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MikeAye, Mateys! Me thinks it's time!
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whichwatch Wrote:I'm not sure that I completely agree with either point, Michael.While I think that Jubilee prices may have been somewhat static over the last two years, if we look back five years I think they are definitely down. Very definitely. I think the same is true for another IWC classic, the 5251 Portofino Moonphase, often called the best looking IWC of all time. But then again, other modern classics such as the Lange 1815 Moonphase have seen even more serious price erosion despite prices for modern Langes holding very strong.While I am not sure I can explain the drop other than as the cyclical cooling off of a slightly overheated demand, I do not feel that this is due to the issue of similar watches, such as the Vintage Collection pieces. At their price points, I do not think they are substitutes for the older pieces. I doubt that someone buying a SS VC Portuguese or Portofino Moonphase is a likely customer for a Jubilee or 5251 at more than double the price.Maybe it's just me getting older (or old?) but I sometimes wonder if there is an effect from the *more experienced* collectors reaching an age where they are cutting back, and the younger collectors did not "come of age" while these pieces were as commonly seen or discussed as they were back then.I also find myself wondering if IWC's "lifestyle strategy" and higher profile marketing might have caused some true collectors who might have been buyers of these pieces to hold back and be replaced by buyers who prefer the newest items. While it might indeed mean higher volume for IWC, perhaps it has a dampening effect on the "seasoned collector" market.Anyone agree? Disagree? I look forward to hearing your opinions.
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iwcyates Wrote: I don't have enough IWC experience to weigh in on this issue but those are two of the nicest looking watches I have ever seen. What's the model with roman numerals and moon-phase - is that from 1993 too?
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