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Old 20 September 2022, 03:39 PM   #1
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PP 5524R or Rolex Skydweller?

Hello everyone,

I landed my dream job and want to celebrate by acquiring a new piece and am torn between the Rolex Skydweller 326938 (yellow gold bracelet and black face) or the Patek 5524R. The Rolex is probably better value due to the annual calendar in a precious metal, but the Patek is in a league of its own with the movement, though on a leather strap and higher price.
What would you all go with?

Anyone have either, or both of these?

Your input is greatly appreciated!

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Old 20 September 2022, 03:44 PM   #2
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Firstly, Congratz on your dream job.
PP or Rolex? depends on your current collections :)
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Old 20 September 2022, 03:49 PM   #3
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Firstly, Congratz on your dream job.
PP or Rolex? depends on your current collections :)
Thank you!

I currently have a Rolex TT DJ 36mm and a Rolex GMT Batman. Debating hitting the trifecta with the ultimate Rolex (IMO) or my first Patek.
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Old 20 September 2022, 05:12 PM   #4
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Thank you!

I currently have a Rolex TT DJ 36mm and a Rolex GMT Batman. Debating hitting the trifecta with the ultimate Rolex (IMO) or my first Patek.
PP, IMO
U can get SD later
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Old 20 September 2022, 05:34 PM   #5
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You have two Rolexes already. Go for the 5524. I have the G not R but it just gleams. Totally different league in terms of finishing and the feeling wearing it. And a use case you donít already have covered.


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Old 22 September 2022, 07:19 AM   #6
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for all the people commenting on difference between finishing of the two watches, are u referring to the finishing of the movement? and if so, have you seen the actual movement of SkyD?

if you commenting on overall finishing of the watches outside of the movement, can you point to the specific difference in quality of finishing between two?
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Old 20 September 2022, 05:47 PM   #7
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How is this even a debate... Patek Philippe all the way.
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Old 20 September 2022, 11:05 PM   #8
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How is this even a debate... Patek Philippe all the way.
Said it perfectly.
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Old 20 September 2022, 07:31 PM   #9
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The 5524R is such a gorgeous piece. The color of the rose gold in combination with the warm brown-black sunburst dial is mesmerizing IMHO. Would love to have one. Only downside for me is the fact that the movement is a little small for the size of the case and that looks a bit odd (again IMHO). This is not the case with the smaller 7234 variant of the Pilot.

I suspect PP might fit the 5524 with a bigger movement (and bigger power reserve) and/or might get rid of the large pushers on the left side of the case because the new 5326 solution in the crown is being used. Would hate that to happen right after I purchased the 5524…

But all in all, the 5524 would be my choice and not the Rolex.
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Old 20 September 2022, 07:48 PM   #10
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Congratulations on the job- great news.

Whilst there’s no wrong choice regarding the watches, I feel the SD would the be the wrong choice ;-) I do love the 5524.
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Old 20 September 2022, 09:44 PM   #11
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I like the Sky-Dweller for the appearance and robustness of the watch. It is a heavy hitter and the most technically advanced Rolex to date. I prefer the SS on Jubilee for a updated look. The Black or white dial are nice. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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Old 20 September 2022, 09:47 PM   #12
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These are going to wear much differently. The YG skydweller might be the most loud Rolex out there while the RG pilot is relatively low key. I wouldnít skip the chance to have your first Patek.
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Old 20 September 2022, 11:24 PM   #13
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Have you ever owned a luxury watch before? If the answer is no, I'd go for a loud Rolex first up. Enjoy showing it off - you've earned it! When the novelty has worn off, you will then want your next luxury watch. And buying a Patek is a sufficient upgrade over a Rolex to make you feel a confident enjoyment from your purchase. You'll never look back to Rolex again afterwards IMO.
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Old 21 September 2022, 06:45 AM   #14
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I just got back from the ADs in my area and tried on a SS SkyD. Feels similar to my Batman, but larger wrist presence.
The Patek AD had no watches available to try on, not surprising.

I am going to have to go gray on this purchase. I talked to a gray market seller up in PHL who has a 5524R readily available and is about $4K less than MSRP. The SkyD is $3-4k over MSRP. I plan on flying up to PHL to try the 5524R on, and if it sings to me I'll pull the trigger.

Thanks again for all the replies guys, I'll post some pics after I purchase my final decision.
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Old 21 September 2022, 11:14 AM   #15
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I just got back from the ADs in my area and tried on a SS SkyD. Feels similar to my Batman, but larger wrist presence.
The Patek AD had no watches available to try on, not surprising.

I am going to have to go gray on this purchase. I talked to a gray market seller up in PHL who has a 5524R readily available and is about $4K less than MSRP. The SkyD is $3-4k over MSRP. I plan on flying up to PHL to try the 5524R on, and if it sings to me I'll pull the trigger.

