Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne
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    Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    I've recently been toying with the idea of selling one of my cars and using some of the money to fund a grail watch or 2.
    I love the car but I rarely get to use it or even see it these days because a lack of storage at my place forces me to keep it in a friend's garage an hour away.
    Anyway I was in Melbourne last weekend to watch the Australian Open tennis final and decided to take the opportunity to try on a stainless steel Patek Aquanaut at the AD, which is so far the front runner on my radar if I end up selling the car. Unfortunately they didn't have an Aquanaut in stock, but luckily they had another model which I'm considering if I end up going down the dress watch route, a yellow gold 5196J.
    I've had contrasting experiences with AD's so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I simply asked if I could have a look at the watch and the sales lady couldn't have been nicer! She sat me down at a table in a nice chair and poured me a drink before bringing the watch over. I made it clear that I was interested but it wouldn't be happening right away, and she still spent the next 40 minutes talking about watch collecting with me. It was refreshing that someone in an AD actually had a detailed knowledge of the watches they are selling and even a good knowledge and appreciation of watches they aren't selling.
    At the end she gave me a lovely looking Patek Philippe book which I still haven't taken out of the wrapping yet, and the latest Patek model catalogue and Audemars Piguet catalogue because I had mentioned I was also considering a stainless Royal Oak.

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    Re: Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    Gosh that's nice, I'm going to Melbourne next month and I'm hoping to look at some watches as well. Which Patek AD is it?

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    Re: Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by dr3ws View Post
    Gosh that's nice, I'm going to Melbourne next month and I'm hoping to look at some watches as well. Which Patek AD is it?
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    Re: Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    Nice

    Although I'm more interested in what's in the garage that may be up for sale???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar_917 View Post
    Nice

    Although I'm more interested in what's in the garage that may be up for sale???
    Lol.

    1973 HQ Monaro if anyone's interested in an Australian classic?
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    Re: Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael201086 View Post
    Lol.

    1973 HQ Monaro if anyone's interested in an Australian classic?
    Screw the Patek, that’s WAAAAYYYY more fun & interesting!!

    Got pics of it?
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    [/QUOTE]
    Screw the Patek, that’s WAAAAYYYY more fun & interesting!!

    Got pics of it?[/QUOTE]

    Yeah it's a nice original example, just a shame I haven't driven it since 2011 because I have nowhere safe to keep it at home. I figure if I decide to let someone else enjoy it I can soften the blow by indulging in my other passion.
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    Re: Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    Very nice! That paint looks like it’s also very much original??

    Love the noise the old Aussie 8s used to make. Never quite was the same once they moved away from the 5.0Ls. Still good, but missed that lumpiness, especially at idle.

    I still rate your HQ over the Patek but if you’re not using it and would prefer to free up some cash for other stuff then might as well. Plus, as you said, watches are a lot easier and cheaper to store (and maintain).

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    Re: Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    Even when I was MUCH younger it would have been the Patek. Screw the Patek, that’s WAAAAYYYY more fun & interesting!!

    Got pics of it?[/QUOTE]

    Yeah it's a nice original example, just a shame I haven't driven it since 2011 because I have nowhere safe to keep it at home. I figure if I decide to let someone else enjoy it I can soften the blow by indulging in my other passion.[/QUOTE]

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    Re: Nice Patek Philippe Experience in Melbourne

    Yellow gold 5196 is probably my grail watch. Just stunning.

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