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Patek 5131j - not quite as rare as you might think

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I'm not going to do a full review of this as _DC_ did an excellent job with his earlier in the year ( http://www.rwg.bz/bo...showtopic=95457 ). However, having read his review I didn't expect to see another 5131j so soon - let alone brand new. DC bought his from Ishmael who had, apparently, picked it up some considerable time ago.

 

Sure it's flawed. An inexpensive rep of a $130k gen is bound to have some pretty serious inaccuracies (in this case there's no actual GMT function and the rep is quartz rather than auto - not that it really matters, as there's no running seconds to give that away). Nevertheless it was a nice-looking rep of a very rare watch, so the flaws can maybe be lived with.

 

Anyhow, none of us expected to see another one as we all thought this rep had been discontinued a decade ago. Apparently we were wrong. I picked this up brand new - it arrived yesterday :D

 

Unlike DC's, the bezel is actually mounted the right way up on this one. It came on a glossy croco-print strap that is rather better than expected, but probably worth replacing if I decide to keep it. And yes, it's quartz, but what the hell. Size is as per the gen at about 40mm (i.e. too bloody small - I can barely see the damn thing! :lol: ).

 

I dunno whether I'm gonna keep it - I picked it up on impulse out of curiosity and because of rarity value, but at least I can confirm that they're still available! Oh, and they're cheap, too. I paid just over £70 ;)

 

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TheSav

Just like the budget, you are a bit tight with the pics. Lovely case design though.

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UmpaHimself

Just like the budget, you are a bit tight with the pics.

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greg_r

Just like the budget, you are a bit tight with the pics. Lovely case design though.

 

 

I spent all yesterday getting this place up and running again. Today I get to catch up with the work I didn't manage to do yesterday. And you want more pics.... :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'll take a few more when I have time. :D

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pickledbeetroot

Just like the budget, you are a bit tight with the pics. Lovely case design though.

 

 

I spent all yesterday getting this place up and running again. Today I get to catch up with the work I didn't manage to do yesterday. And you want more pics.... :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'll take a few more when I have time. :D

 

 

Plenty of pics here, must be only the VIP/supporters who can see them ;)

 

 

Not my cup o' tea but a nice find nevertheless :thumbsup:

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Plenty of pics here, must be only the VIP/supporters who can see them ;)

 

 

Yep, I especially like the babe G found to model the watch ... somewhat inappropriate outside of Sec 8, but I ain't complaining.

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greg_r

 

Plenty of pics here, must be only the VIP/supporters who can see them ;)

 

 

Yep, I especially like the babe G found to model the watch ... somewhat inappropriate outside of Sec 8, but I ain't complaining.

 

Hey, that's Auntie Mabel. I'll pass on your approval, mate... It's amazing what they can do with plastic surgery these days...

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AndyBlue

PayPal at the ready G...

 

Just say the word...

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greg_r
:lol: I'll bear that in mind, Andy

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Kcore
PayPal at the ready G...

 

Just say the word...

For Auntie Mabel? Geesh :blush:

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AndyBlue
PayPal at the ready G...

 

Just say the word...

For Auntie Mabel? Geesh :blush:

 

Keeping it in the family...

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greg_r
PayPal at the ready G...

 

Just say the word...

For Auntie Mabel? Geesh :blush:

 

She takes credit cards and food stamps too...

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_DC_

Blimey, not such a rare bird after all!! Although it looks to be rose gold, but if anything that's better, yellow gold is hard to wear these days!

 

Looks good, is it actually 40mm coz mine was about 37mm so bigger would be better too (which is a weird thing to be saying about a Patek rep since it's usually the exact opposite)!

 

Nice to have the bezel the right way up, lol, not too much to ask is it?!

 

DC

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greg_r

Blimey, not such a rare bird after all!! Although it looks to be rose gold, but if anything that's better, yellow gold is hard to wear these days!

 

Looks good, is it actually 40mm coz mine was about 37mm so bigger would be better too (which is a weird thing to be saying about a Patek rep since it's usually the exact opposite)!

 

Nice to have the bezel the right way up, lol, not too much to ask is it?!

 

DC

 

 

You're right, it's not 40mm - that was how it was listed. It's about 37-38mm across the bezel now I measure it. No wonder the hands look so bloody tiny! :lol:

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pickledbeetroot
PayPal at the ready G...

 

Just say the word...

For Auntie Mabel? Geesh :blush:

 

She takes credit cards and food stamps too...

 

 

 

Bet the chip and pin slot is well hidden :lol:

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Gazzla

2 Pateks in a month? Way to go! :lol:

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greg_r
PayPal at the ready G...

 

Just say the word...

For Auntie Mabel? Geesh :blush:

 

She takes credit cards and food stamps too...

 

 

 

Bet the chip and pin slot is well hidden :lol:

 

The chips 'n cake slot isn't....

 

2 Pateks in a month? Way to go! :lol:

 

Three. :Whistle:

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_DC_

Ha, you've got the bug, and it wasn't even my fault in any way!

 

Brilliant!

 

DC

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greg_r

Ha, you've got the bug, and it wasn't even my fault in any way!

 

Brilliant!

 

DC

 

Well this one was definitely your fault as I wouldn't have known about it otherwise :D

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Jooost

Where did you get this Greg? I've asked a few TD's I've worked with before about these, but they said it wasn't available... Love the design of the watch, and the gen is a bit over my budget, just a bit over... :giggle:

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Gazzla

2 Pateks in a month? Way to go! :lol:

 

Three. :Whistle:

 

 

:popcorn:

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