Hi, I've been researching the web for months now in order to buy a good watch.
After processing inhuman amounts of data, I've reached several conclusions:
Now, First thing I should mention is that I want a watch that will last a lifetime.
I want it to be uber durable. I generally tend to treat my things well to the extreme measure, although I cannot guarantee that in my entire life I will not let it get even one tiny mark, can I?
Therefore it needs to be tough. I like metal bracelets, not leather or rubber. Sapphire crystal obviously. And overall solid construction.
As for the movement - I don't mind ETA, Sellita and their likes. I actually prefer to have one with a popular movement so it will not cost a fortune to service it when needed.
I do love strong lume and open back.
I want the watch to be a non chronograph.
I do want it to be central second (not small seconds).
I do have a pull towards dive watches, although not just dive watches. watches that look tough in general, although not too much of a tool.
With all my appreciation for the price-gain ratio of Seiko, I just don't like how their watches look. When I said "too much of a tool" I did refer to the Seiko Monster. I might still get one, though, for those times I'm too afraid to take my higher end watch.
In general, I want that one watch that will accompany me for the entire life. People have told me before that such thing doesn't exist, that I will end up wanting to collect more, but I know myself all too well. I have a will of iron. If I decide it will be a lifetime and my only watch, that will be exactly what I will do.
One thing to mention is I'm a big guy, with rather huge hands. Let's just say I've yet to see someone with bigger hand palms than mine.
So, some specific models that I've liked, to give the idea about my personal taste regarding watches:
Oris Aquis Date - Looks like very solid construction and as I understood one of the best bracelets in the market. Strong lume. Ceramic bezel is a huge plus on this one, however my only gripes about it are the loud bezel action and I doubt their perfectionism to some extent - heared some people complain about bezel that isn't exactly at 12 o'clock, has play to it, and that the accuracy is rather mediocre for a watch of this price tag. And while this is a very common movement that I'm certain I could just take to a watchmaker to have it regulated, I will certainly not be happy to have the watch opened right after I buy it.
Longines Hydroconquest - In a direct contest with Oris. It has ETA vs Oris' Sellita, which is a little bit more assuring. It's far more recognizeable and overall a very respected brand. However it has some serious flaws - It lacks Oris' ceramic bezel, its lume is rather poor and I didn't figure out yet why parts of the bezel aren't meant to be gripped.
Now, the following watches are irrelevant to me unless there will be a big change in my budget or I will buy them pre owned:
Omega seamaster 2254 - Can't buy the new because it has the co-axial movement which will cost a lot to service. Only weak point here is the non ceramic bezel. Other than that, an utterly perfect piece.
IWC Ingenieur - Now this is what I call fine engineering. Instead of thinking of new things to add, they just improved what already exists. Beautiful hour marks, hands, and a rather clean dial. Probably a super quality bracelet and overall fit and finish. Looks like a tank in terms of toughness. Very reputable manufacturer. Movement is easy to service.
And one last important watch... If I had the money for its high service cost: Zenith El Primero class 4.
Had I been told to pick one of the watches I've mentioned (or any watch I've ever seen, for that matter) and ignore any kind of costs, this is it.
I literally have zero issues regarding this watch's construction, looks or anything else that isn't about the price of buying and maintaining it.
It is a chronograph in house movement so it's out of my reach for its high service costs, and also quite hard to get these days.
I like its looks so much because it looks even more versatile to me than the Omega Seamaster. I will be able to wear it literally with anything I please.
So... if someone has opinions or has some model I haven't noticed and wants to share, I will be much oblidged.
Thanks in advance!