This is my first post (after watching and reading for some time).
I am looking for advice on where to go from here. I have a small and relatively inexpensive collection and am looking to start moving forward.
Each purchase will likely have some time in between to save up and research.
Ok so getting to the point, I've been torn between starting with a nice Grand Seiko as I like my SKX very much and it is my "wear to work" watch (Im a operator at a refinery so its exposed to harsh conditions and chemicals). The GS models im looking at would be :
I initially was intending to go with a SBDX017 MM300 and it is still a very good possibility that that is the direction I may go as its considerably cheaper, but wonder about the build quality as compared to the Grand Seikos?
I know any of the above will be great bang for the buck watches with excellent finishing.
Now on to the alternatives / non Seiko options...
I have liked the Rolex 214270 Explorer I and 16570/216570 white dial "Polar" Explorer II since first seeing them a while back and they are generally in the same price ballpark as the Grand Seikos I am looking at but have two concerns
1. There is only one local shop that deals in Rolex anywhere where I live and their selection is small to say the least, I have talked to them and tried a few things on but I have been underwhelmed with Rolex so far as far as that "this is it" feeling... they have not had a 39mm Explorer in so maybe when they have one it will wow me but I expected more in some way.
2. I worry about ending up with a fake... Im sure that everyone that has ever bought a Rolex has this fear and I think it should be safe buying from a watch/jewelry store or a reputable online store (such as crown&caliber?). Im just cautious as Rolex has so many fakes out there and Grand Seiko seems safer.
Lastly, *and this is the wrench in the plan*, there has popped up for sale the first watch that got my attention and kinda got me into watches in the first place. (It was a very limited run several years back.) I have been watching for one to pop up for a year and have only seen one other one and it sold before I could do the research I would have liked to do. The seller of this one seems to have a somewhat spotty history (almost all were cancelled sales when he realized his price was low). The price seems fair compared to what I have seen archived sales go for, maybe a little on the high side but within reason. My hesitation is that it is nothing like what I had planned for my next purchase (not as nice/high end as a GS or Rolex, not a spring drive, not a diver, slightly bigger than I would normally wear). However, almost every week I find myself searching and reading and watching for one to come up for sale...
Ok done running my mouth----now its time for your thoughts on what I should do next.
Thanks in advance