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First nicer(er) watch suggestions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pkilcull, May 21, 2012.

  1. pkilcull

    pkilcull Member

    Jul 29, 2010
    I recently graduated from law school and received a nice watch from my sister. She bought me this quite nice Emporio Armani watch


    I may, however not keep it because;

    A. The case is pretty thick, making it difficult to slip under my sleeve when I wear a suit,
    B. The face is pretty large and my wrists are small
    C. It's a little gaudy for my taste, and
    D. It seems like an overpriced watch considering it uses a quartz movement. ($400)

    I know it's tacky to return a gift like that but I'm just not crazy about it and I can get a cash refund because it's from nordstroms.

    I'm looking for an automatic watche in that price range and I need some suggestions. Ideally I want a simple, black leather banded, watch with a black face and a small(er) face because I have small wrists.

    I know there are some seikos and citizens out there between $100 and $200 but I'd like something nicer that will last me a while. I really like the seiko alba riki wantanabe but I don't know much about it the movement or overall quality.


    Any suggestions are welcome, feel free to school me on watches and price points. Also I welcom recomondations for a reputable jewelry/watch shop in downtown Philadelphia where I can pick up a good watch in the $400 price range.
  2. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

    May 28, 2010
    My best suggestion in this range is a lightly used Hamilton Jazzmaster from Timezone. You are pretty limited with a $400 budget. If used is a problem, you could get one new for about $500 off of Amazon. Otherwise you are probably stuck with a quartz or Seiko.

    I strongly suggest you check out the poor man's watch thread on this forum for some alternates.
  3. Notatinyman

    Notatinyman Member

    May 7, 2012
    I would take a look at Steinhart and Christopher Ward.
  4. tben

    tben Senior member

    Oct 12, 2011
    I like this suggestion. I actually just purchased a certified pre-owned Hamilton today (trying to expand the watch collection). I went to the store with a Breitling in mind and fell in love with the Hamilton. I never thought much of them, but I was pleasantly surprised while handling it.
  5. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

    Nov 3, 2010
    While I agree you could do much better for $400, you sister gave you a gift and it is in poor taste to simply return it for a watch you like better. However that does not mean you cannot achieve what you wish. Two options are essentially present: (1) You can go return the watch and find one you like better, such as a Hamilton. Done deal. That said, I do not know your sister and she may very well not care, but many people who put a fair amount of money into a gift, put some deal of thought into it. She may not say anything when she sees you wearing a different watch all the time, but I would guess she will be disappointed you did not like her gift. (2) Bring the subject up to her about the watch being too big for your wrists, but you really liked her idea of a watch as a graduation gift. Introduce her to the idea of a mechanical watch (you can say this is how Rolex makes their watches or something to that effect) and suggest the two of you go to a Hamilton dealer together and have her help you pick one out. Hamilton (as previous posters have suggested) is an excellent choice around your price range. However, most of their best models do not come standard with a black leather strap, but rather on metal bracelets. This is actually to your advantage as nearly all their models have available leather bands you can purchase separately and when you buy the watch itself on the bracelet you get a much better discount than if you were to buy it separately latter, having both a metal bracelet and leather strap enhances your versatility with the watch and if your taste changes later you do not have to buy anything. For you, I would specifically recommend you look at two models: (A) H32665131 is a 40mm black face dial and is (in my opinion) the best watch Hamilton makes. The second choice (B) would be H32455131 and is essentially the same watch, but slightly smaller at 37mm if you think the first is too large for your wrists. They will probably run you about $600 new. Best of luck.
    Last edited: May 21, 2012
  6. domenickb

    domenickb Active Member

    Mar 16, 2010
    I would second Christopher Ward.
  7. bydandie

    bydandie Active Member

    May 19, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    For your budget, the Tissot Visodate which is a versatile reissue of a classic. If you have issues with case height in any watch, use chain link cufflinks with double cuffs.

    Also, there are plenty of expensive quartz watches; the movement is only part of the worth of the watch. It's like saying that an English bench-made shoe is overpriced when you can get an Indian made shoe for cheaper.

    Another point to consider is that automatics will run about +10 secs/day fast unless they are certified chronometers or you're lucky.
    Last edited: May 22, 2012

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