My first time posting, having found these forums through browsing watch brand names online!
I've unexpectedly found myself with £500 to spend on a new watch, the most I've ever had to spend on one. I do like my watches despite not having lots to spend on them - my collection consists generally of a Citizen diver's chronograph I was given for my 18th birthday (sadly has a slightly dicky chronograph fuction now...), a couple of £50-£100 dress watches, a G-Shock and a number of Casio digital watches which I like for day to day practicality.
As I cycle to work, I mainly seem to live in digital watches, but would like to buy a new one more in the vein of my existing Citizen - sporty/hardy enough to wear whilst cycling, but a bit smarter for the office and general smarter dress. I'd also like to be something to last me through the years, maybe even long enough for my son to have one day.
When I thought I was going to have a little less than that to spend, I was looking at Seiko and Citizen, but when the budget rose to £500, a browse in the watch shops I know of led to some of the more affordable Swiss watches catching my eye - namely Tissot, Hamilton and oddly, one model from Longines.
My question is, what are people's thoughts on a relatively cheap Swiss watch vs a relatively expensive option from one of those big Japanese brands? Would a £500 Longines quartz watch be any better a choice than a similar priced Seiko? Would a Tissot automatic watch be hardwearing enough for my daily cycle in all weather, the way a Citizen divers watch perhaps would?
Thanks in advance for any tips or thoughts, and apologies for rambling slightly in the name of introduction!