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    Omega no time to die. Brand new unworn eBay £6950 also 2022 great watch

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    JLC Polaris Chrono on bracelet is a beauty and easy to find at under £10K

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    I'm sure for some here £10,000 is pocket change and for others this is an academic exercise, but, while a few watches here are ones I admire greatly (Fifty Fathoms, El Primero), I can't actually imagine ever spending 10k on any watch...

    I'm sure a few years ago, you could get an El Primero for far less than that couldn't you?

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    I was at terminal 2 recently and looked at Glashutte. I tried on a Senator and have to say it blew me away. It looked awesome and when you picked it up, you new you had something very special in your hands. I will be thinning down my collection to get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Actually I think if I had 10k to spend Iíd go for a private 114060 or if into vintage a 16610 or 14060.

    The Blancpains are interesting though, great looking watches. Very tempting.
    16610 and 14060 now considered vintage??

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    CWC auto vintage reissue…
    Blow the rest on Coke & Hookers

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11erv View Post
    16610 and 14060 now considered vintage??
    Vintage enough ó not going to get a 4 digit for 10k

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    My vote would be a pre owned 114270 Explorer or a 14060 or an Omega Speedmaster - Hesalite


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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieTheBarber View Post
    My vote would be a pre owned 114270 Explorer or a 14060


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    Agreed plus you will have change!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    CWC auto vintage reissueÖ
    Blow the rest on Coke & Hookers
    Does Coke & Hookers manufacture out out switzerland or france?? Not heard of this make before.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11erv View Post
    16610 and 14060 now considered vintage??
    ive got a 33 year old 16610, so I would say yes.

    I thought anything over 25 years old was considered vintage in the watch world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben4watches View Post
    ive got a 33 year old 16610, so I would say yes.

    I thought anything over 25 years old was considered vintage in the watch world.
    Try telling your wife she is vintage if she if past 33. It's been nice knowing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TROYBOY79 View Post
    Does Coke & Hookers manufacture out out switzerland or france?? Not heard of this make before.....
    Bravo :))

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    Any Omega master chronometer. Metas certified coaxial movement and magnetic resistance up to 15000 Gauss. All from a company with a real and lengthy heritage, particularly in the tool watch arena.

    Tough as old boots and accurate as hell. I love mine.

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    Red face

    ...but if you then need to factor in after-sales service and reliability - you're down to Omega and Grand Seiko. :)

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    Thanks for the continued suggestions some of which are more my thing than others.

    There's been another model hanging around in the back of mind which combines a fairly classic model reference alongside some of the best new design / colour combinations I've seen in a long time.

    Omega Apollo 8 Dark Side.

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    If I was being predictable - a five digit rolex or a pre owned 50 fathoms.

    But buying new - the new jlc polaris in olive green is glorious and I want one badly. Posting from phone so can't add an image but Google it.

    I also have a really soft spot for the apollo 8 above. Absolutely LOVE IT and have had 2, but ultimately my eyes don't read the time on it easily as the hands are slim and sink into the dial. So I would say great if you weren't half blind like i am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    ... But buying new - the new jlc polaris in olive green is glorious and I want one badly. ...
    Heartily seconded, albeit green is an oddly divisive colour. To my eye it's the most neutral of primary colours, but few seem to see it that way.


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    Not sure if it's the best but I really want a Panerai


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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    If I was being predictable - a five digit rolex or a pre owned 50 fathoms.

    But buying new - the new jlc polaris in olive green is glorious and I want one badly. Posting from phone so can't add an image but Google it.

    I also have a really soft spot for the apollo 8 above. Absolutely LOVE IT and have had 2, but ultimately my eyes don't read the time on it easily as the hands are slim and sink into the dial. So I would say great if you weren't half blind like i am.
    Actually that is another superb call. I recall missing out on the Ltd Edition Polaris with blue dial that sold on SC about 3-4 years ago and regretted not going for it. Then when I saw the new green one it definitely made me a little bit giddy as well.

