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    The quintessential wrist watch

    The term 'quintessential' has its etymology coming from the words 'quint' meaning five and 'essence' meaning element. The fifth essence (after earth, air, wind and fire) was thought to be the ether. The most pure and concentrated substance that permeates everything.

    With that being said, what do you consider to be your quintessential wrist watch? What watch, in your opinion, is the most perfect and pure embodiment or example of the traits and values of what you believe a wrist watch should be and why?

    There are no wrong answers, this is simply for fun. It does not have to be a watch that you own.



    I will share mine. It is the Jaeger Lecoultre Geophysic tribute to 1958. However, my reasons might be a bit superficial by the standards of most. Although JLC has an amazing history, I actually chose it simply because of the way the watch looks and the fact that it is fully mechanical.

    There is just something about the design that feels like it is what a watch should be. I think of a wrist watch as something that a professor of archaeology would wear in the '50s with his sport-jacket. It makes him look scholarly and educated and is of a very high quality that could be passed down to the next generation. To me this is what the JLC Geophysic feels like when I admire it:

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    Re: The quintessential wrist watch

    Today would be a good day to delete your Facebook account:

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    whoops, meant to post this in the OP and now it won't let me delete
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    Gotta be my Holy Grail, the JLC Reverso Duoface Q3788570.
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    Money no object - Blue Dial, Grey ceramic, Blancpain Bathyscaphe Fifty Fathoms is just about perfect - if I was a 1 watch man, it could be it


    But, genuinely think this is a truly extraordinary watch and I doubt anyone else will post it up ;)
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    Re: The quintessential wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by 7055 View Post
    The term 'quintessential' has its etymology coming from the words 'quint' meaning five and 'essence' meaning element.
    5 elements? Someone already thought about that concept:


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    What the five essential elements are exactly is a bit harder to say (-> https://gearpatrol.com/2019/04/02/ti...-icon-seiko-5/). But that problem seems to be endemic to these concepts. We all know that sailors who sailed the 7 seas have earned their spurs, but which waters are those 7 really?
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    Re: The quintessential wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by 7055 View Post
    With that being said, what do you consider to be your quintessential wrist watch? What watch, in your opinion, is the most perfect and pure embodiment or example of the traits and values of what you believe a wrist watch should be and why?
    Personally, I would say the quintessential watch is..

    - functional,
    - beautiful,
    - comfortable,
    - durable and
    - attainable.

    I deliberately didn't write "affordable" as #5, since that has a different connotation than I mean. Since e.g. "functional" can mean a lot of things in a lot of different situations, the quintessential watch for me can only be quintessential for a purpose. The quintessential dress watch will never be the quintessential diving tool, and a compromise between both isn't quintessential any more, in my opinion.

    Anyways, having said all that, if I had to pick just one, I'd nominate the Mühle-Glashütte Seebataillon from my rotation.


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    Re: The quintessential wrist watch

    I'd offer the Rolex OP in white.

    - Clean aesthetics
    - Simple three hander which no unnecessary complications
    - can be dressed up or down
    - versitilitiy of different straps
    - case size that would suit most wrists
    - robust build quality
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    Re: The quintessential wrist watch

    There it is:
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    Re: The quintessential wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by 7055 View Post
    .... the Jaeger Lecoultre Geophysic tribute to 1958. However, my reasons might be a bit superficial by the standards of most. Although JLC has an amazing history, I actually chose it simply because of the way the watch looks and the fact that it is fully mechanical.

    There is just something about the design that feels like it is what a watch should be. I think of a wrist watch as something that a professor of archaeology would wear in the '50s with his sport-jacket. It makes him look scholarly and educated and is of a very high quality that could be passed down to the next generation. To me this is what the JLC Geophysic feels like when I admire it:

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    My friend, that is one beautiful watch! Wow!

    Aid1987 offered the OP39 in white. Pics look great but I've never seen one in the flesh.
    To quote Aid1987
    "- Clean aesthetics
    - Simple three hander which no unnecessary complications
    - can be dressed up or down
    - versitilitiy of different straps
    - case size that would suit most wrists "

    Well said. With that I offer my OP39 in black. I loved it when the OP39 came out in '15. But when the black was available, I knew that this was about as pure as it gets, to me that is. :)
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