Originally Posted by imageWIS
Watch prices have gone up far beyond sanity... regardless of your home currency. As far as an SS Rolex goes, my personal choice would be the Explorer I: sportier than a date just, but not as 'chunky' as a submariner. Plus consider that if you learn how to change straps (really easy to do), you can always pop a black leather band and totally change the look of the watch (to say nothing of a yellow or orange leather or rubber band).
I've thought about the Explorer I many times; the older smaller versions were going for like $2000 in Japan up until a year or so ago.
Got really close to buying one several times recently. I like them I guess, I wear a Sinn 356 daily and I like SS sports watches on bracelets, white on black dials, etc. The only thing is, it'd be a nice daily, but I don't know for how long, and not much more to me.
I like the GO Panomatics, my only qualm is that they're a recent revival brand really, so in that sense, while being aesthetically nice and more elegant than a Panerai et al, they have only as much brand value, and I worry the make may not have as much longevity (if I plan to live another 30 years and have this watch strapped to my wrist in my coffin, or leave it to my kid or something) - pretty sure I won't have any desire to wear a Panerai in 5-10 years. I'd really like one now, but at that cost it's not feasible as a trendy watch for me.
I think to a lesser extent, even IWC may fare similarly. They have a lot of designs, but none of them that are current are particularly steeped in history or timeless and of a ubiquitious design like a Rolex is - and I don't even really like Rolexes, TBH.
I'd really like a VC Patrimony, a Lange Saxonia 40mm, a bigger JLC Master, a Calatrava, something like that - just not in the budget for a gold watch to give myself just yet though.