Very excited to see mechanical watch enthusiasts here and on several other forums. Hello to all!
I've been busy "thinking through" my first mechanical watch purchase. I must say, the amount of choice is (nothing short of) amazing once you look past Swiss Army at the local jeweler's shops. That's what brought me here, by the way, looking for Swiss Army Ambassador or Alliance information.
In any case, I am now looking for either a Swiss manufacturer, or, a reputable German manufacturer that uses Swiss movements. My budget is $500, and I would like my first watch (which will be my only real watch for some time) to be new, not used.
My criteria are: either automatic or wind, but well-respected quality movement with some sort of date, sapphire crystal, waterproof enough to wash hands, "classic" style (i.e. not a boat anchor), and I must add that I am somewhat flexible in the looks/complications department.
Here are the brands I've been thinking about:
Stowa (several possibilites)
Archimede (Pilot or Arcadia)
Swiss Army (hah! so what if they are too "popular" in the US, right? )
...and a few others, but, the list gets unmanageable very quickly! I like the fact that Archimede sells direct, for example. I am somewhat unsure of where to buy Titoni "safely."
Any and all advice from you will be appreciated. Thanks!