Hello Everyone, LOOOOONG time lurker and first time poster really...
I want to start off by saying I really enjoy the site and the wealth of information available here. It has really educated me and taught me a lot on a very interesting art.
I'm ready to take a moderate plunge on my first automatic to be used as a daily wearer sporty watch. After lurking for so long, I settled on a dive watch because I just like their classic good looks. Eventually I'd like to expand my collection to some chronographs and other neat dressier watches, but for this first one to be used as a daily, I don't think I can go wrong with a diver.
My budget is as close to 500-600 bucks as possible, I know that doesnt buy a lot in the watch world. But with a house on the way and a significant other who just frankly doesn't understand why I dont want to use my cell phone or buy a $50 timex (i own a couple, not bashing) I need to be somewhat reasonable. I'd love to go out and buy a really nice UN diver which tend to be my first personal grail, but down the line i suppose.
So what I'm after is something thats an auto, about 42mm case, non-chrono, SS bracelet, and from a company with some history. To me that is a very cool aspect of watch manufacturers and while I completely understand that Armida, Benarus, Prometheus, etc make great watches for the money, I'd like something with some history. Lastly, I do plan to buy used to save a few bucks.
All that being said, I've arrived at looking at these guys:
L3.618.104.22.168 - HydroConquest - Sport - Watches - Longines Swiss Watchmakers since 1832
Oris Aquis Date - 01 733 7653 4154-07 8 26 01PEB - Oris Aquis - Oris - Purely mechanical Swiss watches.
My favorite is the Oris, but I just havent seen any new or used come down below 800 and that is stretching it. I have seen the Tissots, Mido, and Longines all pop up on WUS and TZ a few times lately and much more in my range.
So since I can't decide I figured I'd solicit some advice/opinions. I guess I'm a little partial to the blue faces, but I guess the black goes with more. I like aspects of both the Tissot and Mido. I like the Longines but its probably my least favorite in the looks department, I guess since its a bit more high end than the others it appeals to me.
Maybe as a total amateur I'm missing an integral part of this and you all could fill me in??
thanks for looking, as soon as I make up my mind ill put up some pictures...many thanks!