Hi all, I am looking to buy my first watch. I asked for some advice on Reddit and was directed here to you experts, so I was wondering if ya'll had any thoughts.
I'm not really interested in spending a few hundred bucks and getting a low-tier watch I will replace later, so I figured I will buy a nice one that I'll keep for at least a few years. My budget is around 6-8K. This watch would be my only watch, and while I probably won't wear it everyday it seems wasteful to only bring it out for very special occasions, so I suppose I'd wear it at least a few times a week. I came up with a few watches based on my stylistic preferences:
- Omega De Ville Hour Vision
- Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH
- IWC Portuguese
- Jaeger LeCoultre Master Calendar
- Zenith Class XXT Moonphase El Primero
- Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox
Which would you get? Why?
Personally I think the Zenith is a little clutter-y, and the Portuguese a little plain so the Master Calendar and Hour Vision are my top choices. However, I was told that the Hour Vision isn't really a watch that you wear too often due to how the sides are easily scratched up, and the JLC is a bit pricey. What do you guys think? Are there any other watches that fit my style (vintage-looking, white faces, leather bands, simple but not overly so)? Unfortunately I really don't like the look of diving watches. Something about the large bezels...
Also - I am interested in buying a used watch, and I noticed that you guys have quite a large private sellers forum here. How does one go about buying a used watch without getting ripped off? How is the money transferred and how do you know you're getting the real deal?
Thanks in advance!
UPDATE - I went to check out these watches in person, and detailed my experience here. I would still very much appreciate any advice about how to go about buying used. The watches that are left standing are: