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Watch for around 3K

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Simple Elegance, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. jtoddaz

    jtoddaz Well-Known Member

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  2. 330CK

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    Just a thought, but if you're 22 maybe you don't need to jump right into the 3000-dollar watch game. Have you looked around at what's available for less than that? (And thought about what's gonna happen if you scratch the face in the first week after dropping 3 Gs on it?)
    If you scratch the face of the watch, you have a pretty big problem. However, if you mean the crystal, that's not a good example. Most watches that are worth anything have a sapphire or similarly strong crystal, that is just about scratch proof. I have worn my Omega Seamaster everyday for the past 4 years and the crystal still looks the same as the day I got it.
    Well I already own the basics of a working wardrobe (suits, shoes, shirts, ties) so basically I'll use my signing bonus to get the watch. I will start saving money for important things as I start getting paychecks. This watch is all I will be getting for a good while in the "nice" category.
    I would start off with something around the $500 mark. For this I recommend the aforementioned Hamiltons or a Seiko. Seikos are very good watches. [​IMG] Seiko Kinetic Drive Moon Phase Their Kinetic line is similar to an automatic. This has classic touches, yet is still modern and flashy enough to suit your needs. Planning to sell your watch in the future is a bad idea. With few exceptions, watches will quickly decrease in value; some wil accrue, but you will need to really understand the watch market to select these. I would start off with a Seiko, then when you're ready to upgrade, hold on the to the Seiko as an everyday or travel watch.
     
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    Another vote for the Omega Speedmaster. Seriously go look at one of these IRL... pictures rarely do it justice.
     
  5. ismelllikepoop

    ismelllikepoop Well-Known Member

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    It's ugly. Mark XV would be fine.

    shut up
     
  6. venessian

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    shut up

    ???
     
  7. DerekS

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    Omega speedmaster. /end

    this. gorgeous watch. Just make sure its a speedy pro and not the basic speedy. Pain in the ass to have repaired.

    Or a rolex datejust. great watches as well.
     
  8. IrateCustomer

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    Tag Heuer Calibre S is what I wear and absolutely love it. It goes with damn near anything, looks classy but not gaudy, and I get a lot of complements on it.
     
  9. cioni2k

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    Two suggestions.

    1) Seiko. Buy yourself a "higher end" Seiko like a Grand Seiko, or even simply a Seiko 5. If you need to class it up or you want to make it look like you spent more money, buy yourself a gator watch band for ~ $200-250. For that money, you could get yourself a couple and have a nice rotation [​IMG] [I am a big fan. I have a Seiko 5 and a Seiko Diver both on NATO Straps]. Can be had for dirt cheap.

    2) Stowa Marine!! How has no one recommended this yet. Flashy enough for a young guy yet classy enough to keep forever. You can get the base model with a polished case and alligator band for under $1000 shipped. This is really what I'd suggest. I'm 23 going on 24 and am patiently waiting to receive mine with a nice Sirtoli gator strap [​IMG] The end of April cant come soon enough
     
  10. dshreter

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    If I were you I would start the job first, and get a good look around at the kinds of watches and clothing people are wearing. Most of the watches in this thread (in my opinion) run the risk of looking pretty flashy in a management consulting setting both within the firm and definitely with clients.

    Clients don't want to feel like you're being overpaid, so a bling watch might not be a great idea if you're not a partner.
     
  11. cretaceous_cretin

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    Or a rolex datejust. great watches as well.

    +1. Simple, understated. A recent preowned Datejust is available in two-tone gold/stainless, or in stainless in your price range - if you are patient, you may even get a better deal. And it will retain its value better than a new watch.

    If you don't find one on watchuseek, look in the rolexforums.com for sale section. I have recently bought two Rolexes on rolexforums.com:

    Datejust in stainless for $2500
    Submariner Date in stainless for $3600
     
  12. Simple Elegance

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    If I were you I would start the job first, and get a good look around at the kinds of watches and clothing people are wearing. Most of the watches in this thread (in my opinion) run the risk of looking pretty flashy in a management consulting setting both within the firm and definitely with clients. Clients don't want to feel like you're being overpaid, so a bling watch might not be a great idea if you're not a partner.
    I guess you're right. I wanted to start doing some research and looking at some options so I can speed up my decision process. I think I will still go for a mildly flashy watch, since the rest of my outfit is conservative: Black Park Avenues, AE basic dress belt, MT shirts, and average suits (but well tailored of course). Thank you everyone for your kind words of wisdom.
     
  13. GusW

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    Go for the pre-owned Rolex sub

    These guys usually have them and they are easy to work with. http://www.pduggan.com/
     
  14. randallr

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    Longines Master Collection II....I will probably be buying one of those in the next year. Also well within your budget.
     
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    Rolex Air King. Permanently stylish, and relatively inexpensive as Rollies go. Under 5k typically.
     
  17. Chrenetique

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    Rolex Cellini would be perfect for you. Dressy but not boring, nor pretentious.
     
  18. emmanuel

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    Longines Master Collection II....I will probably be buying one of those in the next year. Also well within your budget.

    I have the one below. I love it. try finding something with these complications for under $3k!

    http://shop.us.longines.com/longines...l26734783.html
     
  19. phelan77

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    After being a long time lurker, I decided to crawl to the surface and ask SF for advice.

    I've been recently hired by a management consulting firm, one that requires to wear a suit every day. I was looking to buy a middle range watch (around $2500-$3500) that is stylish & modern, as I'm only 22 years old. I will also use it for my nights out, which often include pairing jeans with a sport coat.

    I was looking at a couple of options from Cartier and Bvlgari. I really like the Bvlgari, except I hate the name of the brand on the bezel area. I hope you share your knowledge with me.

    Regards,

    SE


    Try not to buy fashion watches. My advice will be to go for a Anonimo pre-owned or from the grey market.
     
  20. Warren G.

    Warren G. Well-Known Member

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    Its possible. 2.5k with a summer job and a part time job around school.. why not? If you live at home it should be doable.
    yeah it's possible. I bought my Speedmaster when I was 20. I start saving for it when I was 18. I spend around $1,700. I bought the 3572, basically a Speedy pro with a front hesalite and sapphire back (discontinued for awhile) It's good to see it went up in value somewhat. Speedmaster 3572 I been watching most of the Speedmaster auctions lately. Mainly the 3570, and I noticed most of them are going for 2kish now (it was $1,600ish when I was shopping around a year and half ago.)
     

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