Thanks again for all the replies guys, I'll post some pics after I purchase my final decision.

Only 4k less than Msrp for the 5524 ? Donít pay more than low 40s just wait


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Old 21 September 2022, 11:35 AM   #16
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Only 4k less than Msrp for the 5524 ? Donít pay more than low 40s just wait


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I thought $4k under MSRP was good? I haven't seen this piece anywhere for the low 40s.
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Old 21 September 2022, 12:52 PM   #17
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I thought $4k under MSRP was good? I haven't seen this piece anywhere for the low 40s.

I would call a grey market dealer you trust and have him source you one - personally Iíd wait until itís under 40k next year but who knows nobody has a crystal ball - low 40s is probably not brand new but I personally would never pay over 40k for this piece




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Old 21 September 2022, 02:27 PM   #18
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I would call a grey market dealer you trust and have him source you one - personally Iíd wait until itís under 40k next year but who knows nobody has a crystal ball - low 40s is probably not brand new but I personally would never pay over 40k for this piece




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Thanks a lot for this information. I'm surprised this model is reselling for under MSRP. I'll take your advice and hold off for a bit. Maybe I can get the SkyD from an AD sooner to hold me over until the 5524R drops even further in price.
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Old 21 September 2022, 07:26 AM   #19
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I don't think there is a need for a PM SkyD although I don't mind it on the oyster flex.

I would prefer the G over the R metal, but based on your two choses, I would go with the PP.
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Old 21 September 2022, 11:19 AM   #20
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5524...Great reference, comfortable, great travel time complication, pp quality and movement .. No brainer

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Old 21 September 2022, 03:33 PM   #21
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I'm assuming your wrist is bigger than my 16.5 cm / 6.5 inch wrist.

I have the Skydweller in steel and 5524 in white gold. I can carry the Skydweller fine but the 5524 feels too big. I'd really recommend to try on the 5524 before making the decision, some Pateks feel/look different once you put it on your wrist compared to the photos out there.
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Old 21 September 2022, 03:39 PM   #22
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I'm assuming your wrist is bigger than my 16.5 cm / 6.5 inch wrist.

I have the Skydweller in steel and 5524 in white gold. I can carry the Skydweller fine but the 5524 feels too big. I'd really recommend to try on the 5524 before making the decision, some Pateks feel/look different once you put it on your wrist compared to the photos out there.
Very interesting point, I never considered this. I figured they would fit similarly since they are relatively the same size at 42mm. I'll have to try one on before making a final decision. Thanks for the input.
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I would go Patek, that model specially is at a good value.
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Old 22 September 2022, 07:06 AM   #24
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Congrats! First, I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either one. But, they are vastly different to me - pushers, typeface, simple vs complicated appearance, leather strap, totally different complications, etc. I have a 5524 and I will likely add a SkyD in SS at some point. The fact that you are asking on the PP board suggests to me that you are already leaning in that direction. Do you really think a majority of folks here will say otherwise? I can pretty much gtd if you put the question on the rolex board you would get 99% SkyD. In any event, two great watches and a happy celebration.
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Old 22 September 2022, 07:23 AM   #25
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Congrats! First, I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either one. But, they are vastly different to me - pushers, typeface, simple vs complicated appearance, leather strap, totally different complications, etc. I have a 5524 and I will likely add a SkyD in SS at some point. The fact that you are asking on the PP board suggests to me that you are already leaning in that direction. Do you really think a majority of folks here will say otherwise? I can pretty much gtd if you put the question on the rolex board you would get 99% SkyD. In any event, two great watches and a happy celebration.
Thank you!
I actually did create a similar post on the Rolex general discussion section, and you are correct, more supporters of the SkyD for sure.
Both watches are amazing, I guess I'll go with the best opportunity to present itself first and go with that one.
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Thank you!

I actually did create a similar post on the Rolex general discussion section, and you are correct, more supporters of the SkyD for sure.

Both watches are amazing, I guess I'll go with the best opportunity to present itself first and go with that one.
Which did u go with? I'm thinking of going with 5524r. I had an all yg skyd, but sold and will replace with a yg dd40 green dial and a ss skyd jubilee with blue or black dial .

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I wanted to love the SkyD when it was released, and had the opportunity to try on multiple varieties at an AD in Hong Kong. Despite the cool complication, I found it a very awkward size and style. Too big to be as dressy as it looks, and too dressy to be as casual as the size and shape would warrant. I havenít tried it in SS, but doubt that would change my opinion.

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It might have sold already but I want to stick with building my purchase history with my AD but really wanted to buy this from John Reardon probably best deal I will see in a while - 5524G





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