After lurking about the forums for about two years now, I've decided to make my first post.
I'm looking for some help in finding my new watch and making the jump into "nicer watches". I've been with my g-shock for about two years now and, after saving for all this time, I have a bit ~8,000USD to buy a new watch (no need to use all of it :D).
What I'm looking for:
-I'm 18 and will be going to college in the fall, so durability will be necessary. Diver level water resistance would be awesome, but not necessarily needed.
-I have a small wrist (6.5-6.75 inches), so I've always been drawn to more vintage sized watches.
-There's this allure towards manual wind movements. I watched my grandfather wind his watch every morning and I find the connection he had with his watch just fascinating.
-Since I'll be spending this amount (which is a lot for me), I want to be able to get an in house movement.
-I would like to just stay with a time and maybe a date complication. I like a plain looking dial.
-Having a watch that could be worn with both jeans and a suit would be great, but maybe I'm just a bit too optimistic.
-I have sweaty palms so NATO strap or bracelet would probably be best.
Some of the watches that I've liked are:
-IWC Mark XI (I've wanted this guy for years. I just never had the money till now. If there are any production watches like this, manual wind, rugged and small sized, I'd really want to know about it!)
-Omega Seamaster/Rolex Submariner (Classic watches, but they almost seem too "common". Maybe I'm just being too much like a hippie.)
-Blancpain Bathyscaphe (Heard some complaints. Also slightly out of budget at 10,500. And also on the larger side.)
-JLC Master Control or MUT (I like the idea of them, although they look a little too "nice" for me to wear all the time. Also, I don't think I can put a NATO strap on these guys...)
-Omega AT 15000 Gauss (Interesting concept as I'm a nerdy sort of guy, but will this be looked at as a gimmick watch in the future?)
-Bremont Solo 37 (Not in house. An automatic. But I've been following Bremont for quite a while and I really like where they're going. I heard that they might be coming out with an in house movement soon...)
The more I look back at what I wrote, the more indecisive I think I sound. The final decision is mine, but I'm just wondering if any of y'all have any suggestions for me!
Thanks ahead of time~