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    Help with first watch

    I've never really worn a watch, but as an adult, I'm thinking it's about time. Checking the cell phone for the time is very tacky.

    Anyway, I'm looking for my first watch. I want something of quality as it will be my only watch and hope to have it for a long time. My budget is probably up to around $2000.

    I'm looking for a watch that can go both casual and with the occasional suit. I don;t dress for work, so 90% of the time this will be a jeans/shirt watch or weekender. I alos enjoy the outdoors, so a watch that I could wear in the woods without worry would also be a plus. I seem to be drawn towards chronographs in terms of face style, but not stuck on it. I've tried both stainless and leather straps - for some reason leather seems more natural on me ( maybe it's because I've never worn a watch and the stainless really draws attention to my wrist). As to size, I have a smallish wrist, so don;t want a humungous face nor a tiny one.

    The tough part is that there are so many watches out there. If anyone wants to help me narrow my search to 5-10 that would be a huge help.

    PS - lesser known/quality brands are always of interest

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    stuffler,mike
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    Re: Help with first watch

    Sinn 103, Sinn 757, Damasko DC 56, Damasko DC 66, Archimede Flieger Chrono, Marcello C Diavolo Chrono, Wenger, Victorinox, Guinand, Longines gto start with.

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    Re: Help with first watch

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Sinn 103, Sinn 757, Damasko DC 56, Damasko DC 66, Archimede Flieger Chrono, Marcello C Diavolo Chrono, Wenger, Victorinox, Guinand, Longines gto start with.
    Thanks. I'll be back once I check those out.

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    Re: Help with first watch

    Well, I've looked through these watches and done a little more searching on my own -- wanted to get your opinion on Ball watches with my search criteria in mind - casual, athletic, chronometer or other features on face, probably choosing a black face and leather strap understated on wrist, high quaily construction

    Not sure if these watches would be too big? - I have about a 7 inch wrist.

    Any other brands to look at similar to Ball.

    I also liked the Acugraph 7750 - but not sure of the quality or name

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    Can´t judge the quality of Ball. There´s none appealing to me. But you may check our Official Ball Forum for reviews and thoughts.

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    I would echo Mik's comment above about a Sinn 103. You can read all about them in the Sinn Forum. There is even a fairly recent thread "calling all 103 owners", that has a bunch of pics.

    Here is mine (White Face was limited edition and no longer available).

    There are many, many great watches, so I would advise you take your time, educate yourself about what you want and why, then see who provides something you really like within your $$$.

    It will be fun trying to decide! Be sure to let us know what you decide.

    I suspect this may not be your only watch. This is a very addictive habit.

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    I agree.. check out the Sinn watches.. and Ball also.

    Quote Originally Posted by time4awatch View Post
    Thanks. I'll be back once I check those out.
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    Re: Help with first watch

    Check out an Omega Speedmaster!

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    You've got a nice budget for a solid chronograph.
    Your money can also go much farther if buying pre-owned.
    Shop around, research, and have fun!
    "Time is the school in which we learn. Time is the fire in which we burn."

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    Re: Help with first watch

    Since you are not stuck on a chronograph or even if you are, Ocean 7 and DOXA have several watches that are right up your alley and, you will not see them on everyone's wrist, like some of the high end famous brands.

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