I'm a long time reader or different watch blogs, and finally wanna get something nice.
At the moment I own three watches: May be I post photos tomorrow.
-Swath Irony Crono. Not sure about a model, black dial, brushed aluminum case. I'd say looks kinda like Omega SMP in terms of color scheme.
-Russian Amphibiya watch. White dial, hand wound, on a leather strap.
-Casion SeaPathfinder - electronic, beater watch with Altimeter/Barometer, no compass though.
First of all, I'm looking for something under $1000. I'm not limiting though, and an stretch a little. Or wait till my birthday this fall and stretch even more.
I'm 25yo, 18cm wirst. BTW, english is not my native so excuse for mistakes, if there's any.
Watches I like(out of price range):
-Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT 43.5
-Nomos Zurich World Timer in Blue
What I would like to have in watches. Not everything is required
-Dress diver. I won't be diving 100m, but like the looks of a divers watch.
-Not flashy colors. Black, White, Blue. Not really flashy(this will have an exception below, but this confirms the rule)
-Clear case back
-GMT/Worldtimer will be good.
-Chances are that I will wear on some leather coconut-coloured strap. Nice bracelet is good addition as well.
-44mm at max. Not too small too, I'm not a small guy.
What I dislike in watches:
-Homage. Being a copy-cat is worst thing. You either buying original Submariner or not buying at all.
-Cheap-looking polished steel. Not all look cheap for sure, but in price range mostly.
In fact, it's not really easy to find elegant and tastefully done watches under 1000 that are not copies of higher-end brands.
But here's a list. This will include some watches out of range. Not looking forward to drop a several grands for a watch, but who knows :)
Watches I'm looking at. Prices are very approximate. Photos with brown leather strap where I found such combo, just click the links.
-$700 Halios Tropik SS
-$700 Halios Delfin
=Halios seems to be a well-respected brand in watch community. Dive watches with 40mm, and 43mm cases. They're tastefully designed and well made.
-$500 Benarus moray vintage with blue dial. Lacks clear case back and sapphire glass, but priced accoringly.
=Looks amazing. I remember there were some Moray 40 or 42. with sapphire and clear case back, but cannot find on a website.
-$800 Hamilton Navy pioneer white dial. May be Chrono version. Both of this looks good to me, but I'd like to change dial a little. There's somethig that prevents it to be perfect.
-$980 Hamilton Pan Europ in blue - this was the flashy watch I mentioned. Looks great, not a diver, but that's ok. There's black crono version for a bit more then $1000.
=Well-known brand, not Miyota movement.
-$900 Longins Hydroconquest
Another option, I'm considering is getting a seiko watch, and shipping it to customize. Watches by Nick shows some nice executed watches. This will not break the bank and I got some cool ideas
Out of range but who knows:
-$1600 Oris sity-five
-$1600 Longines Heritage Legend diver.
-$1500 Rado D-star 200
-$1550 Nomos Club. $1.5k for 36mm, which is kinda small. 40mm will be more then that. Worth biting the bullet?
I will add more waches in the morning. It was more watchs on my list, just cannot remember all of them now. :)
Ok, main questions are:
1. Microbrands vs bigger brands. Read this as Halios vs Hamilton for example. One uses Miyota, other use H30 movenemt. What is better?
2. Worth stretching price limit? I get some nice Longines watches, lower-end Nomos, may be Oris, Alpina and others. I have some doubts about this, as I might be not comfortable wearing $2000 watch daily(May be I'm saying this until I got one?)
3. Any good suggestions?
4. Custom Seiko?