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I need help deciding what to get next.

First let me tell you where I'm at with my collection and what I feel I need to have a well rounded collection. I have a TAG Formula One Chrono on SS bracelet, a Tag Aquaracer Caliber S Regatta on SS bracelet, an Armand Nicolet M02 Chrono on black Croco, and a Breitling Colt Auto II on blue calf. I really want my next watch to either have or go well with a brown croco/leather strap. I also want a manual watch at some point.

So I really like the Breitling Navitimer series (Navitimer, World, or Montbrilliant) with a white/silver face and brown strap, but it's not a manual watch so I will still need to get another watch later on. That's where the Panerai comes in. The Panerai 111 is manual, has an exhibition case back, and looks great with a brown strap.

What do you guys think? Pros and cons on both would be a big help.
 

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Personally, I like the Navitimer better. Just a unique looking, iconic watch to me. But that's just personal preference. You should really just get the watch that you like more; the one that sings to you; the one you can't live without. No amont of advice can tell you which watch that is.
 

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Between Breitling Navitimer & Panerai 111, I'd definitely pick the Panerai. Navitimer is a bit busy for me. But if I were to pick a watch to wear with brown leather strap I'd get the Anonimo Marlin bronze.
 

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I know you might feel you MUST have the Breitling but you could consider the OTHER "Navitimer" made by Sinn. It's the model 903 ST and you if you shop around, you can likely buy it for half the price of the Breitling! Not everyone knows that Breitling was near bankruptcy in the early 1980s and they sold the design rights for the Navitimer to a couple of other watch makers to include Sinn.
 

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Every collection deserves a good Panerai...The Colt II is a nice watch too, but maybe sell that and get the Navitimer. So many watches .....
 

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The only problem is, that you need a superb eyesight if you want to use the sliderule etc.
It looks fab on a screen, blown up, but is virtually unreadable in life.
 

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Thanks for all the advice so far. As for the Sinn Navitimer, I had never heard of it before. I looked it up and read a few posts on this and other forums trying to keep an open mind but after looking at it for a while I just have this feeling that I would always feel like I settled for it and it will drive me crazy until I finally got the Breitling. I don't know if you know what I mean and I hope that doesn't come off as being pretentious. I have settled for things that were almost what I wanted before and that just results in me spending more money as I usually give in and buy what I wanted in the first place.
 

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I do like gurudarbar's idea of getting both! I would have to sell one or two of my current watches to do that though and that would be very hard for me. I could see getting one now and the other a few years later. That way I could enjoy the Colt for a while because I've only owned it for about a month now.
 

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Panerai is awesome if you dont mind the asking price, I mean it doesnt take much to figure out they are over priced for what you get, but then it has its own dedicated following and believers and it is no doubt an iconic watch. Navitimer as mentioned is very busy in person and looks really cluttered and confusing. But there are some people who like that sort of thing, it looks complicated and technical, speaks to the engineers and technical people, so if thats something you are into, then you may like it.
 

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Thanks for all the advice so far. As for the Sinn Navitimer, I had never heard of it before. I looked it up and read a few posts on this and other forums trying to keep an open mind but after looking at it for a while I just have this feeling that I would always feel like I settled for it and it will drive me crazy until I finally got the Breitling. I don't know if you know what I mean and I hope that doesn't come off as being pretentious. I have settled for things that were almost what I wanted before and that just results in me spending more money as I usually give in and buy what I wanted in the first place.
Understood... I've always wanted a Breitling Blackbird but I've ended up spending the money on a number of watches that cost less. I'm happier with a lot of watches than blowing a big wad on just one. Also, the wife is a real penny-pincher and barely tolerant of my mania for watches. Even though we're in a posiiton to pretty much afford anything, I have to live with her frugal mentality!
 

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Despite the better photography behind the Panerai, the Breitling Navitimer is what you want...and the brown leather strap is how you want it.
 

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I like both watches, the Navitimer was my first real watch, but I also own several Panerai. Is there a watch you can't stop thinking about ? If this was your last watch ever, which would it be ?
 

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Dial wise, those watches are on two ends of the spectrum. lol

Personally, i'm not a fan of Breitling. But if i were you, i'd go with the PAM since you already have a Breitling.
 

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I like both watches, the Navitimer was my first real watch, but I also own several Panerai. Is there a watch you can't stop thinking about ? If this was your last watch ever, which would it be ?
If this was the last watch I could ever buy then I would get the Panerai because I really want to have one manual watch in my collection. But I would still always want the Navitimer! I can't stop thinking about either one! I'm just going to get both! I'll get one this year and the other in a few years. I'll just get the one I can get the best deal on first.

Thanks guys! You helped me realize that they are both awesome watches, deserving of a good home!
 
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