I currently have a single watch that is a Rotary (gb02299/06) and it has served me well for a number of years and is still going strong. For now I am happy to keep using this watch on a day to day basis but feel that it is probably time to get something a little more special for those high days and holidays (ie a dress watch).
Ideally I'd like a dark brown leather strap, a light/ white face and a simple clean face. I dont have tiny wrists but I am not well built either and am not into the current trend of oversized watches. In particular I dont like the exceptionally bulky watches - I did look at replacing the Rotary with an Omega Seamaster and looked at both the 39mm and 42mm version both felt too bulky to me but the SHMBO thought the 42mm looked better on me.
I've not had much opportunity to do shopping around but did see the IWC Portofino which was of interest but would be at the top end of my budget:
I was hoping that some of the more learned members would be able to suggest some alternatives to look at next time I am in London as my past experiences of watch shops here has been unfavourable when it comes to providing help/ suggestions
My other slight concern is maintenance, my current watch has a lifetime battery guarantee so keeps good time and just once every couple of years it goes to the local shop and within 10 minutes it has a new battery in it. I realise automatics require servicing and accept that but I dont want to be buying something thats going to cost thousands a year to maintain and that I will be without for months at a time whilst its being serviced.