ahh, yes, the caliber 5000/pellaton on the portuguese is one of my favorites. i've been eyeing the perpetual calendar myself, too bad it's
basically eyecandy for me until i get out of school. i've seen people selling the portugese for ~$5000-$6000 near mint condition on a few watch forums,
you may want to check those out if you wish to save a grand or two for basically a new watch!
have you also looked into other brands in the same price range? you can get some really beautiful nardins or audemars at that price range (gently used, or
course), i tend to favor the artistry of those over the more conservative iwc's...if i want conservative it'll be a patek for a dress watch and
mid-range for everything else.
I've checked some forums selling the watch but if I can get the dealer to sell it for near the around the same price range, although it's going to
be difficult, I would rather buy it from them and establish a relationship for the future.
I've checked out Audemars but their Millenary series is a bit too plain for me and their Royal Oak series just isn't doign it for me. To be honest
for the price of Audemars, I rather get a Hublot Big Bang. At least with those I don't have to worry about getting it banged up. I have this thing about
black watches and I can't resist the Hublot's all black BB and ICE. I'm also considering Zenith, for some reason I just really like the
complicated faces their watches have, their skeleton watches are nice too and it's pretty easy to get Zenith on a discount.
come on man! audemars has some of the most intricate movements i've seen! have you checked out the jules line? i'm more of a movementhead than an
intricate dialhead sort of guy so check this out:
audemars time equation, my version of watch pr0n:
and audemar's Grande et Petite Sonnerie Repetition Minutes Carillon, Reserve de Sonnerie et Dynamographe,
just blows my mind with a THREE gong chime
big bang's a nice choice, but from what i've seen/heard of it, it's quite large and not really for dressier occasions or even with a suit.
it'll definitely make a great casual wear watch, but if you can afford a big bang for a casual watch you'll probably be able to afford all the audemars
you want! i haven't seen/heard much from zenith (pronounced zeh-nEETh), other than their vintage watches, which look similar to vintage longines and are