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Poll Results: Who has the best list of dress watches under $5K

Poll expired: Jun 13, 2014  
  • 26% (12)
    mimo
  • 39% (18)
    DIJr
  • 19% (9)
    CHRK33
  • 15% (7)
    Fred G. Unn (top 4 and 1 slightly over, ahem...)
46 Total Votes  
post #16 of 71
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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post


2) Nomos Metro Datum Gangoreserve: probably a bit aggressive color wise for a super conservative work environment, but outside of finance, I think this watch would work well with a suit otherwise. I would be excited to work with somebody who is this thoughtful and fun when choosing their watch. Beautiful dial with classic Bauhaus styling and comes in at $3780 retail. It is also a testament to Nomos' technical skill as this is their first watch to utilize their new Swing System, bringing everything in-house.





Great choice. I was just about to post it. Of all the new watches at any price, this is my favorite. With a new daughter, it's def. over my budget, but I love it.

I like your others a lot too, particularly the mention of the Vulcain alarm. I wish Vulcain, JLC, and Tudor would all bring back their alarms in 36-38mm with really plain dials (incl. no date). An alarm is the most practical complication imo. I have an old Vulcain that I use as a backup in case of power outage.
post #17 of 71
For a $5k dress watch budget, I would not consider any brand except Nomos. That Gangreserve is great, as is the Tangomat:

post #18 of 71
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For a $5k dress watch budget, I would not consider any brand except Nomos. That Gangreserve is great, as is the Tangomat:

Nomos really does rule this range. However, they do have a specific look which some people may not care for. I know for me, I have issues with their lug length. It's basically Orion or bust due to the lugs on several models, which is depressing. But I think you could put any of their models on this particular list. Basically, if you are looking for a clean, simple design in this price range, Nomos should be your first stop.

post #19 of 71

I like the purity of the Zurich in the <$5k, but it's definitely too big for some.  I'm with DL on the Orion - simple perfection, and less than half the budget for the standard size.

post #20 of 71
Ok, this isn't an entirely serious entry to Fok's contest as I'm a complete watch noob. Since I probably don't know enough about watches to come up with 25-50 words I thought I would just post these 5 (which haven't been posted already) and let others chime in why they are good, ok, or awful choices, especially if they are awful. I'm looking to pick up something in the under $5K range too, so this has been a very helpful thread for me so far anyway. The Tangomat Datum is probably my current fave of the above.

1. Mühle-Glashütte Antaria Kleine Sekunde
42mm. Not sure of list price, but around $2,500 online.
http://www.muehle-glashuette.de/en/functional-wristwatches/classical-timepieces/antaria/antaria-kleine-sekunde/


2. Eberhard & Co Extra-Fort Reserve de Marche
39mm. $3,612? (old list, might be higher now)
http://www.eberhard-co-watches.ch/?product=extra-fort-reserve-de-marche-41036-41136-1


3. IWC Portofino
40 mm. $4,500.
http://www.iwc.com/en/collection/portofino/IW3565/


4. Zenith Captain Central Second
40mm. Maybe this is cheating since the suggested retail looks to be over $5K, but it can easily be found under $4K.
http://www.zenith-watches.com/en_en/collections/captain/central-second/captain-central-second-5543.html


5. Oris Artelier Jumping Hour
40.5mm. $4,100 CHF ($4,580 USD) Just for something completely different, a jumping hour.
http://www.oris.ch/en/watches/oris-artelier-jumping-hour/01-917-7702-4051-07-1-21-73fc


Again, feel free to educate me if any of these are terrible choices. There may be something completely obvious to most of you that I'm just unaware of as a watch noob. Thanks!
post #21 of 71
If the Zenith Captain was under $5K retail it would have been on my list over the Longines. Lovely watch.

I highly recommend finding a Nomos AD to try on the watches first. You can't go wrong with any of them. There is also a lovely dual time zone/GMT in the tangomat line up I suggest taking a look at, you change time zones via airport code I believe.
post #22 of 71

Didn't realise the Portofino was so accessible at list price - interesting call, though I personally have a thing about the 3 o'clock date, especially on a dress watch.

