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I think the OP said his budget is around 3-4k?

I think this is a good price point for one 'solid' watch, as opposed to 3 lower tier watches..

Now If you were talking maybe 10-12k, then you could make the argument about getting 3 solid watches to fit all your needs as opposed to one 'high end' watch..


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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post

I think this a problem with just about every "one watch", especially when on a budget. I think you are better off getting 2 watches, or even 3. I guess the question becomes, would you rather have a "nicer" one watch that will be a compromise with certain looks, or would you rather own a few watches that will cover every occasion but compromise on "quality".

As far as Habring2, I don't care for them, so I can't offer an opinion. Dino brings up an excellent point about service down the road, and also about preowned watches.
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http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/aw/d/B005GZ1MGK/ref=mw_dp_img?is=l&qid=1368002454&sr=8-1
Or
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/aw/d/B00BVYJG9K/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1368002814&sr=1-27&pi=SL75

Pulling the trigger on one of them today, but looking for some last advice. Fortis one has mineral glass and supposedly eta 7750 top grade movement. Ebel one has sapphire and cosc certified 7750 movement.

i actually prefer the EBEL of the 2. i had one and was very happy with it. would agree that tying on is optimal if possible.
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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

I think the OP said his budget is around 3-4k?

I think this is a good price point for one 'solid' watch, as opposed to 3 lower tier watches..

Now If you were talking maybe 10-12k, then you could make the argument about getting 3 solid watches to fit all your needs as opposed to one 'high end' watch..


 I know what his budget is, I just disagree that it is enough to get a one watch that won't be a compromise at either the dressier end of the spectrum or the casual end of the spectrum for him (I'm guessing here based on his comments and the pictures he has posted of watches he's considering). Going used might be a solution. There are plenty of solid watches out there around the $1K-2K price point to make up a 2 or 3 watch rotation if you don't mind ETA movements, which he may not mind.

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Originally Posted by CornToast View Post

As I'll be applying to college soon, I think it's about time I get myself a watch. However, with my budget, I'm willing to go maybe $250 max for a watch. I don't want anything too extravagant, if there are any in this price range, but nothing cheap like a swatch watch. Does anyone have a recommendation of a good watch that might fit my needs?

Hayward gave you an excellent suggestion. Also, I think some other good options include: (1) the Orient Bambino, (2) the Orient Mako, (3) Seiko SKX007 (I think that is the number).

Check out Long Island Watch Co., they have a great selection of inexpensive but excellent choices. Also, there are plenty of budget watch forums around.
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Also, as an aside, Jerome Lambert is stepping down from CEO at JLC to becomes the new CEO of Montblanc:

http://www.watchesbysjx.com/2013/05/breaking-news-jerome-lambert-to-take.html
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Also, as an aside, Jerome Lambert is stepping down from CEO at JLC to becomes the new CEO of Montblanc:

http://www.watchesbysjx.com/2013/05/breaking-news-jerome-lambert-to-take.html

very interesting indeed. will be neat to see how this affects the 2 companies involved. thanks.
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 I know what his budget is, I just disagree that it is enough to get a one watch that won't be a compromise at either the dressier end of the spectrum or the casual end of the spectrum for him (I'm guessing here based on his comments and the pictures he has posted of watches he's considering). Going used might be a solution. There are plenty of solid watches out there around the $1K-2K price point to make up a 2 or 3 watch rotation if you don't mind ETA movements, which he may not mind.

 

Or going back to a previous post, a used Datejust or Air King might fit the "do everything" requirement well within budget.

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

If the watch does not have to be new, perhaps you should consider a pre-owned Rolex, IWC, or JLC? 

It doesn't have to be new. I know it is blasphemy, but Rolex does not appeal to me. I am looking at JLC watches in my budget.

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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post

I think this a problem with just about every "one watch", especially when on a budget. I think you are better off getting 2 watches, or even 3. I guess the question becomes, would you rather have a "nicer" one watch that will be a compromise with certain looks, or would you rather own a few watches that will cover every occasion but compromise on "quality".

I would compromise versatility, not quality.

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Or going back to a previous post, a used Datejust or Air King might fit the "do everything" requirement well within budget.

See above, neither watch appeals to me.


I appreciate all the input and JLC is certainly a contender and maybe even the Speedmaster.

While I understand the concerns about parts, here is another Habring in my budget that has a vintage 1960's Valjoux 7733 movement that the Habring's have remanufactured. This is a little on the sporty side and is 42mm, so maybe I am compromising dressiness with this one.


Edited by scottcw - 5/8/13 at 9:21am
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I would compromise versatility, not quality.
 

But what is your definition of "quality"? It's why I put the word in quotes. What types of movements are non starters? What examples of finishing quality are non starters? Are Nomos, Stowa, Hamilton non starters? I still consider them to be "quality" watches, but you may not.

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I am looking at JLC watches in my budget.
 

 

Understood.  The Master Control is a good bet for versatility, but if it doesn't have enough personality, then how about this?  Available used in your price range, certainly smart enough for formal wear, but flip it over and it's good enough for fighting on horseback!  Certainly setting you apart from the crowd, certainly versatile, and to my mind the one, original, absolutely JLC-only watch.

 

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Also, I am questioning why you are so intent on the Habring2s. Would you mind explaining why you are drawn to them? Are you unconcerned about the availability of parts? Perhaps if you told us more about what you want from the purchase, it would be easier to help! (I do not mean to be terse, just trying to nail it down!)
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Also, I am questioning why you are so intent on the Habring2s. Would you mind explaining why you are drawn to them? Are you unconcerned about the availability of parts? Perhaps if you told us more about what you want from the purchase, it would be easier to help! (I do not mean to be terse, just trying to nail it down!)


Yeah, I'm not getting the draw, but I also don't know much about them. Do you like them because they aren't well known? Do you like their look? Do you like independents?

 

Help us, help you.

 

But you do seem drawn to Habring2, so perhaps there should be less listening to us, and more going on what you seem to be drawn towards.

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100% agree with this..
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But you do seem drawn the Habring2, so perhaps there should be less listening to us, and more going on what you seem to be drawn towards.
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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post


Yeah, I'm not getting the draw, but I also don't know much about them. Do you like them because they aren't well known? Do you like their look? Do you like independents?

Help us, help you.

But you do seem drawn to Habring2, so perhaps there should be less listening to us, and more going on what you seem to be drawn towards.

I like the small company aesthetic with a lot of handwork rather than a large company. Sort of like choosing a small luthier to hand make a guitar instead of buying a Gibson or Fender. Gibson and Fender makes some great guitars, but I am drawn to the little guy.

I also love their very clean look. I don't like clutter.

I am open to alternatives whether new or used, but the Habring2 watches are very appealing.

Maybe it would help if I share what I DO like... numbers only at 12, 3, 6 and 9 at most. Clean, easy to read dial, conservative with maybe a flash of something interesting like a chronometer, but done subtly.

This JLC. I like how they were able to fit so much without appearing cluttered. If I were to nitpick, I don't care for the gold markers/hands. I would prefer a monochromatic look. And it is 34mm, which seems small.

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This Rolex (yes, I know I said Rolex doesn't appeal, this is an exception). Again, clean, uncluttered, timeless (pun intended).


Edited by scottcw - 5/8/13 at 10:28am
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Double post, mea culpa.
Edited by scottcw - 5/8/13 at 10:16am
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