Hey folks. I'm here because I'm in need of a bit of help finding a watch for my father's retirement. It's about a year away, but I'll need to set my eyes on a target and start saving up a bit for it.
That being said, a little bit of a background on him. He's in his later 50's, and he's been in the fire service for about 35 years now. He's a short dude at around 5'2", so he has small wrists. Anything over 40mm case diameter he's definitely not into. He has a 1950's Zenith that's around 36mm and an old Seiko thats about 37mm which he wears a lot, so that will be the target size. He probably won't like anything larger than 39mm. The thinner the watch is, the better. He's not a huge watch fanatic like most of us, however he's also never really had a high quality watch, and he appreciates quality. He's expressed that he finds my Speedmaster dial too confusing, and he also doesn't like diver's bezels. A day and a date is certainly welcomed, but the simpler the dial, the better. The clearer, and easy to read the dial is, the better as well, because he has trouble seeing up close. I'll also need room on the caseback for engraving purposes. This watch will probably be his every day wearer, so it needs to be able to work with a tee shirt and jeans, and sometimes under a shirt cuff. It also needs to be somewhat waterproof, I would say 100m will suffice. I'm looking for something that's of good quality in the Omega, Rolex, Grand Seiko range, but wouldn't hesitate to check out a Tag, Ball, or something along those lines. I'd like something with a bit of brand recognition because while most of us understand that there are quality in other brands, he might not understand the gift unless its a brand he knows to be quality. My max budget is $5000 out of pocket (not MSRP because I'll be negotiating a price), although it certainly doesn't have to go that high. Also definitely no gold of any kind, as he's a bit more subdued than that.
I'm buying this for him because he's been a great father, and has served his community for over 35 years. To me, he certainly deserves a symbol of his accomplishment. I appreciate your help on this search WUS! A big thank you in advance.