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    Advice on first 'proper' watch

    My 10 year old Citizen Eco Drive is starting to develop niggles, and as a result I'm looking to replace it (or relegate it to a sports/beach/gardening watch until it dies). As a replacement I'm looking to buy my first mechanical watch, and after a fair bit of research I've narrowed it down to 3 options, though I'm a long way from being an expert in watches!

    The brief is a dress watch that will be worn every day, but is not too dressy for weekends (changes in straps is an option to help this). I work in an office so the watch won't be exposed to any rough environments. It's probably worth noting that this will likely be a 'watch for life'. The 3 options are:

    1. Nomos Orion (manual wind, 35mm dial). The photo below is an example on my wrist of the 35mm size, though I'd probably go for the version with the blue hands. Looking around on the internet, I could pick this up for about £1,150.

    Pros: Cheapest of the 3, clean design, likely lowest service cost
    Cons: Most understated of the 3 (could be a pro or con),



    2. Montblanc 4810 Day Date. A local AD has this for around £1,900.

    Pros: The guilloche effect is lovely, automatic movement, design stands out
    Cons: Possibly a bit dressy for daily use, lack of brand kudos



    3. Omega Deville Prestige. More difficult to get discount on RRP, but I've seen it online for around £2k.

    Pros: Omega quality, coaxial movement, classic style, looks very classy
    Cons: Most expensive of the 3!



    Any suggestions on which to choose and why would be helpful!

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    The Nomos would be my choice. It's the perfect size and has the cleanest face, which I like. The use of indices instead of Roman numerals makes it less instantly formal, and you'll find that it dresses both up and down extremely well depending on your choice of strap.

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    Nomos or Omega. I'm not really a fan of the Montblanc, and you can't even write with it.
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    Re: Advice on first 'proper' watch

    I confess I didn’t even read the full thing, but Omega hands down


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    Omega
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    Re: Advice on first 'proper' watch

    Definitely the Nomos of those options.

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    Nomos with blue hands wins it in my book. Seems to sit well on your wrist, and it will easily go with a suit or with a t-shirt.
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    +1 Nomos, it's the perfect watch to start. I sense the other two will just end up getting "upgraded" later on with more iconic pieces
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    Voting Nomos like most others thus far. I dislike Omega (personal reasons, bad experiences). And the MontBlanc...well, I'm sure its a fine watch, but I just can't get in to a luxury brand that identifies so much with one particular non-watch product (the writing instrument). It would be like buying a watch made by Leica camera or Klipsch stereo speakers. Stay in your lane, people!

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    Re: Advice on first 'proper' watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy81 View Post
    Any suggestions on which to choose and why would be helpful!
    I can't believe I'm going to say this, and if I'm ever quoted saying this I will deny it to the grave: get the Nomos. But that's probably because the other two are not my shtick. And, the Nomos is the only one that fits you properly.
    "I think I may make bold to say, that there is neither any other Mechanical or Mathematical thing in the World that is more beautiful or curious in texture than this my watch or Timekeeper for the Longitude..." ~John Harrison F.R.S., 1759

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