I have been looking for a nice Swiss watch and ended up finding the WUS forum. You guys have a great forum here and I have spent the past month pouring over threads trying to learn as much as I can. I think I have really began to narrow down my list of potential watches and decided to ask for some opinions/advice with one of the dreaded "which watch" threads.
I started out looking for something sporty that could still be dressed up. More often than not, I am in jeans and a polo but do occasionally put on a suit. As you can see, I am looking for a chronograph and would like something in the 40mm-44mm range (7" wrist). I have put my budget at $1k-$1.5k (maybe $2k) for this purchase and have been mainly looking at pre-owned. I don't know a lot about movements yet and am not concerned if it's an in house movement or not. But, I am definitely not interested in a quartz movement.
I initially fell in love with the JLC Master Compressor chronographs and started looking for similar style watches at a lower price point. This eventually led me to the Longines admiral chrono. I was able to find one offered through a private seller within my price range. I have contacted the seller with some questions and requested more photos of the watch to better determine the quality and authenticity. This watch comes with box, papers, purchase receipt and a Swiss Kubik watch winder.
Longines Admiral Chronograph
After finding the Admiral, I began diving into the Longines brand more. That is when I found this beauty. This Saint Imier chrono is available from a reputable dealer, is in great condition and includes box and papers. I love the looks of this watch but enjoy the small splash of color that you find on the other two watches. I think this could be a very versatile piece that I could wear all the time with different straps or the bracelet.
Longines Saint Imier Chronograph
The capeland has been on my list of potential watches for quite a while. I think it's a great looking watch from a well known brand but I'm not sure how I feel about the pushers. I would definitely go with the 42mm version of this watch because I feel like the watch may wear a bit big. This is one I may have to track down and see in person to truly decide how much I like it.
Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph
I hope to get some good feedback on these watches and am certainly open to other suggestions. Thanks for all your help and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Also, to all the people that are going to suggest a Speedmaster... I love the speedy and spent quite a bit of time looking at them. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find one of the 42mm versions within my price range and do not want to settle for one of the smaller ones. I plan on buying many more watches in the years to come and would rather wait and get the Speedmaster I want.