JLC Extreme Diver Chrono in 18K, Panerai 165, Breitling steel and rose Evolution, Roger Dubuis Easy Diver, DeWitt Academia Chronographe Sequential, Alain Silberstein Krono Bauhaus II, UN Maxi Marine Chronograph, Ball Ceramaic XV, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms chronograph, BRM MT-51/49, Breguet Marine II Chrono 18k yellow, Breguet Classique w/ power reserve, Franck Muller Conquistador chrono, IWC Aquatimer, B&M Capeland 1000m yellow diver, Angular Momentum diver, Glashutte Original Panodate Diver
I'd go with the Tudor. It's so unique because it's not sold in the US. You get a Rolex quality case with a ETA movement (which costs considerably less than a Rolex to service). I may get one also and I think the gray dial is the way with all the black watches out there.
I'm selling off a few toys that are no longer being used and I just can't decide which two watches I'm going to get but one has to be a chrono.
I'm also considering the Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carrera
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Last edited by Perseus; April 30th, 2012 at 20:00.
I've said many times before that I think that Turdor is one of the best looking watches going. However, since you've already got sporty chronographs are pretty well covered with the Speedmaster and the Monaco, why not something "dressier" like Stowa's 1938. It's 41mm but is all dial so I imagine it wears bigger and it's pretty chunky to boot (my many argument against it for smaller wristed folks):
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The Tudor is a very solid choice.
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Since you can be seduced by the classics why not go for the Hammy Pan Europ?
Sorry I haven't replied in a little while...I was in a meeting.
I think I'm planning my dive watch purchase for 2014/2015. Right now I have two or three keeper dive watches that will survive the purge.
For those worried, my Monaco and Speedmaster aren't going anywhere. My main reasons for looking at chronographs are as follows:
1. I prefer chronographs
2. The Monaco and Speedmaster aren't really what I'd consider tough enough for daily use. Both are on leather, 30m and 50m WR respectively, and acrylic crystals. Babying both of them as much as I have, they're both scratched. I need to get some Polywatch to repair them. My foot slipped when I was walking out to the garage and my Speedy's crystal hit my door, covering most of the crystal with paint. I had one hell of a freak-out moment then. A little bit of toothpaste on a wet paper towel corner got it all off, but I could feel my hairs turning gray for the half hour until I was able to fix it.
3. I use chronographs daily. I could get away with a dive bezel, but for the money I'm willing to spend, there aren't really any divers I'd want to spend them on. A $4,000 Submariner is going to be pretty beat up (and a fairly old one, pre-ceramic, and therefore just a bit too small for my wrist), I don't think there are any $4,000 DSSDs out there, my brother has a Planet Ocean, and as good as a MM300 may be, I've sold every Seiko I've ever owned because I just didn't bond with them or they had little design details that bothered me to the point that I wanted to get rid of them.
Eventually, I want to get my core "expensive" collection to the following:
Everyday chronograph (most likely the Tudor)
Top line dive watch (most likely a Rolex)
Sport/Dive watch (most likely an Aqua Terra or DeVille Hour Vision)
There will be other watches that stick around for sentimental value, like my Hamilton Open Secret. It'll never be a daily wearer (I rarely wear it; rose gold is too flashy and my father gave it to me, so there are some bad memories associated with it. Then there's my Chase-Durer, the first watch I ever bought for myself. The Bluering, just because. My GSAR because it's indestructible. And so on.
As far as moving up the price scale, I don't see myself in a position to do that (comfortably) for some time. Mind you, while I have watches like my Speedmaster and Monaco (and to a lesser extent, my rose gold Hamilton), they were gifts. I've never spent anything resembling that much money on a watch for myself. The most expensive watch I ever bought was a Hamilton Ventura XXL, which was a gift for my brother.
Okay, now for the specific recommendations. Keep them coming!
Stowa 1938 - REALLY nice watch. I love them. And a great choice. Not sure if I'd consider it for this purchase though. Too dressy. But really and truly gorgeous.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500m Chrono - It's a very cool watch, but I do already have two Heuers already (including an Aquaracer of a different flavor), and it's just a little bit less special of a watch than something like the Tudor or the Stowa. It's also just a bit too toolish for what I'm looking for, with the rubberized bezel and all.
UTS 600m - Again, a very cool watch, but it's a straight up tool watch. And, it's a lot of money for a watch from a company about which I know very little. I don't want to use the K-word, but I'd have to do a lot of research before I'd be able to understand why they're worth so much more than my Revue Thommen 7750-based dive chrono, for example.
Hamilton Pan Europ - That's definitely one to consider. It's a bit big though, at 45mm. I know I wrote 40-44mm, but I was hoping to hover a little closer to 42mm.
Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carrera - Gorgeous. As I understand it, though, it's a quite expensive limited edition. Might not be available when I'm ready to buy.
Seiko Ananta - Just not my style. Seiko has one awesome mechanical chronograph for around $5,000(Brightz Phoenix, or something like that), but not to sound as close-minding as I am about to sound, I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a Seiko.
Sinn - I'm going to have to look at these. Most of them strike me as very nice, but don't bowl me over with their style. I mean, they're incredibly well made with lots of unique features, and I could see something like a pre-owned U1 in my future, but I don't know about spending $3,000+ on one of their chronographs. I'll have to look into their chrono models more.
If I missed anyone, please yell at me and I'll respond, it wasn't on purpose.
TAG Heuer Monaco Vintage (3122/4000)|Chase Durer UDT|Omega Speedmaster Professional|Halios Bluering|Helson Shark Diver 42|Marathon GSAR|Universal Geneve Compax
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Maybe an IWC Pilot 3717 or pre-loved 3706? Would be a great daily wearer, from a great historical company, built well and sized just right? For me, a chrono dial can get cluttered easily but I think IWC does a great job here. I have caught myself shopping for a 3706 from time to time.
If we are mentioning Sinn, how about a Sinn Arktis?
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