Greetings, salutations and felicitations to all.......
I thought I'd introduce myself to the membership at large- and maybe tell a bit of a story as well.
In short, I'm a professional pilot (retired military and currently commercial), and while having been interested in watches off and on, my interest usually stopped at about the $300-$500 level.....
..... with the notable exception of a vintage Glycine Airman that was my father's. He purchased it new during his tour as a Caribou pilot in Viet Nam (around 1969-1970) and passed it to me when I graduated pilot training.
I wore it through Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Gulf War, Part I) and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom (Gulf War, Part II) as a C-5 Driver-- that watch put up with a LOT of time in jets around the world and has been serviced several times along the way.
But now that I'm older, my eyes aren't quite what they used to be and the rather small typeface of the Glycine has been getting harder and harder to read lately.
About the same time, my wife (with the best of intentions) got me a Tourneau Aviator for my 50th birthday. And while it was a lovely gesture, the watch and I just never really bonded-- it was a little too "flashy" for me and was more of a "fashion statement" than a serious watch, and so (after a pretty good fight and a few tears), it went away and I started looking for a replacement for it.
Per my wife's direction, it had to be a "good" watch, and one that I really liked and would "be happy with".
My requirement was: no divers (I already have a Seiko I like), no chronometers (I can't read them without glasses), about 40ish mm, and no "fashion" watches. I wanted something simple and rugged that I could wear in the jet on a daily basis but also that would look good out to dinner on occasion. I also wanted to keep the price under about $2,000 (new or used). I've reached the point in life that I can spend a few pennies on myself, but my upbringing just makes my stomach go into knots if I start thinking of spending more than that something that's really more of a "want" than a "need".
So, no problem, right? A little quick research (which is how I found WUS) and I'm good to go.
Aaaaand that...... is just about when rabbit hole opened and sucked me in!
I've (virtually) looked at, researched, and obsessed over a lot of brands here at WUS and WatchRecon-- from boutique brands (yes, I'm looking at you, A-13A) to "they cost HOW MUCH?" Rolexes, Glashutte's and the like.
Hours, if not days of time have been spent lurking around here and doing a lot of reading-- my wife's sort of been shaking her head and calling me obsessed, but the cat's pleased as he can curl up in my lap while I research the latest watch that catches my eye.
I've been looking at mostly at watches from A-13A, Alpina, Archimede, Damasko, Fortis, Grand Seiko, Laco, Sinn and Stowa. I even veered into Rolex territory for a little while after seeing a stunning picture of an Explorer Mk II with black rubber strap-- gorgeous, gorgeous, and "oh boy, do I want"-- but I just couldn't justify spending $6500 on a watch, especially one that I have no hope of finding to even try on for fitment.
So, at the moment, I keep coming back to the Sinn 856 UTC-- it seems a solid watch and not a cheap "knock-off", is professional looking, and (most importantly)-- my wife likes it. And since it's a really a replacement for the anniversary watch she got me, her vote is disproportionally important. (She REALLY liked the Rolex Explorer, but I'd be weirded out wearing something that cost half the price of one of my motorcycle's on my wrist!)
So, that's the story. I'm keeping an eye on the "For Sale" forum's-- looking for that elusive "Near Mint" Sinn 856 UTC, but it seems that my timing isn't great-- and WatchBuys is out of stock, of course.
The only problem? I haven't told my wife that I'm also keeping my eye out for a lightly used A-13A, a Sinn 556 B-Uhr, or maybe a nice blue-faced Flieger. She's going to lose her mind when she figures out that I want more than one watch-- and it'll be her fault for starting this with my anniversary gift.
Anyhow, I just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I've enjoyed reading all of the information here-- even if it's been a bit overwhelming at times.