I am considering adding one of these fine two watches to my collection. I currently have 3 mechanical watches in my collection.
Dive watch: Ball Engineer Master II Dive Chronometer (43,8 x 15 mm)
Chronograph: Sinn 756 Diapal UTC (40,0 x 15 mm)
Dress watch: Stowa Antea 365 (36,5 x 9,2 mm)
Two of these are "sports" watches and one is a "dress" watch. I am looking to add somthing that between the two-categories (sport/dress), has an in-house movement and some complications (power reserve, moonphase etc.)that my current collection does not. I would prefer a watch on a bracelet vs. a strap. I was looking for a watch between >39 mm,< 42 mm in diameter, <13 mm max., water resistance was a nice to have but not a must with a street price of <$10k.
I looked at watches by Blancpain, Choppard, Girard Perregeaux, Glashutte Original, Grand Seiko, IWC, Jaeger Lecoultre, Rolex, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith and have arrived at the GO and JLC models listed as final contenders.
Glashutte Original Panomatic Lunar (90-02-02-02-24)
Jaeger Lecoultre Master Calendar (151.81.2A)
Both are great looking watches that I cannot seem to find ADs near me to touch and feel them so I am operating at a handcap. Given this handicap, I am posting to forums such as this one with the hope to gain some insights based on other's ownership and experiences.
My impressions of the two watches are:
Aesthetics: Both are elegant and border on dress, but I can see how they can dress-down as well. The asymmetry of the PML is more unique and visually striking, but the symetrical face of the JLC is harmonious as well.
Size: The JLC is a slightly larger watch (40,5 x 13 mm) vs the GO PML (39,3 x 11,9 mm). Both sizes are probably acceptable. I have no idea whether they wear large or small? Comments are welcome here as well.
Quality of Finish: Both appear to be very well finished, but it is my impression that the GO PML is slightly better finish than the JLC MC (could be wrong here, but is based on photos).
Movement: The JLC Calibre 924 and the GO Calibre 90 are very similarly spec'd in terms of performance (power reserve etc.). The 1000 hour test protocol is well defined by JLC and is a little more vague to me for the GO. I have no idea how the QC/QA compares. The finish on the GO movement also appears to be a notch upward in detail (again based on photos). I am guessing that they are both fine time keepers.
AD: Both ADs are great guys and solid shops with long respective historys with each company. The JLC AD is 30 minutes from my house and the GO AD is 3 hours from my house. Both also have great reputations on TZ. The close distance is attractive for service etc, but the GO AD is extremely reputable and with Fedex this may not be an issue. Thoughts here are appreciated.
Company Service Reputation: After extensive trolling of the internet, I have found bad storys for ALL watch companies out there. In general, I have found MANY more bad stories about JLC service and lack of communication than I have found for GO. Then again, they sell more watches. I have found a number of excellent stories about great GO service out there as well. Thoughts on this aspect are appreciated.
Price: Both watches are comparbly priced so there is no differentiating aspect here.
I am hoping that here in the public forum, I will get a more balance perspective on these watches.
Sorry for the long note, I did not have the time to write a short one!