Hey Everyone - sorry if this is long, but I need some help here and I want to provide as much info as I can about my tastes so I can hopefully get some good suggestions from everyone.
I'm in the market for a new watch and am ready to buy something special.
A co-worker turned me on to the world of timepieces which I'm slowly becoming addicted to. I've been researching for almost 2 or 3 months now - all the while without any watch on my wrist (my son broke my Seiko of 5 years)! I think I'm just finally starting to understand what I like and don't like but need some more suggestions from the experts here.
First of all - I wear a suit to work every day and work in the hedge fund industry (as a software developer, unfortunately not the BIG money makers but I do OK). So with a suit, I guess I want something moderately dressy. No diver watches, etc.
In a paragraph, here's what I'm looking for:
I'm looking for an every day watch - something classy and traditional. I think I like chronographs. I've been looking at a lot of moonphase watches but don't think it's a requirement. I don't care about name brands - in fact, something that is unique that most people have NOT heard of is more attractive to me. I want something that people will notice and ask me about, that will be a conversation starter. I like the romantic notion of watches - I want something that a sea captain would've worn - or an old British train conductor. Something that tells a story, or has some kind of history to it. Something with some crazy ass complications but is not too difficult to read. I don't like a million numbers crowding up the display. I want a timepiece that looks like some serious craftsmenship went into it - even if it was mass produced in China. I also want something reliable that will last me years, if not a lifetime. I also like the open back, so when I take off my watch, I can stare into it and marvel at all the parts working together in harmony (hey, I'm a computer guy). I originally only wanted bracelet bands, but I think I could go either way now.
Unfortunately, most of the pieces I like most are waaay out of my range - like +$15-$20k and UP. I really like A. Lange and Soehne but forget that. My original limit was $1,000 but I think I'm willing to stretch it to ~$1,500 if it's something I love. It seems there are plenty of options in that range.
I was really floored when I learned about D.Freemont from this site. He seems to meet almost all my requirements - I'm really leaning towards the Barcelona or Acugraph, but after reading some negative posts about the straps and/or QC I'm hesitating. I just found out about Sinn although they seem a bit out of my range. Same goes for Longine. I found some Oris that I liked and even a bunch of more inexpensive ones like Jaques Lemans and Lucien Piccard.
Well, sorry for the long post. If you read this far it probably means you have some good suggestions of some other makers/brands for me. I don't know if it's allowed or not here, but if you suggest a brand, could you also tell me a good site or place to buy it -where maybe I could get a discounted price?
Thanks in advance!