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    $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    My wife has asked me for years to wear nice watches. However, I bought a Timex Ironman the day before i joined the Army in 1985 and it was kind of a good luck charm that didn't leave my wrist for 32yrs. The watch broke last week so as part of the grieving process I will make my wife happy and buy some nice watches. I work in NYC, wear a suit most every day, go out to a show/event in dinner jacket 3-4x per month, I wear a tux 5-6x per year, like to surf and rock climb.

    My only allegiance to watches are: a) I loved Magnum PI as a kid so one needs to be a Rolex (I like the 2017 red letter Sea Dweller), b) I enjoy horse racing that Longines supports so i'd like to return the gesture.

    I can spend ~$25k over the next year in building the collection. I'd be more partial to new versus vintage; prefer clean look but not stogy.

    I'd love to get a sense of the best/most creative/interesting watch collections (number and type) I could build with that above in mind.

    Thanks for help!
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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    Great budget!

    My suggestion is to keep your Watch collection small (perhaps 3 Watches in total) and wear the heck out of them!

    Since you already have one chosen (and a fantastic one at that), and want a Longines, that would leave a third one.

    The way I see it, every good Watch collection needs a Dive Watch, a Chronograph Watch, and a Dress Watch, so my suggestions (the red letter Sea-Dweller is your choice):



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    A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Up/Down
    H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds
    Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds
    Officine Panerai Radiomir PAM 720
    Rolex Submariner 114060 (No Date)
    Cartier Santos WSSA0010
    Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+
    Seiko SKX007
    Seiko SKX009
    Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400-1
    Casio G-Shock GA-700
    Casio G-Shock DW-5600E
    And others (not really worth mentioning)

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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    So one watch needs to be a Rolex. The Longines angle can be ignored.

    So I think at least 2 watches up to maybe 4.

    Dress watch
    Sport watch which can be worn w/suits (Diver or dressy/sport mix)
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    What's your wrist size? How do you feel about a watch with no-date? I'massuming a cyclops is not a problem for you.

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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    Don’t build a collection. Buy what you love.
    Get. Rolex sea dweller
    Nomos Orion or Zurich
    Casio GShock.
    “If we could be satisfied with anything, we should have been satisfied long ago.”
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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    With that budget I'd get a Rolex GMT II. Magnum had a GMT, not a SeaDweller, and it is also a slimmer and more functional watch, and for all practical purposes, is just as capable in the water.
    For surfing and climbing, another Timex Ironman or comparable.
    For Longines, I like the new Heritage Avignation chronograph or this one..

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    If you've shopped well, that should leave $10K plus for a nice gold dress watch of your choice to wear with a suit or tuxedo.
    Breguet Type XX, IWC Aquatimer Chronograph "Jacques Yves Cousteau", IWC Portuguese Automatic, JLC Deep Sea Cermet, JLC Tribute to Polaris 1965, Omega Speedmaster Professional, Panerai 233 "Dot", Panerai 439 Oro Rosso, Patek Philippe 5130G World Time, Rolex Datejust, Rolex Seadweller, Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150, Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph.

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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    wrist is 7", normal build so the large face watches i tried looked to bulky. cyclops not an issue. date i like but i guess wouldn't need for each watch.

    if one is the 2017 Sea Dweller, is the only option to get in line at one of the ADs, pay the deposit, and wait the 8-12months that they are back ordered.

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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhusker85 View Post
    if one is the 2017 Sea Dweller, is the only option to get in line at one of the ADs, pay the deposit, and wait the 8-12months that they are back ordered.
    Pretty much.

    I'd go with a Sub or a Datejust for you instead of the new Sea Dweller. Wears better too.

    I have a 16600 Sea Dweller as I hate the cyclops.

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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    Your wife condones this financially irresponsible behavior? That’s great, congratulations!!! :) Sounds like you already have the Rolex Sea Dweller picked out, that’s a good start. If you really like it, get it, it will be worth the wait.

    After looking at numerous pictures online and researching a bit I would suggest visiting a number of retail stores that carry the watches you may be interested in. Go right after work if possible while you’re still in a suit to try them on so you know how they look and feel.

    I have been dead set on purchasing a certain watch just put it on my wrist and not like it, or worse than that love it but not be comfortable. Better to come to that realization trying one on at a store than after purchasing it. Have fun in the hunt & good luck!

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    Re: $25k for a starter collection; what should it have?

    My ideal starter collection would be: A no-date Submariner Ceramic, Reverso, and a Speedmaster Pro.
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    --Todd

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