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Turning 35--Watch?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Deluxe, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Deluxe

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    I'm turning 35 in December and have been thinking about getting myself a watch. Been also thinking about getting a suit and/or nice overcoat instead, but don't really need one until next year at the earliest. I was thinking of investing in a watch that I can wear casually, and to work, as well as have an heirloom to pass down to one of my 2 sons. A bit of background:

    1. Work in Research/Consulting and occasionally meet with executive clients in person. I do meet with technology executives often. Based on my research, I'm starting to build a bit of a brand for myself and can foresee going out and having my own services company in 3-5 years.
    2. Because I was thinking of this Breitling SuperOcean with both the rubber and steel bracelet. Rubber for casual days, steel for more upscale dress.
    3. Budget: Ideally no more than $3kUSD, but can go as high as $5kUSD
    4. I've just started building the wardrobe and typically wear Thomas Pink shirt and tie with slacks. I'll throw on some jeans with the Pink too.

    Any suggestions on a watch or birthday gift alternative?
     
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  2. idfnl

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    Watch you turn 35? Eh, I'll pass.
     
  3. Deluxe

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    I'm turning 35 in December and have been thinking about getting myself a watch. Been also thinking about getting a suit and/or nice overcoat instead, but don't really need one until next year at the earliest. I was thinking of investing in a watch that I can wear casually, and to work, as well as have an heirloom to pass down to one of my 2 sons. A bit of background:

    1. Work in Research/Consulting and occasionally meet with executive clients in person. I do meet with technology executives often. Based on my research, I'm starting to build a bit of a brand for myself and can foresee going out and having my own services company in 3-5 years.
    2. Because I was thinking of this Breitling SuperOcean with both the rubber and steel bracelet. Rubber for casual days, steel for more upscale dress.


    3. Budget: Ideally no more than $3kUSD, but can go as high as $5kUSD
    4. I've just started building the wardrobe and typically wear Thomas Pink shirt and tie with slacks. I'll throw on some jeans with the Pink too.

    Any suggestions on a watch or birthday gift alternative?
     
  4. Deluxe

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    HA! Whoops! Buying a watch. Sorry, this was my first post. For some reason I don't see my initial post, but it appears the thread has already been published.
     
  5. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Whats your budget?
     
  6. Deluxe

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    I'm turning 35 in December and have been thinking about getting myself a watch. Been also thinking about getting a suit and/or nice overcoat instead, but don't really need one until next year at the earliest. I was thinking of investing in a watch that I can wear casually, and to work, as well as have an heirloom to pass down to one of my 2 sons. A bit of background:

    1. Work in Research/Consulting and occasionally meet with executive clients in person. I do meet with technology executives often. Based on my research, I'm starting to build a bit of a brand for myself and can foresee going out and having my own services company in 3-5 years.
    2. Because I was thinking of this Breitling SuperOcean with both the rubber and steel bracelet. Rubber for casual days, steel for more upscale dress.
    3. Budget: Ideally no more than $3kUSD, but can go as high as $5kUSD
    4. I've just started building the wardrobe and typically wear Thomas Pink shirt and tie with slacks. I'll throw on some jeans with the Pink too.

    Any suggestions on a watch or birthday gift alternative?
     
  7. idfnl

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  8. Deluxe

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    Can I get a steel band for those?
     
  9. Ambulance Chaser

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    Rolex Explorer I, IWC Mark XVI, Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, Cartier Roadster
     
  10. idfnl

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    Definitely for the Omega, not sure about the IWC
     
  11. AlwaysDressed

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    I bought a Tag Monaco for similar reasons about a year ago (Lots of history and a great backstory to go with this watch). I paid $4300.

    Here are a couple of pics:

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  12. Cant kill da Rooster

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    The Aqua Terra is nice for an all around dress/casual watch. Speedmaster will keep you under that 3k range and both do come with a silver bracelet.

    Note that it is not that easy to switch out a steel bracelet. I would stick with a leather strap or a bracelet but don't go back and forth.

    The best recommendation I can make is to lurk on the watch forums. Particularly Timezone or Watchnet (they carry a lot of the same ads). Both have under 5k sales boards and it gives you a good opportunity to see what's out there and what you like. I wouldn't buy anything right away, but look for awhile until you get some idea of what things sell for and what catches your eye. Also browse the watch porn section which is great to see what people are wearing and what they look like paired with different watch straps.



     
  13. Deluxe

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    @AlwaysDressed, that is sharp! I'll have to check it out. the problem i have is that i'm a bit apprehensive to getting a watch with a leather band. i'm afraid it's going to wear out pretty quickly, much like a belt.

    @Cant kill da Rooster: great advice. my birthday isn't until late dec, that's why i'm taking a look now.

    i liked the rubber band on the breitling b/c it had the clasp. no worries about wearing out the band as much as a leather one, plus i kinda liked the look (especially with the yellow option).
     
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    If that happens, just treat it as an opportunity to explore the world of custom watch bands.
     
  15. Akeem

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    get yourself a deployant for the strap and it'll last 2-3 times longer. if you're gonna only buy one watch, it should be able to used in both casual and formal occasions. I would recommend getting something that comes with a bracelet and then change to a strap if you prefer. it'll be cheaper in the long run for you.

    rolex and omega are probably the most common answers in this range. I love my 14060M and highly recommend it, but if you want something a bit less common yet well regarded, go get a JLC master control for 5K.
     
  16. the_drizzle

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    +1 on the JLC Master Control. I think it looks better with a silver dial and leather band.
     
  17. TheTukker

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    Also, better stay away from TH for that kind of money. Hardly a real watch brand and if anything, no great resell value.
     
  18. academe

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    +1 on the JLC, one of the IWCs or Omegas. The Cartiers have some lovely casework and faces...

    Personally I find Tag and especially Rolex too...common and nouveau riche, and would steer clear of either of those brands.
     
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  19. Deluxe

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    I was just at the Omega store in the burbs of Boston. They showed me the limited edition 2012 Olympics watch with the blue face. Seemed kinda expensive and had no series numbering. However, it looked great.

    Any thoughts on it?
     
  20. jungshoe

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    most authorized dealers will do discounts of 25-30%, so with $5k to spend you're effectively within the range of something with a retail as high as $7k, give or take. i'm partial to watches with in-house movements, but you may find the look of the watch to be more important than what's inside it.

    if you're looking to spend around $3k, the omega speedmaster pro suggested by the idfnl is probably one of the best watches at that price point. (iirc the base version with the hesalite runs $3,600, but you can easily get one for a grand less than that.) it's not self-winding, though . . . you have to manually wind it every couple days. iwcs are nice, but most of them use valjoux eta movements, which are ubiquitous.

    imo jlc, which has also been mentioned, is easily the best value in watches today . . . all their movements are in house, the build quality is only a step or two below AP, patek or lange and they run thousands less (although they obviously don't hold their value as well). nevertheless, they make great watches. the master control and the master compressor are excellent. another model to consider would be the reverso (my favorite), which is a classic that will last you a lifetime and you could pass on to your sons.
     

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