How important is the metal when choosing a specific watch?

I ask because I have the opportunity to acquire a certain watch a decent price, but it is not in my preferred metal...
So I've been wondering if I should go for the good discount and get a great deal, but compromise on the colour of the watch, or wait a little bit longer, pay quite a bit more, but get the exact model that I've been dreaming about...

So if you prefer RG or WG, but the opportunity comes along to acquire at a good discount the alternate version, would you go for it or not?


I depends on the case and metal combination. Often brands offer a
11/22/2010 - 18:48
specific dial with a specific metal. This would really depend on the overall look and feel and on what you really want or don't want. For example I don't like white metal and black dial dress watches so for example if I'm on the market for a Patrimony Contemporaine in RG and cream dial and find a fantastic bargain on a black dial WG model I would let it go just because I know that I would never really appreciate the watch. On the other hand if I find the same watch but a cream dial then I like it enough to buy it just for its price. I don't know if I'm making sense here I've bought so many watches just because the price was too good too pass but I bought a price and not a watch and never really appreciated the piece.
Re: How important is the metal when choosing a specific watch?
11/22/2010 - 18:49
Hi Francois, I think it depends on whether you want to consider this watch a long time keeper/permanent part of your collection. If yes, then I'd wait to get it in the metal that I want.  I find that after the actual purchase of things, if I really like something, the price I paid for it never really enters my mind - especially as time goes on. If its a watch that I want to have but suspect that I'd want to sell sometime in the future, then I'd go with the bargain price now. Best Regards, Dan P.S. want to share which watch it is and which metal you prefer?  We'll still love you if it's not a VC BR, Dan
a very real question! i am sure many of us face this dillema......
11/22/2010 - 19:39
really depends on the variables, for me, it would be : 1. is it difficult for u to get the watch in the metal u wish ? 2. is the combination available repulsive (exaggerated, i'm sure if u were to consider it, it wouldn't be) or acceptable to u? u can't deny yr heart in this decision. 3. would u still think of the metal that u wish after u have gotten the available? 4. would it be easy for u to sell the well discounted watch at a good price if another in the perfect combination comes along at a good price ?  for me, the perfect mercator for me would be in platinum, but if one in gold pops up, i will get it first and wait for the platinum to  appear. hedging the risk if price shoots up after the chinese become appreciative of these.  i suspect they already are.
Funny you should mention the Mercator....
11/22/2010 - 21:35
When I decided that I was committed to the Mercator I knew that only the platinum watch would suit me. I passed up serveral oppotunities to purchase a gold Mercator because the metal was so important to me. For other watches, however, the choice is much less important, even to the point of irrelevance. For the Quai de l'Ile, which I suspect Francois is talking about, I would be happy with any variation, though I could see others caring very much about the metal. Am I on target, Francois? :-) Bill
Interesting questions...
11/22/2010 - 21:31

Francois, do you consider what is inside the case also in your decision?  For me, if the movement was special than the case design can be a compromise.  If both are not ideal, then I would wait as the wrong choice would always bug me

I say, you should it wait it out. IMO you should always get the watch
11/22/2010 - 22:47
you really want and care for... Be it the metal case in question or a specific model. Even if you're looking at a handsome discount and aqcuire the piece you will end up selling the piece eventually as it will never be IT and truly satisfy your "taste buds"... Done it, been there
Been there, done that...
11/23/2010 - 00:11
Don't do it! Miki
Re: How important is the metal when choosing a specific watch?
11/23/2010 - 22:19
Francois, my friend Do it, only if you know you can trade it for at least what you paid, against the one you really want to get.... when it becomes available... and it will. Otherwise, when it becomes available, it will already be further 'out of reach' than it was before you bought the 'compromise'. Best Gary
Thank you Gents for all the feedback and comments!
11/25/2010 - 19:19
Unfortunately (or fortunately?), there is no more dilemma – the watch I was considering has been sold for a while, the “for sale” post just had not been updated.  Bill, you know me too well – it was a QdI, in RG. At EUR11k, it seemed like a pretty sweet deal...  Still, I have to thank you all for your prompt reply and sharing your wisdom. I must admit that I am surprised by the consistency of your responses, which can be summed up in “only buy the piece you really want (unless you think that you can unload the new acquisition when the right piece comes along), always buy the watch, not the price.”  My favourite QdI is - by far - the simple date palladium model. I’ve always preferred white metals, however I’ve started to think that it would be nice to have a RG piece in the collection. And while I was completely anal (for lack of a better word) about getting the Malte QP Chrono in platinum, it was my grail watch, so it had to be right. I think that I could have gotten to love the QdI in RG over time as much as the palladium model. Based on your feedback, maybe this would have not been the case, but at that price I was ready to give it a go.  Funny thing is, whilst I was considering getting the RG QdI, I enquired about changing the white dial for a dark dial (I was told that this is not possible), as I found it to be a more attractive combo. And now I’ve got this RG/Dark dial combo in my head, and the more I think about it, the more I like it, to the point that I will need to have a serious think about it when the time comes to purchase my QdI...  Cheers, Francois
fate answered your question :-) My next QDI will definately be RG with
11/26/2010 - 10:14
titanium flanks and dark dial :-)
I'm not very happy with Mr Fate at the moment...
11/26/2010 - 21:22
...RG does look pretty good