 

The Muehle one is a nice addition.  I always think of the sporty/dive watches when I think of Muehle because I really like some of them, but I'm sure their dress watche are just as good.  I have to agree with DL that in that price range, though, for a dress watch with that kind of style, Nomos is the way - Orion the classic, Zurich for the big boys, Tangomat for a kink.  But no date, please. :)

post #23 of 71
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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post

If the Zenith Captain was under $5K retail it would have been on my list over the Longines. Lovely watch.

Fok, feel free to DQ me for including it. That's one I'm really interested in so I just wanted to see others opinions. I like the blue second hand and date at 6 o'clock too. I actually use the date on my current watch so I personally am looking for a watch with a date even if it's not as dressy. Another "complication" is that my wife just took a job with a company that is headquartered in Basel, so a Swiss made watch might be preferred over German if I ever "tag" along with her on a trip. (Ugh, sorry.)
post #24 of 71
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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post


2) Nomos Metro Datum Gangoreserve: probably a bit aggressive color wise for a super conservative work environment, but outside of finance, I think this watch would work well with a suit otherwise. I would be excited to work with somebody who is this thoughtful and fun when choosing their watch. Beautiful dial with classic Bauhaus styling and comes in at $3780 retail. It is also a testament to Nomos' technical skill as this is their first watch to utilize their new Swing System, bringing everything in-house.





Great choice. I was just about to post it. Of all the new watches at any price, this is my favorite. With a new daughter, it's def. over my budget, but I love it.

Agreed a great choice. Very thin, a good size at 37mm and from what I understand the new lugs allow for a quicker strap change. Nice design.
post #25 of 71
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post


Agreed a great choice. Very thin, a good size at 37mm and from what I understand the new lugs allow for a quicker strap change. Nice design.

I really like this Nomos watch as well.  No, it's not the most conservative watch.  But I hardly ever wear a suit, and I don't have a boss.  I think that I just like the Bauhaus style design, since I really don't know anything about movements.

post #26 of 71
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
 

I really like this Nomos watch as well.  No, it's not the most conservative watch.  But I hardly ever wear a suit, and I don't have a boss.  I think that I just like the Bauhaus style design, since I really don't know anything about movements.

Have you taken a look at the Nomos Zurich Welzeit? It's out of the price range of this contest at retail($6100USD), but I think it's the best designed watch in their lineup. If you have need for a 2nd time zone function (you can get around the world quite quickly with it's functionality), I'm not sure there is a better value or design out there currently. It's not conservative, and can easily be dressed up or down depending. Something I would definitely look at if your budget is around $5K, as I found pretty decent discount when searching around at AD's.

 

I'm also surprised by how many people are digging the Metro. It might be my least favorite of their round case designs. I think between the lugs, the extremely thin bezel, and the crowded bottom half of the dial with the seconds and date it was a miss for me. I do have to give them credit for once again creating a dial that is quite easy to read at a glance as far as minutes and hours are concerned. It's something they do quite well. The design itself seems to fall between their Ahoi & Club, two of their sportier models, and the Tangente. It's definitely interesting.

post #27 of 71
Were the various lists put up for a vote? Just curious if I missed it. Hope we all successfully enabled a few purchases. Enjoy the start of your weeks!
post #28 of 71
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Originally Posted by johanm View Post

For a $5k dress watch budget, I would not consider any brand except Nomos.

 

Thread in one.

 

Nomos is a true manufacture that attempts to source as many parts as possible from Germany. The designs are pure awesomeness and service is great. What else could you ask for?


Edited by papa kot - 6/9/14 at 1:21pm
post #29 of 71
Thread Starter 
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Were the various lists put up for a vote? Just curious if I missed it. Hope we all successfully enabled a few purchases. Enjoy the start of your weeks!

The Under $1000 Sports Watch got KeithT the much wanted "TWAT Master" title.  This one, not quite yet.  I've been swamped, but will get the poll up soon, so that we can get people titles, bragging rights, and a watch strap.

 

Cheers,

 

Fok.

post #30 of 71
Thanks, Fok. No rush!!! Just didn't want to miss it.
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