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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by Akeem View Post

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.

+1 on the JLC Master Control. I think it looks better with a silver dial and leather band.
post #17 of 30
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Originally Posted by Deluxe View Post

@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.


Also, better stay away from TH for that kind of money. Hardly a real watch brand and if anything, no great resell value.
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by the_drizzle View Post

+1 on the JLC Master Control. I think it looks better with a silver dial and leather band.

+1 on the JLC, one of the IWCs or Omegas. The Cartiers have some lovely casework and faces...

Personally I find Tag and especially Rolex too...common and nouveau riche, and would steer clear of either of those brands.
post #19 of 30
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I was just at the Omega store in the burbs of Boston. They showed me the limited edition 2012 Olympics watch with the blue face. Seemed kinda expensive and had no series numbering. However, it looked great.

Any thoughts on it?
post #20 of 30
most authorized dealers will do discounts of 25-30%, so with $5k to spend you're effectively within the range of something with a retail as high as $7k, give or take. i'm partial to watches with in-house movements, but you may find the look of the watch to be more important than what's inside it.

if you're looking to spend around $3k, the omega speedmaster pro suggested by the idfnl is probably one of the best watches at that price point. (iirc the base version with the hesalite runs $3,600, but you can easily get one for a grand less than that.) it's not self-winding, though . . . you have to manually wind it every couple days. iwcs are nice, but most of them use valjoux eta movements, which are ubiquitous.

imo jlc, which has also been mentioned, is easily the best value in watches today . . . all their movements are in house, the build quality is only a step or two below AP, patek or lange and they run thousands less (although they obviously don't hold their value as well). nevertheless, they make great watches. the master control and the master compressor are excellent. another model to consider would be the reverso (my favorite), which is a classic that will last you a lifetime and you could pass on to your sons.
post #21 of 30
Another vote for a Speedy. My wife bought me one for an engagement present... and I bought myself a second one (a limited edition) when I received tenure at at the university I work at. Its a very versatile watch IMHO.
post #22 of 30
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I looked at the speedmaster and the TH Monaco (blue face with blue leather strap). I have to say, I liked them both, however, the Monaco kinda popped off my wrist more than the omega. I think upon first glance, most people may not even do a double take at a passing omega, while the blue and square-shaped Monaco stands out.

The other side of the criticism goes that in 20-50 years, the Monaco may not have as timeless a look as the omega. They're both nice watches though.
post #23 of 30
The Speedmaster in its variations has been around since '57 I think, so it does have a very timeless/classic look to it.

I'm not sure about other brands besides Omega, Tissot, or Hamilton, but I can get a bracelet off and a leather strap on and vice versa in less than 10 minutes maybe 5, so it's not that difficult to do. Strap to strap changes can be done in less than a minute.
post #24 of 30
regardless of which watch you choose, try to contact one of the many dealers on watchnet or timezone as you will most probably get the best deal.

G/L and let us know what you end up getting.
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by Deluxe View Post

I was just at the Omega store in the burbs of Boston. They showed me the limited edition 2012 Olympics watch with the blue face. Seemed kinda expensive and had no series numbering. However, it looked great.
Any thoughts on it?

I don't like the "special edition" Omega. They may look OK, but why would I want a watch to commemorate Pierce Brosnan's horrible portrayal of James Bond? You should try to check out some vintage IWC watches.
post #26 of 30
For folks that have the Speedmaster, isn't the knurled knob attached to the winding stem a little small? It's almost like it needs to be thicker in order for the thumb and forefinger to grasp it easier. For the OP, if you get the Speedy, note that this is a manual wind watch, not automatic. Thus you will need to regularly wind the watch, preferably every day. I think the power reserve is in the 40+ hour range before it dies. Maybe not a big deal, but play around with the winding knob and see if you like doing this. See if you can grasp it easier or if it's a pain to wind. You'll be doing it every day. Also worth noting: The Speedy is not a COSC certified movement. It's typical for the manual wind Lemania movement to be off more than 10 seconds+ a day. Again, maybe not a big deal, it just means you'll want to reset the time every week so it stays accurate after it "drifts." Of course, nobody really expects total accuracy with a mechanical movement, that's what quartz watches do best. The Speedy has a lot of history and is a classic watch. But I tried winding it in a store and found the stem to be non utilitarian. A real pain to grasp for winding due to the ridiculously small size of the winding knob.
post #27 of 30
Breitling Navitimer (slide rule bezel) with a white face.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Deluxe View Post

I looked at the speedmaster and the TH Monaco (blue face with blue leather strap). I have to say, I liked them both, however, the Monaco kinda popped off my wrist more than the omega. I think upon first glance, most people may not even do a double take at a passing omega, while the blue and square-shaped Monaco stands out.
The other side of the criticism goes that in 20-50 years, the Monaco may not have as timeless a look as the omega. They're both nice watches though.

I agree... I LOVE blue dial watches... here's my limited edition speedy...

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post #29 of 30
Thread Starter 

i've been thinking about getting a vintage rolex/omega circa 1976 for my birthday.  what do you guys think?  i'm not sure where to go to find them...can't seem to find any for sale.  any suggestions?

post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by Deluxe View Post

i've been thinking about getting a vintage rolex/omega circa 1976 for my birthday.  what do you guys think?  i'm not sure where to go to find them...can't seem to find any for sale.  any suggestions?


Check The Rolex Forum.

Google is your friend.
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