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Watch for around 3K

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Simple Elegance, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Simple Elegance

    Simple Elegance Member

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    After being a long time lurker, I decided to crawl to the surface and ask SF for advice. I've been recently hired by a management consulting firm, one that requires to wear a suit every day. I was looking to buy a middle range watch (around $2500-$3500) that is stylish & modern, as I'm only 22 years old. I will also use it for my nights out, which often include pairing jeans with a sport coat. I was looking at a couple of options from Cartier and Bvlgari. I really like the Bvlgari, except I hate the name of the brand on the bezel area. I hope you share your knowledge with me. Regards, SE
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  2. 330CK

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    I would not get something as gaudy as that; youll just look like a typical young person trying to show off. If you absolutely desire to make a bold statement, a Pre-owned Rolex Submariner is the most blatant I would go.

    Personally, I would do a basic white face IWC Portofino that can be worn with any suit and, if absolutely necessary, would be mildly acceptable with a tuxedo. Research watches to learn what horology is about. That way, when someone in the know asks you about your esoteric watch, you'll be able to hold a conversation. This alone can open doors for you.
     
  3. venessian

    venessian Senior member

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    Look at the myriad watch threads here.

    Go enroll on watchuseek and look there.

    Go to a site such as Prestige Time and plug in your budget numbers.

    Not in any particular order.

    But, whatever you do, do not buy either of those 2 watches you posted. Please. You can do better.
     
  4. ohdannyboy

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    i'm in the market for a similarly priced watch, and have been looking at Omegas. just a suggestion, may be worth checking their site. also, i've looked at longines
     
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    oh, and also baume & mercier
     
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    Omega speedmaster. /end
     
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    +1. Very versatile. Classy since the 60s and the foreseeable future.
     
  9. GBear

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    You could also look into Maurice Lacroix...or some vintage Vacherons.
     
  10. FStyles

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    3717 Get bored of it and resell for 90% of original value. Ftw But then again you can always go with an omega if you enjoy mediocrity [​IMG]
     
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    teddieriley Senior member

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    3717

    Get bored of it and resell for 90% of original value.

    Ftw

    But then again you can always go with an omega if you enjoy mediocrity [​IMG]


    I like the IWC 3717 better than the speedmaster myself, but even at grey market pricing it is 20% over the budget. The speedy you can get sub $3K and have some left over to buy something else.

    The problem with these watch threads stating a budget is that someone will always give suggestions out of the price range stating that it is worth holding off and saving the extra cash for something arguably marginally better, then all of a sudden you have doods suggesting Pateks and ALS's or telling the OP they can get great vintage watches, which will require a lot of time, reading and finding resources when all the guy wants is a solid $3K watch.
     
  13. btinl

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    Omega speedmaster, seamaster, or planet ocean are all solid choices.

    The IWC 3717 has a look that gets old quickly. It has a very busy dial.
     
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    Just a thought, but if you're 22 maybe you don't need to jump right into the 3000-dollar watch game. Have you looked around at what's available for less than that? (And thought about what's gonna happen if you scratch the face in the first week after dropping 3 Gs on it?)
     
  16. in stitches

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    Omega speedmaster. /end

    good solid option. you might want to look into breitling and tag they also have some options in your budget. keep browsing on prestigetime they have alot of stuff there, and you will get a feel for what costs how much at full retail
     
  17. Simple Elegance

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    I have found many of the options on other threads... mmm "uninspiring". I was looking for something I could wear for the next 5-6 years, then sell it and get something more conservative, or appropriate to my age. I found this in another thread, is it still too gaudy? I'm looking for something less classic (and expensive) than a rolex.
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    Just a thought, but if you're 22 maybe you don't need to jump right into the 3000-dollar watch game. Have you looked around at what's available for less than that? (And thought about what's gonna happen if you scratch the face in the first week after dropping 3 Gs on it?)

    It's pretty difficult to scratch the crystal on a watch.
     
  19. Noah.Dreams

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    This watch screams, "I haven't arrived, but I know where I'm going". all at under $500 [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  20. venessian

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    I have found many of the options on other threads... mmm "uninspiring". I was looking for something I could wear for the next 5-6 years, then sell it and get something more conservative, or appropriate to my age.

    I found this in another thread, is it still too gaudy? I'm looking for something less classic (and expensive) than a rolex.


    Sorry, but if you've searched the watch threads here and found the majority of watches "uninspiring" and then think the 3 examples you've posted so far are somehow inspiring you need to look more carefully. I mean that with all respect.

    If you want some real advice, as opposed to endless usual suspects suggestions or "This is what I have." show-off posts, then post more specifically what you are looking for regarding functions (Do you want a chrono? Why? Dress watch? Tool watch?); case material/shape/size; dial color; etc.

    You want something versatile, for work and evening wear; I suggest something relatively classic, not something that screams "Look at me!" and will look dated in 3 years.

    Frankly, your age (22 or 28 or 45 or 78) has little to do with it. You're not under 16 anymore. There are many directions you can choose.

    The last watch you posted isn't too "gaudy" in my opinion, but is a rather unremarkable Flieger homage. Nothing special. As I have stated before, slanted date wheels at 4:30 are particularly tacky looking.
     

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