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    Buying advice for a newbie

    Hi everyone,

    I'm about to purchase my first luxury watch. I'm about 28 and i've been working for a few years and saved enough to spend about $3000 on a watch. I'm a women so looking for ladies watches

    Here are a couple of criteria I have for my watch:
    1. Swiss watch (I've been a fan and would love to get something Swiss)
    2. Automatic (I've always owned Quartz dials)
    3. Versatile - both dressy and every day.
    4. Metal/Ceramic strap (basically, no leather strap)
    5. Maybe 1-2 small diamonds? (I'm ok either way)
    6. Maybe a date window (I'm ok either way)
    7. Not too big a dial


    I've been looking and I found 2 brands and watches I liked:

    1. Rado True automatic diamond --
    2. Longines Record Collection --
    3. Longines Flagship --


    Is there a brand that fits within the price range or a model you would recommend me looking at? This is the first time I'm purchasing a watch so would love to get a little bit of pro/cons as well between the brands?

    I haven't found so much written about Rado - are the ceramic watch straps good?

    Best!
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    Re: Buying advice for a newbie

    I don’t know women’s watches that well, but I know the Tudor Black Bay 36 is a fantastic unisex watch. It doesn’t have diamonds or a date window, but you said you could go either way on those. The 36mm size should be a good fit (there are 32mm and 41mm versions as well). I dont own one (yet) but I have handled them in an AD a couple of times and it will likely be my first luxury watch


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    Re: Buying advice for a newbie

    I don't have a brand/model in mind at the moment, but definitely don't rush your decision,
    and is resale value/watch retaining its value important to you?

    Would you consider pre-owned? This would open up a vast option for you (ie. watches that retailed 5k+ new can be had for 3k pre-owned) - but do your due dilligence, research the seller, buy only from a trusted seller/source, don't be easily swayed by a "good deal" (if it's too good to be true ...)

    I would also suggest to not limit yourself to women's watches when you browse around, there are some men's midsize watches that can easily be worn by both gender

    As for brands,
    Longines is a good, reputable brand
    Tudor, as suggested by Badgerracer, is also a very reputable, well known, brand
    Baume et Mercier
    Cartier
    Bvlgari
    Chanel
    Chopard
    Hermes
    Jacob & Co.
    Oris
    TAG Heuer

    there's tons of options, do take your time, in the end, it'll be you wearing the watch, pick one that you yourself would love wearing for a long time,
    and have fun shopping for it

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    Re: Buying advice for a newbie

    What is a “ceramic strap”? Never heard of one.
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    Re: Buying advice for a newbie

    With a budget of $3K, I recommend that you look into buying a pre-owned Ladies Rolex watch. Bob's Watches have them in your price range.

    https://www.bobswatches.com/ladies-r...ust-1.html?p=2
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    Re: Buying advice for a newbie

    Women's luxury watch?
    Get a second-hand Rolex.
    There's a world of Datejusts and Oyster Perpetuals waiting for you.
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    A good vintage watch may be the way to go. How about a vintage Omega? Many of them are ~36mm.

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    Re: Buying advice for a newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by U5512 View Post
    With a budget of $3K, I recommend that you look into buying a pre-owned Ladies Rolex watch. Bob's Watches have them in your price range.

    https://www.bobswatches.com/ladies-r...ust-1.html?p=2
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    Re: Buying advice for a newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    What is a “ceramic strap”? Never heard of one.
    I think Chanel has a watch with ceramic case and bracelet, or maybe ceramic coated something or rather, all I know it’s got ceramic in it

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