This or that?

Jun 09, 2021,15:25 PM

Dear all,

During the pandemic I have spent a lot (too much?) time thinking on optimizing my watch collection, and have come to the conclusion that I should look at watches in terms of « categories », for certain use cases:

For instance 1-2 dress watches, to go with the few days during which one wears a suit or feels like dressing up. For instance, 1-2 luxury sport watch for the days where (nice) casual dress code is « de Rigueur ».

And now, I’m looking for a casual, sporty chrono - probably vintage inspired - to just take along for a drink on a terrace during the summer months. Had earlier à Breguet type xx that I foolishly let go.

Have selected on my long list the following models, and I would love your thoughts on the same - and see some pictures if you happen to have some:

•Zénith manufacture a386
•Heuer carrera 160 with Montréal inspired dial
•Breguet type xx - version 3803
•Breitling avi 1953

Many thanks in advance for any ideas, comments, pictures - looking forward to hearing from you!

Ps: adding below a picture of the a386 - credit from monochrome, moderators feel free to remove if that is not ok to copy/credit images from internet 

Picture from monochrome

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 By: Watcholic_id : June 11th, 2021-02:47

Like Nicolas,

 By: Ambiorix : June 9th, 2021-18:12
This A 386 has everything a timepiece needs. It oozes pedigré; And the mechanics on board are almost High Hororlogy.; imho! But, if you can, go to Le Locle and let the fine people at Zenith show you arround the house..., then buy it there, for extra pleas... 

Idea for post covid trip?

 By: jp75 : June 10th, 2021-10:22
Thanks for the hint, will look into that. Right now, not sure if I can so easily sneak across borders. But these times will come back, hopefully soon. If I do so, will of course share some pictures as well!

Zenith for me

 By: ifraher : June 9th, 2021-18:55
Several to choose from but the ref. outline above is super strong. I will pick up the tricolour dial revival released last month before the year is out. I love the Breguet Type XXI, the ref. 3810TI/H2/TZ9 is overlooked, while the most recent iteration I a... 

I vote with my wrist!

 By: blau : June 9th, 2021-19:33
Breguet: Or, wait, maybe Zenith... I don't know which of these I'd keep if I were only keeping one. PROBABLY the Zenith since it's more unique in my collection. But one thing to note about your long list is that two of them are very summery (Zenith but *e...  

Have you considered...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 9th, 2021-21:25
a new Omega Speedmaster ?

Thanks for the thoughts … news hopefully soon

 By: jp75 : June 10th, 2021-10:11
Thank you all for the thoughts and wrists shots! •Agreed that the zenith movement is good, and the look « refreshing ». Thanks also for the thinking of summery vs winter/autumn look of the zenith/heuer vs Bréguet/Breitling. Maybe mid-term i would need bot...