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      04-13-2018, 05:29 PM   #23
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I suggest go big or go home. self winding U-boat U1001



People go out of their way to compliment it, at work, on the train, etc.
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      04-15-2018, 09:11 AM   #24
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I agree with the Monaco, Speedmaster, Daytona and Zenith suggestions.
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      04-15-2018, 09:28 AM   #25
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Oris Williams F1

I've always liked these watches, well below your budget and Williams was associated with BMW so it ticks a lot of boxes. (for what it's worth, I have an Omega Speedmaster Professional with black leather strap) It looks good with the 993 which is also black on black.
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      04-16-2018, 08:57 PM   #26
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Some of the Tissot watches are kind of sporty. They have a whole MotoGP series and do timing for many motorsport events.

I almost bought a Nicky Hayden watch a few years ago, but it just wasn't my thing. Now that he's gone, I wish I'd grabbed it.
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      04-17-2018, 04:28 AM   #27
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Really digging new generation of Montblanc watches. Budget friendly as well



http://www.montblanc.com/en-us/colle...automatic.html
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      04-17-2018, 02:05 PM   #28
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Is there a mark up on the Daytona ? and waiting list ? if you can get one for ~12K no- brainer.
The "wait list" is much shorter for good clients vs. someone that just walks in off the street.

That being said, there are VERY few watches to be had. I've purchased four new Rolex's from my AD over the years and they just aren't getting the number of watches they had in the past. Rolex has reduced the number of watches they're releasing (keeping demand high and the second hand market on fire).
BTW: A VERY good client at my AD has already gotten a white and black face ceramic Daytona (yes, two of them).

AD's cannot mark the watch up. They're only allowed to sell it for retail and no more. So a new ceramic Daytona retails for around $11,600 + tax in my area.
So, yes it's a no brainer if you can find one at retail, new from an AD. The problem is, finding one.
I can't even get one at this time. Same goes for the GMT (BLNR) and Hulk Sub. My AD said that foreign travellers were buying them in the US and taking them back to their country where import tariffs and taxes drive the cost up 30 - 40% for a new watch. It's instant money for them.

My AD has a standing order for me. If one is available, call me and I'll give you my CC number instantly. That's what it takes sometimes.
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      04-17-2018, 05:39 PM   #29
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Double check but the ETA movements are used using IWC’s own specs and finishing. I believe IWC goes to ETA, where as 20 years ago or so IWC received the ebauches from ETA and worked on them themselves.
IWC has started using in house movements in some of their watches now.

But yes, IWC uses both in house modified ETAs, ETAs straight from ETA with IWC spec'd finishing, as well as now some in house movements.

Omega used to do the same with their standard date/no date models (1109/1120 movements), Tudor used to do it, tag does it, a lot of companies out there do it.

That being said, I have 2 IWC with the eta movements, and a few omegas with the eta movements lol. Really solid watches.

OP, a daytona is gonna set you back a pretty penny right now. Really, any rolex right now is heavily inflated due to their artificial shortage.

Ball makes some good looking watches with the BMW logo on them, but are somewhat pricey for what they are.

personally, id go for an omega speedy or IWC Portuguese chrono. As these are my most worn and probably my favorites ouside of sport model rolex. The speedy is a more sporty looking watch, while the IWC is a more dressy watch.

Ive got the panda version and its my best looking watch. (googled image below)

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Omega Speedmaster (any variant; I have the "racing" type, and although the movement is older; I just LOVE the look of the face and the rubber strap). The Speedy Pro is also a no-brainer; although I see that watch with more of a connection to the moon landing than with cars (even though Omega does have a long history with racing and timing car races)

Rolex Daytona (will probably have to go secondary market or pay a huge markup currently thought)

Zenith El Primero

Chopard Mille Miglia

Well, otherwise, I've attached a photo of my Speedy!
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      04-23-2018, 04:08 PM   #31
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The Super Trofeo is a cool watch as well. Not overly 'Lamborghinish' and the detail is great.
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Really digging new generation of Montblanc watches. Budget friendly as well



http://www.montblanc.com/en-us/colle...automatic.html
Looks just like my Tissot T-Race
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An Omega Speedmaster variant.
Yep the new 44.25mm Speedmaster racing would do it, the speedy was timing races long before the astronauts took them to space.
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Most of the watches posted here have a derth of character. That Daytona rolex looks like something you find in a thrift shop.

Seems to me if you are to spend 11k, everyone should know your watch is boss, not just old men at the country club who take the time to put on their glasses and read the branding.

Uboat wins
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Uboat wins
The Uboat watch has nothing to do with a racing/driving/car theme.

Besides, its a ridiculous watch, paying over 5k for a watch with a cheap tiny ETA 2824 movement.
From the inside it looks ridiculous:


From all the watches posted in this topic, the Uboat stands lowest on the horological ladder imho.
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An Omega Speedmaster, Tag heuer or Breitling
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Tag Heuer Formula 1, I have this watch. Perfect sporty racing watch!

https://www.google.com/search?q=tag+...BPQ4tiGlDedQM:
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The Uboat watch has nothing to do with a racing/driving/car theme.

Besides, its a ridiculous watch, paying over 5k for a watch with a cheap tiny ETA 2824 movement.
From the inside it looks ridiculous:


From all the watches posted in this topic, the Uboat stands lowest on the horological ladder imho.
It's not as if people actually use their watch to tell time, it's simply a statement. Cheap movement? it's swiss...I'm not watch hero, but i understand a swiss movement is what you want in a watch.

Uboat says, Bam, that's a sick watch.
BMW Says, Bam, that's a sick car.
That's two bold statements

Watches that only honor the horological ladder say.....tick, tick...Uboat also makes chronographs, and their buttons a big enough fat fingers could hit them without a tooth pick....
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It's not as if people actually use their watch to tell time, it's simply a statement. Cheap movement? it's swiss...I'm not watch hero, but i understand a swiss movement is what you want in a watch.

Uboat says, Bam, that's a sick watch.
BMW Says, Bam, that's a sick car.
That's two bold statements

Watches that only honor the horological ladder say.....tick, tick...Uboat also makes chronographs, and their buttons a big enough fat fingers could hit them without a tooth pick....
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