$5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

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    $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    I have a friend who allocated 5k of his bonus to purchase a watch. I essentially can't shut up about watches so he's finally getting at least one. I'm struggling to think if I should just tell him to get 1 nice watch he will wear at all times or a few less costly watches for different occasions. It's the age old question of sports watch, casual watch, and dress watch. Can one watch do it or is it better to have multiple.

    The immediate classics I can think of course being the Seamaster and Submariner that might be able to accomplish it all. He is a lot more partial to Rolex simply because he is not a WIS but a high income individual and that's all his associates wears. At the same time, he does realize the somewhat negative connotations it can bring in some of the dive bars we go to. He is only looking for 39mm+. Vintage and used is fine.

    Personally I don't think I can go with one watch but every once in a while I look at my collection and realize I can just pick up a really nice single ultimate grail piece and it becomes tempting.

    So I leave it up to you. Give a recommendation for:

    One $5000 Watch:

    OR

    Multiple watches total up to $5000:
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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    If I were to set aside 5K for this purpose I would probably buy another really nice watch and several affordables. Just my .02.

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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    I would get one nice one.

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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    We all have individual preferences but I'm curious which specific 1 watch recommendation you could give.


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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    less is more and since its a buyers market , $5K will fetch real McCoy from well known international brand names watch company.

    I am in a process cutting my collection of 40+ watches to 2- 4.

    Rolex TT GMT2C, Rolex TT Daytona, couple KOBOLDs, 40mm to 46mm.
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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    For a non-hobbyist, I'd suggest one. Something that dresses up and down relatively well, and will last him a long time.

    For someone who wants a collection, then I'd suggest to get a few.

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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    A used GMT IIc sounds perfect for him.

    I would get a used PO, a used Speedy Pro, and a used 2254.50 for 5K...

    In fact, I just did...

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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyPenFly View Post
    Give a recommendation for:

    Multiple watches total up to $5000
    Sport/Beater: Seiko Dive watch of any type. Cost = $300 tops. Plenty to choose from over 40mm, and quartz or auto options.

    Sport/Casual: IWC Spitfire Mark XVI or Omega Aqua Terra (not the new 8500). Cost = $2700 or less. Both are 39 mm and wear a little larger due to thin bezels, and there are a few options on color. IMO the perfect all-purpose casual watches.

    Dress: Wow, could you get a TON of sweet vintage 14K or 18K from the 1960's for this category - and in PRISTINE condition. Cost = easily under budget; $1000 - $1500. I'll throw out the Longines Conquest caliber 291, the IWC caliber 89, and the Omega Seamaster caliber 56x series as examples. If vintage isn't your buddy's thing, there are a few Baume & Mercier dress watches in this price range.

    With the remaining money buy a winder and a couple straps to change up the looks.

    Here's just under $4000:



    The OM was bought new, and besides the original rubber strap I have 3 others (watchadoo bracelet, black perforated leather with orange stitch, and the orange rubber in the pic). The Spitfire was a project watch that was completely refurbished by my watchmaker. The Conquest was found in nearly NOS shape.


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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    I would spend $2500 on this for business casual and impressing your dive buddies. But I'd get the steel bracelet as well.



    This for dressier occasions and can be picked up for under a grand.



    Then I'd get this for casual stuff. Also under a grand.



    Then again, if he's hanging around guys that think anything that's not a rolex isn't a watch.. this is no help. It's only what I would do with my money. Well.. that or I would just buy this. ;)

    PANERAI FOR $5K.


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    Re: $5000 - One Watch or Multiple Watches

    Quote Originally Posted by stevens View Post
    For a non-hobbyist, I'd suggest one. Something that dresses up and down relatively well, and will last him a long time.
    You nailed it. My suggestion would be to go for the obvious: Rolex Submariner. Seriously, you should see some the places I've walked into wearing mine, and not once have I felt that I'd be walking back out without it.

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