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Gorgeous! That one has been on my list as well....
 

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Terrific collection. I absolutely love the fact that you have the discipline to pursue a longer-term vision for your collection. I would say that the Nomos and Omega are my favorites of the lot.

My personal challenge has been that there are no (new) watches that I absolutely crave, so I just buy whatever watch catches my attention. At this point, I am just having fun with my collection, so there isn't a whole lot of structure. My previous three watches have all been impulse buys, and one of them was a dare on WUS for crying out loud.

That said, four observations on your collection. One, I couldn't help notice lack of both digitals and quartz watches. You have one manual and several automatics, but not even a Spring Drive? Two, no chronographs? The latter surprised me more than the former, I must admit.

Three, nothing with a brown strap? And finally, steak looks well done. I sincerely hope it's tuna instead. ;-)
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I did not google search each and every one of your collection but I think there are some flaws in your theory. In that there is no quartz in your collection (perhaps one is appropriate as part of your dress collection, assuming this is a watch worn less frequently and you do not want to fuss with setting the clock each time you wear and want some of the attributes of quartz beyond accuracy such as a more slim profile). And there is no digital or pure sports type watch mention (G-Shock or similar) which could fit into the causal slot. Other than that, I support your effort to trim the collection.
 

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I did not google search each and every one of your collection but I think there are some flaws in your theory. In that there is no quartz in your collection (perhaps one is appropriate as part of your dress collection, assuming this is a watch worn less frequently and you do not want to fuss with setting the clock each time you wear and want some of the attributes of quartz beyond accuracy such as a more slim profile). And there is no digital or pure sports type watch mention (G-Shock or similar) which could fit into the causal slot. Other than that, I support your effort to trim the collection.
You're not wrong that my core 6 don't address either of these but it was discussed elsewhere in the thread! I've got both covered enough for my personal preferences :)

Here is a quick SOTC as it is beginning to shape up.
Left side is Dress, middle left is Casual, middle right is Sport and far right are my two wildcard spots currently filled by the Omega Railmaster and IWC 3706. (Obviously excluded are the quartz, G shock and sentimental watches)

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Okay, I am more happy with your working theory. :) I do think your approach has a logical foundation, assuming you wear watches in the three main categories relatively equally. You have a nice collection and depending on how you define the categories you could move the first wildcard watch (Omega) one or two slots to the left, and move the 2nd wildcard (IWC chrono) a slot or two to the left as well. Giving you two more wildcards if you chose to use them! :-!
 

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I've decided I'm going to use this thread as an ongoing catalog of my journey to 6 core watches.

Since my last post there have been a few additions, a few departures, and some crisis of faith.

First off, I've continued to refine my theory - while I still strongly believe that 6 "keepers" is the right balance for my collection, I have decided to put even further restrictions on what can become a "Keeper." I already had the 2, 2, 2 methodology but I want to make sure that, within category, each watch brings a different wearing experience so that they don't compete but compliment each other. Case in point is my dress watch category - I have a circular, heavy, yellow gold Lange with Arabic numerals and flat dial but the compliment is a rectangular, stainless steel, light weight Cartier Tank with Roman numerals and guilloche dial. They offer me totally different wearing experiences so I don't fall into the trap of neglecting one in favor of the other. I'd like to replicate this across the other 2 categories as much as possible.

Additionally, I want to limit myself to "icons" from the watchmaking world. Why would I do this? Well, after some introspection, I came to the conclusion that what I love most about watches are when they become part of a person's brand identity. When your father was remembered as always wearing his old Sub, or your grandfather who always had the same beat-up Seiko on his wrist. It's corny, but I like when watches age with the owner rather than buying someone else's patina. I've owned watches that have aged (IMO) very poorly and with these core 6 watches I want to ensure that I won't wake up in ten years and see a dated design staring back at me. Limiting myself to watches that have, more or less, already become icons will lower the likelihood of that. While its possible to someday wake up and hate the Rolex GMT Master, it will still be an iconic model.

