First, i hope you and your dear ones are safe and the #stayathome didn't drove you nuts yet (although this is difficult if you have kids at home :) ). Yes, we live crazy times and maybe this is not the right spending, discussion but still ... with prices coming down last 2 weeks, i have some difficult decisions to make in April.
I've been on a list for a 126710 BLNR since May last year and i do believe it will come before July this year when i have the anniversary (at least i was promised). I would have went gray (and i would still do it), if prices would be maximum 15% higher than MSRP (e.g. give or take 10.000 EUR here). So i would get a new watch with a newer movement, i would still look to add a brushed bracelet soon. I would maybe look at selling the jubilee bracelet unworn and change it straight not to loose money, but this is just a thought now.
On a scale from 1 to 10, blue+black would get a 8/10 while the 10/10 would go to ... BLACK bezel - my favorite GMT bezel, but i hate the PCL on the 116710 LN -> in the last 15 months I've checked both the old BLNR and the LN at one pawn shop plus a DJ with the PCL at AD and clearly i hate that bracelet on my wrists. Buying a brushed bracelet to change the PCL (1500-2000 EUR?), plus adding a service for a 2010-2013 watch (700-1000 EUR) would have brought the total package price way over my 10.000 EUR. Additionally, i read over that first iterations of 3186 incurred some issues with the jump hour spring.
Now with prices going down i looked at 16710 from 2000+ -> I get the bracelet although in not very good condition, i like the red hand, 3185 is one of the most reliable and long standing calibers... but I am scared of potential parts that were changed with non-original parts and moreover for the items without papers i don't want to find out that is a stolen watch one day; additionally, prices are higher than 116710LN in general, and most of the list are in US, which might increase the price with the VAT when importing it (tough a lower declared value can solve this, it will affect insurance).
Fourth option is Exp II, 16570 -> I get same black dial, it is a cheaper option, but somehow most of the listings i found on chrono, TRF, here or ebay are in worse shape than GMTs so I would still have to account a service and maybe a new bracelet.
So what would you do mates? what advices/what to look for if i go for 16710 or 16570 from 2000-2006? Do you have some pics of 116710LN on non PCL bracelets?
I want a GMT complication as i travel quite a bit, I love black dials, but i go in circles - I would clearly favor 116710LN but I hate the PCL so much that i wouldn't wear the watch until i would put a new bracelet which brings me to why not choose 16710 as it has the right bracelet, or a 16570 which is 30-40% cheaper and then in the end, why not a 126710BLNR which is a new watch but whose arrival i can't control unless gray prices slides 10% more or AD reopens the store in April (0% probability here) . Bear in mind, i want the watch to work fine in 10 years time also
Thanks in advance and stay safe