Pre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches For “The End of Time” 5 survival watches for you by Robert-Jan Broer March 27, 2020 MIN READ Pre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches For “The End of Time”
With a little wink of course, but in a week when my Ploprof has been described by one commenter as the perfect survival tool, it seemed like an opportune moment to pick our top-five pre-owned survival watches.
Well, I thought about this, and came up with a few more models for you to consider when it’s “the end of time”. Besides the discontinued Ploprof in steel, I selected a Panerai, a Breitling, a Rolex, and — perhaps the sanest choice — a Casio G-Shock. But one with a little twist, of course.
All watches are pre-owned and picked from Chrono24. Every week we pick a few pre-owned watches from Chrono24, the largest market place for wristwatches in the world — watches that we love ourselves, or think they will be interesting to you. So to be clear, we picked the watches, Chrono24 only sent us the images without their watermark and in a proper resolution.
Without further ado, here are my 5 pre-owned picks for this week.
Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M (€5,335)
Let’s start with this beast. The de facto Omega survival expert. I purchased mine last year. Although Omega told me they were officially out/discontinued (despite the watch still being on the website) the kind watchmakers at the brand basically made me one. So I guess I have really one of the last steel Ploprofs ever made (and delivered). An awesome watch that I should have bought much earlier. This watch wears more compact than it looks, and my colleague and friend Jorg wrote about the wearing experience in this article.
This particular model was re-introduced in 2009 and discontinued 10 years later. The variations in titanium (and with a new movement) are still available though. But hey, you want to feel the weight when it’s the end of time. There aren’t many available anymore in the pre-owned market on Chrono24, but this one is pre-owned and dates back to 2011. It comes with boxes and papers, but take note of the fact it is located in Australia. The price is amazing and much lower than the retail I paid last year, but hey, that’s just a great advantage of being an overlooked model. Keep an eye on the import duties etc. Click here for the offer on this Ploprof.
Panerai Submersible PAM00025 (€4,990)
I recently wrote to someone: I have had a few Panerai Luminor watches, but if I had to buy one today, I’d go for a Submersible. I like the Luminor and Luminor Marina models. When I had mine (sometime in the 2000s) the Subs weren’t really for me. But taste has changed I guess. These days, I would go for a Submersible all the way. What about this PAM00025 to survive the end of days? It is priced just below €5,000 and has this amazing hobnail dial. This watch is located in Cologne, Germany and comes with all the goodies. Click here for the offer on this Submersible.
Rolex Submariner 114060 (€7,410)
No-nonsense times might require a no-nonsense watch. What about this steel Rolex Submariner, just a plain reference 114060. No date, no gold, no nothing. Just a good watch. It comes without box and papers, but who needs them when you’re in survival mode anyway. The old saying goes that a steel Rolex will get your out of certain countries when you have no money in your pockets. Whether that has ever happened to anybody in the real world is debatable, of course. But it is good to know your watch keeps value in dark times. This watch is located in the US and comes as-is. Click here for the offer on this watch.
Breitling Avenger Bandit Titanium Chronograph (€2,650)
Although many of you might prefer the Navitimer, the Top Time or one of their more ‘heritage’-minded watches, in troubling times, a solid modern beater in titanium might be the perfect watch. Here’s the Breitling Avenger Bandit Titanium Chronograph, on a rubber strap. It is powered by a Valjoux 7750 base movement. This caliber is known for the fact that it can be serviced by a watchmaker with just a Wenger Minathor Watchmaker knife (discontinued, but try to find one anyway). As with most Breitling watches, the movement is chronometer-certified. Also, it has a rubber strap for pure survival mode. The watch is water-resistant to 300 meters as well. This watch is offered by a dealer in the US, and comes with box and papers. Click here for the offer on this watch.
G-Shock Solar Full Metal Gold GMW-B5000GD-9JF (€465)
An end of time watch list is not complete without a G-Shock. To boost the luxury level of this entry, I selected this gold-coated model with reference GMW-B5000GD. It is also the only new watch on this list. When Casio dropped these full metal GMW-B5000 models (I have the full steel one, that I spoke about in this article), they came with normal LCD screens. This one has the dark screen, a bit less sought-after than the gold version with a normal LED, but it will still do. What you can do, if you have that Wenger Minathor yourself, is to buy the full metal one that I have, and swap the movements. Then if you can sell the steel one with the black display on eBay again. If, that is eBay, survives the Apocolypse. Click here for the offer on this watch.
What would be your ultimate survival watch? Share with us in the comments below!
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Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in… read more
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