If you had £5k to spend ($8300) and were 27, looking for a serious watch; what would it be? Have a steel tag already and rolex's just too common or too expensive for the uncommon ones. Slim wrists, so looking for something more leather strap and smaller face orientated. First thought was Lecoultre Master Moonphase ultra thin because you dont see too many of them about.
Only looking for new really so no "you could pick up a patek on ebay for £5k on a good day" comments please.
If you aren't considering a Rolex, I'd say the JLC is probably your best bet. IWC has some interesting offerings, but JLC is a bit higher quality IMHO. If you like JLC, you can't go wrong with anything that they are offering. I generally prefer their Reverso line...but that Master series is a great watch and maybe a bit more versatile than a Reverso (which I generally see as dressy).
While not as common as Rolex, if you are concerned about having a watch that lots of other people have, that would pretty much rule out Omega, Breitling and a few others.
I would just ask if you see this as a long term watch, or just a first good watch. If you don't plan to keep it more than a few years...don't get something too obscure as you won't get much of your money out of it and you might have trouble finding a buyer. Rolex and other brands may seem common, but the upside is there are always people that want them and they have good resale value relative to other brands.
Am very much appreciating this thread, guys! I've been thinking of investing in my first serious watch for quite a while now, and am particularly interested in some of the older Rolex models. I've been looking around online quite a bit lately, and found some nice Rolex models here http://www.chrono24.co.nz/rolex/index.htm
Has anyone ever bought watches on websites like this? What should I be watching out for when shopping for watches online?
You really need to do your research on the model/s that interest you. There are lots of fake or "franken-watches" that use parts of real Rolex watches that get cobbled into some sort of watch, and then there are modified pieces (that generally are not as valuable as a Rolex with real Rolex parts (some may have after market bezels, bracelets, etc) Then you need to be sure that the place you are buying from is legit. I'd be more apt to purchase in person so you can see what you are buying. However, sites such as watchnet.com have sections about good dealers and bad ones. Good luck.
x 2. I feel the same way when I see pix of Frill's Explorer.
I'm giving the Oysterquartz some wrist time today