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Old 17 June 2019, 02:38 PM   #1
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Paralysis by Analysis - First Rolex Attempt

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Finding my first Rolex from and AD without haivng an established relationship is next to impossible so I'll most likely have to overpay. I have 6.5" wrists so models wear bigger at 40mm such as the sub so I may pass on those models but they do fit and they do look fantastic just like any Rolex does. If I can only have one as an everyday wearer I think I'm possibly down to 3. If I am going to overpay, I have to figure out where. They can make their money and I'm OK with that. This is for my first Father's day.

116500 - I like the white wife likes the black. Seems to be the best fit model
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116509 - If prices end up too close I may try to find one of these instead. I saw the blue dial on a YM at a local AD and it looked great in person
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Old 17 June 2019, 11:48 PM   #2
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Anyone have any thoughts ?
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:15 AM   #3
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Happy belated Father’s Day. A Rolex is a great gift for sure. There are some very different models in your list. Try to find a grey dealer near you and try them all on. You’ll most likely know immediately which sings to you most.
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:24 AM   #4
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From everyone I’ve talked to, the Daytona is superior on the wrist. I’d go black dial Daytona
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:47 AM   #5
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116500, probably best for your wrist size.
I would go white dial.
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:51 AM   #6
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I’ve a similar wrist size, between the various options you’ve stated. Daytona fits the best. I personally like the white dial (as do many) but you can’t go wrong the black as well.

Don’t worry about the premium. If you are financially capable, the answer is always get what you like especially if it’s going to be a memorable watch.
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:51 AM   #7
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...There are some very different models in your list. Try to find a grey dealer near you and try them all on. Youíll most likely know immediately which sings to you most.
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:57 AM   #8
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what about a 39mm exp 1, sporty and nice size for a 6.5" wrist. Potentially available through an AD without horrors pricing.

Mind you if you can afford a grey market white dial daytona, just go all out and get a PM sports.
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:58 AM   #9
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what about a 39mm exp 1, sporty and nice size for a 6.5" wrist. Potentially available through an AD without horrors pricing.

Mind you if you can afford a grey market white dial daytona, just go all out and get a PM sports.
I was thinking the same thing and really recommend a PM Daytona if you are going to be looking at paying grey pricing for the 116500.
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Old 18 June 2019, 12:59 AM   #10
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Old 18 June 2019, 01:14 AM   #11
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Hey all,

Finding my first Rolex from and AD without haivng an established relationship is next to impossible so I'll most likely have to overpay. I have 6.5" wrists so models wear bigger at 40mm such as the sub so I may pass on those models but they do fit and they do look fantastic just like any Rolex does. If I can only have one as an everyday wearer I think I'm possibly down to 3. If I am going to overpay, I have to figure out where. They can make their money and I'm OK with that. This is for my first Father's day.

116500 - I like the white wife likes the black. Seems to be the best fit model
116710LN
116710BLNR
116509 - If prices end up too close I may try to find one of these instead. I saw the blue dial on a YM at a local AD and it looked great in person
Are you OK with buying pre-owned? I think you should look for a black dial 116520. Trust me on this one, you are paying something like $5k or more for just a piece of ceramic. The black dial are similar on the two, and it is a watch that should be in the hall of fame!

If you like the GMT, maybe the LN is good value as they are discontinued and hovering around the $10k area. IMHO, the BLNR is a beautiful watch, but not worth double MSRP since you can't find it at an AD.

If you are dead set on a new model from AD, I say venture out a bit from your hometown maybe an hour away and visit a few AD's and see what they may have for you. You never know! We saw a member walk into an AD just yesterday to see a BLRO sitting in the showcase.
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Old 18 June 2019, 01:31 AM   #12
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I was thinking the same thing and really recommend a PM Daytona if you are going to be looking at paying grey pricing for the 116500.
In my experience, having a 116509 did not diminish my desire to get a 116500. Perhaps the WG in Oysterflex will work but if a particular model sings to you, just get it and enjoy. Settling for another will only make you want your first choice even more.
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Old 18 June 2019, 01:47 AM   #13
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what about a 39mm exp 1, sporty and nice size for a 6.5" wrist. Potentially available through an AD without horrors pricing.

Mind you if you can afford a grey market white dial daytona, just go all out and get a PM sports.


