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I have been collecting IWC for a long time and I hear you on the 3713. It is a so-called Doppel Chronograph, offering Split Seconds / Rattapante movement, hence the third chrono button. A nice size 42mm and it's pretty thick too - I think 12-14mm. The model is discontinued and offers a lovely Trithium dial as well. These dials used the radioactive material Trithium for readability (glowing) in the dark. But as it was radioactive it was deemed dangerous for the factory workers applying this to the dials. They were since replaced with Luminova which activates with light/sun. The awesome thing about Trithium is that it changes over time - ages beautifully to a creamy color, and therefore these are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. The 3713 does come with T-dials, but I would recommend to look for the even rarer reference 3711, which features a domed plexi-crystal. Both 3713 and 3711 can still be found within your budget. I would also recommend to get it on the original bead bracelet. One of the most comfortable and impressive bracelets around. Reminds me a little of the GF BoR's.
: Hello all (Hi Jeff)!
: It's been years since I've posted here. I've missed you all! I've
: since bought and sold a few watches (with regret, the selling,
: that is). But, life takes us down different paths and our watch
: "loves" come in and out of our lives. In any case, I'm
: looking to buy something interesting (maybe two). I've owned a
: couple of amazing vintage Heuers (Carrera & Chrono
: Abercrombie & Fitch), and currently own three Rolexes
: (Stainless steel datejust, stainless steel/white gold datejust
: w/"roulette" date, and a two-tone Rolex submariner).
: I'm currently considering five watches but would love your input
: on: A) of the those I'm considering, which do you experts think
: is the best option...and what other watch might I consider
: that's not on the list), and B) Which Heuer should I also
: consider? I've loved watches ever since the day my father
: brought home a Mickey Mouse watch pendant for me--I was 5 years
: old. And, I've been wearing "men's" watches since I
: was a teenager in high school--well, before it became popular!
: Watches I'm considering:
: 1. IWC Doppelchronograph ref. 3713. I know NOTHING about this watch
: but recently came face to face with it on HOKINKEE. It was love
: at first sight.
: 2. OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Chronograph (Pro: LOVE the look,
: price. Con. None!).
: 3. 2017 Rolex GMT II white gold "Pepsi" dial (Pro: love
: the vintage Pepsi dial look. Con: price. I'd have been happy
: 4. 2017 Rolex GMT II Traditional Black Bezel (Pro: Traditional,
: Price. Con: Fairly common watch).
: 5. 2017 Rolex Sea-Dweller. (Pro: Beautiful, updated. Con: Size/43
: mm. May be too large. Waiting list...which I'm on).
: 6. Heuer! Which one?!
: Thanks in advance for any information/input/advice you can give me.
: Blessings to you and yours! Patty from Vegas (I believe I was
: living in California the last time I posted here).
: P.S. I don't EVER plan on selling any more watches moving forward.
: I have young twins--a boy and a girl--any watch I have is now
: theirs to inherit.