Originally Posted by ImKindOfABigDeal
Just stumbled across this forum and thought I would give it a try. My girlfriend is going to buy me a watch, around 3000-3500, what kind of watch should I purchase? I was looking to buy a pre-owned rolex, but I don't know if I should. Any opinions?
In your range I think the nicest watches are made by Maurice Lacroix. Their masterpiece line is all beautifully finished and you can get some great complications for not a lot of money.
If you want a sporty watch, get the new Omega Planet Ocean Chronograph. The orange bezel is very nice. I had a PO for a few months which I then flipped. The movement is excellent, and very accurate.
Also, in that range you can easily get a pre-owned Panerai, if that's your thing. If you like to impress people, Panerai is now fairly widely recognized by yuppies and brand whores so you can definately get something that fulfills that (for me) singular reason why Rolex is attractive to anyone.
Just as long as you know there are many options... also, consider why you want a particular watch. If recognition is something for you, get a Tag or a Rolex, or a Panerai if you live in a fairly urbane circle. If quality is your thing, look to IWC, Omega, and maybe Maurice Lacroix in that range.