Bulgari Octo

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goaliechris
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Re: Bulgari Octo

Post by goaliechris » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:56 am

After spending some time with it, I really like it but I agree with the comment in here - if I had FU money this would be a great watch to add to the collection. But for me it’s in a tough price bracket for someone who needs to be more choosy with his funds. I mean it’s in a similar place to the AP RO (or was until the after market went absolutely insane).

That thinness is really impressive in person though.


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Re: Bulgari Octo

Post by BacoNoir » Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:53 pm

deepcdvr wrote:
BacoNoir wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:49 am
JBZ wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:43 am
I know Hodinkee has mixed appeal here, but I usually enjoy their "A Week on the Wrist" write-ups.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/bulga ... tic-review
While I've never really paid much attention to the brand, I've always equated them with the LV/Gucci of the watch world. Many of you know how much I like Ti watches, well add in the world's thinnest Chronograph (breaking a 32 year record) at 6.9mm thick, add in a GMT function and an auto movement and I am impressed.

With the price surges on AP RO 15400's lately, I've been thinking of flipping mine and quite a few frugals, and adding a little money to pick up a WG Sub 116619LB (Smurf). I tried one on at a GTG about 6 months ago and was smitten - still am.

With my income and lack of bonuses these days, I had just about given up on getting a PM watch, so the only way to do so was flip. I wasn't willing to do so with the AP RO or BLNR, but the prices of both have gone nuts lately. Now, a PM watch is obtainable if I do some shuffling in the collection with one of my nice pieces and a lot of my frugals. I still can't give up the BLNR, so the AP RO is the only one to consider. While I love it, selling it for nearly double what I paid for it is a rare opportunity in the watch world. Most of us are lucky to make a little and more often, take a loss when our tastes change over time.

So now, back to the point. With the Bvlgaria I still wouldn't have a PM watch, but I would keep the Genta look in my collection and have a very unique piece. Still the WG Sub is calling my name and I love the heft and shade of blue. Probably still going for the Smurf, but this gives me some pause to think, because I could swap, not have to sell anything else and still put some money back in the watch fund account.
Tough choice, but for most I assume the sub would be a no brainer - although for most of us non-ballers, a WG sub would be a grail or exit watch.. I love the look of the Bulgary and it would got a lot of wrist time, but I would only buy one (over the sub) if I was rolling in $$ and could afford to buy it just to add diversity to the collection. If the choice is Bulgary over the Roo, I think it is worth the experiment - it’s a hot watch..
Yeah, while I dig the chrono, I think the Smurf is the direction I’ll head. I have a call into my AD to see if he’ll still honor the price we discussed last year - not sure since the market’s gone nuts, but he did come through with the discounted BLNR price for me 2 years after I got on the list and the market had already gone nuts on those.
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