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    Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    Hey hey. I don't know if anyone remembers me, but I used to be somewhat active around 1.5 years ago. I took a break from looking and reading about watches because I didn't want to be tempted to buy something before my schedule allows. I guess you could call that self discipline, right? XD Anyway, the news of the CHF to Euro exchange rate made me reconsider my personal schedule. Prices are likely to increase more than normal, and it makes sense for me to buy now than 2 years from now. Don't worry because I already have my budget right now; I only planned on buying 2 years from now because I'd like to space out my watch purchases.

    So, since I've been away for a while and don't know as much anymore, I'm back on WUS to get more options on my next watch.

    Criteria:
    1. < $,8000
    2. < 42mm, preferably < 40mm
    3. Steel only
    4. No Rolex, no Panerai. I won't change my mind so don't suggest them.
    5. No divers
    6. Simple, clean aesthetic

    My options so far:
    1. JLC MUT Moon 39 - If you remember, this is my grail. I could buy it right now, but I don't feel like it's the right time. Part of the grail is the emotional connection and the thrill of the chase, and I don't think it's time for me to buy it just yet. I'd like nothing more than to have it on my wrist, but I feel like there is a better time to get this. I actually just went to an AD, and I feel strongly that this isn't it yet.

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    2. Glashutte Original Senator Hand Date - I love those subdials, and this watch looks great in pictures. However ADs are somewhat harder to find compared to others, so I've never seen it in person.

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    3. Glashutte Original Senator Observer - Might be over budget? Not sure. Basically the same look as the Hand Date but different functions.

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    4. Glashutte Original Panomatic Lunar - Pretty sure this is overbudget, but I'm just putting it here as an example.
    5. Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope, then save the rest - I like the aesthetics of this watch but I feel like it defeats the purpose of buying something because I don't want to get hit by the price increases
    6. Montblanc Orbis Terrarum - Just announced for SIHH so it won't be out for a while, but pictures look amazing.

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    7. Vintage Heuer Autavia, or Vintage JLC Memovox

    Buying vintage or second hand is fine, but I'd prefer new this time. Because if I were buying used I'd be super tempted to get something like a Speake Marin Serpent Calendar (saw one for ~$10k used). So yeah, I guess you should know what I like. Any idea, especially new ones that I don't know, would be great. Thanks!
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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    Welcome back. Some great choices. For me it would be between the JLC, GO Pano Lunar, and Vintage JLC. It would be close but I would probably go GO Pano.

    Since JLC is your grail, maybe go there. No time like the present


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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    The way I see it, you can either:
    a. Get your grail
    b. Get your grail, or
    c. Get your grail

    So you have a choice. I'd have a hard time deciding which of these options I would choose!
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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    Welcome back! All the watches you suggest definitely have a theme, and if you're into fancy pieces they all look nice enough. I was going to suggest a Rolex.....

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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    The thing about the JLC is I'm waiting for a big moment in my life before I get it. And there's nothing this year, so I don't want to rush it. When I was at the AD earlier I knew it wasn't the time yet. So I guess I'm looking for suggestions of other timepieces that have the same aesthetic, but obviously don't look exactly the same (so no time only + moonphase).

    I've nothing against Rolex, it's just not my style :)
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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    The GO would be my first brand suggestion.

    If you like clean and simple what about a Grand Seiko of some type?
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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    Federique Constant slimline moonphase or worldtime, in house movement, half the MSRP and can be found for less.

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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    Have you looked at Nomos at all? they have outstandingly simple dials with beautiful in house movements.

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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    Sounds like you like the GO PML, but don't want another time only+moonphase since you'll be getting the JLC MUT Moon in the future. May I suggest the slightly less expensive GO PMD as an option? The display back must be seen in person to fully appreciate.




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    Re: Back after 1.5 year hiatus, and of course I need recommendations

    Dude, get the MUT Moon. It's literally one of the most beautiful watches ever made. It will never get old. It will always feel right. It will always be stunning. Given your criteria, it also fits perfectly. Your only other alternatives would be to "level up" to Patek or A. Lange and Sohne, and it that point, it becomes debatable as to what is "better". Get the MUT Moon. :)
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