Name is Jos, 25 year old student and about to buy my first serious swiss watch. After first falling in love with some of the Raymond Weil designs (especially the maestro and freelancer, black + metal designs) and planning to buy one of those, I started to do some real research and got to know a little more. I ended up searching for best value/quality-design on forums and right now I have the idea that I'm better off buying a second hand watch in the 1000-2000 category than to spend the same amount of money on a new watch with a movement caliber that is of a lower category/ quality. So far the post that came up with most watches I really, really like is this one:
Re: Best buys between 1000 to 2000.Big price range with many options
Sinn Instrument, U1 and UX - durability, almost cult following
Sinn Regulateurs - all at the high end of the range but come with the same traits as the Instruments and Divers in a dressy look
Nomos Tangente and Club, several models - relatively new marque, great design for the price
TAG Heuer Carrera - timeless
Stowa and Laco Fliegers - great build and heritage
Omega Seamaster AquaTerra - coaxial tech and sober looks
Fortis B42 models, Spacematic - durable with a heritage they like to demonstrate
A handful of Orises can be had at once - no-nonsense brand with solid products
2nd hand Speedy, Rolex Oyster/AirKing and a multitude of others.
Up to you
I like a sober, elegant design. My personal favourites at the moment are the Tag carrera caliber 5 (the design and strap !) and the omega seamaster aqua terra - but I have the feeling that the omega seamaster stands out as a completely different class of a watch, and might therefore be a very nice purchase.
Could I get some thoughts ?
p.s. The Raymond Weil watch that I really like is the Raymond Weil freelancer Automatic Open balance wheel steel on steel black dial 42mm, but I'm learning that it is using an older ETA movement caliber as opposed to other watches in the same price category.