Hi all! First post! (A little overwhelmed by the specificity of all the sub-forums, so forgive me if this is in the wrong place).
So, I was watching Interstellar and I thought "that's a cool watch!", so I've been itching to get one ever since. I've looked at a bunch, and don'e a bunch of internet research (what a rabbit hole that is!). Anyway, I think I've decided on the "Coop" watch. It's going to be my first watch. I don't really dress "formally" (or even business casual; I'm a scientist) all that often, but I'd like something that goes well with a night on the town as well as, say, a job interview. My price range is probably under $2000, and honestly, what I care most about is if I like the styling of the watch (I live by/am in the ocean a ton, and I think in theory I'd appreciate the functionality of a dive watch more so than a pilot watch, but I can't imagine either matters much)
Some questions [that I doubt anyone can answer but me, but i'll feel bad if I don't ask]:
1). Where should I buy the watch? My options seem to be: a). Jomashop ($580 out the door), b). Bloomingdales ($750 total, able to return), c). my local AD, for $740 total, exchange only or d). something else you suggest!
One issue: I haven't actually tried on the watch. I managed to find a local AD that has the white-face version, and I've tried on other black-face versions, but I haven't actually worn this exact watch, which is why no-hassle returns are an issue. I'm 95% sure I'll love it, but you never know, y'know? I'm leaning toward bloomingdales, since they have a 25% Friends and Family coupon going now that works on the watch -- and I can return it if I don't like it -- but i'm open to ideas! Someone mentioned a forum sponsor that people have been happy with (Toppers)? One bummer is that I'm in California, so if I purchased there I'd have to pay sales tax.
2). It's probably worth the extra $180 to avoid grey market, right? The only reason I would think perhaps it wouldn't be is if I get "addicted" to watches and decide to get something much fancier in the near term, and relegate this watch to backup duty, or something of the sort. In that case, it might be nice to save the extra money for something else. But who knows (the only other watches that are of intrinsic interest to me are Omegas, since that's what my dad wore). I'm sure there's lots of grey vs authorized discussion here, but I'm just curious if there's anything about this specific situation that anyone feels is relevant.
3). Is there anything that sort of looks like this -- clean, uncluttered, a little bold but not too ostentatious -- that I may have missed? If it matters, I'm 6'4" and have tried on watches, and 41 is about as small as I'd want to go, I think.
4). Any reason *not* to buy the Hamilton? It's a bit of a bummer that people consider Hamilton to be either the world's best fashion watch brand or the world's worst luxury watch brand, depending on their level of snobbery, but hey, I like it! (I guess my point is, it's too bad that I might uy a watch that's a grand MSRP and not get much "watch guy" cred, but oh well).
Thanks for all your help [in advance!] and I'm looking forward to joining your crazy club!