Similar to Cuttingboard, I'm also looking for a new watch, and in the under 7.5K range (preferably around 5K). This will be my first "real" watch, and probably the only watch I'm going to wear for a long time.
So I've been trying to decide based on the balance of several criteria, in rough order of priority.
- Aesthetics, of course.
- Versatility -- Since this will be my only watch for a while, I want to be able to wear it in a lot of different situations; the classics "suits to jeans".
- Durability -- Of course I'd prefer that it doesn't break. But this also includes resistance to scratches, can it take a little splashing around (definition TBD...), can I pass it on to my (as yet unborn) kids?
But anyways, on to the fun stuff, the candidates:
IWC Portuguese Chronograph 3714
(Love the aesthetics, concerned about the durability.)
Rolex Submariner 14060M
(I like the aesthetics slightly less, but definitely wins on the durability, and slightly better on the versatility front, I think.)
The other idea is to just give up completely on the versatility front, and go for the dressier watch that will get less wear, and with that, the need for durability becomes less, and then get some really nice in that space (like a JLC Ultra Thin, Ultra Moon, or Master Chronograph).
You have to buy what you like and what you think will fit your lifestyle better. Personally, I find the IWC Portugeser Chronograph to be all shine and little substance. While its look is distinctive (either you like it or you dont, I fall into the I don't catagory), but the movement is a rather basic Valjoux. Yes they say they modify it but unless you are buying one of their split second chronos, IMHO there are not enough modifications to differentiate its movement from that found in several less expensive watches. I'd rather have the Submariner for a first watch. Its more rugged, if you don't have a dress watch it doesn't look bad with a suit (although a true dress watch would be best), and the movemnt is made by Rolex. I'm not one who has to have an inhouse movement in a good watch, but if its not an inhouse movement I want it to be a higher quality movement like F. Piguet, Piaget, JLC, or Lemania to name a few. If you want something high quality that is a little less conspicuous I'd go with something from JLC.