A must have in any watch collection

Following radek's excellent post below regarding absolute must haves amongs VC watches I was wondering what your absolute must haves in any watch collection should be (considering you are not a mono brand collector) other than VC?

Here's my list (regular production models)

- Lange: Either Lange 1 or Datograph

- AP: Royal Oak (simple time only model)

- JLC: Reverso

- Journe: either resonance or tourbillon (I have a preference for the constant force tourbillon)

- Patek: 3970

- Rolex: Milgaus or Explorer II

- Somthing from an independent watchmaker: for the more classical oriented a Dufour or a Voutilainen and for the more daring Urwerk, Vianney Halter or MB&F

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06/16/2008 - 22:20
I will add a 3330 Breguet (nt)
06/16/2008 - 16:19


yup even though...
06/16/2008 - 16:23

at 36mm it is still a bit small for today's tastes

Omega Speedmaster (preferably vintage) and an IWC Portugues split
06/16/2008 - 17:56

seconds chrono

Here's mine (not in particular order)
06/16/2008 - 19:17

1. Lange Datograph (for me, must be in RG & black dial)

2. VC chronograph (Malte/Les Historique chrono)

3. Patek Calatrava & perpetual calndear (3940/5140/5040)

4. AP RO Jumbo.

5.Rolex Submariner (1680/5513)

6. A BIG loan (with all these expensive watches, you GOTTA have one! )

can't say much about other brands since I am strictly a devoted...
06/16/2008 - 21:07

Vacheron Constantin  aficionado.

Try to guess which one (Vacheron, of course) is missing in this box:

BTW, the newest addition of mine in the VC collection is the most awesome Patrimony Bi-Retrograde PT Cortina LE. Believe me it looks so much better in real and so much better than regular production. It actually feels, looks and wears smaller than actual size - thanks to the grey dial. I love the watch!!!


Better scans to follow soon...

Radek, your PT Cortina is really a nice piece! (nt)
06/16/2008 - 21:37


I am green with envy! The Cortina Bi-Retrograde is a killer and the
06/17/2008 - 00:39

rest of your collection ain't too shabby either

Looking forward in more scans.

Congrats Radek! The Cortina LE is a real beauty and...
06/17/2008 - 01:46

IMHO, better looking than the regular production piece.

Enjoy it and wear it in good health.


Wow Radek
06/17/2008 - 11:11

Very nice collection you have there, the Bi-retro made me drool on my shirt.

Looking forward to more scans!

absolutely stunning!!!!!! nt
06/17/2008 - 17:19


Hi Radek, still love that Toledo, your
06/17/2008 - 22:58

picture does not do it justic. I believe I know what's going into to that empty space, don't forget to post some pics once you receive it.

Wear them in good health and hope we get together soon.

Mr L

thank you all for kind comments. will post better scans soon nt
06/17/2008 - 23:54


My wish list (today...)
06/16/2008 - 22:20

- Royal Oak 5402 A serial

- VC Cronometre Ryal 1007/1008

- L&S Richard Lange

- LS& Datograph

- IWC grosse flieguer

- Rolex 5512

- IWC Aquatimer 812

Interesting choices Alex...
06/17/2008 - 01:54

I can't argue with your selections but I am a little curious about your Rolex choices of the Milgauss and Explorer II.  I probably would have expected to see a Sub or Daytona as representatives for the brand.

Perhaps you can share with us your rationale behind these choices as I think that might prove to be pretty interesting and informative to everyone.



Well considering that almost all non Celini Rolex models are iconic I
06/17/2008 - 12:26

chose the ones which seemed to me the less copied. The Sub or Daytona have inspired so many other brands that sometimes you can't see the difefrence between the copy and the original and I have to admit that I have a soft dspot for the Explorer II and the new Milgaus.

Vacheron constantin overseas chronograph gauss rating
03/13/2014 - 17:26
Hi, does anyone know what the rating of anti-magnetism of the Overseas chronograph is? I have a friend that bought a Rolex milgauss, and since the OS shows as "antimagnetic" it must have some sort of a rating?
How about a simple Luminor Panerai? (nt)
06/17/2008 - 17:18


PAM021?? :)
06/17/2008 - 19:57

217, 127, luminor logo tritium, 026 (old or new edition)!

All fantastic watches!

How about a 2A?
06/18/2008 - 12:27

Re: How about a 2A?
06/18/2008 - 15:39

Another good piece, but not my favourite.

PS Is it yours?

Yes, bought it 10 years ago! (nt)
06/18/2008 - 15:55


that's the nicest Panerai ever...
06/18/2008 - 17:39

is it 40 or 44 mm and clear case-back view of the movement? I am thinking about getting one in titanium sometime down the road. Just a simple non-VC swim watch ...

thanks Radek, it is 44mm with solid back. Back in 1998 they still
06/18/2008 - 18:00

had solid backs.

You were provident!
06/18/2008 - 18:27

Tritium dial are very rare!

It's all they had at the time! So many people made fun of me because
06/19/2008 - 00:39

of that watch when I bought it, the "blind man's watch" was what it was called most!

Re: that's the nicest Panerai ever...
06/18/2008 - 22:33

Yes, I think that's the 176 and does have the clear case back... wouldn't mind having that one!

nope...solid back
06/19/2008 - 12:58

Re: nope...solid back
06/20/2008 - 04:29

Perhaps I missed it by 1... it's the 177 with the crystal back???

the watch pictured is the PAM2A with solid back (cf scan) nt
06/20/2008 - 11:53


Re: A must have in any watch collection
06/17/2008 - 23:04

Lange 1815 white gold chonograph. Like it better than the datograph and less expensive.

Journe resonance silver dial

Dufour simplicity

Patek 3450 perpetual

Vacheron jubile rose gold black dial (piece unique)

Patek 2526 rose gold black enamel dial. I don't know if they ever made one but if they didn't they should have.

Longines chronograph with 13ZN movement.

Just back from the US, and I am seeing so outstanding pieces,
06/23/2008 - 23:27

left and right! Happy owners...

But I think Alex you cannot say a must have in any watch collection, as by essence, a collection is personal and depends on so intimate criteria...