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    Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    So my only 2 'BNIB' purchases haven't gone too well. I bought a Speedy 9300 around July '12 & a JLC Reverso Duoface Bleu around July '13. I really liked most things about the Speedy but the case thickness & the overall 'fit' when worn on the bracelet (it was comfortable enough on a rubber strap). I ended up selling it, mostly due to the height of the case & the 'top-heaviness' when worn on the bracelet. I was able to get the JLC Reverso delivered from the LV boutique last summer, I immediately returned it as the blue dial just wasn't as pictured IMO.

    So over the last several months I've been researching my next purchase(s) ad nauseum. I've been a big fan of Omega however their move to thicker watches has me looking at other brands. My problem is that I can't seem to find the 'perfect' watch(es), perhaps I'm too picky?

    My goal is to find the 'perfect pair' to go with my current pair of Omegas. Why only a pair? Mostly because I'd like to be able to wear them frequently (to use a car analogy, I don't believe in garage queens). I'd also like for at least one of the pair to be a white dial.

    I think my biggest problem has been trying to figure out what combination to go with.

    I'm certainly partial to the ever-elusive 'all-around' dress-casual type of watch, i.e. the DJII or Aqua Terra. Ideally, I'd like one to wear at work (I dress business casual); I'd like the other to be a bit more sturdy to be worn as a weekender/travel/vacation watch. I'd also like that both watches have a bracelet option.

    I initially was going to go with the now-discontinued JLC Master Calendar (with the power reserve) as the daily work watch. However, I've read about a couple of people having issues w/ their MC's & JLC taking forever to service & return the watch (particularly when covered by the original warranty). I'm now considering the DJII with white dial/smooth bezel/baton markers as the the daily work watch. The thing holding me back from ordering the white DJII is that I'm afraid that the 'white' dial may end up not quite white enough for my liking. I'm concerned that the DJII just won't look as white as it appears to be in showroom conditions. I'm also wondering if the watch would become 'boring' after awhile.

    The other problem I'm having is deciding which watch to pair with it. I had considered the Rolex GMTII BLNR to the perfect weekender/travel/vacation watch to pair up w/ the JLC MC (& more recently the DJII). I first saw the BLNR in a local AD sometime last year & instantly liked it. However when I tried it on again a few weeks ago I was a little disappointed as it was a bit more 'bling' & bit smaller than I had remembered it.

    What are factors holding me back? I've been disappointed by watch purchases in the past as IRL they haven't looked quite as good as they do in pics...case in point, the JLC and the Omega 2503.33 (the white dial w/ the blue hands/markers). It turned out to be much more cream than pictured on the internet. Another factor is that I don't like losing money on resale (I'm not near as savvy as the many who report losing very little if any on resale). Finally, I think I'm a bit too picky. For example, some of the watches I've considered:

    A different JLC Reverso...however I can't seem to find one that has a good fit as my wrist is more round than flat; also most don't have a bracelet as an option
    JLC MUT; again not available on a bracelet & may be a bit too dressy for my needs
    Rolex Polar Exp II; I;m concerned that the bezel may not be quite hardy enough (I've read many posters on TRF stating that their bezels have been scratch-magnets).
    Rolex Exporer; a bit too small & doesn't have a date. Also, the mini-minute hand would drive me crazy.
    GO PanomaticLunar; the white dial is way too cream for my liking, I like the gray dial more but am afraid that the watch is too thick.
    GO Senator Observer; again, the white dial is way too cream for my liking, I like the gray dial & the thickness is just right. However this time the watch is a bit too big at 44mm.
    A blue Aqua Terra; I'm concerned that I'll get bored with it. Also, I think I'd prefer the BLNR to the AT (I realize that they're different type watches).
    VC Overseas; I've been tempted to blow the budget for this one (even pre-owned). However my big concerns with this watch are my questioning the durability of the bezel (WRT scratch-resistance), concerns about VC's poor service history, & my wondering how well the design will hold up over time (I question the latter as IMO the bracelet on the previous version now looks awful)
    JeanRichard Terrascope; love the cushion design but find it a bit too big
    Panerai 512; not available on a bracelet, I suspect I may get bored of it over time.
    IWC Ingenieur 3229; love the design/size/weight, however I think it's a bit overpriced for the movement.

    I've even considered custom-ordering a Dornbluth. However I was recently disappointed to learn that Dirk no longer will take enamel dial orders & no longer has a bracelet option.

    I've been able to try all the above watches several times, most recently during a trip to LV several weeks ago.

    If you've been able to stay w/ me during this lengthy post, any advice? (I guess ultimately I'm trying to make sure I don't make too many expensive mistakes & have to flip repeatedly to attain a perfect small 'collection'). Should I just get both the white DJII & the BLNR?
    Adnan

    Current 'pieces:

    Rolex GMT II BLNR

    Zenith Defy
    Omega SMP 2254.50
    Seiko SAGN007
    Ulysse Nardin Classico
    Hermes Slim d'Hermes

    Gone:
    Audemars Piguet 15300
    Vacheron Constantin Overseas
    Jaeger LeCoultre Tribute to Deep Sea vintage chronograph
    Rolex DateJust41 126300

    Rolex Daytona 116500

    JeanRichard Terrascope
    IWC 3239 Laureus

    Rolex Explorer II 216570
    Speedmaster Co-Axial 9300
    Omega Aqua Terra 2503.33
    Omega Aqua Terra 2502.80
    Omega SM300
    Speedy Pro 3572.50 w/ a Panda dial (three times)
    Speedy Pro 3570.50 (several times)

    Oris 65


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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    I am with you on thickness of Omegas - is what keeps me away from buying an AT skyfall. My eyes are now on Zenith Espada.
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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    I think it doesn't get much better according to your needs/budget in getting a GMT Master II and a DJII.

