Would you buy a cheaper version of your grail watch?

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Grails don’t exist.

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My ‘grail’ is a red gold GO SEAQ panoramic date. The cost is a major factor, related directly to it being gold. I would definitely consider a two tone version. The idea of a ‘grail’ doesn’t appeal to me, because I don’t believe any possession can truly fulfill us. A two tone version of the exact same watch would do just fine, and allow me the funds to purchase a few more fine watches.

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Depends how relatable one is to the other. If the grail is a Speedmaster Moonwatch but the”cheaper version” is the Moonswatch, then no

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Sure I would buy a GO Panomaticlunar instead of a Lange 1 Moon phase and be very happy with the itch scratched.

Would not pick up an unknown movement from a mystery AliExpress brand however, that would most likely just leave me disappointed.

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No. There is no reasonable substitute for this

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Tangy01

Sure I would buy a GO Panomaticlunar instead of a Lange 1 Moon phase and be very happy with the itch scratched.

Would not pick up an unknown movement from a mystery AliExpress brand however, that would most likely just leave me disappointed.

You wouldn’t be disappointed. It’s a very fine watch:

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It depends. Some grail watches at next to impossible to find. (A good condition first generation of Rolex King Midas in white gold for instance). I accept I probably will never own one. And I have bought other watches since - I voted b. But in this case I should have voted a.

https://relojesvintagemexico.com/products/rolex-king-midas-ref-9630-1st-series-white-gold-from-1971

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I've done this, once bought a Monaco Calibre 6 before moving it on when I could afford the proper chronograph version...

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Johnnyr1970

I've done this, once bought a Monaco Calibre 6 before moving it on when I could afford the proper chronograph version...

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Nope. As much as the YTubers like to exclaim in their videos, Vario Verso is not an alternative to the JLC Reverso.

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If my grail was a Breitling Navitimer (it rather would have been my father's, he still learned to use a slide rule in school), I'd very gladly settle for a Sinn 903 St II.

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  1. Grails don't exist

  2. I don't have an unattainable luxury watch I strive for.

  3. If I did, I would focus on its properties and search for an attainable watch with those properties.

  4. I have saved up for a goal watch, but it wasn't egregiously expensive and there os nothing like it on the market.