Thinking about getting an heirloom piece that I’ll wear regularly but eventually pass down. Budget around 12k. Ideas for models to look into? I’m tentatively thinking a jlc or VC

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Can’t go wrong with JLC. The watchmakers’ watchmaker.

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Do some googling and look at watches that are 20+ years old (watchrecon.com is good for this). Check out how they look all beat up? Has the style stood the test of time? Do they maintain value? Would you wear it today?

The reason you see so many old Rolex watches is because they’re so well made and their designs are timeless (they also make a million watches a year... https://www.quora.com/How-many-Omega-Breitling-Hublot-Tissot-and-TAG-Heuer-watches-are-produced-and-sold-per-year).

Some watches come with more headaches than others (prone to scratching, delicate movement, etc.). Gold is also prone to tarnishing and it’s softer than steel. It’s hard to beat a SS sports Rolex with a ceramic bezel. It will look just about the same for fifty years. If you want all around, versatile good looks without the “look at me! I’m a Rolex!”, I’d recommend the Explorer 1. It doesn’t have the ceramic bezel, nor the cyclops crystal, but that’s what helps it fly under the radar. It’s all you’ll ever need.

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Rolex currently is over priced and ubiquitous. I would get something else if you want to pass it down..

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato or Glashutte SeaQ panoramic date

Used 36mm yellow gold day-date on president bracelet with fluted bezel and champagne dial; reference # 18238. That's an heirloom piece that won't lose any value. If you wait for the right one, all original, with no polishing, and all the box and papers, it will probably go up in value.

Do you want something you can wear to the office or something you can wear pretty much all the time? For dress watches, definitely check Glashuette Original - PanoMaticLunar or PanoMaticReserve. I love JLC (Master Ultra Thin Moon or the Reverso). This said, you can’t wear these all the time.

For more versatile watches, hard to overlook a stainless Rolex for a watch you can wear every day from the office to the beach without worrying about it. Other high end stainless sports watches (Royal Oak, Nautilus, Odysseus, Overseas) are all well north of $12k and wouldn’t have the durability of Rolex.

I’m familiar with that sentiment - the crown on the dial is probably my least favorite part of my Rolex sports watch. But there are definitely areas of the market where they truly have no competition - at least that’s what I found.

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I would suggest a Vacheron Overseas pre-owned. In new you can get a ultra thin master JLC with moon phase

The key thing is the sentiment when you do pass it down.

But.......When looking you should be asking yourself how the piece will age? Precious metal v steel or titanium? 20 yrs ago everything was yellow gold now in the west it’s white gold or platinum. 15 years ago it was blasted titanium now titanium is coming back but brushed and polished etc etc.

Good luck and enjoy looking and researching b

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