    Maybe, maybe, an Aqua Terra that you can dress up/down with a leather strap/bracelet instead of the DJII....but just maybe.
    I feel the same about the Ingy (and I don't like IWC's CEO tone on the "selling dreams" video...lol).

    On the all budget in scenario, I would get a Daytona.

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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    You might not like this, but there is only one "Perfect" watch....Rolex.
    Yes, many will scream, rant, rave, kick the dog and beat their wives.
    The truth is the truth...You are searching, the answer is at your Rolex Dealer.
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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    You might not like this, but there is only one "Perfect" watch....Rolex.
    Yes, many will scream, rant, rave, kick the dog and beat their wives.
    The truth is the truth...You are searching, the answer is at your Rolex Dealer.
    Look at me...Would I lie?
    LBF speaketh the truthz
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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    Quote Originally Posted by IGotId View Post
    GO PanomaticLunar; the white dial is way too cream for my liking, I like the gray dial more but am afraid that the watch is too thick.
    The GO PML dial ranges from cream to white depending on the lighting.

    The one I held in a combination of flourescent and natural lighting appeared white to me.

    It didn't seem too thick to me but then, I never wear suits.
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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    Rereading your post a couple of times I think the indecision comes from a couple of factors. First I sense that you know deep down none of those watches is really quite right for you. Close but not spot on because of all the little details that are...off. Second I think your expectation to not lose money on reselling a watch bought at retail are unrealistic.

    My suggestion is to take a break from searching. When you go back at it relax and remember it's just a hobby.
    Last edited by John MS; July 8th, 2014 at 04:07.
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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    You might not like this, but there is only one "Perfect" watch....Rolex.
    Yes, many will scream, rant, rave, kick the dog and beat their wives.
    The truth is the truth...You are searching, the answer is at your Rolex Dealer.
    Look at me...Would I lie?
    Unlike most forms of psychosis this one is actually treatable. The most successful therapies involve heated curling irons, barbed wire flails, rabid rodents, Justin Bieber records, and cheese graters. While excruciatingly painful, these treatment modalities have an admirably high rate of success, with very little recidivism.

    The alternative is to spend one's life in the thrall of a faded icon that, like an aged hooker, embarrasses herself by caking on the makeup and acting as if she still retains even a fleeting vestige of her former charms. A depressing spectacle for those unfortunate enough to witness it.
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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    Quote Originally Posted by AAMC View Post
    I think it doesn't get much better according to your needs/budget in getting a GMT Master II and a DJII.

    Maybe, maybe, an Aqua Terra that you can dress up/down with a leather strap/bracelet instead of the DJII....but just maybe.
    I feel the same about the Ingy (and I don't like IWC's CEO tone on the "selling dreams" video...lol).

    On the all budget in scenario, I would get a Daytona.

    I like the AT, however the opaline just isn't white enough. I do like the blue one.

    Interesting that you mention the Daytona. I remember seeing one in an AD a few yrs ago & thinking how awesome it was. However it just doesn't do it for me anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    You might not like this, but there is only one "Perfect" watch....Rolex.
    Yes, many will scream, rant, rave, kick the dog and beat their wives.
    The truth is the truth...You are searching, the answer is at your Rolex Dealer.
    Look at me...Would I lie?
    lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Orsoni View Post
    The GO PML dial ranges from cream to white depending on the lighting.

    The one I held in a combination of flourescent and natural lighting appeared white to me.

    It didn't seem too thick to me but then, I never wear suits.
    it just reminded me too much of my 9300.

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Rereading your post a couple of times I think the indecision comes from a couple of factors. First I sense that you know deep down none of those watches is really quite right for you. Close but not spot on because of all the little details that are...off. Second I think your expectation to not lose money on reselling a watch bought at retail are unrealistic.

    My suggestion is to take a break from searching. When you go back at it relax and remember it's just a hobby.
    I guess one of my questions is is there such a thing as a perfect watch? I mentioned not wanting to lose money as one of the reasons that it feel like I have to get the decision absolutely right the 1st time.

    You may be right, I may need a break.
    Adnan

    Current 'pieces:

    Rolex GMT II BLNR

    Zenith Defy
    Omega SMP 2254.50
    Seiko SAGN007
    Ulysse Nardin Classico
    Hermes Slim d'Hermes

    Gone:
    Audemars Piguet 15300
    Vacheron Constantin Overseas
    Jaeger LeCoultre Tribute to Deep Sea vintage chronograph
    Rolex DateJust41 126300

    Rolex Daytona 116500

    JeanRichard Terrascope
    IWC 3239 Laureus

    Rolex Explorer II 216570
    Speedmaster Co-Axial 9300
    Omega Aqua Terra 2503.33
    Omega Aqua Terra 2502.80
    Omega SM300
    Speedy Pro 3572.50 w/ a Panda dial (three times)
    Speedy Pro 3570.50 (several times)

    Oris 65


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    Re: Paralysis by Analysis - has anyone else been afraid to pull the trigger?

    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Unlike most forms of psychosis this one is actually treatable. The most successful therapies involve heated curling irons, barbed wire flails, rabid rodents, Justin Bieber records, and cheese graters. While excruciatingly painful, these treatment modalities have an admirably high rate of success, with very little recidivism.

    The alternative is to spend one's life in the thrall of a faded icon that, like an aged hooker, embarrasses herself by caking on the makeup and acting as if she still retains even a fleeting vestige of her former charms. A depressing spectacle for those unfortunate enough to witness it.
    Move over watch brand to car analogies, hello watch brand to prostitute analogies!

    (I love your posts, BTW )
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