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    Do you have a perfect watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crowsfoot View Post
    Looks nice on the perlon strap, nice choice


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    Ian (velorum )made a great point about the Everest being an exit watch or near perfect do all watch but he exited with 3 digital cheap Casios and hasnít looked back as we have not seen him since . He transcended the Ďgameí :)


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    I've been struggling with the concept but if I had to choose one from my current collection, nowithstanding recent acquisitions I'd choose this as it has easy change strap / bracelet effectively giving it multiple looks:










    And the movement is rather nice too with the case and movement being Geneva seal stamped.

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    Like others on here, I’ll go for the humble Submariner. The Submariner is the watch that keeps on giving with so many different models over the years and people have their own particular favourites, be it a Red Sub, a 5 digit, 6 digit, Kermit, Ceramic, diamonds and PM etc,

    My particular choice is the 5512, a watch that has been out of production since 1978, this one has a Mark 3 Maxi Dial known as the lollipop dial from the final days.

    Light, comfortable, a watch with history that is fairly scarce in the UK.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    I've been struggling with the concept but if I had to choose one from my current collection, nowithstanding recent acquisitions I'd choose this as it has easy change strap / bracelet effectively giving it multiple looks:










    And the movement is rather nice too with the case and movement being Geneva seal stamped.

    I'd say a pretty perfect watch right there

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    Quote Originally Posted by leo1790 View Post
    I'd say a pretty perfect watch right there

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    Rolex Explorer 21470 (39mm, lumed numerals) is as close to perfect I've found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Like others on here, I’ll go for the humble Submariner. The Submariner is the watch that keeps on giving with so many different models over the years and people have their own particular favourites, be it a Red Sub, a 5 digit, 6 digit, Kermit, Ceramic, diamonds and PM etc,

    My particular choice is the 5512, a watch that has been out of production since 1978, this one has a Mark 3 Maxi Dial known as the lollipop dial from the final days.
    Probably not wrong there. A 5512/3, a 16600, or even a 1665 are right up there as the best of the best IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Probably not wrong there. A 5512/3, a 16600, or even a 1665 are right up there as the best of the best IMO.
    Thank you. I would agree with that. My other Rolex is a 16600. I waited until I found a really nice full set tritium model with the drilled lugs.



    Would love a 1665, but a bit out of budget. I was thinking a nice tritium 5 digit GMT might make for a nice trio at some point in the future.

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    Each time I put one on its perfect for what I want / need it to do each day
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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Probably not wrong there. A 5512/3, a 16600, or even a 1665 are right up there as the best of the best IMO.
    I donít think vintage could ever fit into the perfect category, there would always be something that wasnít right. But perhaps thatís what actually makes the perfect

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    Got to be the 116600 SD4K for me. Robust, legible, relatively uncommon, goes with anything.

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    Do you have a perfect watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodder View Post
    I donít think vintage could ever fit into the perfect category, there would always be something that wasnít right. But perhaps thatís what actually makes the perfect
    Need a Singer version of the vintage options like they have for Porsches, including 4 digits with quickset dates!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Thank you. I would agree with that. My other Rolex is a 16600. I waited until I found a really nice full set tritium model with the drilled lugs.

    Would love a 1665, but a bit out of budget. I was thinking a nice tritium 5 digit GMT might make for a nice trio at some point in the future.
    Never tried a 4/5 digit GMT but really donít think the 16600 can be beaten if you have the wrists for it. Looked silly on me but Iíd be tempted to give it another go if prices really do hit the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodder View Post
    I donít think vintage could ever fit into the perfect category, there would always be something that wasnít right. But perhaps thatís what actually makes the perfect
    It all depends on what the individual wants, if itís the latest bracelet with adjustment type clasps etc or bright lume or no worries about going in water etc then clearly Vintage wouldnít work for them. However, if you want something long out of production, with a bit of history or even desirability then some vintage models can tick those boxes.

    Personally, I like the older bracelets, they can be very comfortable. Each to their own or in an ideal world own both then you have a choice.

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    For me the Zeno Diver is a great shout, relatively uncommon in the wild, incredibly comfortable, great looking, practice and £160 from our Eddie a couple of decades ago!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Never tried a 4/5 digit GMT but really donít think the 16600 can be beaten if you have the wrists for it. Looked silly on me but Iíd be tempted to give it another go if prices really do hit the floor.
    I donít think prices are likely to hit the floor. Despite what some are asking on Chrono24 and the likes the 16600 range at present is approx £8k to £9.5k with later loose watches at the lower end and earlier full sets a little dearer. There really is no need to pay £10k at present for one of these.

