Just get what you want more hehe but I'll probably go with the other guys and get the 5001 bec of the brand and in-house mvt.
A few years back I found myself in the same position of choosing between these two watches. Ultimately I went with the D&S as I liked the idea of getting a watch made in a small shop which will produce significantly fewer watches each year than IWC. Don't get me wrong, I would still LOVE to get the 7-day PR (or a 2011 Portofino 8 day PR!) but I have had ZERO regrets with my choice.
I had many emails back and forth with Dirk during the process of creating my watch and while the only customization I did was having my initials discretely engraved, having those communications made for an even better buying experience. Plus, the communications back to me were with very little delay, which in my mind, shows the kind of service that he wants to provide. While I haven't had need to send it back (although I will likely do so pretty soon, just for routine maintenance), based on what I have read on many occasions, I expect that his customer service would still be of a high quality.
As for the watch itself, it really is amazing. The dial's engravings have a crispness to them so it is very readable and the silver grain results in a nice shimmer when in sunlight. The hands are perfectly suited to the watch with a nice deep blue from the heat treatment that is applied.
The case is also stunning, with its combination of brushed and polished parts and an embossed crown that is a perfect match. While it is a fairly large case, it sits very comfortably on my wrist (6 3/4"), not looking out of place as some large cases tend to be. I imagine that it would be a good fit for a larger wrist as well, possibly even a better fit.
Lastly, the movement truly is beautiful to look at and I often found (and still find) myself taking the watch off just to stare at it. Knowing that so many of the parts are made or modified in-house (I vaguely recall that it is around 70%) makes it seem more *custom* than it truly is.
Of course the finish work is what really draws the eye and the reaction from watch aficionados or from those who tell time solely via their mobile phone is the same...one of amazement. I don't think I need to go into all the details since they have either already been mentioned or can be found via a search. Just know that this is one of those movements that you can come back to over and over, lingering longer than you should!
To wrap up a far too lengthy post, I can say that my D&S Regulator truly is an amazing piece and while a person could NOT go wrong with anything from IWC (especially the Port 7PR), I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in buying from Dirk. Whether you buy 'as-is' or work with him on customizations, his watches (and this one in particular) will bring a smile for a long time! Definitely a .
My little watch collection:
Dornblüth & Sohn Regulator
Sinn EZM-1 LE
Schauer Kulisse Edition 12
Stowa 80th Anniversary Marine Original (MOLE)
Stowa Marine Original LE II
Stowa Marine Original
Alpina Avalanche Extreme Regulator PVD 42mm
I faced a similar dilemma earlier this year when purchasing my 40th birthday present - choosing between an IWC and Dornbluth. I decided on the Dornbluth (99.3 #76).
Why? I liked the idea of having the only 99.3 in the country; a watch that is unique.
I am blown away with its beauty and am very happy with my choice; even after another trip back to the IWC store.
Good luck with your choice. I'm sure you will not be disappointed either way.
You know, I thought the Dornbluth was preferable to the IWC, and ended up emailing Dornbluth.
I haven't heard a peep out of them and that was 4 weeks ago.
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I think it must be summer vacations for them. Pretty much all companies close shop in summer in Europe (especially western/northern Europe). From what I've heard from other Dornblueth owners, Dirk is excellent at doing customized touches (if possible) for them and haven't heard anything bad about communication either.
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