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    First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

    Hi everyone! My name is Mike and I'm "somewhat" new here. I created an account about a year ago but have just been lurking lol, no posts. But I've recently become much more interested in the watch game and I am now looking to buy my first ever premium watch and want to get more involved in the community! I currently only have a Seiko coutura radio sync SSG009 which I like the look of and does what I need it to do. But I want to step it up a notch. I'm a fairly recent college grad (about a year out of school) and recently got an amazing new job. I'd like to buy myself something to commemerate these milestones! My budget is a tad tight for now, but I'm confident you guys can help!!

    I'm currently interested in buying pre-owned to keep costs down. My budget is around $1500 (keep in mind I have also budgeted some money aside from the $1500 for a service down the road)

    I'm currently interested in two watches: an Omege Speedmaster Date 3513.30 or 3513.50 (love the moonwatch too, but out of my pricerange) OR a Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16. I've done some research and found some great options on ebay through the sellers "elady" and "closer0924." Just looking for advice/opinions on what I am currently considering!

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    Re: First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mousecop95 View Post
    Hi everyone! My name is Mike and I'm "somewhat" new here. I created an account about a year ago but have just been lurking lol, no posts. But I've recently become much more interested in the watch game and I am now looking to buy my first ever premium watch and want to get more involved in the community! I currently only have a Seiko coutura radio sync SSG009 which I like the look of and does what I need it to do. But I want to step it up a notch. I'm a fairly recent college grad (about a year out of school) and recently got an amazing new job. I'd like to buy myself something to commemerate these milestones! My budget is a tad tight for now, but I'm confident you guys can help!!

    I'm currently interested in buying pre-owned to keep costs down. My budget is around $1500 (keep in mind I have also budgeted some money aside from the $1500 for a service down the road)

    I'm currently interested in two watches: an Omege Speedmaster Date 3513.30 or 3513.50 (love the moonwatch too, but out of my pricerange) OR a Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16. I've done some research and found some great options on ebay through the sellers "elady" and "closer0924." Just looking for advice/opinions on what I am currently considering!
    Speedy and Carrera Chrono are great watches for sure, but with a budget of $1500 I'd be very careful on the used market.

    I'd rather look at e.g. the Tissot V8 or Hamilton Intra-Matic chrono, which will be available in much better condition or new for that price, so without having to service them anytime soon.


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    Edit: Victorinor Airboss automatic chrono and Alpina Alpiner 4 chrono could also be options. Bear in mind that these are fairly big watches like the Carrera Calibre 16, so see if 43-44mm actually fits your wrist before you buy. The 40mm Hamilton is a lot smaller.


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    Re: First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

    I'd go for the Hamilton..... Gorgeous!

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    Re: First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

    You can still find some Mühle Glashütte watches on sale and in your price range here: https://www.gemnation.com/watches/Mu...tBy=Popularity

    For instance, a SeeBataillon for USD 1'995 :

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    Get a Citizen Eco-drive. They come in an astounding variety of models and styles, some that are radio or satellite-controlled. It will be super accurate, beautiful looking, and you may never have to replace the rechargeable battery. You certainly won't have to "budget" for a watch service down the road. Take a look at the Citizen Signature line. I had one that was the most beautiful watch I owned. (Moonphase Flyback Chronograph)

    Or, you could buy into the hype of expensive automatics and get sub-par accuracy as well as the privilege of paying hundreds in servicing costs every 4-5 years.

    I know my opinion is unlikely to be popular here, but I thought you should hear an alternative viewpoint.

    Congrats on your milestone achievements. You are just starting out. IMO the last thing you should be doing is budgeting for a watch service down the road. You'll have plenty of other demands on your money.
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    Re: First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FBPB View Post
    You can still find some Mühle Glashütte watches on sale and in your price range here: https://www.gemnation.com/watches/Mu...tBy=Popularity

    For instance, a SeeBataillon for USD 1'995 :

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    Coincidentally, that's the watch I'm wearing today.. Just bought it for under 1500€ (used, but very good condition) a week ago, and it's brilliant!


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    Re: First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ffritz View Post
    Speedy and Carrera Chrono are great watches for sure, but with a budget of $1500 I'd be very careful on the used market.

    I'd rather look at e.g. the Tissot V8 or Hamilton Intra-Matic chrono, which will be available in much better condition or new for that price, so without having to service them anytime soon.


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    Edit: Victorinor Airboss automatic chrono and Alpina Alpiner 4 chrono could also be options. Bear in mind that these are fairly big watches like the Carrera Calibre 16, so see if 43-44mm actually fits your wrist before you buy. The 40mm Hamilton is a lot smaller.


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    What do you think of TISSOT LE LOCLE VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH Item number T0064141105300? found this on Tissot's website. Has a similar look to the carrera which I love. Plus I'd save most of the money I would have used on a service? Thanks!

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    Re: First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mousecop95 View Post
    What do you think of TISSOT LE LOCLE VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH Item number T0064141105300? found this on Tissot's website. Has a similar look to the carrera which I love. Plus I'd save most of the money I would have used on a service? Thanks!
    You really mean the Le Locle chrono with Roman numerals? I don't think it looks like the Carrera at all.. Are we talking about the same version of the Carrera and/or Tissot?

    Anyway, I had the white dial Tissot Le Locle chrono once and found it quite boring all in all. Instead of that one I'd rather look for a Bulova Accutron automatic chrono, which might be available for even less and looks better in my opinion. If you like automatic chronographs, google specifically for watches with the Eta 7750 movement, disregarding the watch brand. It's the widely used Swiss workhorse movement in that category and there's a lot to find.


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    Re: First big watch purchase! Recommendations/help needed!!

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    You really mean the Le Locle chrono with Roman numerals? I don't think it looks like the Carrera at all.. Are we talking about the same version of the Carrera and/or Tissot?

    Anyway, I had the white dial Tissot Le Locle chrono once and found it quite boring all in all. Instead of that one I'd rather look for a Bulova Accutron automatic chrono, which might be available for even less and looks better in my opinion. If you like automatic chronographs, google specifically for watches with the Eta 7750 movement, disregarding the watch brand. It's the widely used Swiss workhorse movement in that category and there's a lot to find.


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    That Bulova looks nice! I was referring to this Tissot btw

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    I’d be a bit careful buying something like a Speedy that fitted your budget as you may be opening yourself up to repair costs you can ill afford. Lower your sights a bit and see if you like the look of any Steinhart chronos.

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