I know this is posted all the time as I am a newby seeking recommendations for a watch but I do have specific requirements which may provide more assistance rather than just: "Which watch should I buy?" Specifically, I am seeking a classic men's dress watch: round, simple, elegant, timeless, understated, well made. Specifically:
Budget: Up to $1500
Type: Men's Dress. Not interested in a Chrono. Although I do dive, I already have a good dive watch (Citizen ProMaster).
Strap: Leather. No metal bracelets although I realize this can be swapped.
Swiss (will not consider Japanese, others).
Movement: Automatic (no quartz).
Color: Open. Like both white and black faces.
Day/Date: Optional but would like to have.
Thickness: Not a big consideration although thinner is better.
Back: Would like to be able to see the movement but not a dealbreaker.
What I am considering/like:
Longines Silver Arrow (although the lack of a sapphire crystal is a minus but I dig the style). Also have a few Heritage and Conquests that I like.
Baume & Mercier Classima: Very nice but most are too big at 42-44 MM (don't like the look of a very large dress watch).
Tissot LeLocle: Seems good value for the money.
Hamilton Jazzmaster: Nice, especially since now Swiss Made but am leaning more towards a pure Swiss House.
Omega: Would like to have but not at this price point from what I've seen/ read/understand in the forums/elsewhere. Would be open to vintage and may be possible as I live in Chicago with several vintage dealers in the area. Don't want to trust the Bay though.
Tag Heuer: Don't really like.
Am not looking to start a collection nor am I particularly interested in impressing people, although I guess that is a plus. This will be more of an everyday, at work (Banking) watch that I would like to have for the next twenty or thirty years and hand down. May be willing to go above budget but $2K would be the top.
Any advice, recommendations/comments on the above or others, or advice on vintage would be appreciated.