    The GMT would be even smaller on you, much like 4/5 digit Sub. Slimmer cases etc, the SD has to accommodate the HEV.

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    Not perfect, but it's not too far off.


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    For now: PRS-25 gilt, sure.


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    Do you have a perfect watch?

    No

    But my 16750 and this old 5513 come close... IMHO


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    For me, it has to be my 5513. Hard to fault in any way, looks just as good on nylon as it does on the bracelet, and fit for any type of occasion.




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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    For me, it has to be my 5513. Hard to fault in any way, looks just as good on nylon as it does on the bracelet, and fit for any type of occasion.



    Beautiful shots

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    All of these!


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    When it comes purely to aesthetics I believe that perfection requires simplicity.

    This comes closest:


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    If you search for simplicity and perfection, search no more:

    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Stunning, my true grail watch.

    End game without a moments thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    If you search for simplicity and perfection, search no more:

    Saw one of those at the boot sale last week, but the bloke wanted £50 and I hadn't got it on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    If you search for simplicity and perfection, search no more:

    Just missing legibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    Just missing legibility.
    How about this one?

    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/20...icity-for-sale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullbreakfast View Post
    When it comes purely to aesthetics I believe that perfection requires simplicity.

    This comes closest:]
    Love that, what references is it please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Man View Post
    Love that, what references is it please?
    It's GCBE999.

    May not be easy to find - I got mine about 2008 and I had to get Seiya-san to buy it for me from a store in Tokyo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullbreakfast View Post
    It's GCBE999.

    May not be easy to find - I got mine about 2008 and I had to get Seiya-san to buy it for me from a store in Tokyo.
    Excellent choice, that took real dedication to track down. It's only 6.5mm thin, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Man View Post
    Excellent choice, that took real dedication to track down. It's only 6.5mm thin, right?
    I think that's right, but don't have info or Vernier caliper to hand.

    It's the 6898A movement inside which is just under 2mm thick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullbreakfast View Post
    When it comes purely to aesthetics I believe that perfection requires simplicity.

    This comes closest:

    This is... Stunning.

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    Continuing this nice clean design trend


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    Wonder how many of the Perfect Watches from this thread's early days, three years ago, are still with their original owners?

    FWLIM, my Damasko DC57 still is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Wonder how many of the Perfect Watches from this thread's early days, three years ago, are still with their original owners?

    FWLIM, my Damasko DC57 still is.
    I still own every one of the watches that I itemised as imperfect in post #38. Does that count?

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    Fitted with an anti reflective crystal while having a full service at RSC, I think this 114270 is now just about perfect!

    Last edited by boring_sandwich; 3rd October 2023 at 17:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinner77 View Post
    This is... Stunning.
    Thanks. I don't wear it often, but I always feel like a million bucks when I do.

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    While there are a lot that are perfect for a moment, I still can’t beat the one I built to be perfect for me a decade or more ago. Rolex case, Omega movement and handset and the MKII Explorer dial.


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    Does everything for me and has family history too.

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    Last edited by Red Steve; 3rd October 2023 at 19:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boring_sandwich View Post
    Fitted with an anti reflective crystal while having a full service at RSC, I think this 114270 is now just about perfect!

    Asked for the same on my SD43 but they wouldnít do it sadly. OCD but reflection ruins a watch for me. That must be great now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Asked for the same on my SD43 but they wouldn’t do it sadly. OCD but reflection ruins a watch for me. That must be great now.
    Yes, it makes the watch wear totally different and the dial now pops a deep glossy black. I am really pleased they fitted it, although I never asked them too.

    The reflections and smudges are now a thing of the past!
    Last edited by boring_sandwich; 3rd October 2023 at 20:05.

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    These 2 cover most options for meÖ



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    Perfection is so difficult to define though.To me this watch is perfect when I wear it- but would not be perfect in every situation.
    Tritium dial of a gorgeous light black colour, uncrossed Breguet T, and a gold capped crown. It makes me smile every time I put it on.
    As far as the perfect GADA watch - that may be the 124270 I'm hoping to pick up this weekend .

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    My CWC from post 117 is still my daily wearer.


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    Solid,functional, and a lovely dial to look atÖ.Iíve always loved the Platinum Daytona:


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