New Methodology (New Rules are Underlined)

  • 2 watches for each category - Dress, Casual, and Sport for a total of 6 core collection. I wear all 3 types with regularity so they are all a necessity (as much as any luxury item is a necessity...).
  • 3 light color faces, 3 dark color faces.
  • Each watch must be considered iconic and classic design (or as close to it as possible) to help them age gracefully and be perennially beautiful.
  • In each category, the two watches must present different wearing experiences (subjective, yes, but I'm the judge, jury and executioner here) to offer as much versatility as possible.
  • In each category, I will have one "High" and one "Low" model for maximum flexibility of wearing. Really all mechanical watches are high end but I'd like to have a slightly more affordable option and a slightly more upscale option in each bucket when necessary.
  • I will *attempt* to limit the representation of each brand to a maximum of one watch.
  • I will *attempt* to limit specific complications to be represented once in the collection.
  • I'm allowed 2 Rotators that will follow the 1-in-1-out rule (I have a wandering eye and I need an outlet). The rotators do not need to conform to any of the above restrictions, they're just passing fancies.
Departures
It was with a heavy heart that I said goodbye to my Omega Railmaster. While I loved the model, I found it not winning out for wrist time against my other "Sport" model in the GMT Master II. I kept going back to the well with the GMT when it came time for a watch with WR and that means it doesn't have a place in the final lineup. It was a rotator anyways, but it's always hard to let go to such a hard to find model. I also was unsure what the LE Railmaster from Basel would do for pre-owned prices of the 2500 so I figured better to cut bait now rather than risk the market falling out...

Arrivals
Shortly after letting the Railmaster go, I was contemplating my High End casual watch. I've always loved Panerai from a design perspective but I could never get comfortable with the huge cases sizes on my 7" wrist. Enter the PAM 512. It has a wearable, 42mm size and classic, simple Panerai design DNA without complications. It was good timing as the sale of the Railmaster made the Panerai a much easier acquisition and something I didn't have to fret much about it. Am I liking it? Hell yea I am but, it's still the honeymoon phase. Only time will tell if it can be a keeper or will rotate out like its predecessor.

Confession time - I'd never owned a Speedmaster. I have owned Seamasters, Railmaster but never Speedmasters. I'd tried on the classic moon watch and the 42mm case always seemed clunky to me, I loved the look in pictures but in the metal they just left me wanting. Perhaps I've been indoctrinated by this forum and all the watch personalities saying you must own a speedy at some point but, when I came across the Omega FOIS (very late to the game I might add) I really liked the looks. The Alpha hands, straight lugs and symmetrical case all spoke to the vintage lover in me and the sapphire crystal and modern build quality spoke to the pragmatist. I'd been keeping my eye open for one and, low and behold, an AD purchase full set fell into my lap at a price which I knew I wouldn't take a bath if I have to flip it.
A Speedy just makes so much sense in my framework as a Low Casual watch (the WR makes it impractical as a sport watch, I ain't going to the moon). It has some of the best history around, it's about as classic as a model gets, and the FOIS model puts a tweak on the watch that I really like. On a strap or the $12 Speidel Twist-o-Flex it's been a lot of fun to wear. While I didn't fall in love at first sight, it has been consistently growing on me and the weight of it feels really solid for a ~$3.5K used watch, for the same dollar I don't know what better casual watch icon I could get into.

Crisis of Faith
1. JLC Chrono - after I further refined my theory I realized that the JLC Chrono Sector dial that I had originally wanted just doesn't fit as an "icon." Yes, JLC is iconic but the model itself is anew, and a novelty. Is it amazing? Yea. Do I think it will age well? Yea. But do I know? No. So I decided that, despite my lust for it right now my money is better spent on a different High Casual watch. Maybe if I find a preowned model down the line I'll add it as a rotator but for now $8k is too much to spend on a watch that knowingly violates my goals.

2. Nomos - The Nomos arrived before I refined into icons so, right there was a strike against it but, more than that, it doesn't wear perfectly for me. It's a bit long, a bit tall and a bit light for my tastes but, here's the rub, I put a ding in the lug right after getting it so I know I'm going to take a loss on it if/when I let it go. Right now I'm still enjoying it enough to not let it go but it has solidly moved to the Rotator group.

3. Speedmaster FOIS -I really dig it but I have been torn between my two black dialed chronos. Is it the right black dial chrono to keep over the IWC? I'm not entirely sold but, I must admit, after leaning in the direction of the IWC for the first few months I am beginning to lean back towards the FOIS these days. It has a lot going for it and my only real complaints are comfort (the stupid cashback is uncomfortable) and the fact that it visually presents much larger than my IWC and I generally like smaller watches.

