I have been thinking of buying a new watch for a while know and I now find myself in a position to do it.
Unfortunately, my budget is quite modest compared to the budgets required for the great ‘classics’. It is limited to approx. 1000 dollars / circa 750gbp.
I like the simple classic lines of the ‘only times’ made from Vacheron and Patek Philippe, but I am even more drawn to the looks of these two Perrelets (I like the sun without the facial expressions, the large Moon Phase and the classic lines):
and this Patek Philippe:
Unfortunately, both are way out of my budget (especially the PP) but I have found that the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date and the Revue Thommen Le Club are very nice looking alternatives to the PP and within budget.
I was wondering which one should I go for? My personal preference is for medium size (up to 42mm max) and ideally somewhat thinnish (no more than 13mm).
I understand that both brands are ‘Swiss Made’, both have some history behind them(leaving aside that Revue Thommens are currently being built by Festina through a licensing agreement with the original Revue Thommen company).
I understand that Oris is the more popular/well known of the two but that the Big Crown is using acrylic crystal instead of sapphire (which the RT does).
Which of the two watches would you recommend? I am quite keen on having a watch that while properly serviced will last me for a lot of years to come.
Or are other watches close to/within my budget with similar looks that I should consider?
Alternatively, since the Perrelet is also out of my reach, are there any watches similar to it and closer to my budget?
Thanks a lot in advance.