iwasbanned wrote:As a non diver, I really like the looks of this watch. The price, no so much, especially because almost everything ML tanks on the secondary market.
At 2K used, I'd take this any day of the week and twice on Sunday over an MM300. Of course the MM300 kinda sucks as a watch when not in the water clinking and clanging all over the place with its poorly finished clasp and ill fitting end links and fingerprint magnet bezel.
The ML it is an appealing package/desk diver I agree, but with a subpart movement (for the price)....Sellitas is an adequate movt. but not wort it, not at that price point anyway.
I don't think it's worth that price with the ETA, either. With the way everything gets reworked, I think I'd be ok with the SW in there, but wouldn't buy it with either movement without a very deep, WoW kind of a discount. The plates and the bridges are probably pretty solid, jewels is jewels, everything that would get replaced on the 2824-2 would get popped into the SW, springs and balances and whatnot.
I've seen these for about 2 G's'ish on steel (the bracelets have always been great) at a couple of gray sites, a pretty cool price for a something a little different. And there's just enough shiny stuff and whatnot; the innovative seals on the bezel knob that are operable underwater, (I think that's also true of the pushers on the chrono version) the requisite desk-jockey helium valve, lots of lume, interesting crowns; not for me. I think the chrono version is nicer looking, and although equally ridiculously priced, they sell the crap out of them and the chrono is a scarce find for a reasonable price at retail or pre-owned.
The prices will stabilize and the watches will hold their value with Maurice Lacroix's destined inveteracy. I could more than double on the ones I bought early, never sell them though, I'm sorry I ddin't buy lots more.