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Not really sure where to post this. Am thinking about buying a watch with a bit of money an uncle left me to remember him and his wife by (also, sadly, departed). Am looking for something unusual, well-made, and memorable and was thinking about German watches (they were German) like a Nomos or Meistersinger, when I came across two really unusual pre-owned Tourneau 1900 series watches:

 

http://www.tourneau.com/shop/certified-pre-owned/18k-rose-gold-classic-1900-belmont-automatic-55186p

http://www.tourneau.com/shop/certified-pre-owned/18k-rose-gold-classic-1900-retrograde-automatic-76803p

 

Anybody know anything about these watches? They certainly have interesting designs, and although not German, they are both for sure unusual and memorable. But are they any good?

 

Any guidance would be much appreciated!

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They certainly have interesting designs
Yes, they do.
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Glashutte Original?
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 @chanoch Maybe someone a lot more knowledgeable than me can identify the maker by the case or movement.  Personally I find them a little fussy and disjointed.  Interesting, but not quite...together.  They make me think of Chronoswiss - everything adds up, and yet the whole doesn't quite work for me.

 

But spending other people's money on German watches is very much my idea of fun.  Give us a rough budget, and an idea of anything else you like, and you'll not be short of advice!

 

 

@benjamin831 I do think that's a little unmanly.  It's not that it's a Daytona on a strap, not the rose gold, not the chocolate dial, or the markers...but all together, it adds up to that.  Personally I don't like Roman numerals on Rolexes in general; it tends to make everything a little crowded imho, and I think if you're a guy going for a gold watch, Dino's yellow Daytona on a bracelet is brilliant: it's got all the pimp-tastic bling of a solid gold piece, but with the cool, contrasting simple black dial, and the classic yellow gold, I think it's both more masculine and more enduring, style-wise. And it will definitely get some attention.  

 

If you do like rose gold, and a strap, then there's a certain Royal Oak Offshore around these parts that might float your boat.  Or, for the price of a gold Daytona, there's always something really special, though more dressy, like a Lange 1 or 1815.  Not so bling, but I think you might feel clouds under your feet.

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I'm going to be in the market for a watch some time near the end of the year. What would you guys recommend for a medical student with roughly $3000 or so to spend on a watch? I was thinking about a Omega Seamaster (specifically ref. 2254.50), but I'm open to any watch suggestions, or even the suggestion to wait and spend x amount more instead on another watch. Ideally I'd want a watch I could wear every day, including on rotations in the hospital in the coming years, which is why the Seamaster was suggested to me. Thanks!
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In other news, I actually bought something: old watch, new boots, courtesy of Hadley Roma and an American reptile, may it rest in peace:


 

Warning: Underwhelming Kop Revelation (Click to show)

 

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I'm going to be in the market for a watch some time near the end of the year. What would you guys recommend for a medical student with roughly $3000 or so to spend on a watch? I was thinking about a Omega Seamaster (specifically ref. 2254.50), but I'm open to any watch suggestions, or even the suggestion to wait and spend x amount more instead on another watch. Ideally I'd want a watch I could wear every day, including on rotations in the hospital in the coming years, which is why the Seamaster was suggested to me. Thanks!

This photo has been posted in this thread before by Kaplan and possibly others, but it seems like it's custom-made for the three-kilobuxx medical-student's-watch answer:

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photo credit: uhrenbilder.blogspot.com

Rationale:
  • No upgrade-itis (you'll likely continue to enjoy wearing it regardless of what you get in the future)
  • Classic, non-trendy design (arguably even gets better with age)
  • Simple and understated (I'm appreciating these characteristics more and more for an everyday watch)
  • Low-maintenance and reliable (as good as it gets for a mechanical movement, IMHO)
  • Top watch for versatility

Other viable options include Nomos (they're all good, though the lack of a bracelet option might be a drawback for your intended use), and the Speedmaster (it's plenty water-resistant for anything short of technical diving). There's nothing really wrong with a Seamaster, but I wouldn't want to be limited to a diver's watch as my only option, and I'm personally not a big fan of their modern-era designs, since they tend to look dated fast. Also, Omega's heavy-handed Bond-film paid product placement kinda ruins them for me (I'm vain like that).

