So here's the story. While always a big fan of clocks, I hadn't worn a watch in 15 years (always remembered it being uncomfortable as a kid, and there wasn't any need, so I always passed at the opportunity). Then I caught the bug. Now here I sit about to turn 30, in a financial position to afford myself something decent, and having convinced myself that I need to buy myself a nice watch to commemorate my entry into the new decade!
And yet, I'm having a dilemma. What do I buy….a solid chrono that I can wear day to day, or a dress watch for special occassions and business meetings?
My budget is about $3500-$5000. I'm more of go-big-or-go-home kind of guy, so I'd rather buy one great watch with a bit of wow-factor (if only for myself), rather than two ok ones. but if it can spend this money and satisfy both needs, who am i to say no! Here are my current contenders, but I'd love to get an opinion from all you fine people, and some recommendations if there's something else I'm missing.
I like simple and elegant watches that aren't too trendy, but don't mind a bit of a twist. I dislike big thick watches (and have a fairly small wrist), so I doubt anything over 41/42" would sufice.
- Omega Speedmaster Pro - Can't go wrong with the classic, but I wonder if it's too common? It feels like every chrono looks more or less like this Omega.
- Maurice de Mauriac Chronograph Modern L
MAURICE DE MAURIAC // SWISS WATCHES // CHRONOGRAPH MODERN -X 12 X-
I love the look of this watch, and it fits the idea of something that feels sporty and classic, but with an interesting black band. Being a custom shop in Zurich, I'm not really sure how I'd go about buying this one though….I wrote an email inquiry a few days ago, and got back a 3 letter response…"thx". Not sure what to do with that, ha.
- Tag Heuer Monaco
Like the look...but is it worth the money, or am I just paying for the name.
- Maurice Lacroix Master Collection Chrono
Love the look of this watch, and it seems like a very solid brand, but at 43mm I fear it's going to be too big.
I work in a creative environment, so I'm not looking for anything stuffy, but I've always loved the look of a simple Vacheron Constantin (but then, who doesnt?). I'd love to find something of this nature….VC is of course a little bit outside of my price range!
I've always loved the look of IWC watches, especially the Portuguese/Portofino lines. They seem a little pricey for what you get though considering the non in-house movements.
This George Jensen watch epitomizes what I like about a dress watch. It falls a little out of my price range though, and I'm not sure is worth the price considering it's more of a fashion label.
The Nomos Orion is a great looking watch as well, and much cheaper then the others too. It might not have the wow-factor as the others though.
I also like the Zenith Class and Chronomaster watches, but they appear to be a bit out of my price range.
So there we have it….some of the options out there that I've found. Three questions remain:
1) If you were to only get ONE style of watch, what type would you go for…dress or chrono?
2) Out of these options, anyone have any past experience or thoughts?
3)If not these, is there anything else that I should be looking at?
Any feedback is appreciated, as I feel stuck. Too many options...not enough decision making!