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    Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    First of all, thanks for all the help in advance.

    My budget can be stretched depending on how much I feel for the watch with an upper bound of $5000. But I would really want to keep it under $2000 for now. This will be my first watch over $1000


    • I am looking for something that is not too sporty (especially no submariner like dials)
    • Can be a dress watch with the right strap
    • Has some complication (with a preference in Day date> world time> GMT>chrono)
    • Display back is preferred
    • No open face
    • Second hand is fine
    • Brand name is important (ex. I would prefer a $1k Tag than a $1k Seiko)


    These are some of the watches that I have considered:

    Frederique Constant Worldtimer
    Hands-On With The Limited Edition Frederique Constant Worldtimer (Live Pics)

    (used) IWC 3717
    http://www.chrono24.com/en/iwc/chron...ref-iw3717.htm

    (used)Zenith Chronomaster
    Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Chronograph Chronometer... for $.6,334 for sale from a Trusted Seller on Chrono24

    Bulova Accutron
    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/b...%26slotId%3D31
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    Welcome to the forum! There is a big difference in what you can buy for 3-5k and what you can buy for 2k in a new watch, especially in terms of the movement (ETA or in-house manufacture)

    Your impulse to look at an El Primero is a good one, I would explore that. Try Ashford for Zenith. I would also take a look at Nomos. They offer great value in a dress watch and can be had for around 2k.
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    2nd the Nomos mention, even if you have to go above $2K for one of their models . . .
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    I quite like my Tag Twin Time, which costs almost exactly $2k new:
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    I was in a similar position recently. Didn't want to spend more than 2k, but not a whole lot in the $2k range excited me so I ended up getting a preowned Ulysse Nardin. There's a whole lot of really good stuff in the $3k+ region, especially when you go preowned. Zenith is definitely a good brand, they'd be my top pick. Inhouse mvt, nice classic style, and used they can be in range of your budget.
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    Seiko is a great brand name, but I digress.

    You aren't going to do better than a Nomos I think


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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    Quote Originally Posted by mpalmer View Post
    Welcome to the forum! There is a big difference in what you can buy for 3-5k and what you can buy for 2k in a new watch, especially in terms of the movement (ETA or in-house manufacture)

    Your impulse to look at an El Primero is a good one, I would explore that. Try Ashford for Zenith. I would also take a look at Nomos. They offer great value in a dress watch and can be had for around 2k.
    I agree with your sentiment, but disagree with your price ranges. I think that the 2-5k range in watches is kind of a valley of adornment, where the same basic movements are adorned with logos and cases which bring up the price. Under 2k, there are some great, really top quality micro-brands like Damasko, Ball, Stowa, Longines which have well built watches based on ETA calibers. Going up from there, you get the Tag, Brietling, IWC which (although they're making "in-house" noises lately) are selling stock or slightly modified ETA movements in similar cases for double-triple the cost. Nomos is a exception to this but is practically unique in its positioning. Zenith is also kind of an exception to this, but their prices, especially for the El Primero movements are well outside the valley of adornment.

    That said, I'd recommend looking at Stowa. Some of the nicest, cleanest designs and executions in their price range. Especially if you can find one used. Here's a great one Stowa Marine Chronograph, ~1450 EUR new without VAT:
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    Your 2nd and 3rd requirements are conflicting with each other. Which one of them is more important to you?
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    You aren't going to do better than a Nomos I think
    The off-center PR on that watch drives me insane.

    But, yes, I'll just parrot that Nomos is awesome. And of course so is Seiko, although does Seiko have much in the $2k area anyway? Seems like the really awesome GS pieces are all above that.

    I just need to buy a damned Snowflake and be done with it. Part of me thinks I'm resisting just for the sake of having something to dream about.
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    Re: Entry Level Watch Recommendation around $2000

    Hmm I think this one is around $2000:


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