As someone with the same size wrist I find the Sub wears better than the 39mm Explorer. Itís a lot of dial and looked odd on my wrist.
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Old 18 June 2019, 02:35 AM   #14
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I was thinking of the grey or blue dial PM Daytona actually along with the listed I was able to try on a few at a local AD for sizing. I didn't try on the GMT and should have. I did a YM, Sub and Daytona for wrist sizing. Pictures attached. Are any too big?
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Old 18 June 2019, 02:48 AM   #15
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I was thinking of the grey or blue dial PM Daytona actually along with the listed I was able to try on a few at a local AD for sizing. I didn't try on the GMT and should have. I did a YM, Sub and Daytona for wrist sizing. Pictures attached. Are any too big?
YM looks best here. However close up photos are not always the best way to determine the perfect size.
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Old 18 June 2019, 03:08 AM   #16
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I should have had the same distance for the pictures I suppose an centered them. I have no idea what I’m doing. Ha
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Old 18 June 2019, 06:09 AM   #17
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From those pics and angles YM looks best IMO
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Old 18 June 2019, 06:38 AM   #18
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Pictures from this angle are deceiving - always makes the watch look bigger on your wrist than it really appears. I think you might be pushing it with a Sub. To answer your lingering question, a GMT will fit very similarly to a Sub. Case sizes are essentially identical - the Sub will feel a little bigger but that's only because of the thicker case back for higher water resistance.

I think the Daytona and YM I both fit fine. Around this size you could also do an Explorer (not Explorer II) at 39mm or an OP 39mm if either of those interest you and you have second thoughts on paying a high premium to MSRP.
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Old 18 June 2019, 08:15 AM   #19
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Seriously? I doubt the photos are distorting the true image that much. I think people don't wish to come across as insulting but clearly your wrist size means you will struggle to carry off the Daytona and possibly the Submariner too. The YM is definitely your best bet and didn't you say you can get one at an AD? Although it's possibly been sold by now. Alternatively, take another look at the full range. A 36mm DJ would look fantastic on that wrist. You'd still have money in the bank. The cost of having a baby is far greater than you may think

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Old 18 June 2019, 08:31 AM   #20
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Just be warned. If you get a Daytona, you will never get to wear it. It will be on your wife’s wrist indefinitely.
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Old 18 June 2019, 08:44 AM   #21
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This is the GMT a Batman at a local store. I should have read the posts before the picture
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Old 18 June 2019, 08:44 AM   #22
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YM definitely the best on your wrist also truly enjoy the one you love
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Old 18 June 2019, 08:45 AM   #23
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Batman looks great also
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Old 18 June 2019, 08:45 AM   #24
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Just be warned. If you get a Daytona, you will never get to wear it. It will be on your wifeís wrist indefinitely.
That happened to me with my white dial. like many others have stated, the YM looks best in my opinion.
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Old 18 June 2019, 08:59 AM   #25
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Thanks all. The YM is my least favorite for some reason. The Batman was from today.
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Old 18 June 2019, 09:22 AM   #26
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what about a 39mm exp 1, sporty and nice size for a 6.5" wrist. Potentially available through an AD without horrors pricing.

Mind you if you can afford a grey market white dial daytona, just go all out and get a PM sports.
I recommend this. Exp 1 combines class and sportiness like no other, save maybe a 14060M. Perfect for your wrist size.
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Old 18 June 2019, 09:26 AM   #27
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Happy belated Fatherís Day. A Rolex is a great gift for sure.
Just a question from outside the US. Is it normal to give partners expensive gifts on Fathers/Mothers Day?

Here we normally gift our actual parents.
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Old 18 June 2019, 10:27 AM   #28
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Just a question from outside the US. Is it normal to give partners expensive gifts on Fathers/Mothers Day?

Here we normally gift our actual parents.
Any excuse for a new Rolex is one gladly taken

As to the OP I would go PM Daytona or the ym blue.
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Old 18 June 2019, 10:37 AM   #29
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Thanks all. I was concerned with the sizes on my wrist and the Daytona’s wore the “smallest” to me . I’m not a fan of the YM and prefer the LN gmt but that may not be in the best interest is aesthetics. The dj or explorers to me are nice but just not me. Actually they all are nice.
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Old 18 June 2019, 11:06 AM   #30
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I'd check out a 116520 black dial if I were you.. although the batman is a great choice, I love mine.

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