You are not supposed to buy your grail ;-)

May 04, 2021,11:33 AM

If you do, you risk nurturing a desire for another grail.
For me, a grail is something out of one's range.

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Question for the masses - am I overthinking my “grail”?

 By: JV_Zag : May 4th, 2021-11:18
Hello! Wanted to throw a question out here and get your feedback. I’ve posted in the past that I was ready to buy my grail watch, an ALS Lange 1. Funny thing is I sold my GMT Pepsi and a couple of other watches, was ready to buy it, and then decided to do... 

That’s why it’s a grail watch

 By: Jurry : May 4th, 2021-11:29
The endless deliberations, research, reading reviews, comparing specs, visits to the AD, discuss it on the forum etc etc. It’s all part of that unique process during which a watch comes to live and turns into one’s personal grail watch. I can’t remember o... 

You are not supposed to buy your grail ;-)

 By: VinnieD : May 4th, 2021-11:33
If you do, you risk nurturing a desire for another grail. For me, a grail is something out of one's range.

Interesting thought.

 By: cpbmd : May 4th, 2021-11:50
In my mind it’s the pursuit of the grail watch that keeps horological fire burning. If you attain that grail watch early on then you may be less motivated by And your passion might diminish. Alternatively, human nature Is that you always want something mo... 

A few thoughts...

 By: CR : May 4th, 2021-13:00
Don't think about this as an irreversible, forced-choice decision. If you buy just about any watch preowned, for a fair price, then you can always sell it without getting hurt too much (compared to buying it new) and get something else. If you're thinking... 

They're all nice watches. Buy what appeals to you most.

 By: quattro98 : May 4th, 2021-15:11
I don't have a Lange, but have pieces from VC and Breguet. I'm familiar with all of them. All of these are great watches, but the Lange 1, Historiques American 1921, and Breguet Tradition are very different from each other. The appearance, functions, size... 

Those are all top choices. I think when making such a purchase the question is which one will give you most pleasure in the long term.

 By: als1678 : May 4th, 2021-15:30
Lange 1 is iconic, finishing is great etc. Rationally it should be the number one choice. But I think it is hard not to compare with other Lange offerings - don't you really want a datograph, or a perpetual even if they are out of reach? Also my personal ... 

I was going to say that the uniqueness of the 1921 might be a negative factor, insofar as can it be a daily watch or will one tire of the design.

 By: Jay (Eire) : May 5th, 2021-01:45
No question it’s a unique piece, I find it very appealing too. But as a secondary piece. The La Tradition given its traditional case may work better day to day. It’s also a watch I love and I would say far more interesting than either the VC or AL&S. Over... 

Try on all three in person. Then you would know.

 By: pongster : May 5th, 2021-06:23
Better if side by side. There might be a dealer where all three are available. Here, the local AD for all three brands is the same. So it’s feasible.


 By: JV_Zag : May 10th, 2021-19:23
Well that settles that…😍 ...