I’m a planner. I like to set goals. I have plans for *when* I win the lottery at different $50M intervals (pre-tax). Hint: you’ll never see me again. Ever.
It’s been about six years since I purchased my first luxury watch, my Panerai PAM112. Since then I’ve added a couple more to the rotation, and always have my eye on a couple more. There is a larger picture, though. There are watches that are the dream watches…the ‘it’ watches, if you will. If I were ever in a position to buy a watch of this caliber, I wouldn’t deviate too far from my mean…I wouldn’t start wearing a large gold Yacht Master or a Richard Mille just because I could afford it. That’s like driving a giant cigarette boat around Lake Lanier. Very ‘white Oakley’s’. While those are both very nice watches, I would stay true to my style: get a watch that fits with how I live, somewhat understated, and somewhat rare. I would prefer to wear something that you don’t see on many people’s wrists, without being too ostentatious.
There are three watches that I would call my ‘it’ watches. In no particular order, here we go:
Vintage Panerai 3646. These were manufactured back in the 40s by Rolex before Panerai started producing their movements in house. These typically come in two faces: the California (top – which is my favorite), or the Kampfschwimmer (combat swimmer) engravings (see below). Very rare. Very cool.
Second, the iconic Rolex Day Date with a green Stella dial. Day Dates are incredible watches, but just a bit out of my price point. Add in the Masters green Stella face on a gold watch? Sign me up. The Day Dates are a friendly 36mm face, so the gold watch doesn’t look like a GOLD WATCH, that needs a gold rope necklace with a gold bald eagle charm to create balance. It’s understated, it’s rare, and it will look good with either a gold band or a gator strap.
Third, but by no means last, the Patek Philippe Nautilus with a white face. I absolutely love this watch – it looks like a mechanical wonder from the future. Everything about it is cool, including the price. Those that have no idea about Patek will think this is a Wal Mart watch with a twist-a-flex band. That’s exactly how I like it…understated. However, those that know will stop you in traffic to get a look.
That’s where my head’s at. What about you? What is your “It” watch?
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