    The only real conclusion I'm coming up with now is that I actually need closer to £35-£40k to buy in no particular order.

    1. IWC Pilots Chrono bronze
    2. JLC Polaris Green
    3. Breitling Datora B25 (or B15 Duograph)
    4. BP FF
    5. Omega Apollo 8 Dark Side

    Actually that's a really lovely collection now which just needs a Rolex SS sports watch adding to make it near perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey99 View Post
    Thanks for the continued suggestions some of which are more my thing than others.

    There's been another model hanging around in the back of mind which combines a fairly classic model reference alongside some of the best new design / colour combinations I've seen in a long time.

    Omega Apollo 8 Dark Side.

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    That is rather gorgeous!

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    Got an Apollo 8 earlier in the year as an anniversary gift. Very pleased with it and no wait times to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Heartily seconded, albeit green is an oddly divisive colour. To my eye it's the most neutral of primary colours, but few seem to see it that way.

    Totally agree that this JLC is beautiful

    https://www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/gb-...steel-q906863j

    I assume that as itís boutique only itís a list price piece?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth-W View Post
    Totally agree that this JLC is beautiful

    https://www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/gb-...steel-q906863j

    I assume that as itís boutique only itís a list price piece?
    Yep correct. Saw it in person and it is lovely and has an upgraded movement compared to the black version. It's a lot of money and the bezel is a tad easy to turn however

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    Thankfully I'm not convinced on the Polaris white date window - a shade of cream to match the markers might have been better. Lovely olive dial though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth-W View Post
    Totally agree that this JLC is beautiful

    https://www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/gb-...steel-q906863j

    I assume that as itís boutique only itís a list price piece?

    £8,300 - and that without Memovox - something to admire from a distance.

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    I think that Breitling Datora takes it. Amazing watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    £8,300 - and that without Memovox - something to admire from a distance.
    Yep I felt it was overpriced. Beautiful but one to pick up once they become available on the secondary market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanb741 View Post
    Yep I felt it was overpriced. Beautiful but one to pick up once they become available on the secondary market.
    Obviously I'd never claim that £8,300 for a watch was decent value but aren't they are all horribly overpriced these days?

    Assuming JLC sits above the Omega/Breitling/TAG in terms of watch making heritage but below the holy trinity then it feels about right to me.......OK well £6-7k would feel more right!

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    Itís interesting to see that no AD is offering any discounts at the moment, or maybe it was because I was in harrods? Tried on JLC, IWC and Moser (the latter I can understand). Will wait for them to hit 2nd hand market I guess






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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    £8,300 - and that without Memovox - something to admire from a distance.

    Agreed.

    Or with patience for one to hit the used/secondary market at some point. It's lovely, but no way £8,300 lovely in my book....

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    BlimeyÖ that Polaris is lovely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scepticalist View Post
    Had the Bathyscape - fantastic watch and quality wise the best I've owned but lug-lug was a tad too big for me.

    I'd go for a GO Panomatic or the Zenith Chronomaster Sport

    The zenith for sure, I tried on one recently and it looks fantastic.

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    This came within the £10k.



    It does amaze me that several of the FF models are still available with decent discounts. There are several dealers who list on Chrono24 who will source a new watch for well below list price and the £10k stated on this thread.

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    If I ever buy another watch (unlikely to be honest) then there are dozens of Reversos to choose from and they look classy.

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    Many ADs offering discounts but Harrods won't because of the client base. But the JLC and IWC will be readily available at 15-20% off. If the recession does hit it is anyone's guess. Moser has fewer ADs and I'm not familiar with discount possibilities with that brand.
    Quote Originally Posted by gaurav_tzuk View Post
    It’s interesting to see that no AD is offering any discounts at the moment, or maybe it was because I was in harrods? Tried on JLC, IWC and Moser (the latter I can understand). Will wait for them to hit 2nd hand market I guess






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