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post #1 of 25
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So ever since I've begun this adventure into buying my first "real" watch, the prerequisite research is almost more effort than wearing a $50 Fossil (all the WIS-in-da-house shudder ). Anyways, I found a nice local shop that offers a larger variety of used timepieces at competitive market prices--or the prices I've seen on Timezone. Option B) is to buy through the internet, but I'm less excited about that prospect since I've heard a few horror stories. I prefer to post on this board since the replies tend to be succint and more objective than the myopic watch hobbyist (e.g. our collection opinion of EG shoes, bespoke suits, etc.). Two more questions: Is a used Cartier Santos too "bling" for a starter watch? S/S with 18k gold automatic. This model: http://www.ashford.com/product....oSearch Option B) Baume & Mercier Hampton Automatic/Champagne face. I realize there is a huge price difference b/w the two watches, which figures into my decision heavily, but I also dont want to walk away with buyer regret/remorse.
post #2 of 25
I personally hate two-tone watches; I would rather wear a Timex.  If you like this style, I recommend that buy the all-steel version from a Cartier brick-and-mortar store (which will cost you about the same as you were willing to pay for the SS/18K version).  Buying from an authorized dealer also will enable you see what the watch looks like on your wrist (and you may decide that you hate it), and will allow you to take advantage of the exemplary Cartier after-market service.
post #3 of 25
I second the aversion to 2-tone watches, especially if this going to be the only timepiece that you wear. If you do plan to wear this watch all the time (as I'd probably want to as my 1st nice watch), I'd recommend something with a stainless steel or leather strap. The santos in stainless steel would be low-key enough for every day wear, but may be a bit too dressy for some occassions. Since you like cartier, maybe you could try the santos with a black leather strap which would look equally appropriate jeans as well as a suit. You could also try the Cartier Tank Francaise w/ steel or leather strap. In a diversion away from cartier, one watch I've always been fond of as a starter watch is the IWC Mark XV with either a black or white face and a leather strap... Let us know what you decide
post #4 of 25
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So ever since I've begun this adventure into buying my first "real" watch, the prerequisite research is almost more effort than wearing a $50 Fossil (all the WIS-in-da-house shudder ). Anyways, I found a nice local shop that offers a larger variety of used timepieces at competitive market prices--or the prices I've seen on Timezone.  Option B) is to buy through the internet, but I'm less excited about that prospect since I've heard a few horror stories.  I prefer to post on this board since the replies tend to be succint and more objective than the myopic watch hobbyist (e.g. our collection opinion of EG shoes, bespoke suits, etc.).  Two more questions: Is a used Cartier Santos too "bling" for a starter watch?  S/S with 18k gold automatic.  This model: http://www.ashford.com/product....oSearch Option B) Baume & Mercier Hampton Automatic/Champagne face.  I realize there is a huge price difference b/w the two watches, which figures into my decision heavily, but I also dont want to walk away with buyer regret/remorse.
Sorry dude .. but niether watches bling bling me.
post #5 of 25
I have to agree that I dislike two-tone watches as well.
post #6 of 25
thought about Breitling Navitimer? Such a beauty. I also like Rolex Oyster.
post #7 of 25
I personally like two tone, but I agree that for a daily wear watch, it might not be a good choice. I have had pretty good luck buying Cartier and other products from Jomashop, and they have great prices...
post #8 of 25
Why all the dissing on two-tones? I have an Omega Constellation with 18k yellow gold and SS alternating links with gold on the face, and I can tell you it is beautiful. You wouldn't believe the compliments I get with it.
post #9 of 25
norcal: I noticed you posting about Omega earlier, you may be able to find them for less than $1k (in automatic) on Jomashop (which is quite reputable)
post #10 of 25
I agree with the two-tone comment. I would also add that this watch looks somewhat feminine, but perhaps I think that way because my grandmother wear's the mentioned watch (albeit in a smaller size). If you're going to spend $3,000 get a Zenith.
post #11 of 25
With big ticket items I always favor the option that is likely to increase in value--Patek Philippe, Jaguar XK150, Bay Area real estate.  That is, if the investments inherently appeal to you. Why not buy a vintage Patek and be done with it?   From a reputable dealer (think "in business for decades")
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
I dont have 3k to spend.  No dice on a used Patek, even a simple Caltrava--my favorite entry level Patek--is at least 5k used.  The Cartier's dont hold their value as well as some of the better watch makers.  I found a used Santos, in nice condition, for less than $1800.  Thus, I entertained the used market.  I would be buying the B&M new for around 1k (my original budget).  I also saw a decent Breitling that fit my extremely small wrists, but I dont particularly love sport watches. I'll wait at least until late November before I decide, but right now I guess the B&M is the frontrunner, unless something else entertains my fancy.
post #13 of 25
norcal-- My mistake. Somewhere, somehow I got the idea that you were looking for something in the 3K-ish range. And you're right, even there you'd have to finance creatively to get into Patek. Sorry.
post #14 of 25
My fault actually - i was referring to the price for the Santos watch link.
post #15 of 25
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Anyways, I found a nice local shop that offers a larger variety of used timepieces at competitive market prices--or the prices I've seen on Timezone.
Out of curiosity, what's the name of that store? dan
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