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Patek Philippe - the basics of building a great collection

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  1. roma1280

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    Waiting … still on order … asked for a deployant buckle
     
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    There are some seriously fantastic pieces in this thread! Well done. I have been wrestling with the idea of a perpetual calendar chronograph, and have a question.

    What are your thoughts on the 3970? I know they kept making it for a long time, and it’s smaller than the current trend, but it seems unloved compared to other perpetual calendar chronographs. Is there some other reason, or is it those two?

    I’m considering picking one up because I have always loved the relative simplicity of the dial, and with a smaller wrist the size doesn’t put me off as a dress watch.

    Is there any upward potential at $100k? Not looking to make a killing, but rather thinking of it as a long term purchase with stability.

    Any guidance is appreciated!

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  4. SoCal to az

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    Here is the basic rule of watch collecting- buy why you love! For me the 3970 is too small but my. Preference is the larger 41/42 mm pieces. But other than size- it’s a gorgeous piece and certainly worthy of adding to a collection.

    whether it appreciates or not is anyone’s guess but you certainly won’t lose any money. I would imagine whatever they are selling for is likely what they will continue to sell for with a chance of appreciation. Congrats on the eventual purchase. Please post pics.
     
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    Good advice from @SoCal to az ^^. Also, just a quick cursory search, the 3970 is already trading at or above $100K. If you can pick one up well under $100K, that's an easy call.
     
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    Thanks guys! I appreciate the responses. I will keep you posted on how it progresses. There are several that I’m vetting out, so I assume it will be a few days before I know which direction I’m headed.

    JK
     
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    My 5270 has been great and without any problems. I hope yours is the same!
     
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    Thank you! Im picking up in 2 weeks. So excited!!
     
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    Beautiful!!
     
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    That is a beauty! It’s older brother arrived at my place on Friday. A 3970J that I was able to get for a respectable price with box papers, pusher, second back, archive extract and spare band with calatrava clasp.

    My first PP!! I’m very happy with it so far.

    JK

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    So my sales rep says that my 5279 comes with a watch winder. I was surprised cause I didn’t think they made a winder for a manual watch. But then I read about the Orbita Semora and learned there is a winder for manual watches. I picked up today what I thought was going to be something similar from Patek but saw this. Don’t get me wrong as I have plenty of used for this but this is for automatic watches correct?? It will do nothing for my manual 5270? I love my sales person but she is a. It if a bubble head at times.

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    Correct, it needs to be a self-winding or "automatic" watch for the winder to keep it running (by slowly changing its attitude and allowing the weight to move inside).
     
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