Nice watches you're looking at marcb.

I've had a TAG since 1987. Had it serviced twice during that time. I've done nothing more than treat it respectfully and send it in when it stops (as others, this then results in changing all the seals, etc. A thorough general cleaning (approx $400). Never had an issue with it but once within its' first couple of years and TAG resolved the issue without issue and without cost. I've nothing but positive experiences with them. My other watch is a Hamilton that D gave me last Xmas and I've tended to wear that most often these days. Larger size (which I like) and great for casual/business.

Enjoy your watch. I'm not a fan of ANY type of jewelery (rings, necklace, etc) on my body. But a watch...that's different!
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
This is an informative thread. Thanks to all posters.

I am not particularly into watches - just an old Movado that I have had since law school graduation in the 90s (from FKG's parents) and a cheap digital watch for skiing, traveling and outdoor activities.

I used to have a Movado. The infamous gold color band and body, black face devoid of anything but the gold hands. Had it a few years until one day I lifted my wrist to see the time and saw the hour hand literally just fall to the bottom of the crystal.

Warranted or not, I've never given even a passing glance at a Movado since.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
This is an informative thread. Thanks to all posters.

I am not particularly into watches - just an old Movado that I have had since law school graduation in the 90s (from FKG's parents) and a cheap digital watch for skiing, traveling and outdoor activities.

I used to have a Movado. The infamous gold color band and body, black face devoid of anything but the gold hands. Had it a few years until one day I lifted my wrist to see the time and saw the hour hand literally just fall to the bottom of the crystal.

Warranted or not, I've never given even a passing glance at a Movado since.


I have that one - silver and gold band. Had it over 14 years, other than battery replacement, no issue. Worn daily
For me:
Rolex Daytona
Patek-Phillipe Calatrava (very thin)
Cartier Roadster chronograph (black-face)
Chaumet chronograph (black-face)
Timex Ironman (for work)

Next on the wish list: Panerai!

Wife wears a Cartier Roadster (white-face) or
Franck Muller Long Island (gorgeous)
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
For me:
Rolex Daytona
Patek-Phillipe Calatrava (very thin)
Cartier Roadster chronograph (black-face)
Chaumet chronograph (black-face)
Timex Ironman (for work)

Next on the wish list: Panerai!

Wonderful list of timepieces!

Which Panerai you thinking about?

Wife wears a Cartier Roadster (white-face) or
Franck Muller Long Island (gorgeous)
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Yeah Thanks!

Have any of you purchased from any online sites that are trust worthy? If so, how does warranty, service etc work?


If you buy from an "authorized" dealer they generally have to advertise the watch at the "list price". If you contact them they will give you a price break, but less likely on a limited edition piece. Also buying from an authorized dealer ensures your watch is covered by the maker.

With that said there are other retailers that are not "authorized" that will offer their own warranty. They also advertise the watches at a discount. If they are reputable then comes down to choice. The only problem is if that retailer goes out of business, so does your warranty.
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Originally posted by wine+art:

I was swimming a few years ago and noticed my TAG was fogging up. I had not had it serviced, and found out the gaskets were not tight anymore, thus the fogging issue.

Expensive lesson. Frown


I had the same experience while swimming with one of my TAG's about a year ago. Though I recall having the gasket replaced not being all that pricey.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Wine doc:

Next on the wish list: Panerai!

Wonderful list of timepieces!

Which Panerai you thinking about?
QUOTE]


I would like one that is simple and clean. Luminor or Luminor Marina models are very attractive.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
This is an informative thread. Thanks to all posters.

I am not particularly into watches - just an old Movado that I have had since law school graduation in the 90s (from FKG's parents) and a cheap digital watch for skiing, traveling and outdoor activities.

I used to have a Movado. The infamous gold color band and body, black face devoid of anything but the gold hands. Had it a few years until one day I lifted my wrist to see the time and saw the hour hand literally just fall to the bottom of the crystal.

Warranted or not, I've never given even a passing glance at a Movado since.



I bought my wife the black Movado Museum for her birthday about 20 years ago. Other than a couple of straps that wore out, it's performed flawlessly (it has been serviced a couple of times as well). To my eye, it is still one of the most elegant of watches.

My favorite watch is an Omega Seamaster Titanium, circa 1986. I've had my eye on a gold Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra mid-size for a while now, but there always seems to be something other than a watch that I want more.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
I'm not a fan of ANY type of jewelery (rings, necklace, etc) on my body. But a watch...that's different!

+1. I actually feel naked when I walk out the door without a watch.

I have two watches that were given to me as college graduation gifts over twenty years ago - Cartier Tank and a Rolex Tudor (entry level watch that isn't sold in the US). Both are completely different but have classic looks. The Cartier has a leather strap with a gold face while the Tudor is mostly stainless steel with touches of gold. The leather strap is a bit pricey to replace ($100?) so I try not to wear the watch too often in the summer when I perspire more easily. I think I've serviced them every 7-10 years. It's not cheap so I try to minimize the exposure to moisture and dust.
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
I'm not a fan of ANY type of jewelery (rings, necklace, etc) on my body. But a watch...that's different!

+1. I actually feel naked when I walk out the door without a watch.

