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Advice on a new watch

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by shiltsy, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. shiltsy

    shiltsy Member

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    I'm new to the high end watch world, but it's time to up my game a bit. I know much of this is personal preference, but I'm hoping the watch experts can review my thoughts/requirements below and provide some great ideas.

    • Rolex is out... beautiful watches, just too common and boring
    • Budget under $8k
    • Love nothing more than the look of a sweeping second hand
    • Don't really need chrono, but looks cool if could find one with sweeping second hand
    • Not really thrilled about having to "wind" an automatic watch, but seems like Automatic is probably the best purist solution in the high end watch market
    • Seeing more and more leather bands, which look comfortable and I love the look of brown leather. Does this make the watch look less dressy?
    • Will mostly be worn with business attire
    • Love the look of the Breitlings

    Finally, I'll be in Switzerland/Germany in a couple of months... not sure if it's possible to get any deals locally on high end watches?

    Thanks all
     


  2. Bespoken1

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    I would reconsider a Rolex as in the Sea-Dweller. I have worn one for 12 years and every day when I look at the face it makes me happy.

    Good luck in your search
     


  3. Rolex Luthor

    Rolex Luthor Senior member

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    If you like the look of Breitlings, but want something a little dressier on a brown leather strap, consider an Omega Co-Axial DeVille. Sporty, yet elegant. If you want something even more on the elegant side but with a sport history, I recommend the JLC Reverso. I think you can get steel models of each in your budget range.

    When you say you would like a "chrono" with a sweeping second hand, do you mean a chronometer or a chronograph? A chronograph's second hand, if it has one, will be in a subdial; its stopwatch hand is where a sweeping second hand would be on a normal analog watch, and unless you run the stopwatch constantly, the stopwatch hand will stay at 12.

    And if it's an automatic, you don't have to hand-wind it. If you meant you'd rather have a battery-powered quartz watch, there are certainly high-end models of those to choose from, but you won't get the sweeping second hand.
     


  4. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    I can't think of many Breitlings that I would choose to wear with business attire.
     


  5. shiltsy

    shiltsy Member

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    Great feedback, keep it coming... Just FYI, my business attire is usually dress shirt, no tie and jacket about 75% of the time. I would feel very comfortable with a less than formal watch.

    I do understand that I wouldn't need to hand-wind the watch, but the thought of using an automatic winder or a watch being dead after not being worn for 3-4 days seems self-defeating since a $10 casio would run for years and keep time more accurately.... I know, I know, form over function and I'll never be able to get that beautiful sweeping second hand with a quartz battery powered watch. I don't think I'll get it in a chronograph either unless the stopwatch runs constantly.
     
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  6. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    It sounds to me like you do not really appreciate or embrace the virtues of a mechanical watch. If that is the case, for heavens sake please do NOT spend 8 grand on one. Find a quartz piece you like and enjoy it. Use the other $7900 for something else.
     


  7. shiltsy

    shiltsy Member

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    RogerP, the point was that if I could find a battery powered watch with the elegance and status of a Rolex, Omega, Breitling and a sweeping hand, I'd buy it.

    I'm finding more and more that things like a good watch and bespoke suit go a long way when customers/partners/associates are sizing you up in the business world. Would I have more fun spending $10k on a vacation? Probably. Will the message it sends and how I feel wearing it return more than $10k of value long term? I believe so.
     


  8. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    Breitlings are nice sporty watches, not dress watches to be worn with a suit & tie. Within your buget are a lot of nice watches by Omega, JLC, Girard-Perregaux, Baume & Mercier. IWC as well as slightly used top tier watches (Patek, AP & Vacheron). Go shopping in Switzerland knowing that prices are probably lower here in the states.
     


  9. Derekweb

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    I am looking for a watch in the 1K range. My style preference is less is more. I like rectangular retro types. The most flashy I like is the Rolex air king blue.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.
     


  10. bawlin

    bawlin Senior member

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    Rolex, 100%. Far from boring and the most bang for your buck when it comes to making a "statement".
     


  11. Ianiceman

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    Re chronographs - some of them are classy and iconic like the Rolex Daytona and the Omega Sppedmaster, but if a chronograph is still on your list of possibilities, beyond the way they look ask yourself if you'll ever really need or use the timing function.

    I use the divers ring on my submariner frequently, but never really found a use for the sub dials on a chronograph.

    I also find that most of the Breitlings, with or without subdials, just look too busy and cluttered to my eyes.
     


  12. obama

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    My suggestion is go for mechanical one. The little winding effort is joy to me and to many people. Don't let yourself regret of buying a quartz because I guess you will start appreciate the mechanical movement soon. You mentioned that you like sweeping second hand that only available for mechanical watch.

    Both bracelet and strap dress watch or casual watch will look good on trousers and shirt. Just avoid the far end of the spectrum, eg a sport watch or a gold thin dress watch such as PP
     


  13. borbor

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    steinhart aviation; well within your 1K range. Automatics with EMT movement.
     


  14. Derekweb

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    What are the brands with similar styling to the JAEGER LECOULTRE REVERSO ? Thanks, I am a watch newbe.
     


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    Are there any brands with similar style to the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso. Thanks, I am a watch newbe.
     


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