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    watch choice dilemma

    So here I am seeking any advice from any of you watch enthusiasts... at first i was looking for an everyday watch...
    a stowa aprox 1k? then makes me think why not get a pre-owned iwc 3717 pilots classic chrono? 2800-3400 range including shipping and taxes and duties...
    then makes me want to wait for 2012 sihh which they said 2012 is the year of the pilot... 3717 pilots classic goes for 5500 here in vancouver with taxes.

    just for an everyday watch? am i jumping around too much? what do you guys suggest?

    thanks

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    Re: watch choice dilemma

    IWC 3717 on bracelet ... yes ... on strap .. no.

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    Pre-owned gets you much more bang for your buck. And far less depreciation (though Stowa is reasonably priced and as such depreciation isn't too bad at all). You may not be thinking of selling now but do consider it. IWC for me, though I do like Stowa.

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    Get the most you can swing (assuming you love it of course) and buy used.
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    Pre-Own in mint or excellent condition i'll go pre-own.

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    Out of the two get the STOWA. You do know that the Stowa chrono and the IWC have basically the same movement, right? You see the price difference? The Pilot and Portugieser Chronos are about the worst buys in the IWC line-up if value for money is at all a criterion. They are one of the reasons that IWC is often said to be too expensive for what they offer. (This is especially true in the under 8k bracket. Higher priced models can actually be quite competitively priced.)

    So 5500 dollar for a watch with a lightly spiffied up 7750. No way! You can get watches with chronometer grade 7750s for less than half in a case of at least the same quality. I strongly advise against the 3717.

    Second reason. I don't know how your everyday looks but will you even need a chrono on an everyday basis? If not, why pay for it? And pay for it again when you pay double to have it serviced because a chrono is more complicated to service than a simple three-hander.

    Third reason. If your everyday includes wearing suits, a chrono is not ideal in terms of etiquette. And this one is also quite sporty. There are dressy chronos that are better but even they are not the optimal choice if you want to appear to be dressed impeccably (as in can't be faulted even by people who've read the book). :)

    You want an IWC? Get any Ingenieur with an 80110 in-house calibre. Fantastic watch. Great built. Original design. Very important for the brand. Rare in real life. Everybody and his dog got an IWC Pilot. And as Oscar Wilde said "Popularity is a sign of mediocrity."

    Or get an Omega AT8500, a Rolex DJ, a Jaeger Master Control, a JLC Reverso Squadra. These are all bona fide top choices for an everyday watch with great movements (not that the 7750 is not a great movement). If you absolutely want a chrono look into Zenith or Seiko. Brilliant chronos for 5k or less.

    If you absolutely want a 7750 look into Sinn, Damasko or Hamilton. Especially Sinn and Damasko have versions that look quite similar to that IWC. Plus, I am sure that there are worthy knock-offs. I just don't know them.

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