I'm humbly asking for opinions tonight. I have a friend who's about to turn 30, and his wife has decided to buy him a nice watch for his birthday. She knows I am a lover of fine watches and asked me to help her find the right watch. However, I lean more toward dive/sport watches, and she is looking for something with a more classic look. She wants something more dressy, leather strap, simple, elegant. Her budget is around $3000. She hinted that she'd go a little higher for the right watch, but if she could spend less that would be better. I know a lot of watches that would fit the style, but at a much higher price point. I think I'm looking in the $4k-$2k range. Anything more will be too much, and anything less won't be good enough (unless someone knows something awesome).
Here's what I've sent her so far:
Breitling Transocean Black Dial, Black Leather - $3499 (jomashop)
Sinn 6090 Frankfurt Big Date 3 Time Zone - $3650 (watchbuys)
Sinn 6100 Regulateur Technik - $2870 (watchbuys)
IWC Portofino Automatic Black Dial IW356502- $3750 (amazon)
Tag Heuer Carrera Automatic WV211B.FC6202 - $1959 (amazon)
I love the IWC but it's near the top of the budget window. The Tag looks nice, and there are some Tags I like, but generally I think they are overpriced for what you get. I am a fan of Sinn but not sure about these models. I've always liked the look of the Transocean.
What I'd like to know is what other watches you guys think I should look at in this price range. If you have something you think would be a good fit for the budget, please let me know so I can take a look. Or if you think one of the ones I sent shouldn't be on the list, let me know that too.
Thanks in advance for any advice you may have for me. I appreciate the help!