Jan 23, 2018642 views

What's YOUR Grail?




I always like to ask this of people who are interested in watches. Billion dollar lottery, no debt, no worry (already sounds like a grail to me). What would you get?

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I won't say grail but on i really want is the A.Lange & Sohne 1815 platinum
Call me unsophisticated, but i've searched high and low for a digital watch that doesn't have the sportswear vibe. I just want a nice women's digital watch with the basic functionality of dates/alarms ect and a nice strap. I dont want a smart watch i have to charge every 10 hours. I just want to look nice when i wear my digital watch. >:
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Wow!! Looks great and congrats on the buy! I like the bold digits in contrast to other brands smaller digital displays.

Wear it in good health and spirit
StainlessOnly
Thanks! Thats also what sort of drew me in. They had a negative display version but the watch itself was much bigger and the screen was perfectly square rather than the rounded edges and just looked and bit off to me.
I got to try on a couple “grail” watches at a local jeweler - it’s nice to have a friend that works there 😏

Here are a few I tried on:
- Breitling Heritage Superocean II
- IWC Portofino hand-wound and more

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Any standouts?
Vincent.H
I feel like these were the top 3 IMO:
1. SuperOcean II 42mm - the 46mm was just a little too large for my wrist. My friend (the jeweler) made a tough argument on a Tudor dive watch, since they are quite similar, but I like the face on the Breitling more.
2. Rolex Datejust 41mm blue dial w/fluted bezel (no pictured). I didn't go in thinking I would love a Rolex, but that one was really desirable and a great everyday kind of watch.
3. IWC Portofino hand-wound - that watch is just really classy and haven't owned a hand-wound watch before.
I seem to have more grails than I thought. I'm a sucker for vintage chronos, so here are a few that would be joining the collection:
- Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 'Nina Rindt,' or Evil Nina; also an 'Eric Clapton' or Evil Clapton
- Heuer Autavia 'Jochen Rindt'


These are all in the $20k+ club now (for pristine examples) so yes, I know I'd be spending large amounts on similar watches. I don't care, I like them. I think that's what 'F_You' money is for.
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Watch_Man
"I seem to have more grails than I thought." Man, if that isn't the truest statement I've heard in a while.

My brother will ask me time to time what I'm buying next. My usual response is a deep sigh as I realize how many grails I have.
Yes, I've looked at DH watches before. The vintage style does appeal- but if I have the money, I'll go for the original. (For example, my list would include a Super Compressor diver, a UG gold chrono, the Autavia(s), etc). At one point a while back I was looking at the DH 1939, I went for an Undone mecha-quartz chrono instead. The movement and (mostly) the customization won me over.
I guess my 'every day grail' would be a vintage Universal Geneve Tri-Compax with moon phase in gold. At that level I could hopefully acquire one in impeccable condition.
This one would truly require winning the lotto. Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887 (https://marine.breguet.com/) I generally don't go for over-complicated watches, but knowing what it does with a mechanical movement won me over. That, and the fact that it's Breguet's most sophisticated movement (at least in that line). Perpetual calendar, plus tourbillion, plus Equation of Time- WOW, even for Breguet. Doesn't hurt that it's gorgeous (at least in my book); I can see why it's been called "kinetic poetry." That usually would be marketing B.S., but in this case there's some justification. (or maybe I'm just swooning)
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The watch deserves more love then it gets.
Not just you, but the B&M looks more oval. Very similar indeed though
Patek 5959 split second chronograph in 18K
Pseudozero
Excellent choice, split second chronograph's are incredible. I think I'd much prefer a rattrapante over a minute repeater or a tourbillon, or even a perpetual for that matter.
Holy grail (from Merriam-Webster, second definition): an object or goal that is sought after for its great significance

Is a grail something that is perpetually sought-after, maybe never to be had? Or is it the realistic end piece, or the one that curbs your collecting? Or is it a fluctuating desire-- the watch, whichever one at the top of your list at the moment-- the one that demands your attention most?

Is it more fun to keep a list of dreams or a checklist of things to be eventually acquired? Seems that both, yes, and all of the above are probably true, though everyone is different.

For me, I think a grail watch would be the watch that is the pinnacle of a category in my own collection. Finding the "last __dive, dress, sport, field, etc__ watch" is my ultimate grail.
I've got a few, Comex Sub and an Oman dialed Day-Date would be my Rolex Grails.
But above all is the Vacheron Constantin 222:

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