Upgrade 49140 to 49150?

I'm currently the owner of a freshly serviced silver-dialed Overseas chronograph 49140.  I love so many things about this watch including the look (especially the symmetrical subdials and date windows), the fit (I have a smaller 6.5" wrist), and the case construction (150m WR and antimagnetic).  The only real "complaints" I have are related to the bracelet and the fact that I can't adjust it on the fly.  And while my other bracelet watches are the same, at least I can put them on a strap when I travel (which causes my wrist to swell) or if I just want a different look (I love rubber for summer/leisure and leather for cooler months).  With that in mind, I tried on a couple of newer 49150's while on vacation in Hawaii and do think I could wear the larger-sized watch.  I would lose the symmetrical dial, but gain the ability to wear it on leather, rubber, or a bracelet.  So he big question is would it be worth it?  It looks like I could sell mine from somewhere between $7000-9000USD range, and staying with pre-owned means I would have to add around $6000-8000 more to the deal.  My brain tells me that it isn't worth it, but I wanted to see if anyone here has made this change and or have at least thought about it.  Thanks!

Re: Upgrade 49140 to 49150?
07/26/2015 - 12:58

I wouldn't do it, if the picture you have as your avatar, 40mm are enough but it's just my humble opinion.

I know more than a friend who had the same problem, most times, it was solved buying a ref. 49150 while keeping the former reference too, I'm not kidding.

These references look similar but then there's always that something more or less in both of them, that makes you want the pair.

The bracelet of the new reference is its big plus (actually I love asymmetrical subdials more but it's just me) so the option to change straps could turn out as a mean advantage.

Just my humble opinion :-)

Re: Re: Upgrade 49140 to 49150?
07/27/2015 - 01:45

I appreciate the advice and yes, the watch and wrist in the avatar are mine.  In real life, it looks perfect size-wise although the newer one looked pretty good too as the bracelet kind of masks a larger case since it blends with the band.  Buying a second VCOC probably isn't in the cards as I'm a one watch per brand guy.  I'll just have to "settle" rotating it with my AP ROC and Rolex Daytona (among a few others).  I guess it is hard when you get the itch (I haven't bought a watch in awhile).  But in reality, I've bought watches that fit me and should be timeless in terms of size and style.  Maybe I'll see if I can get ABP to make me a strap.

if you're asking the question you've already answered :-) your existing OS obviously isn't
08/03/2015 - 12:17

completely fulfiling your needs to be able to change between strap and bracelet so only option would be the Gen 2 OS but obviously the price difference is important and you need to take into consideration that if you don't have all the tools you'll need to have a watchmaker make the switch

Re: if you're asking the question you've already answered :-) your existing OS obviously isn't
08/06/2015 - 02:21

The value proporition is really what's stopping me right now.  I could probably sell my 41940 for something in the $8000-9000USD range according to Chrono24.  The asking prices for a 49150 are $13000-17000USD with the blue one (my favorite) on a bracelet in the $15,000+ category.  So that would mean adding $6000-7000USD to get the blue one plus probably another $1000USD to get a leather strap, rubber strap and clasp.  Its hard to justify that much for a changeable strap system since the movement is the same.  So I'll probably just wear my 41940 for awhile.

Re: if you're asking the question you've already answered :-) your existing OS obviously isn't
08/06/2015 - 02:21

The value proposition is really what's stopping me right now.  I could probably sell my 41940 for something in the $8000-9000USD range according to Chrono24.  The asking prices for a 49150 are $13000-17000USD with the blue one (my favorite) on a bracelet in the $15,000+ category.  So that would mean adding $6000-7000USD to get the blue one plus probably another $1000USD to get a leather strap, rubber strap and clasp.  Its hard to justify that much for a changeable strap system since the movement is the same.  So I'll probably just wear my 41940 for awhile.

Do it...
08/03/2015 - 23:15

Love me some interchangeable bracelet/strap!

Rubber

Do it...

 

Just took the plunge and got the strap this last week.