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    3 watch collection

    Hi guys, I’m looking for some input on what 3 watches you would buy on a 12k budget. Your reasons are also appreciated.

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    Re: 3 watch collection

    My reasoning is usually:

    Dive Watch
    Chronograph Watch
    Dress Watch

    I assume you mean USD$12,000.00.


    Rolex Submariner 114060 - classic, iconic, Dive Watch - not much more needs to be said:

    Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3570.50 (slightly older 'version', to try to keep it within budget) - classic, iconic, Chronograph Watch - again, not much needs to be said about this timepiece:

    MontBlanc Heritage Chronometrie Ultra Slim - classy, dressy, well-priced - can't go wrong:

    These photos are not mine.

    I own all three timepieces (my Moonwatch is the latest 'version') so I am biased, but I also strongly feel that these three would make a great trio.
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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: 3 watch collection

    Quote Originally Posted by dantan View Post
    Rolex Submariner 114060
    Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3570.50
    MontBlanc Heritage Chronometrie Ultra Slim

    great combo and suggestion.
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    3 watch collection

    Love the prior suggestion, but slightly different spin

    1) Speedy Moonwatch, as stated above.

    2) instead of the Sub, Rolex EXP2 Polar. Speedy is black this gives you white, GMT, Rolex and something not quite as common as the Sub.

    3) depends...do you need a dress watch? Both the speedy and the EXP2 can be worn with suits and even a tux if the need arises. If you want a dress watch, great, the Montblanc is one of many great choices. If not pick up a Doxa Sub 1200T Caribbean (blue). Wear it on a blue Isofrane strap.

    If my math is right, and you shop smart, you should be able to pick up all three, and the ISO, new, for a few hundred over your budget, right around $12,500. You end up with three hyper cool tool watches, all with different purposes, great histories and three different colors.

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    Re: 3 watch collection

    I'd come in a little under budget;

    New Aquaracer cal. 5 ceramic price - $2550.00
    New Carrera cal. 5 price - $2400.00
    New Monaco cal. 11 price - $5900.00

    Those are 3 really nice watches and you'll have enough left to buy the bracelet for the Monaco and an alligator strap for the Carrera. I'd leave that Aquaracer alone.

    I'm almost there, it'll take about 2 years to get that Monaco with no pains.

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    Just picked up the strap for the Carrera last week, sweet.

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    Re: 3 watch collection

    Grand Seiko quartz on bracelet (business/dress), $2500.
    Sinn 103 chronograph (sport/chrono), $2500.
    Rolex Explorer II (all-around), $7000.
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    Not Seiko: Parmigiania Tonda 1950, Zenith El Primero Chronomaster, Piaget Upstream, Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT, Eterna Madison Spherodrive, Vulcain Cricket 1951 Classic, Bell & Ross Space 3 GMT, Bulova Accutron Astronaut (c. 1966), Omega Speedmaster triple date, Sinn 556 Anniversary LE, IWC Cal. 89 (c. 1957), Glycine Airman SST-12, Pulsar Date II (c. 1971), Scurfa Diver One, G-Shock Rangeman 9400, Vostok Classica
    Seiko: Grand Seiko SBGT035, Credor Node GCAT996, Grand Seiko 5641-7000 (1972), "Ashtray Tuna" 7C46-6009 (1987), 6139-7069 "Blue Eye" chrono (1974), Bell-Matic 4006-7012 (1971), King Quartz 9223-5000 (1981), Seikomatic J13044 (1963), 6119-6400 UFO (1974), King Quartz 5855-5000 (1977), Silverwave 8221-5020 (1980), Majesta 9063-5020 (1984), SKX399K "Philippines"

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    Re: 3 watch collection

    Rolex GMT, Rolex Datejust, Seiko SKX
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    Re: 3 watch collection

    I would go for a Grand Seiko Quartz: classic and as reliable as a toyota.
    The moonwatch: classic chrono
    For the dress watch i would go with a nomos: german minimalist classic. I am partial to manual watches so i would go for Metro, Orion or Lambda.

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    Re: 3 watch collection

    1. Steel Globemaster. Sporty on a bracelet, dressy on leather, gorgeous either way.
    2. Carl F. Bucherer Flyback Chrono. I'm not much for chronos myself when a timing bezel will do, but I love the elegance of this watch.
    3. Oris Aquis. One of the best no nonsense divers around, and a great daily driver. All three can be done in budget if you buy them GM.

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    Re: 3 watch collection

    My current 3 watch collection is IWC Aquatimer 2000, UN Marine Chronograph, Montblanc Sport Flyback Chronograph. I'm kind of in the same situation as you in that I've got the itch for a change and 2 of my 3 are going to go so what will be my 3 watch rotation? 2 chronographs are redundant even though I love chronographs so I'll probably keep one of them and change the other 2. I just got the Aquatimer and can't help thinking it's 44mm case is too big for my 6.75 baby wrist. My thinking is the same as a previous poster who wrote that the best choices are a dive watch, chronograph and something dressy and that's the direction I'm going to go. I'll follow this thread and look for suggestions too

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