On my 30th birthday and following the birth of my son my wife gave me the gift of any Rolex I wanted. I had been a collector of mid-range pieces but she wanted me to get my first luxury piece. The watch would be a marker for a big year: turning 30, big promotion, and our son was born despite many doctors telling us we would never be able to have kiddos. I had a nice 116710LN picked out, but then we got the opportunity to go overseas for four years. Since we aren’t in the best place to be wearing a Rolex I decided to wait until we got back to purchase. The wait will be over in about 18 months and I am gaming out what I want to buy. This thread is to share with you my thoughts on what watch/watches to buy and see what everyone else would suggest I do.
I have since decided that I a 116710 is not for me—wears too late and flashy. Here are my criteria:
— I prefer sizes between 37 and 40mm that don’t wear terribly thick.
— I want my watches to be beautifully designed that tell a story and have some meaning. Nothing overly flashy or screams “Rolex”.
— I wear a suit most days and I would like my best watch to be my everyday suit watch.
— I have about 5-6k to spend
— I really love Nomos, Rolex, Sinn, and Oris as brands. But I really like well-produced micros as well.
— I would love for my watches to have some significance for the story of my son and the story of my late father who got me into watches (more below).
— I have liquidated all my collection except for my Hamilton Intra-matic. I will never sell this watch because it has weirdly been on my wrist during some key life moments.
— I prefer to buy pre-owned as a way to save money.
— ideally I would like to have the Hamilton, my everyday watch for my suit, and either one or two fun sportier watches that could pass with a suit/blazer and have decent water resistance.
Here are a few potential collections and my reasoning for the selections.
This is my leader right now: Nomos Metro Gangreserve, Oris 65 Movember, and Monta Triumph. I love the idea of having my go-to watch as a Nomos because this will be the watch my son will say is “dad’s watch.” Nomos’ Bauhaus style is exactly my style and being a family brand that provides great finishing for a great value speaks to everything I love about watches and small companies in general. The Oris 65 hits a sweetspot because my dad graduated from college in 1965 (the first of our family) and he is the person who got me into watches. He also would have loved this watch (and probably hated the original). He at one time had an Oris watch as well. The Monta Triumph fits because it is a GADA watch in the vein of my all-time favorite watch—the 214270–but it has a date which I really love. I also think Justin at Monta is a good dude, and it would be cool to have a micro in the collection.
Option two drops the Monta and Oris and adds a Omega First Omega in Space and a cheap seiko beater (SKX modded). I love the FOIS and it would be a great watch to symbolize the birth of my son—something people said could never happen, but it did. I could still have my nomos, but my most expensive watch would be my Friday/weekend Omega. I also don’t like that the high-end sport watch would not be very water resistant, fairly thick, and no date. However, no date on the weekend is ok and there is jut something about a speedy.
Rolex. I have been going back and forth on this. Rolex is “the” watch to mark special occasions. Also, it tells a cool story because my father had a Rolex back in the 70s that he was forced to sell when he was in a pretty bad way. He sold that watch to move to Texas where he met my mom and turned his life around. In one sense I would like to rebuy a Rolex to square things with the universe, but part of me thinks “I wouldn’t exist if my dad didn’t get rid of this thing” so maybe I don’t need to go backwards. Depends on how you read it. Anyway, these ideas would make me primarily a one watch guy—an idea I love. However, the 214270 has no date and I didn’t enjoy wearing my no date Max Bill because I rely on the date at work. The 16570 is another love, but may not be dressy enough for my day-to-day in a suit. I still love the romanticism of being largely a one watch guy.
Here are some other options. The Nomos Weltzeit May be my favorite watch even over the Explorer—but the long lug to lug measurement and no date may ruin it as my day-to-day watch. I also love the idea of a vintage 1601 DJ (the watch my dad pawned off). Sinn makes some great stuff but not sure if a 356 will work with its thickness. I also have had a 104 and loved it, but it wore a bit big and I don’t like the day feature particularly.
I would love the idea of a GMT or a world timer because I work in an international field, and it would be a useful complication as well as something indicative of my profession. However, nothing has jumped out at me and worldtimers being wrong for 6 months a year due to DST is a deterrent.
So there’s where I am. This is more to help my own thinking but I would love to hear people’s opinions. The stories watches tell are very important to me and I hope my son values these watches as a way to remember me when I am long gone. Even though he will be wearing an Apple Watch 22 by then!
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