I'm looking for opinions on what I should get as an heirloom watch. Which of my choices below would you recommend and why? For me, I'm not very interested in which brand has more 'wow' factor or brand prestige and price/resale is not a concern - I'm more interested in things like which watch will last over my lifetime, my children's lifetime, and a movement that will continue to be serviceable in the future. A timeless but individual look is also important. I've listed individual concerns next to each watch below
For the most part I've gone for GMTs and I prefer divers. I've gone for some manufacture and some ETA. I'd like to hear your opinion on one house servicing its own manufacture movement vs. the wide availability of ETA movements as I'm yet undecided either way in terms of exclusivity, performance, and serviceability. Of course, I prefer a longer power reserve, but then ETAs would presumably have a lot more parts availability in future.
If you have personal experience with any of these watches, please let me know how its all going. So, to start!
1. Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE001
I don't have any issue with paying $6000 or so for a 'Seiko', but I am concerned about spring drives and how the movement will evolve in the future. I've only thought about this in detail over the last little while, but really what will happen with the movement over the next 50 years is hard to say, as was the Bulova Accutron etc. I guess what I'm saying is, while it is the most accurate one, it really hasn't withstood the test of time. If the movement had evolved over many decades as, say, the ETA movements or the rollie movements, I'd feel more comfortable. But, for its value for money, exceptional finish and true in house manufacture, it remains a strong contender. If it weren't for my concerns re the movement, I'd just get this without question.
2. Chopard LUC Pro One GMT
I know this watch is discontinued but the movement is used by a few of their other watches. I was pretty surprised to learn the GMT hand is not independent at all - if the bezel is left in its neutral position (with 24 at the top of the dial) the GMT hand will display the 24 hour time of the hour and minute hands. I guess this is a bit odd for the cost of this watch, but not a deal breaker. On this watch though I have a couple of quizzos:
- Please tell me how many clicks the bezel has - given it will be the only thing that can be used for the GMT hand, the bezel clicks (and accuracy of lining up the GMT bezel) becomes crucial
- I have read a few good things about the movement in this watch, but what is your opinion? I've also read the seconds hand doesn't hack...?
- I've also read some reports of a loose bezel - if you have this watch, can you please advise?
3. Breitling Colt + GMT
This has the ETA 2893 but is not a manufacture. The advantage is that the widespread availability of the movement will likely keep it going for some time. I'm not sure why but this watch was never really popular, but I think its great - bit of that synthetic exclusivity just cos the watch isn't very popular. I know the movement is not a true GMT and while this is a bit of a pity I don't really think its a big issue. One other annoying disadvantage with this watch is that its power reserve is just short of 2 days (i.e. a weekend), and yes truth be told I don't really wear a watch on the weekends.
4. Your Recommendation?
But not rolex! from the above 3 I think you can see what I'm looking for - if you have anything else in mind, please recommend.
Thanks guys, I've been thinking about this for a long time and your input would be much appreciated