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Watch gift for wife -- advice needed

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JN41, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Viral

    Viral Well-Known Member

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  2. TimelesStyle

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    The previous generation ladies' Speedmaster could be had for around that price (after discount) but the current one is a bit more.

    The one pictured above is the previous version:

    http://www.authenticwatches.com/omega-speedmaster-reduced-38347940.html

    But the new one has gone up in price (it's now chronometer-certified and has a date) somewhat. The changes do not, in my opinion, justify that substantial an increase, particularly since Omega didn't outfit this one with a coaxial movement:

    http://www.authenticwatches.com/omega-speedmaster-32433384004001.html

    Authenticwatches.com is typically a good proxy for what you can get in terms of discount from an AD with a little finesse but no introduction/established relationship. It wouldn't be unreasonable to believe that some dealers will still have the old one available.

    A men's quartz Constellation, as I think I mentioned earlier, could also be a good choice and its size is perfect for a woman's wrist:

    http://www.authenticwatches.com/omega-constellation-12310356002001.html
     
  3. vaulter1

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    Sorry - Double post.
     
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  4. vaulter1

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    I'm actually in the same boat as you getting a watch for my wife's 30th (thankfully it's not till September so I have some time). Here's my rambling 2c:
    You mention that the Datejust is out of your price range but, depending on what vintage and options (diamond dial, papers and box, etc) you require they do actually dip down to $2000 and below sometimes. Like this: http://www.network54.com/Forum/2076...ust+16030+with+certificate+paper+and+booklets I tend to like the rolexes and the Omegas due to their reliability and 'lineage' but that isn't meant to badmouth any of the other suggestions or brands out there.

    Watches are a VERY personal thing and unless you:
    a) know your wife's tastes VERY well or
    b) don't mind consulting with her for suggestions/hints -
    I would tred carefully in choosing, lest it eventually lives in the jewelry drawer and not on her wrist.

    Another less popular watch (from a collectors point of view, which is good for you) would be the Omega speedmaster reduced. It regularly can be found for under $2k and sports the same 'features' and looks as its much more expensive cousin the 'moonwatch' which is over $3k. At 38mm in size, it's not terribly small but you did mention the 36mm Rolex so it all depends on whether your wife would like a larger or smaller watch.

    Regardless of what brand you decide upon, if you're buying used: Buy the seller not the watch! Keep an eye on the following link http://www.elitedealseeker.com/index.cgi?category=watches which is an aggregator of a number of watch forums to see what's currently on offer. The best deals are normally private to private instead of places like Chrono24 but you do take on more of a risk in dealing direct.

    Once you finally decide on the watch, let us know and pop up a wrist-shot too :nodding:
     
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  5. TimelesStyle

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    Only the older style Speedmaster Reduced can be found new for about $2k and that one is 35mm.
     
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    JLC Reverso. Cannot go wrong.
     
  8. TimelesStyle

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    But which could you do if you wanted to get her a new one? Other than the 21 series I don't know of any that can be had for $2k. What do you think of Bvlgari? Those can be had for somewhat less depending on the model.
     
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    I like foos choice as well, but while you're at it spend a little more, she's your wife. I have no personal experience with bvlgari, but my fiancé likes their diamonds.
     
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  10. TimelesStyle

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    I love that watch but I'm not sure it's right in this circumstance for two reasons: it might be a bit out of the OP's price range and it seems as though he wants something a little chunkier and less delicate in appearance.
     
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    +1
    Let her choose. She is one lucky 30 year old.
     
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  12. vaulter1

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    I'm not sure whether we're talking about the same watch. I was focusing on the used/vintage market (as I have no clue what the current AD prices are :confused: ) where the reduced can be found for $1500-$2000 and is 38mm, not the 35.5mm as stated on the Omega site. Either way though, it's a great line of watches from Omega.

    An example for the OP: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs-omega-speedmaster-automatic-3510-50-reduced-643083.html
     
  13. TimelesStyle

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    I'm not entirely convinced that this is actually the "Reduced," which I thought was 35-36mm up until very recently. If I recall there was an automatic version based on the Professional (moon watch) that sold for considerably less since it lacked the Professional's historical significance and used a non-chronometer automatic movement.
     

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