4. Panerai - I really like it, and it wears so differently than any other watch I own that it does not compete for wrist time with anything else, when I want to wear it then its the only watch I want to wear. It's a beautiful piece of design and I have a romantic affinity for Italy and their form over function tendencies (leave it to the Italians to make arguably the worst military implement in history - a precision timing device without minute markers). My debate is whether it's really worth cementing as my High Casual spot. In a perfect world, I'd add an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202ST but I'm not made of money and $20k is way, way beyond my budget for a single watch (I want to get this 6 wrapped up by the time I turn 30). Realistically, I might try for one of the 37mm RO 15450ST, which can be found for ~$10-12K if I'm patient, and the 15400 is just too big for my taste. If I let go of the Panerai, along with my two rotators, it would get me most of the way there already... and a Genta Classic truly would fit all of my theories and be indisputably a High Casual option. If I'd rather have the RO, then the Panerai either needs to be my Low Casual, displacing my Speedy, or be on the way out. I'm not sure if its as versatile, for me, as the speedy is...

5. Lange - I adore my 1815. Love it. But, with my focus on icons there is the elephant in the room that the Lange 1 is the Lange icon. It relaunched the brand, it was a truly revolutionary design and a risk in its day. It has become the face of Lange, along with the datograph, and would absolutely be a better fit for the Icon... but I'd unsure if its worth the hassle of selling and additional outlay of cash to swap it out. I've tried Lange 1s on before and they are sublime, but so is my 1815... IF I am to change it out, it would be the final peice and would not be done before I complete the rest of the Core 6.

6. Omega Seamaster - As some of you may note, the Omega Seamaster 300MC has been dropped from my list for potential sport watch. There's a few reasons for this but the first reason was that I want to use my sport watches the way they were intended; I do not mind starches, dents and dings, in fact I like them, but after a recent spring bar release accident I've come to realize that diving with a high end watch, for me, is too risky. I don't care if I bash it on coral but I don't want to risk it dropping to the bottom of a trench (I'll get a Seiko turtle for that risk). Second, I am trying to keep the collection to 1 watch from each maker and, with the Speedy being Omega's flagship line and it already fitting so well as my Low Casual watch, adding a Seamaster would not be worth giving up a more iconic piece. Third, and most importantly, I just bought my father the SS version of this Omega. Eventually it will come back to me, although I hope not for many, many years, but when it does it will hold much more value and meaning than any watch I buy for myself and I could never justify two Omega Seamster 300MCs in my rotation so, someday, this would be let go of anyway.

Where I'm at
So that is what I'm sitting with. I've got some major decisions in front of me and my next purchase will be my (presumed) Low Sport watch - the Tudor Big Block chrono with silver dial and tachy scale. It's reminiscent of the Rolex 6263 so it fits my icon family (only tudor can, in my mind, mimic Rolex and still be ok), it has a robust valjoux movement and WR of 100m with screw down pushers and oyster case, and it would be a white face to wear differently than my GMT. I'm planning on adding it by end of October so I can live with my current 6 for the rest of the year and into 2018 to see if it needs any tweaking or fixing (like swapping the Panerai for the RO).

Let's see where I go from here!
(apologies for the poorly photoshopped image, My Cartier is in for servicing but I wanted to present a modern State of the Collection pic)
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Gents,

I continue along in my journey at what may seem to some at a rapid-fire pace, but it's time to again make a decision. I'm resolved to sell the IWC as it feels too close to the Speedy and, based on my collecting criteria, it's nearly impossible to dethrone the Speedy for a Low/Casual iconic watch. This will leave one spot open for a rotator and I still have my Low/Sport watch spot open too.

Now for the dilemma - I've gotten a semi annual bonus at work and there are sufficient funds to partition a small amount away from the market and into a watch (don't worry, I'm not begin fiscally irresponsible. Too many of these threads turn into "save the money, put it into the market"... I'm being prudent with the vast majority so shush you naysayers).

I'm torn between 3 key decisions.

