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    Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    I'm considering my next horological conquest, and I want to have a sense of "if I never aquire another watch, that's o.k..."

    I'm considering 2 very different, iconic watches:

    1)Rolex sub, no date, steel/black; up to 10 years old, well taken care of.

    2) A JLC Reverso, basic model, perhaps with small seconds, nice croc strap. vintage would be fine.

    I'm a sucker for both the sports/tool watch as well as the refined, genteel deco look of the JLC
    Most of my everyday activities would work well with the JLC. The Rolex would be handy when taking on physical tasks/sports, swimming, or any activity that requires a robust timepiece. I would be proud to mix in the Rolex in my daily rotations.

    The JLC just says class, is uderstated and more of a watch guy's watch IMHO.

    Perhaps I'll eventually get both, but not sure which to go after first. Any advice out there, especially owners of one or both? Thanks!!!
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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    A good question, but a very difficult one. Of course, the Rolex is instantly recognisable for all normal people, but the Reverso is more of a connoseur's watch.

    I am JLC biased, but one of the negatives is that the straps are godawfully expensive. Unless you find a used Reverso with a bracelet, but most sell with a strap.

    Service should be about the same.

    of course, used Reversos are rare, as the production numbers are farvless than Rolex, so you might gind a nice well kept arolex with ease, but have to take the first used Reverso.
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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    Boy, you're not wrong with 2 completely different grails!
    Reverso is my vote as the WIS' choice.
    (not that I'm a WIS!)

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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    Yes you are.

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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    I'm saving for a Reverso myself...
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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    I say Reverso. I've been wanting a Reverso for some time now, would be very special to have something engraved on other side.
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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    Everyone and their brother has a Rolex, and all it shows is that you can afford a Rolex. The Reverso is something much more interesting, and demonstrates a little class and taste.

    That said, obviously buy the one you like more. Rolexes are still awesome watches, after all. But if you really have no preference, I say take the more interesting and classy choice.

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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    These are two very wise, seasoned choices. These are, in fact, my two grails. I will one day own both, but it may not be for years. The Submariner sans date shows restraint, and the Reverso is a classic watch for those who are blessed enough to love watches. There is no wrong decision here. The Submariner is more versatile. It is also however more instantly recognizable by the masses and will attract attention, so you will have to gauge how you feel about this.
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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    I disagree that the Sub no date is that recognizable to the general public. The cyclops of the date model is more recognizable from a few feet away then the Rolex logo is.

    I would choose the Sub first as it is more versatile and used prices are increasing rapidly.

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    Re: Submariner or Reverso: 2 very different grails..your thoughts?

    JLC, but I'm biased (see sig.)
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