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    Coming Home to the Crown and seeking Opinions

    I recently had my wife's date-just serviced and the Rolex Acquirement Syndrome (RAS) has hit me hard. A few years after we retired I sold a sub, a two-tone Datejust, and a Cellini. I bought a nice tool watch and thought that was that. FYI: Over the years I've had a Sea-Dweller (circa '88), 3 Sub's, the TT Datejust, and a Cellini. ...and, please don't judge to harshly, a Steinhart 38. Go easy on me!

    After leaving the watchmaker's shop and looking at his personal Rolex collection, RAS hit me big time. I don't work or attend any formal events anymore (spend a lot of time traveling in our RV) so I'm thinking I can't go wrong with another Sub, all of my subs and SD had dates but not necessary.

    If not a Sub a GMT has never been on my wrist, no Explorer, no Daytona (and I'm not going to pay the Paul Newman mark-up just 'cause). Anyway that's where I'm at and looking for your opinions (trolls WILL be ignored). My budget is $10K max. Ideally if I can snag a deal around $7.5 +/- that would be great. Retirement = fixed income.

    What would you be looking at? ..and where, I had a friend that used to work at a high-end pawn shop but that contact is gone;-(.

    PS: I'm not sure a Tudor would relieve the RAS.
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    Re: Coming Home to the Crown and seeking Opinions

    Get a Sub or Sub Date.

    I prefer the ceramic models, but all are fantastic.

    Wear and enjoy.

    Contact DavidSW, Takuya, OCRolexGuy

    They will all take care of you.

    Cheers and good luck!
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    Re: Coming Home to the Crown and seeking Opinions

    I had a great experience with DavidSW - you don't have to play the schmooze game with AD's - which I still refuse to do! His prices are fairly respectable all things considered and he has a wide selection of various Rolex models. Bought my 214270 Expy from him and it was on my wrist in 24 hours.

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    Re: Coming Home to the Crown and seeking Opinions

    I’d get the explorer 1 and not look back
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    Re: Coming Home to the Crown and seeking Opinions

    Thanks for the input. I've been doing a lot of reading and this DaveSW keeps popping up. I've done most of my watch buying from an old friend. After he left the business I did buy a watch from Bob's, the DJ. It was an ok deal but...

    I'm actually not that far from DaveSW's place so I think a call is in order. I know I'm not getting a BNIB watch for my budget and all I really want is a nice daily wearer so I'll give it a shot. I'm not trying to 'add' to any collection or pay for my kid's education! It will get used.

    I'm pretty lost without my 'guy' in the business but things move on. Again thanks for the answers, appreciated. -SpclEd

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    For your budget you can go a little over retail for a new watch that's a three hander. Consider getting an Air King. Unique and fits in half your budget around £5150 retail (grey market isn't much more tbh). It is so underrated. It is actually a pilots watch in heritage but the latest iteration is a nod to the Bloodhound Project (fastest land speed record). I guess being someone who spends a lot of time in an RV this would appeal to your lifestyle as well. So beautiful - WARNING AIR KING SPAM!!

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    I've yet to see one on anyone's wrist in the wild.

    Air King > Explorer

    And I've owned both. My Air King got stolen a few months back and it's only made me realise how much I prefer it over the Explorer. The dimensions are a perfect 40". It is so much more comfortable imo than the Explorer. It certainty punches way above its weight and has anti-magnetic properties. It is the same dimensions and essentially the same watch as the Milgaus but for a lot less.
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    Re: Coming Home to the Crown and seeking Opinions

    Why not a DJ41 in stainless? The perfect do anything/everything watch. Plus, you can choose how sporty or dressy (fluted/smooth bezel; oyster/jubilee bracelet; selection of dials) you want it to fit your lifestyle.




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    Explorer I or SubC. Airking is cool but meh. If you're looking for just a watch to wear then the 2 I mentioned should suffice. Get one, log off on here, forget your password, and never look back. If you do, you will most likely get another Rolex lol.
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    Re: Coming Home to the Crown and seeking Opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by MeiXiang View Post

    And I've owned both. My Air King got stolen a few months back and it's only made me realise how much I prefer it over the Explorer. The dimensions are a perfect 40". It is so much more comfortable imo then the Explorer. It certainty punches way above its weight and has anti-magnetic properties. It is the same dimensions and essentially the same watch as the Milgaus but for a lot less.
    Out of curiosity what makes you say the air king is more comfortable than the explorer?

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