Option 1. Buy a white dial Tudor 79260 non-Tiger Chrono to fill in the Low/Sport open spot in my collection and be at peace for a while.
I like this option as it is the cheapest of the three and the Tudors have been escalating in price recently as they become the next best thing to a 6263 under 10K. I like the looks, the serviceability and the fact that it would complete my 6 for the time being.
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Option 2. Buy a pre-owned 36/37mm blue dialed Royal Oak and replace the Panerai as my High/Casual watch. Move the PAM to a rotator spot.
I like this option as the RO is, arguably, more iconic than the Panerai, would help balance my 6 back to 3 autos and 3 handwound as well as allowing my PAM to stay as a rotator. The more I think about it, the more a RO seems like the appropriate end state for my High/Casual spot. Iconic Genta design, trinity brand, decent case for daily wear while not being quite robust enough to be a real sport watch. On paper, it is where I should end up.
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Option 3. Sell the 1815 and use the bonus + Sale to fund a Lange 1 as the High/Dress spot.
The Lange 1, I've decided, will be my end state for Dress watches. It's the absolute Icon of my favorite makers, it was influential and impactful when launched and has remained largely unchanged. the Case size is a perfect stradle of historical sizing and modern tastes. It is where I need to go but, because I want to be prudent, I don't want to just buy it outright with some of the bonus. I'd rather sell the 1815 first as I have a tendency to just accumulate and the selling later rarely, if ever, occurs... So parting with the Up/Down will be painful.
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Any thoughts from the bleachers?
 
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With the options you've put forth, the second is my favorite. I actually prefer the 512 to any RO (except maybe the recent open worked model), but the RO you've chosen is obviously a superb rep for your high-end casual slot. It also adds some more variety to your collection, whereas with the Tudor I could see you reaching a similar conclusion to the one reached on the 3706.

As for option 3, I prefer the 1815 up/down to the Lange 1. If you prefer the Lange 1 then I think it's a good option as well, but I wouldn't allow the iconic criteria to become so rigid that it forces you into watches you don't like as much. Of course there's no bad choice between any 1815 and the Lange 1.
 

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With the options you've put forth, the second is my favorite. I actually prefer the 512 to any RO (except maybe the recent open worked model), but the RO you've chosen is obviously a superb rep for your high-end casual slot. It also adds some more variety to your collection, whereas with the Tudor I could see you reaching a similar conclusion to the one reached on the 3706.

As for option 3, I prefer the 1815 up/down to the Lange 1. If you prefer the Lange 1 then I think it's a good option as well, but I wouldn't allow the iconic criteria to become so rigid that it forces you into watches you don't like as much. Of course there's no bad choice between any 1815 and the Lange 1.
I was just about to post something similar, I get the impression the Tudor may not be really grabbing you and the 1815 I also prefer to the 1. It being so painful parting with the 1815 makes me think maybe you should keep it.

The RO looks really nice and would complement your collection fantastically well.
 

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I agree with others that you're boxing yourself in with the Lange 1/1818 u/d debate. Unless you like the Lange 1 that much more (in which case, go for it) then I'd keep the up/down. I mean, you could make the same argument that a Sub is "more iconic" that your GMT, but I don't think you're going to make that switch based on what I've read from your other postings.

I am admittedly biased though in thinking that the up/down is far handsomer than the Lange 1.
 

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With the options you've put forth, the second is my favorite. I actually prefer the 512 to any RO (except maybe the recent open worked model), but the RO you've chosen is obviously a superb rep for your high-end casual slot. It also adds some more variety to your collection, whereas with the Tudor I could see you reaching a similar conclusion to the one reached on the 3706.

As for option 3, I prefer the 1815 up/down to the Lange 1. If you prefer the Lange 1 then I think it's a good option as well, but I wouldn't allow the iconic criteria to become so rigid that it forces you into watches you don't like as much. Of course there's no bad choice between any 1815 and the Lange 1.
I was just about to post something similar, I get the impression the Tudor may not be really grabbing you and the 1815 I also prefer to the 1. It being so painful parting with the 1815 makes me think maybe you should keep it.

The RO looks really nice and would complement your collection fantastically well.
I agree with others that you're boxing yourself in with the Lange 1/1818 u/d debate. Unless you like the Lange 1 that much more (in which case, go for it) then I'd keep the up/down. I mean, you could make the same argument that a Sub is "more iconic" that your GMT, but I don't think you're going to make that switch based on what I've read from your other postings.

