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post #1 of 64
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

Looking to decide between some watches.  I am a male, banker, and have a thin wrist, so please keep that in mind.  Narrowed it down to these two:

 

1.  http://www.jomashop.com/jaeger-lecoultre-watch-q2518411.html 

 

Prestigetime says the above watch is a ladies watch!?!?!

 

2.  http://www.jomashop.com/montblanc-star-mens-8451.html

 

Thanks for your thoughts and other suggestions are welcome in this price point.

post #2 of 64
Those are both very different styles and movements. That JLC is a quartz and the Montblanc is automatic...
If you have a list of "must haves" for the price range (<$3000?) it'll be easier to get feedback.

That said, if you have a thin wrist and don't care about the movement, the JLC would be my choice of the two...
post #3 of 64
I held a Montblanc watch in a store some time ago and it felt very light and cheap... but that's just my opinion. Then again, I recently received a Montblanc pen as a gift and it also felt very light and plasticky. Is that their new thing?
Edited by Superfluous - 8/14/12 at 10:34am
post #4 of 64
First link didn't work. The fact that you mentioned you are a banker, leads me to assume that this is for work? The Montblanc is not my favourite dial and probably not your best choice for a dress watch depending how conservative you want to be. Also, there are probably lots of recs in that price range. Are you looking for an all around watch, dress watch or casual watch? Will this be the only watch you wear?

If it's the one watch for everything, then check this out on TZ today.

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=6253039&rid=0#msg_6253039
post #5 of 64
Thread Starter 

I'd like to wear it for both dress and casual.  My budget is probably around 4k tops.  I like the Omega but already have one, and am looking for something a bit less mainstream.
 

post #6 of 64
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post #7 of 64
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Originally Posted by DubyaEE View Post

Here is the link to the reverso

 

http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Jaeger-LeCoultre/Reverso-Classique-Quartz/251.84.11.html

 

I would definitely choose a JLC Reverso over the Montblanc.  However, that small quartz Reverso is going to look too dainty and small on a guy...even if you have a thin wrist.  You really would need to wear a Grande Taille size for it to look good on you.  Trust me, even the GT size is not large, especially by today's standards.  I have a thin wrist and I just wouldn't consider a Reverso smaller than a GT.  Unfortunately, I think that a GT would be over your $4K budget...but on that issued I'd say save up and get the GT.

post #8 of 64
Something less mainstream...hmmm...German brands like D&S maybe or...

http://www.schauer-germany.com/en/kollektion.php

Not sure if there is anti Schauer sentiment here because they are standard movements but the watches are very cool. They don't advertise their prices but I have seen used well within your price range.
post #9 of 64
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post

Something less mainstream...hmmm...German brands like D&S maybe or...
http://www.schauer-germany.com/en/kollektion.php
Not sure if there is anti Schauer sentiment here because they are standard movements but the watches are very cool. They don't advertise their prices but I have seen used well within your price range.

I think the OP said he has very small wrists, so although those watches are cool looking, I think they will be too large for him.

 

My suggestion is that the OP consider vintage or a really mint condition pre-owned watch.  It will open up many more choices and also, many vintage watches are a bit smaller most new mens watches, so fit/size may be less of an issue.

post #10 of 64
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

My suggestion is that the OP consider vintage or a really mint condition pre-owned watch.  It will open up many more choices and also, many vintage watches are a bit smaller most new mens watches, so fit/size may be less of an issue.

Yup agreed.
post #11 of 64
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the comments.  I am now looking into a JLC Master Compressor pre-owned.
 

post #12 of 64
that JLC will be REALLY thin. and im not sure the brown leather is right for the banker look. not sold in the MB either. neither are bad watches, just not what id go with.

good luck.
post #13 of 64
Thread Starter 

instiches, thanks for the your thoughts.  Do you have any suggestions?  What about the JLC Master Compressor?

post #14 of 64
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Originally Posted by DubyaEE View Post

instiches, thanks for the your thoughts.  Do you have any suggestions?  What about the JLC Master Compressor?

no problem. its really hard to say, as a watch purchase is really a personal decision. but if you are a banker in the sense that i imagine, very conservative atmosphere, and you want to fit in with that, you may want to find a nice thin, round, simple watch, maybe gold. there are lots of makers that fit that bill, but i dont think the master compressor fits that bill.

if your banking atmosphere doesnt matter, get what you feel comfortable with.
post #15 of 64
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


no problem. its really hard to say, as a watch purchase is really a personal decision. but if you are a banker in the sense that i imagine, very conservative atmosphere, and you want to fit in with that, you may want to find a nice thin, round, simple watch, maybe gold. there are lots of makers that fit that bill, but i dont think the master compressor fits that bill.
if your banking atmosphere doesnt matter, get what you feel comfortable with.

 

+1.

 

If you go preowned there are several watches that should fit your needs and personality.  I think of a Master Compressor as more of large chunky sports watch.  Not something elegant and worn wit suits by a banker.  But if you are in a very relaxed atmosphere then it might not matter.  For a relatively new watch I would think something from the Master Control 1000 series would be more fitting of a banker (I really liked their Master Hometime watch, but that might be a bit thicker and more complicated than you need).  When I hear banker I think something reserved but elegant.  As previously mentioned, if you choose vintage there will be several nice brands and styles to choose from and you might even be able to get something in gold if that appeals to you, rather than a newer piece in steel.  Also, as "In Stitches" mentioned without knowing you, "the culture" at your place of employment ,etc, its really hard to make suggestions. Personally, I don't I don't think much of Monte Blancs watches so I'd be more apt to look at JLCs, maybe vintage Vacheron Constantins, Zeniths, Rolex, or whatever appeals to you.

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