Originally Posted by norcaltransplant
Out of the watches you picked the Carrera is probably the nicest. FYI, in college, or within most social circles people can identify Rolex, Omega, Movado, and TAG Heuer as "expensive" watch brands. That's it. The budget and value brands discussed on the Poor Man's Watch Forum and Timezone are basing their value assessment on mixture of horological movement, construction/materials, and aesthetic/brand reputation. I've had far more compliments on a stainless steel Fossil that I wore in college and while teaching simply because its "shiny." In contrast, tool watches from the likes of IWC, Sinn, Kobold, etc., will garner nary a glance.
Just wanted to back up this point. I have a two-tone Tag 1500 that my wife gave me for our wedding and that I wear everyday.
While I realize that it isn't considered a top-tier watch among those in the know, among the public at large, I receive numerous compliments.