I not familiar with many vintage watch brands and so I wanted to seek out the opinions of those who are familiar.
I am looking for an everyday classic mechanical dress watch in the lines of a vintage Patek and Vacheron in looks. I would love to just buy a vintage patek or vacheron but it is out of my price range. My price range is $400ish because I'll probably have to pay for a movement service and case polish upon receiving the watch.
I have been looking around and it seems that a solid gold case is not in the ballpark. I would love either a stainless steel or a gold filled watch perhaps? I want the watch to be 34mm to 38mm in diameter with a reliable mechanical movement. I am only familiar with the name brand vintage watches so I was looking at JLC or Longines. Any other brands I should give a look at like Universal Geneve?
Just to reiterate:
- classic dress watch with either stick or numeric markers
- diameter of between 34mm to 38mm
- stainless steel or gold filled
- reliable mechanical movement for everyday use
- in the $400 ish range
I am open to people's suggestions as to a dress watch. My list of criteria are pretty loose with the exception of the price range and the classic look.
Thank you for your help in my search.