I am admittedly biased though in thinking that the up/down is far handsomer than the Lange 1.
All very good points. I'm a bit surprised so far, I definitely thought option 1 or 3 would be the crowd favorites!

I doubt the Tudor will suffer the fate of the IWC as the white face, Oyster case and text are so reminiscent of an all time favorite - the 6263. If money were no object I'd opt for a 6263 but, let's be real, I don't have that $60k+ for a watch that was meant to be a sports beater. at 1/10th the price, the Tudor would be close enough to that icon while still being a 100M WR oyster case I could take in the ocean or on a hunt.

The AP has been a design I've loved for years, but a 41mm model is just too damn big for my taste so a 36-7mm really would hit the sweet spot. It would have a very different wearing experience than the Speedy on a strap too so it wouldn't compete for wrist time there. The thing I like about this option is that I don't need to sell the 512 to fund the RO and, since I've really been enjoying the 512, there is a chance it could stay as the High/Casual over the RO after some time together with both. I wont be pushed to send either one out.

The Lange 1 is an uber grail for me. I do prefer it to the 1815 but, if I were to purchase it, it would be my most expensive watch by a significant margin as most models are just slightly under $20K used. There is a part of me that doesn't want to tie all that money into one model until it's my final move to complete the set - once my Low Sport and High Casual are set in stone...
 

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I think i mentioned earlier, we apply similar concepts to our watches. Like you, "iconic" is a big part of the appeal of a particular model for me, and i wrestled long and hard with the idea of getting an 1815 Up/Down over a Lange 1. In the end, what swung the deal for me was that I didnt really like the date implementation by Lange and that the Up/Down was a far more versatile model for me - I liked the *idea* of the Lange 1 more, but preferred the U/D. Still, if you are ok with the date of the Lange 1, then yes, by all means it is a more iconic option.

Re the AP - that would be my pick solely because of what it is: the original luxury sports watch. And a fantastically made one, too - with a case complexity and finishing that, IMO, leaves both Vacheron and Patek behind. However, that is NOT a casual watch, atleast not for me. I wear my JLC, GO and even Lange with shorts - but the AP doesnt fit well with dressing down. In my head atleast, the AP pairs with the 16710 to complete your Sports Watch collection (AP = High, 16710 = Low). It does come in a white dial, I believe, if you prefer that option to get the color split you wanted.
 
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I think i mentioned earlier, we apply similar concepts to our watches. Like you, "iconic" is a big part of the appeal of a particular model for me, and i wrestled long and hard with the idea of getting an 1815 Up/Down over a Lange 1. In the end, what swung the deal for me was that I didnt really like the date implementation by Lange and that the Up/Down was a far more versatile model for me - I liked the *idea* of the Lange 1 more, but preferred the U/D. Still, if you are ok with the date of the Lange 1, then yes, by all means it is a more iconic option.

Re the AP - that would be my pick solely because of what it is: the original luxury sports watch. And a fantastically made one, too - with a case complexity and finishing that, IMO, leaves both Vacheron and Patek behind. However, that is NOT a casual watch, atleast not for me. I wear my JLC, GO and even Lange with shorts - but the AP doesnt fit well with dressing down. In my head atleast, the AP pairs with the 16710 to complete your Sports Watch collection (AP = High, 16710 = Low). It does come in a white dial, I believe, if you prefer that option to get the color split you wanted.
Yes, we do apply remarkably similar methodologies and your input usually seems like listening to my conscience haha. I am very torn on the Lange 1 but not because I find any flaws with the 1, but because I don't really find flaws with the Up/Down either. They are both dream watches and, if money were no object, I'd own both.

It is very interesting you say that the AP is not a casual watch as I think it would fit better dressing down than up (but my dressing down style is dress shirt, sweater and jeans). I know it was designed as a luxury sport watch but I assume that means a quick dip in the Mediterranean or 4 Seasons pool, not a quick dip in fish guts or a brush with a boulder. I'd have no issue wearing a RO in a pool or relaxing on the beach, or even a dip in the surf, just like my Panerai when its on the right strap, but to me that doesn't equate sport watch. With my Speedy being my Low/Casual watch I'd want my alternate to have decent WR so that I could use it in the more casual but water related activities like a weekend at the lake.

