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  1. jdubbs

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  2. Polaris

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    I don't have a luxury watch. :neutral: . However, if I had the money to spend (which I don't), I'd use it on a bicycle.
     
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  3. Feña14

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    U-Boat Flightdeck 50mm, I had it for my 21st birthday.
     
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    I like classic, manual winding watches. I have a Patek Philippe Calatrava in rosé gold. It's beautiful.

    I really want to pick up a Jaeger LeCoultre Ultra-Light (in steel) but unfortunately, I'm too fat to look good in that watch.

    I much prefer timeless designs... and unfortunately, Russians like automatic movements with lots of "flash", so it's more difficult to find a "timeless" watch these days.

    I was at one of the most famous used watch stores in Bern, Switzerland last June and almost bought, ironically, a Ulysse Nardin vintage watch from the 1950s. But alas, the name deterred me.

    I am hoping my friend will sell my his steel Zenith watch (before they went under) - it's perfect.

    :)
     
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    Patek Philippe Nautilus
     
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  6. jdubbs

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    What's wrong with the Ulysse Nardin name?
     
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    Nice! I like the U-Boats.
     
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  8. Feña14

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    Yeah me too, I always liked the design. The family wanted to buy me something for my 21st that would last me for as long as possible, U-Boat's seem as strong and sturdy as it get's so it's nice to actually be able to wear it without fear of breaking it :)
     
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    Nice watches!! I don't have anything fancy, just a bulova, citizen, and timex :)
     
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    how do you like the dials on the left side?
     
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    Two words: Billionaire Russians.
     
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  12. Mike Bulgakov

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    I found this watch at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last year. It is okay, but I prefer my Casio.
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    Mine is a Raymond Weil Tango.

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    Don't be surprised if that watch is funky smelly!!!
     
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    I think the original owner had bad hygiene, because it did have a terrible, funky smell to it. Also, I couldn't read it, so I threw it away.
     
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    No problems, it looks a bit different looking down at it but I got used to it pretty quickly.
     
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    My (humble) collection:

    Bell&Ross BR03-94
    Rolex Daytona (Stainless steel)
    Rolex Sea-Dweller
    IWC Portuguese Auto

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    What is your price range? Maybe I can make some suggestions...
     
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    Aphex, nice collection.
     
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    Aphex, what year is your Daytona?

    My latest aquisition...

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    Cheers

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    Ash, I got it mid 2004, so around that time...
     
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    Very very nice!:)

    Question, how much does it have to cost be considered a "luxury" watch?
     
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  25. rovex

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    Rolex are far to overrated. all the money they invest is in marketing as opposed to actually making the products they sell better.

    Like Bose in a way.
     
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    Thanks Bhagi...I'm really liking IWC as of late...

    I don't know how much longer i'll be able to resist this beauty
     
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    That's a question that crops up on Watch forums on a regular basis!!! Nobody really has an answer either! A "luxury" watch brand might sell watches for £1000 and for £10000, so is the cheaper not luxury, or is the brand not "luxury" as they sell at two ends of the market?

    Generally "Luxury" tends to come back to manufacturers who make in-house calibre's and have a long history of watchmaking.

    Cheers

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    I absolutely agree...

    I'd trade my Rolexes for a simple, beautiful Breguet in a heartbeat (if not for sentimental value)...
     
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    Thank you for answering. I apologize for the rookie question. :)
     
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  30. LuckyR

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    I understand what you are trying to say but the whole watch area is upside down. Namely the trend is, the worse the watch keeps time (the purpose of a watch, BTW), the more expensive it is. Why? because it costs a lot of money to make a watch with obsolete tech. You aren't buying a timepiece when you buy a "luxury" (read: mechanical) watch. You are buying: a name, a historical representation, a piece of art and bragging rights that you can afford one.

    So in the world of watches it is completely reasonable to spend money on improving your name recognition and public perception, since that is a large part of what the customer is seeking.
     
