I have only been learning about automatic watches for about a year and am looking to buy one. I used to spend about $100 on department store brands and thought they were nice watches. When I told my wife I wanted to spend $3,000 on a ML Masterpiece she didn't agree, but we did manage to meet with a compromise of around $1,000. Now I am torn between a Hamilton Thin-O-Matic with a champagne dial and 38mm case, or a Christopher Ward C65 Trident with a white dial and 42mm case. I am not crazy about the strap that comes on the Hamilton, but that can be an easy fix. I like everything about the Christopher Ward except I prefer the look of the numbers at 3,6,9, and 12. I guess what I need to know is if there is any quality differences between the two watches to make one better than the other, or is this decision simply one of aesthetics? Please advise.