*deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

*deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby Nndroid » August 2nd 2017, 4:24am

Hello, mighty Watchlords. I present myself as the lowest of the low – a guy who's got to the age of 50 without EVER owning a decent watch at all. And now I want to buy myself one.

I've gotten sick and tired of throwaway electronic devices. They use to be miracles in your pocket. Now they're £500 paperweights after three years. I've become more and more fascinated by the mystery of genuine engineering, mechanical movements, and design with a deeper heritage than what some douchey app designer deems interesting this week. I'm starting late but I'm honestly interested in getting something worthwhile, that will last, and which fits my personality.

And rather than going to some watch dealer who just wants to make a sale, I thought I would chance my arm and ask people who really know – you guys. I am a music lover and I realise this is like someone who has never owned any records or CDs marching up to me and saying "hey, what music should I be into?" I'm very aware of my own ignorance. By all means tell me to go screw myself if you want to. But I would very much value your suggestions.

Here are the parameters:

I'm 50, about 5'3" and my arms aren't giant – so no massive wristbreakers
Smallish wrists so 38-40mm size
Not a massively sporty guy so it needn't be super-rugged but I am thinking a simple diver or pilot look
Mechanical movement
Swiss or German
Classic 60s or 70s look – no crazy overdesigned Euro looks
No need for dress-watch fancy look – I never get invited to meet the Queen
Budget £1,500-£2,500 ($2,000-$3,300) – thanks, Brexit
Simple and not overfeatured – I don't really want multiple timezones, stopwatches, smartwatch features, Geiger counters, teleporters or anything beyond a day/date
Made by a real dedicated watchmaker IE no Armani, Hilfiger, Hugo Boss or any of that naff spin-off stuff.
A tiny bit unusual. Friend recommended Rolex but that seems a little obvious.

Looks/brands that I've liked the look of: Bremont, IWC, Tudor (until David Beckham started advertising them), Mondaine (cheap but elegant), Oris, Nomos Glashütte, Junghans, Alpina

Looks I'm not keen on: Breitling and Tag Heuer (they can be amazing but I'm not a pilot or a sportsman or an Alpha CEO type), Hublot (too overpowering).

I realise a lot of this will contradict itself, and maybe you'll say "$2,000? Are you nuts?" And if you want to say "Screw you, noob, go put in the hard yards yourself instead of leeching off us" then that's cool too. But if you want to give advice and make any suggestions I would really appreciate it. And if you like I'll keep you updated on the search.

Many thanks and all hail to thee O Watchlords from a miserable supplicant,

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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby codguy » August 2nd 2017, 4:32am

Get yourself a used Omega and be done.







Oh, wait........... that brand isn't on your list, never mind.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby Mortuus » August 2nd 2017, 4:39am

codguy wrote:Get yourself a used Omega and be done.

The codguy, he speaks da troot, mon...

...however, if that's too much of an initial investment for you, go and get yourself a Hamilton three-hander, with an ETA 3832-2 automatic movement onboard.

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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby bobbee » August 2nd 2017, 4:45am

It's still a good choice for a first watch, cod.
Used Omegas have the type/style you are looking for, if pre Swatch then with in house movement too.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby Nndroid » August 2nd 2017, 4:49am

I'm open to other brands, in fact really interested to hear any ideas at all, so Omega is cool.

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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby biglove » August 2nd 2017, 4:57am

Cod speaks the truth. A used Omega PO or SMP for around $2500.

Or go British with a used CW diver. For around $600
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby relaxer7 » August 2nd 2017, 5:30am

Yes. Pre-owned Omega.
I'd suggest a Seamaster Pro 2254 which in my opinion is an appreciating classic (£1500ish) or a Speedmaster Pro (£2000ish) - A definite classic!

Tudor Black Bay are also great watches :D
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby conjurer » August 2nd 2017, 5:49am

Welcome, goddamn it!

Fuck that pre-owned shit:

https://www.jomashop.com/omega-watch-21 ... 01003.html

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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby Hawk » August 2nd 2017, 6:00am

Well if you're getting talked into more brands allow me to suggest more geographical diversity.

I'll see Conjurer's Omega and raise one Grand Seiko (new).

http://www.azfinetime.com/grand-seiko-a ... c-sbgr053/
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby foghorn » August 2nd 2017, 6:03am

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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby conjurer » August 2nd 2017, 6:05am

Hawk wrote:Well if you're getting talked into more brands allow me to suggest more geographical diversity.

I'll see Conjurer's Omega and raise one Grand Seiko (new).

http://www.azfinetime.com/grand-seiko-a ... c-sbgr053/


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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby Tzimisces » August 2nd 2017, 6:13am

Hawk Johnson is right. Never mind that Eurotrash shit. Show yourself to be a man of true discriminating taste and go Seiko.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » August 2nd 2017, 7:01am

I think that you could look into IWCs on the grey market. At the top end of the budget, you could easily get a Mark XVIII or the recently discontinued Ingenieur (the Genta-style one). Of course, that's unless you care about a generic ETA 2892 under the bonnet. At the MSRPs set by IWC, they're overpriced, but the grey market pricing looks reasonable.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby smellody » August 2nd 2017, 7:56am

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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby koimaster » August 2nd 2017, 8:15am

I might suggest Maurice Lecroix, swiss made, elegant yet practical. Nomos is also a good choice.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby TemerityB » August 2nd 2017, 9:25am

I was thinking both Nomos and IWC. Not crazy expensive, but definitely not commoner stuff.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby PiningforElgin » August 2nd 2017, 12:20pm

Rado R30939163, any Perrelet, Mühle-Glashütte
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby 3Flushes » August 2nd 2017, 2:06pm

There'a several worthy brands out there. I suggest you look around WL, check out the daily Watch You Are Wearing thread and look up some reviews on watches that appeal to you. You may also want to look at the individual forum section and see what you like in the brands that have been recommended thus far. There's a great deal of information here at WL to help you choose a great watch.

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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby bedlam » August 2nd 2017, 5:09pm

Have you looked at a Bremont MBII?

Nicely put together and good looking, rather than an off-the-rack Omega.

Preloved there is one on Watchrecon now for $2900

I have the Supermarine and rate it as one of the better watches I have worn.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby conjurer » August 2nd 2017, 5:16pm

bedlam wrote:Have you looked at a Bremont MBII?

Nicely put together and good looking, rather than an off-the-rack Omega.



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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby 32771 » August 2nd 2017, 5:17pm

conjurer wrote:Welcome, goddamn it!

Fuck that pre-owned shit:

https://www.jomashop.com/omega-watch-21 ... 01003.html

Have a nice and holy day.


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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby smellody » August 2nd 2017, 5:27pm

Any Brit not sporting a Tudor is a plank wanker and should go home to Pommeland.
   
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby bedlam » August 2nd 2017, 5:33pm

conjurer wrote:
bedlam wrote:Have you looked at a Bremont MBII?

Nicely put together and good looking, rather than an off-the-rack Omega.



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http://wornandwound.com/review/bremont-mbii-review/
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby biglove » August 2nd 2017, 7:33pm

bedlam wrote:Have you looked at a Bremont MBII?

Nicely put together and good looking, rather than an off-the-rack Omega.

Preloved there is one on Watchrecon now for $2900

I have the Supermarine and rate it as one of the better watches I have worn.


Now that is a serious recommendation. If Bedlam says it is that good, that's some real stuff.
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Re: *deep breath* Help a 1,000% Noob choose the right watch?

Postby tiktok » August 2nd 2017, 9:19pm

I got this gently used for 2k. I think it was like the first coaxial and Omega quickly moved on. I think the finish work is nicer and more akin to GS than what they are doing now...

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