Greetings fellow horological enthusiasts – long time lurker, first time poster.
My journey into the wonderful world of serious timepieces began last summer and has continued unabated ever since. After much research, my first “real” purchase was the Rado D-Star 200 three-hand dress diver in black. So far I’ve been very satisfied with it’s versatility and casual elegance and enjoy owning a quality watch that’s unique enough to not be seen on every wrist or even often mentioned on these fora. I got a good deal from Ashford and ended up upping the ante with the ceramic-embedded bracelet from the local Rado AD. Like many of you, I initially justified the outlay of funds with the whole “this will be the ONE watch that I’ll wear everyday so why not spend enough to ensure a little bit of luxury” argument. As you may imagine, reading the posts here and getting into watches in general has rendered that line of thought obsolete!
Now that I’ve got the casual-ish look squared away, I’m looking for a nice dress piece that is extra-thin to fit under cuffs. I wear a button-up shirt and tie every day and at 13mm thick, the Rado just won’t go under a sleeve easily. After looking around a bit I’ve fallen for the silver Hamilton Intra-matic at 42mm. (Yes, I know this size is big for a dress watch but my wrist is 8.25 inches and the 38mm looks like I’ve strapped on a dime. From trying them on, I know an after-market strap is also a requirement as the one the Intra-matic comes on can’t even wrap around my apparently monstrous wrist!) Jomashop has some steady deals at just shy of $600 but I wanted to see if anyone here had any other suggestions for something similar at around the same price. I’ve also looked into the Christopher Ward Malvern, the Frederique Constant slimline and a few other brands I can’t remember just now. Though I prefer automatics, the Intra-matic’s lack of a second hand somewhat negates the neatness of the sweeping-hand feature so I wouldn’t be opposed to a classy two-hand quartz.
All right gentlemen (and ladies) – that’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks in advance for your insight and expertise!