For my purposes, real sport watches need to be able to do relatively rough "Sports" and, while the AP may hold up to it technically, I prefer to have sport models on natos when I uses them hard and they get nicked pretty often. Seeing a chewed up RO bezel would hurt! In my mind, there is no better pure sports watch than a SS Rolex and anything above that really goes into a casual category (just for me) as I wouldn't hunt/fish/camp in a nautilus or RO. That is why I plan to slide down the ladder to a Tudor for the Low/Sport so that both have the oyster case, robust and serviceable movements and a history of taking a real bruising.
 
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Yes, we do apply remarkably similar methodologies and your input usually seems like listening to my conscience haha. I am very torn on the Lange 1 but not because I find any flaws with the 1, but because I don't really find flaws with the Up/Down either. They are both dream watches and, if money were no object, I'd own both.

It is very interesting you say that the AP is not a casual watch as I think it would fit better dressing down than up (but my dressing down style is dress shirt, sweater and jeans). I know it was designed as a luxury sport watch but I assume that means a quick dip in the Mediterranean or 4 Seasons pool, not a quick dip in fish guts or a brush with a boulder. I'd have no issue wearing a RO in a pool or relaxing on the beach, or even a dip in the surf, just like my Panerai when its on the right strap, but to me that doesn't equate sport watch. With my Speedy being my Low/Casual watch I'd want my alternate to have decent WR so that I could use it in the more casual but water related activities like a weekend at the lake.

For my purposes, real sport watches need to be able to do relatively rough "Sports" and, while the AP may hold up to it technically, I prefer to have sport models on natos when I uses them hard and they get nicked pretty often. Seeing a chewed up RO bezel would hurt! In my mind, there is no better pure sports watch than a SS Rolex and anything above that really goes into a casual category (just for me) as I wouldn't hunt/fish/camp in a nautilus or RO. That is why I plan to slide down the ladder to a Tudor for the Low/Sport so that both have the oyster case, robust and serviceable movements and a history of taking a real bruising.
Agreed with you re the last paragraph - a SS Rolex is a far better sports watch that can actually be used for activities and such. There is no way i am exposing my RO to that kind of a beating :)

Re the use case for the AP RO - dressing down for me is shorts, tee and flip flops (aka, islander uniform). At that level, it is way unsuited. For what you describe as dress down, it is indeed perfect. And yes, also ideal for pool side lounging.
 
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The RO all the way.

I like the Lange 1 Moonphase over the Lange 1

I think the dial needs some color.

The daymatic moonphase could be a real winner.

The 1815 and most chrono's are boring. Having the date is too important for business items IMO.

The Tudor is not that classic and I think you will tire of it. Sounds like you love the GMT, why not add another, what about the gold root beer on a jubilee?
 

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The RO all the way.

I like the Lange 1 Moonphase over the Lange 1

I think the dial needs some color.

The daymatic moonphase could be a real winner.

The 1815 and most chrono's are boring. Having the date is too important for business items IMO.

The Tudor is not that classic and I think you will tire of it. Sounds like you love the GMT, why not add another, what about the gold root beer on a jubilee?
Personally, I'm not a fan of any of the complicated Lange 1s. It is the original or nothing for me, the rest lose the Germanic charm (is that even a thing?) which require the restraint of most basic Langes.

As far as the Tudor goes, in my opinion, the 6263 is a classic and the Tudor is the only accessible (and permissible) stylistically similar watch under $10k. If money were no object I'd own a 6263 but I cannot even begin to afford a $60k+ watch and especially a vintage one that's I'd not want to be rough with. While the Tudor itself may not be a classic, the watch it emulates is and, although my dislike of homages is well documented, Tudor is the one company I don't mind homaging Rolex designs. Plus it fits my Low / Sport category very well with a serviceable, robust movement and very trustworthy oyster case.

The only other watch I can think of that fits my theory would be something like an orange Doxa 300. Iconic (to divers like myself), fits the Low slot well by price and movement cost and can take a real beating as a sport watch should. The 300 Reissue is a good option, as the black lung would have been had I not missed out on the preorder haha.
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I can't really get another true Rolex, unless it's a rotator, as it violates my collecting methodology of only having one watch per brand.

