The Wristwatch Thread
Indeed the Speedmasters are among my favourites both modern and vintage
Frank Zappa worked wristwatch Crisco into a song .
yeah im looking at this
or a Rolex Submariner .
Cant really decide , might get a paper run and just get both.
The Dark side is a really brilliant piece and has a lot of positives including its light weight and extreme scratch resistance but if you drop it onto hard tile or concrete at the wrong angle the case can actually chip, crack or shatter at which point it needs replacing at a great cost (almost the price of a new watch). The submariner by contrast is pretty much bulletproof being steel although the Calibre 3135 family movement is getting very long in the tooth, being a 1990s upgrade of a 1980 upgrade of a 1960s design.
Rolex has a whole new 3-hand movement based on Daytona/Skydweller technology that they're now using in the Day-Date 40 which will filter down into the Submariner over the next couple of years at which point the old movement subs might be worth a lot less.
It does however make a lot of sense to buy the sub if its used as that first owner will have taken the depreciation hit and as long as its real, it'll take any beating you give it.
I do like the daytona , that is also a lovely piece .
As for the new movement and the value , not to worried about it dropping as i have no intention of selling it .
Unless i develop some sort of crack or gambling habit .
Check out CW . Should be a lot more but they sell straight to the public
The Sub has always been a great choice for one good watch, it can stand a beating, has great water resistance, is neutral looking and can work with a suit as well as board shorts. It's the only one watch you ever need, but then the Omega Seamaster 300 or Planet Ocean is a similar fit.
Thing is you never stop there with one, you then need a chronograph, and then a gold dress piece, then a vintage piece etc etc. The first good watch is how it starts.
That is so true. I have gone from none to four this year alone
@Recklyn I own most of the watches in that ad, he's offering 10-20 cents on the dollar to what most of them area worth. Sadly many people inherit watches and just give them away to these dealers, things like RACQ magazine and Catholic newsletters, newspapers etc are popular as it helps them reach elderly people who may be in possession of them but don't know the actual value as they don't use the internet.
Just to give some perspective, the Zenith A386 on page 2 of this thread is worth about 3 times the BMW I was driving when I took the photo, and its worth less than many of the early Speedmasters (you'll see the Speedmaster on the left of the second row of the ad).
The 105.002 Speedmaster I bought for $4k 3 years ago is today worth almost $30K (watch on the right in pic at the top of this thread), and they're still climbing fast, dealers know that and are trying to make a mint out of these old people as often as they can.
Incidentally I came across an old guy in a wheel chair wearing a military type cap about a year back in the city. Walked up to him and said mate, that's a beautiful watch, let me guess... you bought it at the American PX during the Vietnam war? Bloke looks at me with a stunned expression and says how the hell did you know that? I then told him what year (the bracket of years at least) he bought it in and he was even more shocked until I told him how many Vietnam veterans own that exact model of Rolex and the features that let me tell the date.
If he hadn't been in a wheelchair he would have fallen over when I told him what its worth, he still has the box and papers too. He'd been offered $500 for it from a jeweller and it was easily a $40,000 watch.