Hey all. I recently sold my Tudor Small Rose. It was a real shame because I loved it, but the questionable health impacts of radium lume forced my hand. I now have $800 to spend. I'm now at a loss for where to go from here. It's not for lack of research. If anything, I've done so much that I'm in a paralysis by analysis type of scenario. I'm digging the vintage stuff lately, but not opposed to a solid new-ish model. I have a C Ward in the classifieds that I've really enjoyed, and while it punches well above it's weight in terms of quality by anyone's measure, I just don't find myself reaching for it.
Another caveat to this is that my watch fund accumulates very slowly( 3 little kids will do that). So it'll take me a looooong time to go substantially beyond that. For the same reason, I want to focus on models with reasonable resale. It would suck to get something obscure, decide to move it, take a big hit, and then take months to build that back up.
Tudor Prince Oysterdate with a fluted bezel is a one I have my eye on, but it's not in the budget. Innumerable Vintage Seamasters are out there. So much so that it makes my head spin. Always liked the 39 jewel variety of the GP Gyromatic, but it seems like the reasonably priced ones are beat to hell or they're solid gold and out of my price range. Once I sell the C Ward, that would put me not super far off from a pre-owned BB36. However, I HATE that there is no AR on it. Couple that with second hand blue variants are fairly rare, and I don't know if that's the solution.
Here's my wheelhouse:
-Between 34 and 40mm. 35/36 is the sweet spot
-Textured dial preferred, especially linen
-No dainty lugs. It seems that's the secret of how a 34mm Rolex can still have so much wrist presence.
-Doesn't have to be serviced, but keeping good time with history preferred
-All original. No redials. Little to no case polishing
-No radium lume
-No cushion cases
Why do I need to buy soon? Well, it's fresh in the mind of the Mrs. that those funds are to be flipped. However, given enough time, the inevitable point will come up " is it really wise to spend $800 on a watch?"
Other than saving up for the Tudor, sorting through the mind numbing variants of Seamasters, or finding the right Gyromatic; any other suggestions?
Thanks for your help WUS!
PS, if someone has something that they think might work, drop me a PM.