Hi MC gang, I know this topic has been posted in a repetitive cycle...so here's another one. I'm looking to buy a first nice watch at around the $3,000 mark. My first choice is the IWC Portofino. I'm not really into busy looking chronos. I suppose a popular 2nd choice would be Omega Seamaster. Oh, and I'm only considering new watches at the moment. Also, would you pros recommend to buy from a brick and mortar establishment or online? The only watch I've bought online was a $600 Oris watch from Authenticwatches.com and I had to meet up with them to pay cash to avoid the sales tax since we're in the same state. If anyone has any recommendations of quality shops around the Southern California area, I would appreciate that. Edit: Just wanted to give an update. I went with IWC IW371401. The white/gold combination is too killer. I originally wanted IW500114 since it has a date box, but the watch is just too big for my wrist. It was more than $3,000 but I am content with it. Got a nice deal on it from an AD.