The generic name for the watches you are comparing is Tonneau
, which is any watch with a barrel-shaped case with two convex sides. The tank watches are the ones you mentioned in the other topic. If you are looking for tonneau alternatives, I'd suggest a Longines
(La grande classique de Longines, or Evidenca) in either quartz or automatic movement. The roadster is an ugly one. I can not believe you're willing to spend $5k on something like that. Also, the above mentioned watches do not please my own taste, but if you want at all costs a tonneau, I would buy the Oris or something of similar price range. If you are considering a tank watch instead, the e-bay is awash with them. For example, this
, or this
could be a good buy considering their features and materials. There is an abundance of vintage or antique tank watches that are very beautiful, thin, timeless, and inexpensive. Just, type tank watch and see how many of them you'll find. If you are patient enough you could browse the stores that sell used antique watches for reasonable prices. I, myself, am having an old (50's) Longines tank watch in 14K gold fixed and serviced for me by my trusted watch repairman. I'm buying from him after many months of waiting patiently for the right one. Ernest is right in pointing out the use of the same movements in different brand names, but with outrageous price tags. Save the money. Just a friendly reminder.
I was prepared to spend on the Cartier given that I did not know of many alternatives in the tonneau design. I am at this point learning a bit more, and am gradually finding more, which is why I haven't made the purchase yet. In the evidenza line, I see some very attractive Tonneau pieces, I will definately consider. In the Oris price range, I think they are the only company making respectable Tonneau style watches (under $1000), so if I were to keep it around that price, that would be my only option, given my current research. Obviously when I move into the higher eschelons, my options are far greater, and now I can cross the Cartier off my list in favor of this Longines, and I actually just found another one that I really like. So far I guess I know that I can get a watch I like for at least $900, so that's not too bad. But like I said, I'm willing to pay the $5000 for a watch that I like, and the Tonneau style has really captured my interest. Of course, if I could spend under $1000 it would be ideal, but being realistic that probably isn't the case.