Hello all. This is my first post and I did a search on "first watch" and did not find a similar thread, to my surprise. If you think there is a thread please shoot me the link and I can take this down as I don't want to duplicate.
I'm currently in the process of buying my first legitimate watch and looking for opinions, guidance, help, etc. To date I have been reading mostly articles in AskMen, yes the Watch Snob, so I'm happy that I have found this forum of educated watch enthusiast and pros.
I'm sort of all over the board as spending decent money on a watch is a new concept to me but one I'm excited about. While I could afford to spend $10k (wife may differ) plus on a watch I find that to be a very hard concept to digest for my first watch. I want to make sure my watch fascination sticks around and then maybe the collection will begin. With that said, I would like to stay around the $3k mark but would totally be open to finding great value at a price tag well below.
I'm looking for a watch in the size range of 39mm-42mm (I used to like bigger watches but son't want my first watch purchase to be too trendy), round, has time and date, would love an in-house movement vs. ETA (not sure why), reserve power, a watch that is not ultra sporty or ultra dressy as I want something that could be a daily watch, debating between a black or white dial and that is all I can conjur up at this moment. Here are some watches that hae caught my eyes, some are obviosuly out of the $3k range and most are brands I have read on AskMen so I know I'm missing some great brands in my consideration set, hoping you all can help expand the list.
Zenith El Primer Striking 10th
Zenith Captain Central Second
Xetum Stinson or Tyndall
JLC Deep Sea Vintage (in a heart beat if money was no object, love the looks of this watch)
Glasshutte Original (Sixties, Chronometer)
Hopefully this gives a sense of what I find to be an attractive watch aesthetically.
I would also love the forums point of view on buying new vs. used. I have been looking at vintage watches online (mainly eBay) and while there are some good looking watches most of the vintage watches tend to be smaller than the 40mm range.
Any replies would be invaluable. Thanks in advance.