I'm hoping I'm not invoking that sense "Of annoying spoiled kid," but with this great of an opportunity and the support of my family with getting a nice watch for my graduation present, I'd like to be as sure of my purchase as much as possible. I'm being offered $3,000 to work with and am aloud to add as much as I can to spring for something above budget (And I have no problem doing so). As you may know, I've been admiring the IWC Portofino for a long time, but I'm considering 4 different options as of now. I visited an Omega Outlet and found it to be quite the experience! Here are the main four: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronometer, Omega DeVille Small Seconds, IWC Mark XVII Pilot's Watch, IWC Portofino. Here's my main pros and cons with each model that make it so difficult!
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronometer:
+Gorgeous design that is bold but not too flamboyant.
+Versatile. I have larger wrists, so the size of 41mm fits me perfectly for casual and dress.
+Real Gold Indices be it plated or solid, doesn't really matter me, but it's gorgeous!
+Exhibition Case Back
+In-House movement (Not a big deal, but still cool to consider) that is gorgeously finished and pleasing to look at.
-The most expensive of the selection. It was shown list at $5,400, but I'm sure I can negotiate down, but still, that's still a lot of money.
-Omega is of course I highly regarded name, but it's very "In-the-know" with the average-joe crowd. I sound like a hipster, but I think it would be nice to have a watch that is highly respected by a more selective group.
Omega DeVille Small Seconds:
+The least expensive of the bunch. List at $3,800.
+Unique, elegant look.
-The same issue I had with it being "Omega." I don't think I'm too good for the name (If anything it's too good for me) but I'd like something appealing to the more selective WIS group.
-No Exhibition case back.
IWC Mark XVII
+IWC is one of my favorite names in the industry.
+Iconic watch with not too flashy design.
+Soft Iron Casing to resist magnetic fields... I'm not typically around Magnetic fields but it's still cool. I travel a lot with family and friends so it may help on the plane if that even effects it.
-I'm not sure if it's as versatile. Can you see that going with a suit?
-No exhibition case back.
-Revealing of 3 numbers in date wheel is kind of unnecessary.
-Only available at Tourneau around me. I had a nice experience last time I was there but I hear they don't give discounts anymore.
+Gorgeous, simple, understated, elegant design and case finishing.
+Great size. 40-41mm is my sweet spot.
+IWC is, like I said, my favorite name.
+I've been to Italy, not to Portofino, but I think it'd still be nice to consider. I like the lifestyle and aura that IWC is trying to invoke with the design of the watch.
+Versatile. My everyday attire is usually a collared shirt with jeans or chinos. It won't be too out of place since I don't usually dawn a T-Shirt and shorts.
-No exhibition case back
-Only available at Tourneau near me. (They don't even have it in. They offered to get it in last time but I've received no word of it arriving yet.)