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    First big purchase! Need some help

    Hello WUS members!

    I will be graduating college in fall and have been looking into making a nice watch purchase for my achievement. This will be my first nice watch so I'm really excited. I have a narrowed down a few criteria for a watch:

    1. I would like more of a classic looking sport/diver watch
    2. Something to fit my fit my 6.5" wrist
    3. Not too thick
    4. Automatic or self-winding movement
    5. Metal bracelet, but maybe with the option of changing to a rubber strap if I wanted
    6. I think nothing over 42mm, since it will start to look very big on my tiny wrist, just my opinion.
    7. And most important! Around the $2000-2200 is the max

    Some that I have been looking into are the Ball Engineer Diver (but the thickness seems to worry me), the new Breitling 2010 Superocean (but the wait and the price may be too long and too high), Longines both Hydroconquest and Master Collection (but I don't think I like the Hydroconquest that much and the Master Collection isn't really a diver watch, it's more dressy), and a few other here and there. Any help or ideas would be great!!! Thank you!

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    Re: First big purchase! Need some help

    An Omega PO would be a good cornerstone to any budding collection. Congrats on the pending graduation.
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    Re: First big purchase! Need some help

    Seiko Marinemaster 300. A modern classic.

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    Re: First big purchase! Need some help

    Quote Originally Posted by jason_recliner View Post
    Seiko Marinemaster 300. A modern classic.
    That Seiko is nice, but I don't think he will spend $2,000 in a non Swiss watch :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by scm64 View Post
    An Omega PO would be a good cornerstone to any budding collection. Congrats on the pending graduation.
    +1

    But you'd probably have to start looking in the pre-owned pool. Good luck, and congrats on your graduation!

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    Re: First big purchase! Need some help

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    That Seiko is nice, but I don't think he will spend $2,000 in a non Swiss watch :D
    Maybe. But that's his problem, not mine.

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    Re: First big purchase! Need some help

    Since you are just graduating and if you are spending your own money, I would say:
    Get minty pre-owned Omega Sea Master for around $1000-$1100

    Pocket the rest or bank the rest or pay off your student loan with rest.

    If you are NOT spending your own money:
    I still like the Omega SMP.. New. Breitling tend to be thick.
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    Re: First big purchase! Need some help

    I think a Sinn U1 or an Oris TT1 diver would fit the bill, but since you want something under 42 mm, I'd recommend the 38 mm Breitling SOH. Think you might get it for less than $2200 if the AD gives you a reasonable discount.
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    Re: First big purchase! Need some help

    Thank you for all the help guys! I'm still currently looking around. And yes, I will most likely get a Swiss made watch. Nothing against non-Swiss watches, it's just that this is the first nice watch for me and I believe a Swiss is the way to go for the first purchase. Just my opinion. I'll post some other suggestions for watches soon and see what you guys think. Thanks again!

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