I could probably think of a few other options, but honestly, they'd be also-rans as an everyday watch compared a well-looked-after steel Datejust. It's a no-excuses watch, and spending more won't necessarily get you something better for your circumstances.

Of course, that's just my opinion; I could be wrong.
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If you do like rose gold, and a strap, then there's a certain Royal Oak Offshore around these parts that might float your boat.  Or, for the price of a gold Daytona, there's always something really special, though more dressy, like a Lange 1 or 1815.  Not so bling, but I think you might feel clouds under your feet.

Here are my rose gold chronos (again, sorry about spamming). The JLC is dressier than the Daytona, but def an alternative to consider. No tachy bezel and the silver dial moves it quite far into the "dress" category, but the 40mm case and thinkness makes it sporty enough for casual wear. The AP ROC is quite sporty, especially if you put it on a rubber strap like I've done. A fantastic alternative.


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I did consider the Daytona on a strap, but it didn't quite resonate with me. Something about the "strap and endlinks"-thing ...

If you want a "racing chrono" in gold, I would consider an older (but not necessarily vintage) Daytona on a bracelet, like Dino's. The cool thing is that they look awsome on a regular strap, no endlinks! I can't find a picture of a solid gold one right now, but here is a two-tone on a strap:

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Thanks for your thoughts. In terms of budget, the executor told me that I'd be inheriting about $2500-4000, so it's not a huge legacy but enough for a nice watch to remember them by. Really grateful for suggestions. As you can see, I have fairly wide tastes in art. But I also have a strong preference for leather bands rather than metal bracelets. And for some reason I have a hard time reading watches with black faces (or dark brown, midnight blue, etc.), even though I find them visually attractive. Really like the Nomos Metro and even the Tangente with the power reserve; like the Meistersingers as a concept, especially the Perigraph. In terms of size, anything up to 40mm, as I have a fairly small wrist.

 

Very much appreciate suggestions, as I would really like to get something distinctive to remember them by.

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For 3-4k I'd go with a Speedmaster or Black Bay and pick up a variety of straps for swapping.

Both have black faces though. If you're willing to go used you can likely get an Explorer 1....black face again but very legible.
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NonServiam, that rose gold JLC is incredible!
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I just bought this Jaeger LeCoultre for my wife, an example of what good value second hand jewellery watches are.

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@Krish the Fish Good call on the Black Bay - buy it on the bracelet and get a strap or two to swap in. I think for a younger guy who's not confined to strict business dress, it's a beauty.  I like the idea of the Speedmaster too - maybe the date/day-date with the silver dial and polished bezel, which I think make it a bit more subtle for dress use i.e. no sporty contrast in the dial.  If you like Omega, I think it might be worth going up a notch to the Aqua Terra, personally.  But if you don't mind used, then I agree with Belligero: a vintage DateJust or Oyster Perpetual is a design classic that will always look good in any situation.

 

@chanoch I think you might take a look at the standard Nomos Orion: 35mm sounds small, but the long lugs make it wear bigger, I'm told, and to put that into perspective, the Omega in my pic is the same size, and my wrist is just over 7" i.e. pretty average.  The Orion has such a clean, classic Bauhaus design and the proportions are perfect I think.  It's also a little under your minimum price there.  I love the Zurich for the same reasons, but I suspect the 40mm size plus the lugs will sit strangely on a smaller wrist, and that's at the top of your range, too.  Depending on the style you like, I think Nomos is king for something simple and formal, but a chronograph or something else more sporty while still on a strap, gives you lots of options from Muehle, Union or Tutima.  If you'll consider used, then you might just about find something interesting and vintage from Glashuette Original, or even something quirky from the Communist era.  Or, if you don't want to spend all your dough, there's always Stowa or Sinn for great value.

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Yeah here's what you can score for under $1000.

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I just bought this Jaeger LeCoultre for my wife, an example of what good value second hand jewellery watches are.
I attend a fair number of auctions and women's watches in general seem to languish.
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