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Old 21 January 2020, 10:15 AM   #1
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AP - 26320or vs. 15400or

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I've had my eye on purchasing my first AP, a 26320or for almost 2 years now but it's been nearly impossible to find the right price/condition. My local grey dealer recently received a 15400or which I never really thought about. The 15400or is coming from a dealer i trust and bought/traded with the last 3 years. the 26320or is from a reputable seller on the forums.

15400or is $27,895 - $5,500 (my IWC Big Pilot trade in value) - $895 (discount) making my cash total at $21,500 (walk in)

26320or is $34,750 - $5,500 (my IWC Big Pilot trade in value) making my cash total at $29,250 (shipped)

At this point i'm thinking i should save myself the $7750 difference and pull the trigger on the 15400or. However, a part of me is also thinking I might regret this in the future as an additional $7,750 could've got me what i've been looking at for a few years now.

Any AP owners have any thought or insight? How do you guys feel about the 15400 (RO) vs the 26320or (ROC)?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 21 January 2020, 12:00 PM   #2
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Sounds like you’ve had your sights set on a 26320 for a while. That’s what I’d go with. Even if that meant waiting to find the perfect one.
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Old 21 January 2020, 12:53 PM   #3
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That 26320 is a stunner, but I also like the 15400OR. Can't go wrong with either, but go with your heart!
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Old 21 January 2020, 01:39 PM   #4
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In that configuration Iíd go for the 15400. Itís just a beauty.


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Old 22 January 2020, 08:40 AM   #5
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Appreciate the feedback! I think i'm going to pull the trigger on the 15400!

It's crazy, sometimes just a few comments can help
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Old 22 January 2020, 08:54 AM   #6
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Both are beautiful. I'd personally go ROC.
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Old 22 January 2020, 09:05 AM   #7
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At 41mm I prefer the ROC, fills the dial up better.



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Old 22 January 2020, 09:15 AM   #8
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At 41mm I prefer the ROC, fills the dial up better.



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This is actually the main reason i was thinking of the 26320. I'm stopping by the dealer on Friday to try on the 15400
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Old 22 January 2020, 09:43 AM   #9
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seems like you already made a decision but I would also go with the 15400 but not if you you are settling. make sure you are not going to regret the decision.
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Old 22 January 2020, 11:54 AM   #10
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Would go 154000R and would also try to get a better deal on that Big Pilot.
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Old 22 January 2020, 03:15 PM   #11
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26320 is one of my favorite pieces. I particular like it on strap because it breaks up the rose gold vs being on the bracelet.

Between the 15400 which I considered too, I went with the 26320 and never looked back.




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Old 22 January 2020, 03:38 PM   #12
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get the 15400or I own it on bracelet and love it the dial is amazing you will never get tired of it. I owned a Chrono is SS and sold it after 1 month
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Old 22 January 2020, 03:40 PM   #13
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Old 22 January 2020, 11:37 PM   #14
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First, what's up with the stitching on the 15400 in that photo?

I have the 15400or on strap (silver dial) and Chronograph but SS. The chrono gets more wrist time but I enjoy the simple dial on the 15400 more. This is tough for me if I had to pick one and if this is an everyday watch, I would go Chrono. Either way you will be happy!
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Old 23 January 2020, 10:10 AM   #15
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First, what's up with the stitching on the 15400 in that photo?

I have the 15400or on strap (silver dial) and Chronograph but SS. The chrono gets more wrist time but I enjoy the simple dial on the 15400 more. This is tough for me if I had to pick one and if this is an everyday watch, I would go Chrono. Either way you will be happy!
I asked the dealer and he said when the guy bought the 15400or, he swapped it to this strap and says it's an original AP strap. I won't know until I go in and look at it on Friday.

Appreciate the feedback! I'm going in to take a look and most likely purchase!
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Old 23 January 2020, 10:13 AM   #16
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Would go 154000R and would also try to get a better deal on that Big Pilot.
What would you say is a fair price trade in for a mint 5004 Big Pilot?
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Old 23 January 2020, 10:18 AM   #17
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26320 is one of my favorite pieces. I particular like it on strap because it breaks up the rose gold vs being on the bracelet.

Between the 15400 which I considered too, I went with the 26320 and never looked back.




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damn... that is a beaut!
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Old 23 January 2020, 10:18 AM   #18
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get the 15400or I own it on bracelet and love it the dial is amazing you will never get tired of it. I owned a Chrono is SS and sold it after 1 month
Awesome! Care to share any pics??!
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Old 23 January 2020, 10:34 AM   #19
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What would you say is a fair price trade in for a mint 5004 Big Pilot?


I am not an expert on Big Pilots but I have been tracking their prices on watchrecon every once in a while and have hardly seen any below 7k. I dont know if maybe you can sell it yourself rather than trade it in?


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Old 24 January 2020, 09:43 PM   #20
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I would go chrono on full gold bracelet - exquisite piece.
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Old 25 January 2020, 01:00 AM   #21
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I asked the dealer and he said when the guy bought the 15400or, he swapped it to this strap and says it's an original AP strap. I won't know until I go in and look at it on Friday.

Appreciate the feedback! I'm going in to take a look and most likely purchase!
Wait he bought it on a bracelet and switched to a strap?!!
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Old 29 January 2020, 10:00 AM   #22
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pulled the trigger on the 15400or and OH MY goodness. My first AP & wow this is something special! thanks for the advice everyone!
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Old 29 January 2020, 08:34 PM   #23
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I love the 15400OR but the 26320 is just a beauty to look at.
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Old 30 January 2020, 06:30 AM   #24
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pulled the trigger on the 15400or and OH MY goodness. My first AP & wow this is something special! thanks for the advice everyone!
Congrats! Looks like a great choice. Enjoy!!
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Old 31 January 2020, 04:57 PM   #25
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pulled the trigger on the 15400or and OH MY goodness. My first AP & wow this is something special! thanks for the advice everyone!
I am guessing this one is the one patrick had for sale? Congrats and PICS please!!
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Old 13 February 2020, 12:44 PM   #26
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I am guessing this one is the one patrick had for sale? Congrats and PICS please!!
wow yeah, how'd you know?!

i'll def take some pics once i start wearing it!
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Old 13 February 2020, 01:42 PM   #27
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The 15400OR is just such a timeless classic. Fantastic piece!
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Old 13 February 2020, 02:22 PM   #28
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What would you say is a fair price trade in for a mint 5004 Big Pilot?
I find "mint" to be subjective, but if it really is LBNIB, than 5.5k sounds quite low. I had a 5009 that was virtually unworn. Bought from an AD and 6 years later sold to a grey dealer for cash at substantially more that what you're being offered.

But again, I'm no expert on the market.

Re the APs, can't go wrong. RO's on straps are so elegant!
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Old 13 February 2020, 04:05 PM   #29
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pulled the trigger on the 15400or and OH MY goodness. My first AP & wow this is something special! thanks for the advice everyone!


Congratulations on the purchase! FYI, servicing costs for the 15400 is supposed to be less expensive than for the chronograph. Wear your watch in good health.




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