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please recommend a watch

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by this_is_james, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. this_is_james

    this_is_james Well-Known Member

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    my watch just broke so i need to buy one. please help me choose one with the following criteria. thanks!

    1. steel-strap (better if interchangable w/ leather strap)

    2. "dress" watch (no sport watches).

    3. versatile. can be worn w/ jeans and an expensive suit.

    4. timeless. classic. sophisticated. not flashy. think if you can only own one watch what would it be.

    5. budget: around $1800 for retail prices.


    ps. right now i'm liking the omega seamaster aqua terra but is it formal enough?
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Well-Known Member

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  3. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    nautische instrument muhle glashutte mercurius at less than $1,000 [​IMG]
     
  4. JO3B

    JO3B Well-Known Member

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    id also go with a carerra. if you ebay, you can have yourself a nice one under your price range
     
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    Rolo Well-Known Member

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    I like vintage Omegas. I'd also go with a leather strap because it works for casual and I think it is more elegant as a dress watch.

    I've purchased a number of watches from www.artoftime.com and have good luck with them. They have a couple of nice Omega's that fit within your budget.

    In steel for $650

    [​IMG]

    In 14K gold for $1880

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    You can even pick up a vintage chronograph that doesn't look clunky. Here's a steel Heuer Carrera for $1750.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    You can even pick up a vintage chronograph that doesn't look clunky. Here's a steel Heuer Carrera for $1750.

    [​IMG]


    i believe that is a good price for a vintage heuer carrera- assuming it is in very good condition.
     
  8. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    Didn't the OP ask for a steel band?
     
  9. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Well-Known Member

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    If you are willing to increase your spending limit slightly, I recommend a gently pre-owned Rolex DateJust or Air King.
     
  10. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    James,

    I guess we are both in the market for roughly the same budget. I missed the thread earlier but now we can compare notes.
     
  11. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    I think you will find very difficult to find a "dress" watch with a steel bracelet. The two criteria are just generally mutually exclusive.

    I would recommend looking at Longines's "Master Collection" watches. They're not sports watches and I believe they all come with a steel bracelet as an option.

    If you're not married to the idea of a "dress" watch but are open to versatile sports watches, here are a couple of ideas that fit your criteria 1, 3, 4 and 5:

    Sinn Pilot Chronograph (356 Flieger) - MSRP $1,450 (with s/s band)
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    Alpina Avalanche Regulateur 1883 - MSRP 1,290 (for rubber strap but exists in s/s)
    [​IMG]
     
  12. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    Mr. James,
    By definition a dress watch is usually sold with a leather or alligator/crocodile band, since the latter is a more formal aesthetic. There are a few watches that are considered in the sport category, but sufficiently formal to pair with an odd jacket or even a suit--just make sure you're standing to the Rolex Sub guy.

    Here are a few suggestions:
    1) Rolex Datejust (used, around 2.5k); courtesy of AC.
    2) IWC Portofino on rice bracelet: very comfortable, much maligned for its ETA movement, but can be found at around your asking price.
    3) Nomos Tangente (strap only)
    4) Maurice Lacroix Pontos
    5) Oris Atelier
    6) Omega Aqua Terra
    7) Limes Pharao
     
  13. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    norcaltransplant - did you just pick up the UN in your avatar? If so, congrats! [​IMG]
     
  14. Don Goldstein

    Don Goldstein Well-Known Member

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    Where does one get a good price on Nomos and Glashutte?
     
  15. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    Where does one get a good price on Nomos and Glashutte?

    Nomos - you're pretty much stuck with MSRP (through Nomos itself or the very few distributors, e.g. http://www.watchbuys.com/Nomos.htm, or http://www.watch-links.com/)

    Glashutte is widely distributed as part of the Swatch group, so I would first try with your local authorized dealer and see what kind of discount he can give you (it's always useful to build a relationship with an AD). Then, look at grey market dealers in Asia (e.g. http://www.timephilosophy.com/)

    FYI - I bought my GO from Timephilosophy and it was a good experience
     
  16. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    Watchbuys.com is the official US representative of most German brands. I just picked up a German piece to use as a daily beater off FleaBay [​IMG]

    Greg,
    I've had the Marine Diver for over a year though I haven't had a tripod to take macro pictures without getting a ton of blurring. My camera still stinks, and I get quite a bit of background noise, but they are at least sufficient for quick pics, sales, etc. I haven't been able to get a movement shot, though I only have one piece with a display back.
     
  17. this_is_james

    this_is_james Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the replies you all! i wanted a watch where i could change the band so that it is a dress watch if i have it on leather strap and casual if i have it on steel bracelet. again, thanks for the suggestions. besides the price, would a cartier pasha or some other cartier model fit the description?
     
  18. teddieriley

    teddieriley Well-Known Member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    I picked up this Oris Atelier watch and absolutely love it. I believe retail is $1595.
    [​IMG]
     
  19. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    I picked up this Oris Atelier watch and absolutely love it. I believe retail is $1595.

    It's awesome - I love the design! [​IMG]
     
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    It's awesome - I love the design! [​IMG]

    Ditto.
     

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