So before I begin, I have never owned a watch before but have been enamored by them only a few months back, seeing nice watches (albeit expensive) in magazines for men such as in "Details", "GQ", "Esquire" and "Men's Health".
I have window shopped many jewerly/watch stores and have seen some new Bulovas, Citizens, Movados and Tissots. Since many of these stores carry the same brands and even the same models, all in ONE mall, I have decided to truly stand out I gotta go vintage. The prices for these brands I have visited are anywhere from 400 to $1000. I tried one of the Movado's (white face dial, leather strap) and it was too big for my wrists-- my wrists are very small, I am ashamed to admit! The case spec for this one I tried on was 45 mm and 13mm thick. It felt "too large" for my wrist IMO.
I am after a Vintage after hearing how the Swiss watches made after World War II and before the 70's/80's were 100%-- if not 100, than likely 90-95% genuine Swiss. Nowadays, many "Swiss Made" watches are normally 51/49 from what I researched which means in my eyes, MOST of the watch is Swiss... however, a lot of the watch and the strap is made in China, India, etc.
A second important factor for me is knowing which brands to look for between 1930's and 60's, and which to avoid. I wish to get a watch that has a relatively thin case, maybe 10mm or thinner, and a case diameter of 36mm or smaller. And yes, I am looking for men's watches, and NOT women's watches.
Price is relatively important that I am conscious of; it cannot be any more than $200 USD. I will not go over this budget-- not a penny more. In my case, I very much prefer to find a timeless looking watch that is less than $200, maybe closer to $100. This price would be most ideal since I am not rich, and I am on a budget.
So I have decided to join this forum in hopes you nice and experienced watch people, can list me some great Swiss brands from this time-frame, and maybe even some specific models. I plan on shopping for a watch via eBay.