I've decided to finally purchase myself a decent watch, which to me is something from a reputable watch company and of better quality than the fashion watches I've purchased in the past. I'm not in a position to get anything too extravagant. My price range is somewhere around $400. It is my nature to research obsessively before making purchases, so I've gathered plenty of great info from the fine people of this forum (thank you, btw). Anyway, to make a long story slightly shorter, here is my current situation: I purchased a Zeno Watch Basel from a well-respected gray market dealer, which turned out to be fake and I returned it without issue. This has given me time to reconsider my purchase and I'm pondering the following options:
- Purchase a new Tissot (PRS200 or PRS516) quartz or something comparable
- Pay a little extra for an automatic (e.g. Tissot PRS516)
- Purchase a used watch on ebay in good condition that would otherwise be out of my price range (e.g. Mido Baroncelli)
I understand that the answer is dependent on which watch appeals to me, but I'm wondering what others have done in similar situations. All things being equal, which option would you lean towards (I'm less concerned about thoughts on the actual models, but rather buying new vs. used, quartz vs. automatic)? Is it much less satisfying purchasing used? I was content buying quartz until I saw an automatic with a glass caseback in person. It really left an impression on me. Would the fact that this is my first decent watch influence your thoughts? Anyway, any thoughts, recommendations, or advice is welcome. Thank you and sorry for the long post!