Originally Posted by Coal_Mining_Polak
^ I'm in the same boat (price,small wrist, age.) I love my Seiko 5 Auto for daily wear, incredibly reliable and unbelievably inexpensive (I got mine for $50!) If you're looking for dressier, than I would go with a classic American watch a la Lord Elgin, Bulova, Hamilton, Benrus, Gruen...etc. Avoid anything larger than a 40mm case.
Originally Posted by Kappelan
Originally Posted by dsgNYC
I'm also looking for a nice, first real watch for less than $2K. I really like a lot of Longines' Master Collection. Here's one that may interest you:Flagship Heritage - L4.7126.96.36.199
Originally Posted by Cuttingboard
Tissot Heritage Visodate Automatic is good bang for the buck - $650
Originally Posted by impolyt_one
CSCoHammers7, you aren't gonna much anything in gold within your price range, but $2500 would get you a used JLC Reverso Classic in steel, some Longines models, used Seamasters, an Air-King and a leather strap, maybe an old IWC portofino from 90's.
Originally Posted by venessian
I agree. The desire for a gold case at under $2K is going to really limit choice.
Thanks so much for the suggestions guys! I really like the Longines' Master Collection now that I look at it and they might be the most accessible for me at this time for what I want. Cuttingboard, I've heard Tissot are good entry level from some friends too, so that's still an option for me as well if I want to get this started sooner than later. impolyt_one, thanks for that direction too! I suppose an extra 500 can't hurt for something that (should) last me a long time