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    If you wore a rolex around people who know a thing or two about watches they'll think you got mugged by marketing. The average Joe however would think the opposite. Anyway, loads of people have Rolexes these days, it's become a bit of a mainstream brand, not that Rolex care, just more money rolling in...

    One thing is for sure, you'll never be mainstream with a Patek Philippe.

    But its true watches are a fashion statement. No one cares about the mechanics these days.
     
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    Some of us do (actually lots of people do in reality - just not the layman on the street). Zenith El Primero Striking 10th next for me I think.

    Cheers

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    You're so wrong it's not even a joke.

    I'm not even close to a real watch aficionado and I know exactly what goes on inside each of my watches (and many, many other watches I don't own).

    You don't even want to know about the (many thousands) of people who are REALLY into watches.
     
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  34. Photoshop

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    Nice collections... really digging the U-boat and IWC.

    I don't have a watch but my car has one. here's a pic

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    Excellent sense of humor, great photoshop skills AND a Rolls...

    If I were a chick I'd marry you on the spot lol
     
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  36. Ash_Smith

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    It's not a rookie question at all! Like I said it comes up on watch forums all the time and there's no real answer - cost is certainly not indicative of a watch's luxury. The are plenty of watches which use the same movement as my Oris, some which cost 3 or 4 times the price because of the name plate, or a change in case material. I guess the truest definition of luxury watch would be one with a hand-crafted, in-house movement- Patek Phillipe, A.Lange & Sohn, Franck Muller and so forth.

    Damn, this thread has reminded me how much I love watches!

    Cheers

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    I'm a nadal fan though. Is that ok?
     
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    Nice! unfortunately i dont have a nice car with a clock :/, but my private jumbo jet does have a clock in it














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    I'm afraid that's a dealbreaker Photo...:(
     
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  40. Bhagi Katbamna

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    But, as far as mechanical watches go, they are pretty accurate. That is unlike Bose in that they do offer performance(not just name hype).
     
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    Statistically you are correct. For every person who truly cares about watchmaking mechanics there are 20 who own a luxury watch but want it for the status and 100,000 average Joes who don't care.
     
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  42. mental midget

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    totally true. one important point, though, if you're shopping for a 'luxury watch,' is that mechanics have a tremendous impact on value in the secondary market. there are plenty of jewelry brands that turn out expensive watches with mediocre movements, whose value plummets at resale. all the great historic brands (patek, vacheron, breguet, audemars, some cartier models) as well as a few 'revitalized' brands (lange etc.) hold up much, much better in the secondary market, and a few (patek and lange in particular) may see appreciation. cartier is a bit of an exception to the 'jewelry brand' thing, they have a very long watchmaking tradition, and their collection privee has some really nice pieces.

    moral of the story being, sometimes, the more you pay, the more you'll keep in the long run, if you're looking to swap out every so often.
     
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  43. rommil

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    To the people with nice watches, please also post your exact home address.
     
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  44. Eph

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    Depends on various things. I've never seen a watch I like that costs more than 30,000 CHF. I'm always open to suggestions, but I've seen a lot already. :)
     
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    So, as I understand, these are (some of) the criteria:

    -manual wind
    -case not too small
    -white metal
    -simple,clean dial

    This is the first that comes to mind:

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    I've currently got a Debaufre Csar on right now, not really a luxury (cheap!) but I just loved the big chunkiness of it and the orange on the PVD. That and practically zero people have one.

    I wear on and off:
    - Tag Aquaracer (mostly day to day)
    - Rolex GMTII (with a suit)
    - Bell and Ross BR03

    I've also got a "Muff Diver" for wearing with jeans for a laugh as the name was genius. I have the "Red Muff":
    www.muffwatches.com

    I have my eye on a Piguet Royal Oak Offshore at the moment but I just can't justify it as I'm looking to move house shortly and money is tight
     
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    Apparently it is resistant to 100 metres. You must be diving into some serious muffs:)
     
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    hahaha.... me too. Only mine is a Samsung fascinate....
     
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    jeepers, that's awesome! what kinda watch is that?
     
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    ^^ Its from Nixon that's all i know.
     
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