Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

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    Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    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.

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    Re: Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    These are two fairly dissimilar watches so you need to determine what you're really after- dressy or sporty. Both have excellent reputations, and there are a lot of members here who have the direct hands-on experience that I don't. I don't think you can make a bad decision between these two so pick the one that sings to you. It's your money and your wrist so get the one you like bestest, not the one that others recommend.

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    Re: Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    Both Hamilton and Christopher Ward make quality watches.

    It really depends what you are planning to wear it with. It boils down to personal preferences but the C65 is a lot more versatile, especially in black. The Hamilton looks more like a dress watch to me.

    That being said, there are a lot of other watches in the sub $1000 price range depending on what you are looking for.

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    Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    I've never handled a Hamilton as the designs have never appealed to me for some reason. CW make a very nice watch for the money so I'd happily recommend going down that road.
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    Re: Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    Check out Oris watches too. The Classic Date comes on leather or bracelet and would seemingly go with anything. Also has an exhibition caseback where I believe the Hammy does not. All great choices though.

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    Re: Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    There are many watches at many price levels that I would take the intra-matic over.
    The Christopher Ward is just another "trying not be" watch to me.

    Edit:
    Apologies. Mixed two threads together but my post still stands. Between the Jazzmaster and the C65, it'd still be the Jazzmaster. I think I'd go for Jazzmaster Slim over the Thin for the different movement though.
    I'm a 2892 junkie.
    Last edited by drunken monkey; July 7th, 2014 at 00:27.

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    Re: Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    I'd throw tissot in that list, very quality watch and very underrated if you ask me. You can get nice movement, ceramic bezel and much more for $1000

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    Re: Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    Hamilton

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    Re: Beginner looking for advice; Hamilton or Christopher Ward

    Tip to up your budget:
    Ask the wife about her bags/shoes.
    Surely that will surpass the initial 3k budget for the ML :P

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