Some time ago, when there was no Chrono24, you had to look at all these different sources – both on-line and off-line – to buy a watch. If a certain brand was not being offered at your local watch dealer, you probably had to take the car out for a drive to another city, even if you only wanted to take a quick glance at a watch. Also, if you went on-line to look for a particular watch, you had to keep control over all these bookmarks of watch dealers, forums and market places.
As I am always on a quest for that perfect watch that would be able to replace all my other watches – I understand that this always be something utopical – I need a transparant and global resource to keep track of watches and their pricing.
My current Perfect Watch is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo ref.15202, not to confuse with the Royal Oak ref.15300. I longed for this watch as soon as I got into this watch collecting thing about 12 years ago. Since it was far out of my financial league back then – and it actually probably still is now – I started out with other Perfect Watches. Omega, Chronoswiss, Rolex, IWC and so on. When I just started out, the Omega Speedmaster Professional was my Perfect Watch and there is still nothing wrong with it to be honest. However, after owning the Speedmaster Professional for some time, I thought a Rolex GMT-Master would be the Perfect Watch. And it is. It really is. But after owning the GMT-Master…. You catch my drift.
Fast forward 2010, now that I have the Royal Oak Jumbo, my next Perfect Watch would be a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A. The design, the Patek mechanical movement, the stainless steel integrated bracelet and the beautiful green/blue-ish dial, it is all perfect to me.
Thanks to Chrono24, I am always able to track them down and do a price check, so I know what to sell or how much I have to save up. Unfortunately, Chrono24 doesn’t tell when list prices increase again. Yet.
Robert-Jan Broer from fratellowatches.com