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    Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    To provide some background, I currently own an Explorer 14270, a 5 digit date Sub, an IWC Mark XV, and a Zenith Heritage 146 chrono. I try to only keep 4 watches in my collection. I thought I was done but in true watch whore fashion, a new watch has caught my eye - the 2018 Cartier Santos. The Sub and Mark XV are keepers so they aren't going anywhere. The Explorer is a great watch if you only want a 1 watch collection, but for me it's a 3rd black faced casual watch in my collection. So perhaps a bit redundant.

    My dilemma is . . . do I keep the Explorer or sell it to fund the new Cartier Santos in all steel? Will I regret selling the Explorer? Will I tire of the Santos? I know you can't answer those questions for me, but what would you do if you were in my place?

    Below is a pic of my Explorer in front of a Hodinkee pic of the Santos:


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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    Do it. The 3-6-9 Explorer is boring AF, albeit capable. You already have a Sub-date (good for you - Cyclops 4evah!) so Rolex is represented. That new Cartier is a really awesome piece and a fair value.
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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    I keep looking at Cartier but I can never resolve the value equation.

    The Explorer is a great watch and you already have it. So.......
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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    I would ditch the Explorer in this scenario, you have the iconic Sub, cut your losses with the Explorer...

    Cartier would make a nice edition and complement the other dark dials in the rotation
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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    Originally I would have said keep it, but if it is #3 in the pecking order of 3 black dials, then obviously to you it isn't too exciting--I personally would place it way above the IWC, and would keep it, but that's me. As for the Cartier, I understand conceptually why people like it, but like one of those current threads, it is one I just can't seem to get myself to like--maybe it's Roman numerals, which generally don't appeal to me (too busy, too much asymmetry), or the square case, or the combination, but I personally would never spend a lot of money to get one. I would look for another white/silver dial dress watch, myself--and if I had to have a square/rectangular case, then something along the lines of a reverso.

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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    The explorer is a nice watch to keep but you own a sub, Rolex is well represented so i would sell the Explorer to fund the new new Cartier Santos, the new cartier is a cool watch to own and i agree it should complement the black dials.

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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    Love that Cartier.
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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    Do it!
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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    time to bump up to a 5-watch rotation lol

    all jokes aside, id personally trade the explorer and get the santos

    it's not best to put an idea of getting a watch to fill what seems like you're missing but since you do like it from the get go then it does fullfill not just a different dial but also case shape, it's a completely different watch from your existing collection

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    Re: Rolex Explorer 14270 or Cartier Santos

    I am more or less familiar with the 14270 Explorer but not the Santos. What can you tell me about the movement inside the Santos? I have a suspicion that the 14270 might be on the cusp of significant appreciation. When I bought my 214270 Explorer, I sold my 114270 and wish now I had held onto it as it is now worth twice than for what I sold it 7-8 years ago. If you want the Santos badly enough, then proceed with selling your Explorer. Although I am not in your shoes, personally I would pass on the Santos if it meant selling a 14270.

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