Collecting Methodology



  • 2 watches for each category - Dress, Casual, and Sport for a total of 6 core collection. I wear all 3 types with regularity so they are all a necessity (as much as any luxury item is a necessity...).
  • 3 light color faces, 3 dark color faces.
  • Each watch must be considered iconic and classic design (or as close to it as possible) to help them age gracefully and be perennially beautiful.
  • In each category, the two watches must present different wearing experiences (subjective, yes, but I'm the judge, jury and executioner here) to offer as much versatility as possible.
  • In each category, I will have one "High" and one "Low" model for maximum flexibility of wearing. Really all mechanical watches are high end but I'd like to have a slightly more affordable option and a slightly more upscale option in each bucket when necessary.
  • I will *attempt* to limit the representation of each brand to a maximum of one watch.
  • I will *attempt* to limit specific complications to be represented once in the collection.
  • I'm allowed 2 Rotators that will follow the 1-in-1-out rule (I have a wandering eye and I need an outlet). The rotators do not need to conform to any of the above restrictions, they're just passing fancies.
 

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It has been a very interesting end to 2017.

In my previous posts, I was debating on what to do around my collection. Whether I pushed to go big, buying either my dress grail Lange 1, my casual grail in the AP RO, or fill in the low end sport watch slot with either a Doxa or Tudor. Well, as it turned out, fate made the choice for me. Three choices to be more precise.

1. The first watch was completely unplanned. My SO and I had recently split but, prior to that, she had always loved wearing my watches and I took particular pleasure in her doing so - all except for the ALS. She always wanted to wear it, as it is my only gold watch, but she was not particularly careful with wearing watches and more than a few door jams were graced by my Rolex while on her wrist. Based on that, the ALS was off limits but I always liked the idea of having a gold watch that she could wear without me helicoptering over her. Even after our separation, I still liked the idea of having a gold watch that a future SO could wear to her heart's content.
Enter the Rolex Cellini. It popped up at a price only the Cellini line can have for the crown - which is to say cheap for a modern, solid gold Rolex. The case is reminiscent of the old bubble backs and the Rolex name, while cliche, is a fun watch to allow a non-WIS SO to wear. At the price I found it, it is by no means a cheap watch but I will not lose sleep over scratches or dents and the Rolex movement will not be as fragile as a more refined, Haute Horology piece. It's also been damn fun to wear for me!

2. I'd been eyeing the Tudor chrono date for a while but, with the popularity of the daytonas increasing, I'd been seeing the Tudors rise in price too. Examples with the Rolex case and crown used to be $3k and now they are regularly 5, often pushing 6. For a 7750-based chrono that just seemed to be getting beyond my comfort level for my Low End sport watch which is truly meant to be abused. At this same time as I began reevaluating the Tudor, the Doxa Black Lung was announced and fit my criteria but I was a bit too slow on the trigger to get on the waitlist; however, many Doxa enthusiasts decided to let go their 50th anniversary releases from the previous year to snag a black lung. This flooded the second hand market with some very nice examples of the 50th anniversary which has all the vintage charm of the original Doxa with a COSC movement and a very solid 300M WR. Needless to say, both my love of vintage watch aesthetic and hatred for vintage watch fragility were satisfied so I picked one up. It wears exceptionally well for such a chunky case, the Cousteau connection speaks to me as a diver and the relative affordability coupled with the robust nature fits my Low Sport slot perfectly.

3. After I had sent the payment for the Doxa, but before the watch had arrived, fate decided to throw me another curve. A Tudor chrono appeared in my preferred variant (silver dial panda, Rolex case/crown with Oysterdate badging) popped up at a price I hadn't seen in a year or two. Needless to say, I jumped on it with the intention that, even if I don't love it, I can get out relatively even. It's a bit thicker than a Daytona but the screw down pushers and the overall aesthetic is so reminiscent of the 6263 I have fallen in love with it on my wrist.

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Now, if that wasn't enough, immediately before the holiday I was struck by one final bolt of lightning. I sent funds (and had to release some pieces) before I left for the holiday and will be taking delivery of the watch this week or next (any guesses?). Once it arrives I'll give a fun, new SOTC.
 

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I 95% skimmed previous post and you are leading an interesting life watch-wise. You have very good taste in your selections and an embarrassment of riches assembled no doubt....many would be grails for most.

You reside in one of the most beautiful and interesting locations in our country and seems things are going well for you!

Congrats on no longer having a watch banger around.
 
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