I just registered to this site and am very excited to join in on this great passion of ours. My watch fever began earlier this year when a friend told me about a website that sold an item per day. When I visited it that day, there was a Zodiac AllStar for sale and I bought it. Upon researching it, I realized I wanted more and had a lot to learn. As the temperature increased, it led me to a blog on watches, more Google searches, and finally to your forums. I've worked a lot in the field in my life and always got by with a Timex, figuring why buy a nicer watch and have it subjected to mud and concrete. But when I started reading the blogs and your forums, I decided to jump in and just purchased an Orange Monster a couple of days ago. It immediately felt good in my hands and on my wrist - a watch for me to enjoy and use. It satisfies both the technical and artistic sides of my brain and that's the standard I'll always have when it comes to purchasing a watch from now on.
My budget is limited but in a way, I like it that way. The search for a particular watch will take time and become it's own journey - the satisfaction in ownership will be that much greater! Since I am brand new to the art of watch collecting, I set about in obtaining a diver for play, a chrono for work, and a dress watch - my Triple Crown. How many times I get to repeat the cycle, nobody knows. But for my first go-around, I now have a dependable diver and will look to getting a Magrette Moana Pacific because of its homage to Panerai. I love the minimalism but with distinction. For the chrono, I'm thinking of a Citizen BL5250-02L or a LumTec M9 or M13. As you can see, I'm trying to limit myself to a purchase of less than $350. I was wondering if you out there would give me your recommendations of a Triple Crown of watches less than #350 each, and then your own best Triple Crown.
Lastly, while I am a middle-aged man, I am excited to start from scratch with my newfound obsession. There is a lot of experience, passion, and opinions on these threads and I hope to gradually learn your distinctive voices and collections. At the risk of possible embarassment, I do want to give a shout out to kiwidj. I've read many of his replies and I must say I admire his prodigious output of posts and his sense of style and craftsmanship. I would love to have the same when I grow up!