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    Advice for a Beginner

    Looking to purchase my first decent watch. To date I've really only had watches in the price range of under $100.

    I'm looking to spend around $500 as a watch I can wear everyday to work. Possibly looking at $1,500-2,000 on a higher end watch as well if something catches my eye.

    At the lower price range I like the style of the Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro (Silver Face) just to give an idea of the style.

    For the longest time I had my eye on the Rado Jubile however since it's more of a 'modern design' I'm afraid I'll lose my taste for it after some time, and it's quite a big investment for that level of uncertainty.

    Anyways, just wondering if there are some 'classic watches' that fit what I'm looking for. Also wondering which brands kind of catered to what area, and what the pros and cons are for each type of movement mechanism.

    Hope we can start some constructive discussion!

    EDIT: guess the Hamilton is a little more than my originally anticipated price range :)
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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    Advice ?

    Run away, Run Away !!!

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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    Quote Originally Posted by Donut View Post
    Advice ?

    Run away, Run Away !!!


    Guess the better question would be if I wanted something Mechanical/Automatic as opposed to quartz in the 500-700 price range, what should I be looking at?

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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    Another consideration is if you want new or used. You'll usually get far more value for your $$ in a good used piece, if you're willing to take a bit of risk. IMO, of course.

    Dress?

    Diver?

    The Seamaster is an iconic design that can be worn every day (work and play) and can be had, used and in excellent condition for less than $1500. MIdo makes pieces that can also serve double-duty, look nothing like the Seamaster, are good quality and are also in that $ range, new.

    There are dozens of quality watches from which to choose, based on the general criteria listed.

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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    A lightly used Hamilton Jazzmaster would be an impeccable choice. You can find them occasionally on the sales forum for around $450, give or take.
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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    If you like the look of the Hami Jazz, you should consider the Tissot Visodate and Seiko SARB...

    Visodate:


    SARB:


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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    Quote Originally Posted by skywatch View Post
    A lightly used Hamilton Jazzmaster would be an impeccable choice. You can find them occasionally on the sales forum for around $450, give or take.
    The only thing I don't like about most of the seamaster designs are that the circumference of the face (the bezel?) has markings, I'd prefer a more clean look (i.e. Aqua Terra XXL).

    I like the suggestions, hadn't thought of buying used!

    If people have more ideas, please keep them coming!

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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    Hamilton is a great place to look. They have several automatics that are going to be around $500. And the Jazzmaster Maestro is lovely.
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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    Quote Originally Posted by Raza View Post
    Hamilton is a great place to look. They have several automatics that are going to be around $500. And the Jazzmaster Maestro is lovely.
    Are there any reputable sellers? I'm located in Toronto but don't mind buying online either.

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    Re: Advice for a Beginner

    What about this beautiful Eterna? 42mm, with an alligator band for 650 dollars on Ebay.

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