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    40th birthday - Birthday present to me

    So I'm 40 next month and I'm thinking of buying a new watch to celebrate the milestone event. I already have my U2-SS which I bought to commemorate the birth of my daughter which I wear during the week at work but I'm looking for something new - a keeper rather than a flipper - for weekends, holidays, etc. I've always had a real interest in aviation and space, and I love the history behind the Speedmaster Pro "Moonwatch" so that's on the list, but it does feel fragile with only 50m water resistance (such as it is) and a manual movement. At the other end of the spectrum is the Tudor Black Bay Heritage which I love in red, has a new in-house movement, and with 200m water resistance would be great for the weekends and holidays. I love what Tudor is doing right now, and the BBH is nearly 1000 cheaper than the Moonwatch, but is it really that special? I was also looking at the Breitling Avenger II GMT which is suitably aviation-y for me, is robust, and has a neat complication, but it doesn't feel that special either.

    So question is, what would you do in my shoes? Which one, or maybe something else? The only other criteria I have beyond it being a standout keeper piece is that it needs to have a bracelet rather than a leather or rubber strap.
    Last edited by turbohobbit; 02-16-2017 at 03:57 PM.
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    What sort of budget have you in mind?
    Have you thought about sourcing a birth year watch?

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    Tudor is a great piece, but like you say is it a standout watch.....prob not.

    A birth year watch is a good call but could be mega money depending on which brand you go with. You re basically buying a 40 year old watch as well.

    Why not wait until after Basel and see what comes out there. I am sure there will be at least one piece you will drool over. It may drive down the price of a watch that you are currently looking at if a new must have piece is brought out, which you know it will.

    Me I am waiting on one watch only...... A Rolex GMT Coke in SS. If it doesn't then my money will be staying firmly in my pocket for the time being.

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    Thanks guys! I could probably go up to 4,000 new, or a bit more for a birth year watch. I do like the idea of a birth year watch, that really would mean something! Yeah, BW might bring out some interesting pieces!
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    For a long time I thought I needed to get a speedie moonwatch, and like the BB I hope I do one day. But neither feel "special" to the point where I would hold them long term and even pass down to my boy one day. More of a watch collecting right of passage. Given the forum, and the timing, a Bremont limited edition might be right up your street - only a few days to wait!


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    I think the only "keeper" on the Tudor side right now would maybe be the Pelagos LHD, in house movement and wears in an unusual way with the red print reminiscent of a red 1680. On the speedier side, though it is on leather, the limited ck2998 or maybe a 57, which is on a bracelet and has the automatic 9300 movement, which is a fine piece, but a little above 4k. If your looking vintage pilot, though still on leather, a Heuer Bund can be had for that price and is from the 60s and 70s. A vintage Squale could be had for a very reasonable price and has a cool Blancpain Bund connection in that year range.
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    Hi guys,

    Sorry, I should have updated you on this, totally tardy of me. So after a lot of mulling, trying stuff on, gazing into dealer windows, and flicking through catalogues, I finally went for the Speedy Pro. It's something I've been after for a while and as much as I kept thinking about a world of alternatives my mind always wandered back to that. I'm not in the slightest bit disappointed. It's a lovely watch and I find myself staring at it just because I can. It IS a bit fragile and the hexalite crystal does have a nasty habit of collecting hair-fine scratches but that can be buffed out and I get round the fragility issue by wearing by Speedy during the week for work and my U2 when I'm away from the office. Maybe if I just bought the watch on spec I'd think about flipping it out in time, but since I bought it for a specific occasion that's just not going to happen..... And I may even be tempted to get a Speedy Pro Apollo LE (or two) at some point
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbohobbit View Post
    It IS a bit fragile and the hexalite crystal does have a nasty habit of collecting hair-fine scratches but that can be buffed out
    If you don't know already - and I suspect you do - toothpaste is good for this. A small dab, and rub it in a circular motion until they disappear!

    You can also buy specialist stuff called Polywatch, if you'd prefer not to use your Colgate!

    J.

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    Poly watch is excellent but for minty fresh hesalite then Colgate - if you're watch is very sensitive then Sensodyne 😎


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