online forums and for the first time went to a couple of AD's to try some on recently.
Years ago I wanted a Breitling but over time (without doing research) for some reason I moved on from wanting a Breitling, thinking that the brand's reputation is for very gaudy/flashy, sometimes over-sized watches. Now, I'm a big dude so I can pull off big watches but I still prefer something classy over flashy. Then a few years ago I saw a co-worker's Panerai and started falling for them. I'd spend my free time learning about Panerai's, admiring them on Instagram, and narrowing down the models to the ones I loved most. So I was getting pretty close to setting my mind on a Panerai as my first high end watch and I went to the AD to try a couple on.
This Pam422 is what I'm admiring (not my pic):
With more browsing forums and doing research, the other brand that caught my attention was Omega, and I went to an AD today to see how I liked maybe a Speedy or Seamaster. Unfortunately they didn't have any at that location. Instead, I tried on a Tag Carerra that was really nice but from my research I'm putting Tag as lower on my "want list" for that price point. This was the one I tried on that was really freakin nice (at $5.5K) :
The AD was a big Breitling guy and half their shop is Breitling. We checked out a few pieces...and wow.... I believe I've come full circle and got the bug for a Breitling again. I was really loving a Navitimer on a leather strap and deployant buckle. It's 48mm which sounds massive but I'm 6'4" 225 and it really fit me well. It's interesting though, on my wrist, it felt and looked incredible, but my first thought when I looked at pics online was "man, it's really busy, possibly too busy?"
Pretty sure it was this watch:
Anyways, long story short, I still definitely want a Pam...and now (again) a Breitling (although not sure what model). I think I will put buying a Rolex and Omega afterwards.
I'm open to saving money by buying pre-owned although I am concerned about fakes if buying from individuals. I'm open to grey market or preowned from a retailer too. Thanks in large part to this thread and RFX45, I'm checking out Jomashop and DavidSW. I saw the link to topperjewelers.com/ and I'd like to know other retail shops with online pre-owned sales... Any other tips for me on a pre-owned Breitling?
For better or worse I'm definitely not an impulse buyer...I feel like I could buy something next week or next year
As far as price point, I'm more concerned about price in the sense I want to make sure I get a great deal/value - whether it's 3k, 6k, or a little more. I kind of would like to not go too close to 10k since I feel like this will be the first of a couple purchases....
(The other thing I didn't mention, and this is a whole other topic altogether, was I'm torn on telling my wife what I've been doing with my spare time She likes nice things but definitely wouldn't understand or agree with entering this price point. On the flip side I make my own money, as does she, we keep separate bank accounts other than bills...I kind of want to make my decision without her, and see if or when she even notices, and deal with it then haha).
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My wife supports my decisions to buy watches or jewelry. It has less to do with a financial situation but more so my interest in them. Worst case, she knows if we ever NEEDED to get money, Id part ways
I felt similar to you regarding Breitling years ago. Couldnt do it, but I'm 5'11" and 190 so it just didnt fit. Contemplated a Tag too but just didnt get my value/worth going enough
Settled on a Baum for my first and got a platinum wedding band with the savings
In the market for my second and will either be Omega or Rolex
DO NOT drop over 5k for no damn Tag lol
For that price point you can get any of the other brands of watches you listed that are 100 times better.
Ive ordered from Jomashop and my coworker has multiple times with both of us having positive dealings with them.
Omegas are such a good deal its stupid, I would buy this today if I didn't have my Sub
Was just gonna tell yall... I dodged a bullet this week... I made a decision on the Panerai that I want to buy and made a wanted post on WUS. And so it began... a guy contacted me, sending me pics of the watch I am looking for, and was posing as a legit user. He had references for past transactions, and was reputable/active on multiple watch forums. The part that threw me off was he only would accept a wire transfer. The deal was fair, not "too good", just right. His references were clean and I was really considering it. He even called me on the phone. A couple red flags were that he wouldnt accept paypal, even if I paid the fees. He said he only takes wire transfers if the watch is over 1k. I figured it was because the seller loses all protection, so if I was a fraud, I could put in a claim, win and keep the watch. But still that made me uncomfortable, because even though he had references, he is still a stranger. The other red flag was he said he was in the UK but through posts of the legit user he was posing as, that guy was in NY. I asked him about that, he said he travels. The fraud had email addresses with the same username as the legit user and was going by that name. Fortunately I looked up other posts on rolexforums and the legit user had his phone number posted on a for-sale ad. I called the guy and confirmed everything.
So I dodged that bullet!! As a side note, I did find the exact Panerai I wanted on ebay and made a deal directly. I talked to him on the phone, paid thru paypal, and it should be here in a few days.
Got one...I like it. If you are looking for a revolutionary experience pass on it...if you are looking for a cool gadget that's basically an extension of your phone go for it. I opted for the sport version since I couldn't justify the higher price for the apple watch version after playing with both. The better materials are cool but not worth the price diff IMO, the functionality is exactly the same on both models. All the bands are interchangeable but the higher price metal bands don't look right with the sport version IMO.
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Yeah, it's only going to stay running for a couple days without wear. And the date won't change without the watch running.
If I wear it routinely, my Seiko 009 will still keep time for a day or two without wearing it, but if I go longer than that, I have to give it a shake and reset the date and time. Just part of owning an automatic.