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JLC Reverso or Patek Golden Ellipse

  1. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! Oct 4, 2023

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  2. th0m Oct 4, 2023

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    Gimmicky in the sense that the reversible case lost its purpose as soon as sapphire crystals became available. Just my personal opinion, and I still think they are nice looking watches.

    I think the white gold case and black dial on the Patek makes this watch very casual looking, so it works very well on a goat suede strap with something like jeans and a sweater. The same way you can very easily dress up or dress down a Reverso. Plus it matches its retro 40's design.
     
  3. lucreative Oct 20, 2023

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    Have you considered the Patek Philippe Gondolo 5109? Was debating a rectangular watch and the JLC Reverso had a slight edge to the newer Pateks. Especially the newer Gondolos/Ellipses with the art deco flair I didn't like. But then I found this Patek model and it had a more modern case, amazing dial, and thin to show off the Patek Philippe movement ingenuity. It's also a great size at 43mm x 30mm and wears much larger compared to similar Calatravas, but ultra thin to wear under the cuff.

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  4. DTMwatch Oct 21, 2023

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    Great looking Patek Philippe Gondolo ref. 5109. I have admired that watch for years. Wear it in good health.
     
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  5. Dan S Oct 21, 2023

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    Is thickness an important consideration for you?
     
  6. ErichPryde Oct 21, 2023

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    One person's gimmick is another person's "heritage and DNA of the watch." If we say it's a gimmick because it's lost purpose since technology got better.... that guts most of the heritage that Swiss watches are all about.

    Not to mention, it makes all mechanical watches... gimmicks.

     
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  7. gbesq Oct 21, 2023

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    Another vote for the Reverso and an alternate suggestion. Had you thought about the JLC Master Ultra Thin Moon? Available with a silver or black dial and several case materials. It’s one hell of a nice dress watch.
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  8. Difeer Oct 23, 2023

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    It is kind of gimmicky, but there is a juvenile part of me that goes "Ooh there is a secret moving part!!!" :oops:
     
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  9. padders Oooo subtitles! Oct 24, 2023

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    I’m not even going to dignify the g word used above with a response. However...

    While sapphire crystals do render the Reverso USP less relevant, it now affords the opportunity for a second dial on the reverse which can offer GMT, or even chrono functionality so IMO it’s Duoface for the win! Two watches for the price of one. Now that's a gimmick! D'Oh!

    But then as an owner I would say that.

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  10. Difeer Oct 24, 2023

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    And a lovely salmon version at that!

    Just in case I ruffle someone's feathers, I own a Reverso myself too.
     
  11. mikeo1 Nov 8, 2023

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    IMHO two completely different horological statements-

    Patek's, especially square and rectangular cased pieces, always seem to me to carry a heavy "period" inference while Reverso's, for the most part, appear to transcend any consideration of "release" timeframes.

    From a mechanical POV, I don't think you'll find Reverso (Lecoultre) movments standing close to the meticulous hand finishing characteristics of a Patek (especially when considering the absence of stamped parts and the abundance of beautifully broken and hand polished edges). .
     
  12. Artu58 Nov 9, 2023

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    Ellipse, the discreet charm of elegance
     
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  13. mikeo1 Nov 9, 2023

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    Beautiful movment-note adjusted 8 ways-you won't find that very offen!
     
  14. Ogion Nov 9, 2023

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    What would Bruce Wayne AKA Batman wear?

    I am liking JLC more and more and I think the reverso is as classy as it gets. On the wishlist.
     
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