I have two watches that were given to me as college graduation gifts over twenty years ago - Cartier Tank and a Rolex Tudor (entry level watch that isn't sold in the US). Both are completely different but have classic looks. The Cartier has a leather strap with a gold face while the Tudor is mostly stainless steel with touches of gold. The leather strap is a bit pricey to replace ($100?) so I try not to wear the watch too often in the summer when I perspire more easily. I think I've serviced them every 7-10 years. It's not cheap so I try to minimize the exposure to moisture and dust.


DD, let me understand this. You will drop a $100+++ on a wine in the blink of an eye, but concerned you need to replace a leather band every 5-10 years on a Cartier Tank. Razz Wink
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Originally posted by wine+art:
DD, let me understand this. You will drop a $100+++ on a wine in the blink of an eye, but concerned you need to replace a leather band every 5-10 years on a Cartier Tank. Razz Wink
You're right. Now that you put it that way. Smile
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
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Originally posted by g-man:
you think 7-10 years is long, wait till you hear about how long it took for him to think about renovating his bathroom when he needed it.
wise guy Smile It took me three girlfriends to realize that I needed a remodel.


the girlfriend or the house? ;-)
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Wine doc:

Next on the wish list: Panerai!

Wonderful list of timepieces!

Which Panerai you thinking about?
QUOTE]




I would like one that is simple and clean. Luminor or Luminor Marina models are very attractive.


Nice choice.

I have really enjoyed my Radiomir.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
quote:
Originally posted by wine+art:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Wine doc:

Next on the wish list: Panerai!

Wonderful list of timepieces!

Which Panerai you thinking about?
QUOTE]




I would like one that is simple and clean. Luminor or Luminor Marina models are very attractive.


Nice choice.

I have really enjoyed my Radiomir.


That's a beautiful watch! I have enough chronographs, and a simple, clean face would be a refreshing change.
Forgot to mention as far as pocket watches go...I have a Waltham pocket watch, no idea of the age, in the process of trying to find the serial number. My great grandfather gave it to me, it has beautiful etching and is cased in silver with a pattern on the back. It still works but Im not sure how good it is at keeping time.

Not sure of its monetary value or reputation...perhaps the more knowledgeable watch lovers here would know? I plan on getting it refurbished and hopefully put it to some use.
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Forgot to mention as far as pocket watches go...I have a Waltham pocket watch, no idea of the age, in the process of trying to find the serial number. My great grandfather gave it to me, it has beautiful etching and is cased in silver with a pattern on the back. It still works but Im not sure how good it is at keeping time.

Not sure of its monetary value or reputation...perhaps the more knowledgeable watch lovers here would know? I plan on getting it refurbished and hopefully put it to some use.


Waltham is a relatively well known and well made pocket watch. I believe some of the Waltham watches were railroad (ie accurate) watches. In good condition, I would guess it was worth a few thousand dollars. I don't believe Waltham made more complicated watches (calendars, chronographs, etc) that would increase the price substantially.
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Originally posted by wino4ever:
I am jonesing for a PAM 351 or 359 - something with the "dirty" dial and sandwiched markers. That or the Cartier Calibre. Very diff I know yet both beautiful in their own right. Man I could buy a watch every day if finances allowed...


Great watch. All this Panerai talk has me thinking twice about selling mine. Smile
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Originally posted by marcb7:
W+A,

Are you thinking of getting a different one? Do reputable places allow one to trade in or up? I am a watch virgin pretty much....


Marcb7, you are one of a handful of posters here that I look forward to meeting that I have yet to meet, and hopefully soon.

I tend to enjoy the acquiring things chase often more than the owning things part of life. Wink

I have many faults, and boring quickly is only one of them.

I have a dear friend that always admires the watch if I'm wearing it. I have decided to let him have it. I think he will gain far more pleasure than I from it over the years.

Now please understand, this does not preclude me from buying one again. Red Face
I look forward to it as well W+A.

Ill have you know that I am currently wearing my new purchase...TAG Carerra Twin Time with Alligator strap...still getting used to it but I will say I dont think it will take long! My wife has a champagne picked out to celebrate when the kids go to bed...she certanly has her priorities in the right place Smile

Your friend is a lucky man! I checked out places to buy a Panerai, not an easy watch to aquire.
By the way...I found out the age of my pocket watch...1925-26...encased in silver and its still works! I dont really care what its worth but somewhere in the 3-400$ ball park according to the jeweler...priceless if you ask me as my great grandfather used to use it on a daily basis!
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Originally posted by marcb7:
I look forward to it as well W+A.

Ill have you know that I am currently wearing my new purchase...TAG Carerra Twin Time with Alligator strap...still getting used to it but I will say I dont think it will take long! My wife has a champagne picked out to celebrate when the kids go to bed...she certanly has her priorities in the right place Smile

Your friend is a lucky man! I checked out places to buy a Panerai, not an easy watch to aquire.


Well played marcb7, and I think your wife is very wise. Wink
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Wine doc:


I would like one that is simple and clean. Luminor or Luminor Marina models are very attractive.


Wine doc, did you ever buy this watch?


I love these watches...glad there isnt a store in my neck of the woods.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Wine doc:


I would like one that is simple and clean. Luminor or Luminor Marina models are very attractive.


Wine doc, did you ever buy this watch?


No, not yet!
House renovations put this on the back burner.
But, the holiday season is upon us! Wink

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