Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Date Automatics?

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    Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Date Automatics?

    Hi,

    I have been rethinking my collection lately with a mind towards consolidation.

    Background:

    I have 6 automatic watches with a manual wind incoming in April. I am finding that like many of you in the same situation, the rotation and wrist time is becoming difficult; hence my thought regarding consolidating the collection to a smaller number of watches. Also, my watch winder is a 4 head Orbita so, some watches are kept wound and others are stored in the drawer.

    Automatics:

    1. Ball Watch Engineer Master II Diver Chronomter (Ref. DM1022A-SC1A-BKSL)
    2. Glashutte Original Panomatic Lunar (Ref. 90-02-02-02-24)
    3. IWC Aquatimer 2000 (Ref. 3568-05)
    4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reserve de Marche (Ref. 148.84.04)
    5. Sinn 756 Diapal (Ref, 756.030)
    6. Stowa Antea 360 (Chronometer)

    Manual:

    1. Chronoswiss Regulateur 24 (Ref. CH 1123) incoming

    The watches that I am considering “letting go” are the Ball, Sinn and the Stowa. The Ball is a great watch, but it is a bit redundant with the IWC which I prefer. The Stowa doesn’t get worn as much vs. the JLC these days. I do wear the Sinn but two things in retrospect bother me about this watch. The Sinn has poor lume and I miss the seconds hand does not move unless the chronograph is engaged. I also would like a somewhat thinner chronograph and I know that the ETA 7750 drives the depth of many. So if I sold these, it would leave room on my winder for one new automatic watch.

    So I am trying to identify potential options based on holes in my collection if I sold these three off. It would leave me with:

    · Sporty Diver on a Bracelet (IWC)
    · Dress Watch with a Power Reserve on a Strap (JLC)
    · Casual/Dress with Lunar on a Bracelet(GO)
    · Casual /Dress Regulateur Manual Wind on a (Chronoswiss)

    This leaves me without a plain date watch, chronograph or a GMT/dual Time watch. I find that when I travel, I don’t want to take my better timepieces due to airport security, so I usually travel with an inexpensive radio-quartz watch. I also find that use the chronograph timing functions not too often and some of my quartz watches have this function.

    So I am thinking about a straight ahead casual/dressy date watch. Stainless case, >36 mm, <42 mm in diameter, fits under a shirt sleeve on a 7-1/4” wrist, depth, display case back, with a dark dial, on a bracelet or strap and <$10k out the door. I was thinking about a dark dial because all of the others are silver or white.

    Part of me wants to look at brands outside of what I have, but another part of me likes certain models that they make in these types of watches. This is likely a common dilemma among collectors even though it really should not be a constraint.

    Candidates:

    · Blancpain Leman Ultra Slim (Ref. 2850B-1130A-71-Retail $12,400)
    o large date for old eyes
    o In-house caliber 6950 with 70 hour power reserve
    o 40 x 11.4 mm
    o display case back
    · Grand Seiko SBGH005 (Retail $7,200)
    o 40 x 13 mm
    o in-house 9S85 caliber, 36,000 bph
    o display case back
    · Nomos Zurich Datum Anthracite (Ref. 804-Retail $3,660)
    o 39.7 x 9.5 mm
    o In-house Zeta caliber with 42 hour power reserve
    display case back
    · Omega De Ville Hour VisionAnnual Calendar(Ref. 431.30.41.22.06.001-Retail $10,700)
    o annual calendar function
    o In-house 8611 co-axial caliber with 55 hour power reserve
    o 41 x 14 mm
    o Display case back
    Questions:

    1. · Which of these 4 watches would you choose and why to diversify my collection?
    2. · Is trying to exclude existing brands a poor decision (Chronoswiss, GO, IWC and JLC)?
    3. · Are there other watches that I should consider?
    Thanks,

    Bob
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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    I can't think without pictures because I don't know what half those watches look like.

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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    Here is a thousand words then....

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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    Hmm, you said four day-date automatics but only the Omega is a day-date! And I don't love that one because the shape of the date window bothers me.

    Blancpain would be a true upgrade and in line with your other watches but that particular model doesn't do anything for me. I can't tell if it's trying to be a diver or not. The GS and the Nomos both are beautiful watches though and if it's my money I'd be inclined towards Nomos because I think it's a nice value proposition.

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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    Purely on design, I like the Grand Seiko the best. But, I'm a sucker for classic designs
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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    loving the grand seiko, however my eyes need the big date
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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    Grand Seiko's nice - it'll add a Japanese movement to your mix. The Omega de Ville is nice, as it'll add an "in-house" co-axial movement to the mix (though, I'd prefer the Aqua Terra). The Omega also has a silicon 14 balance spring, which is very nice, too. Well, those are my picks.
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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    I agree with your initial decision to let go of the Ball, Stowa and Sinn.

    I would go for the NOMOS because I find it mesmerizing and somewhat "minimalistic" in comparison to your other pieces. I think you need to have one of them in your collection.

    By culling the current and adding a NOMOS you are also infusing double German (next to the GO), so another way to go would be the GS but when it comes to looks, the NOMOS is a winner IMHO.

    Best of luck with this sweet dilemma - whatever you pick, make sure you post pictures and tell us about it.
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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Day-Date Automatics?

    For me it would come down to the Grand Seiko and the Omega. The Blancpain doesn't do much for me design-wise, and the Nomos is too far below the budget (I'd spend as close to the budget as possible to avoid the temptation of buying another watch with "leftover" money).

    I'd probably choose the Omega for the annual calendar and independent hour hand (I think it has one right?) over the high-beat Seiko movement. But it would be a very close call, as I admire both watches very much.
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    Re: Collection Consolidation: Choosing Between 4 Date Automatics?

    I like the Nomos but I think I'd go with Omega.
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