Hello, everyone. I've been browsing the forums for some time and have finally decided to take the leap and buy my first decent watch. In the past, my watch collection has largely been pieces under $200. I would like to find something to supplant my existing watch - a Kenneth Cole Reaction automatic skeletion watch (link) - as an everyday wearer. I am in my late 20s. My work attire is usually jeans and t-shirts (I'm a web developer), but occasionally calls for a blazer or sweater when meeting with clients. A watch that is versatile enough to handle either situation is ideal.
I've given myself a budget around $4000 (well under if I can help it). After a lot of reading and browsing the local Omega boutique and a jeweler, I've found that I'm attracted to the following watches:
- Omega Speedmaster Pro steel-on-steel w/ black face (haven't decided whether I like the Hesalite or Sapphire sandwich -- I love watching the movement on my current cheapo watch)
- Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronometer steel-on-steel w/ black face
- TAG Heuer Link 40mm w/ black face
I am by no means tied to these specific brands or models (though, anecdotally, I do seem to have been partial to a black dial w/ steel bracelet when browsing around) -- Omega and TAG are simply the easiest for me to see in person at my local mall. Being a software engineer and general tinkerer, I was initially attracted to the Speedmaster Professional because of its rich history in spaceflight, but value and prestige are more important to me than legacy.
The folks at the retail outlets have been less than helpful (I have to say, I don't think they take me very seriously -- I don't exactly look the part of someone ready to drop thousands of dollars on a watch, as people often guess I'm under 25).
I would love your advice and guidance, especially when it comes to other brands and models in my price range that I may not even know about but would be available online or at a local specialty dealer.
Thanks in advance for your input. I'm excited to buy my first grown up watch.