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  • DocDave
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  • Galcobar
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    This thread is from 2015 and the person who resurrected it has one post, which isn't relevant to the original question.

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  • armedferret
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    1.) Congrats!

    2.) Pappy Van Winkle 20-year.

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  • RSA
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    Congratulations! When I passed my Ph.D. dissertation defense (no idea about whether that's analogous) my wife gave me a bottle of Scotch, priced at half your budget. It didn't get passed down, though--more passed around. :-)

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  • JudyRomero
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    The most important thing is to find good tutors, because to research all the info alone, to find the sources with books and examples of exam is wasting time.

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  • evil-e
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    That Hamilton sale that Joe posted! some really nice Autos and a few Mechanicals in that sale:

    http://www.jomashop.com/hamilton-doorbuster-event.html?

    These are my favorite ~$500 or under:

    http://www.jomashop.com/hamilton-kha...h70555533.html

    http://www.jomashop.com/hamilton-watch-h39515754.html

    http://www.jomashop.com/hamilton-men...h32515555.html

    http://www.jomashop.com/hamilton-int...h38455751.html

    It's something that will last you a lifetime and is timeless (puns intended).

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  • winghus
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    Something from this page:

    http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/enzo-bonafe

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  • hockeysc23
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    Congrats on passing. To me the best would be a nice watch. My mom got me a movado when I graduated college and it means so much when I wear it out. I don't think shoes hit that heirloom level and same with a pen. Find a nice watch or invest that money for a future nicer congrats for graduating gift.

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  • slows2k
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    Ill second the dress shoes option. When I graduated from college, I had saved my money, and I bought a pair of Alden 975 LWB in Shell. Never had I spent that much on shoes, but it was special, and I don't regret it one bit. If the $500 limit is a hard cap, Carmina is where I'd look. Their shoes are fantastic, better than Alden at their price point.

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  • hornsup84
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    If you're looking for an under-$500 heirloom, I'd go for some nice cufflinks. Outside of that, not much would last long enough or warrant heirloom status. (I'm a lefty, so fancy pens don't really do much for me, other than get smudged and ink up the side of my hand)

    Also, congrats! I hear the CA bar was a nasty one (not that NYC was a slouch, but all the same).

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  • Brent k
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    Something functional. Pen, alden dress shoes, I would say a nice topcoat but depends where in CA, briefcase.

    What I wouldn't recommend is a night at the strip club...you wouldn't wanna pass anything that you acquired there to the next generation ya feel.

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  • ac6
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    Originally posted by JBarwick View Post
    I want an every day pen which is why I use a roller ball. Fountain pens are more of a special occasion writing tool in my mind.
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    I use them on a daily basis and it's not a hassle at all. I use a Sheaffer 100 fountain pen filled with Noodler's Heart of Darkness ink and it makes daily note-taking and doodling a joy. I figure it's like having nice shoes--why buy them if you're not going to enjoy them often?

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  • Shomas
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    Originally posted by DNSamurai View Post
    I just found out I passed the CA Bar Exam (while dealing with a cross-country move, and working full time). I'd like to buy something to commemorate the occasion, but I'm not sure what. I want something that will last a long time, that I can eventually pass down.

    Let's say budget is up to $500.


    Open to any suggestions. Thanks!
    I don't have any suggestions to offer that haven't already been mentioned, but congratulations nonetheless! I've taken that exam and I know it's no joke, even as bar exams go. Nicely done!

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  • DocDave
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    Congrats! I'd suggest picking up a nice timepiece/watch. The Orient Bambino gets a lot of love around here. A search of the forums for watches and 500$ should steer you in a good direction/starting place.

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  • JBarwick
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    Originally posted by Pepetito View Post
    The day I passed that thing was literally the happiest day of my life. Such a relief.
    Current target is Early November.

    Originally posted by Mr. Charles View Post
    Might I suggest a nice fountain pen?
    I want an every day pen which is why I use a roller ball. Fountain pens are more of a special occasion writing tool in my mind.

    OP, I am liking the idea of something that you frequently use that your kids (if you choose to have them) will remember you by. A $500 watch doesn't strike me as heirloom as new watches are pricey (for something worth passing down) and a good older used one doesn't strike me that way either. Dad's old leather bag? Maybe. I am always using a knife someone gave me for a groomsman gift and but a multi-tool would be nice. The are at the low end of the range but thinking about my dad, if I saw him always using a tool it would bring a great memory.

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