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Turning 35--Watch?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

I'm turning 35 in December and have been thinking about getting myself a watch.  Been also thinking about getting a suit and/or nice overcoat instead, but don't really need one until next year at the earliest.  I was thinking of investing in a watch that I can wear casually, and to work, as well as have an heirloom to pass down to one of my 2 sons.  A bit of background:

 

1. Work in Research/Consulting and occasionally meet with executive clients in person.  I do meet with technology executives often.  Based on my research, I'm starting to build a bit of a brand for myself and can foresee going out and having my own services company in 3-5 years.

2. Because I was thinking of this Breitling SuperOcean with both the rubber and steel bracelet.  Rubber for casual days, steel for more upscale dress.

3. Budget: Ideally no more than $3kUSD, but can go as high as $5kUSD

4. I've just started building the wardrobe and typically wear Thomas Pink shirt and tie with slacks.  I'll throw on some jeans with the Pink too.

 

Any suggestions on a watch or birthday gift alternative?


Edited by Deluxe - 10/14/11 at 1:29pm
post #2 of 30
Watch you turn 35? Eh, I'll pass.
post #3 of 30
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post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 

HA!  Whoops!  Buying a watch.  Sorry, this was my first post.  For some reason I don't see my initial post, but it appears the thread has already been published. 

post #5 of 30
Whats your budget?
post #6 of 30
Thread Starter 

I'm turning 35 in December and have been thinking about getting myself a watch.  Been also thinking about getting a suit and/or nice overcoat instead, but don't really need one until next year at the earliest.  I was thinking of investing in a watch that I can wear casually, and to work, as well as have an heirloom to pass down to one of my 2 sons.  A bit of background:

 

1. Work in Research/Consulting and occasionally meet with executive clients in person.  I do meet with technology executives often.  Based on my research, I'm starting to build a bit of a brand for myself and can foresee going out and having my own services company in 3-5 years.

2. Because I was thinking of this Breitling SuperOcean with both the rubber and steel bracelet.  Rubber for casual days, steel for more upscale dress.

3. Budget: Ideally no more than $3kUSD, but can go as high as $5kUSD

4. I've just started building the wardrobe and typically wear Thomas Pink shirt and tie with slacks.  I'll throw on some jeans with the Pink too.

 

Any suggestions on a watch or birthday gift alternative?

post #7 of 30
Omega Speedmaster

http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/speedmaster

263




IWC Portuguese

525
post #8 of 30
Thread Starter 

Can I get a steel band for those?

post #9 of 30
Rolex Explorer I, IWC Mark XVI, Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, Cartier Roadster
post #10 of 30
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Can I get a steel band for those?


Definitely for the Omega, not sure about the IWC
post #11 of 30
I bought a Tag Monaco for similar reasons about a year ago (Lots of history and a great backstory to go with this watch). I paid $4300.

Here are a couple of pics:

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post #12 of 30
The Aqua Terra is nice for an all around dress/casual watch. Speedmaster will keep you under that 3k range and both do come with a silver bracelet.

Note that it is not that easy to switch out a steel bracelet. I would stick with a leather strap or a bracelet but don't go back and forth.

The best recommendation I can make is to lurk on the watch forums. Particularly Timezone or Watchnet (they carry a lot of the same ads). Both have under 5k sales boards and it gives you a good opportunity to see what's out there and what you like. I wouldn't buy anything right away, but look for awhile until you get some idea of what things sell for and what catches your eye. Also browse the watch porn section which is great to see what people are wearing and what they look like paired with different watch straps.



post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 

@AlwaysDressed, that is sharp!  I'll have to check it out.  the problem i have is that i'm a bit apprehensive to getting a watch with a leather band.  i'm afraid it's going to wear out pretty quickly, much like a belt.

 

@Cant kill da Rooster: great advice.  my birthday isn't until late dec, that's why i'm taking a look now.

 

i liked the rubber band on the breitling b/c it had the clasp.  no worries about wearing out the band as much as a leather one, plus i kinda liked the look (especially with the yellow option).

post #14 of 30
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@AlwaysDressed, that is sharp!  I'll have to check it out.  the problem i have is that i'm a bit apprehensive to getting a watch with a leather band.  i'm afraid it's going to wear out pretty quickly, much like a belt.


If that happens, just treat it as an opportunity to explore the world of custom watch bands.
post #15 of 30
get yourself a deployant for the strap and it'll last 2-3 times longer. if you're gonna only buy one watch, it should be able to used in both casual and formal occasions. I would recommend getting something that comes with a bracelet and then change to a strap if you prefer. it'll be cheaper in the long run for you.

rolex and omega are probably the most common answers in this range. I love my 14060M and highly recommend it, but if you want something a bit less common yet well regarded, go get a JLC master control for 5K.
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