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    Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to the world of (non-fashion) watches and also new to this forum. I've found myself obsessing over watches lately and spending far too much time researching, reading and browsing (but I love it).

    My reason for posting is that I am getting married in about a year, and my wonderful fiance has signed on to my half-serious comment prior to our engagement that I should get a nice watch instead of a wedding ring when the time comes, because I don't wear rings and would prefer not to. We're quite happy and secure in our relationship so she agreed to replace my ring with a "wedding watch".

    Our price range is about $7k - $9k. I feel that it should be a dress watch considering the occasion, but it needs to be versatile enough that I can wear it just about every day. I work in a business environment, so a dress watch will work well there, but it should not be out of place on the weekends when I'm in jeans and a t-shirt.

    Below are some of my preferences, but I'm open to other suggestions as well. The more I look at watches the more I have begun to appreciate styles which at one point I may have discounted.

    - I like the moonphase and calendar complications. They remind me of a grandfather clock, which just makes me think "heirloom".
    - I like gold (especially rose gold), but in many of the watches I've tagged up to this point, the gold versions put them out of my price range.
    - I prefer leather bands (can't decide if black or brown will work better).
    - I prefer the 38mm-44mm range, but for the right vintage watch I'd go down to 35mm at the smallest.
    - I'm trying to break myself of this, but I admit to a weakness for the big names/brands (at least the ones I can afford). So it needs to be a mix of very well made watch AND something to catch the eye and be recognized. Nothing against Seiko, who I think offers an amazing value, but I feel like I need one of the top tier names for the occasion.
    - I'm open to both new or used watches, as well as vintage in good condition, and finding a very old, classic looking watch is very appealing to me. I realize my price range is peanuts in the grand scheme of watch collecting, but I want to have something I can pass down to my son one day.

    Some of the watches I really like so far, which are in my price range (mostly in steel), are:

    Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar
    Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic
    Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Master Control
    Blancpain Leman Double-Time
    Blancpain Leman (with moonphase)
    Rolex Datejust II
    Rolex Day-Date
    (I also like classic watches like the Omega SpeedMaster Pro and the Brietling Navitimer, but I don't think they make as much sense as a "wedding watch").

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and for offering suggestions!

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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    I love most things Rolex and if the DJ is on your list that's the one to go for.
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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    Datejust is a great watch and will be an heirloom watch in your life.
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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    The Datejust was the first watch I set my sights on before doing much research. Since then, I've been moving away from Rolex because in the range I'm looking, I'm not getting the complications I want with them, and I'm leaning towards something with a leather band.

    And I'm not sure if I like the number markers (other than the roman numeral version), or the cyclops lens. I don't think the word "clunky" is fair, because it's a beautiful watch, but I seem to lean towards other brands over Rolex. It certainly has the name recognition I admit to liking, but I'm just not sure about it.

    The one I originally liked was roman numeral black face - I wanted something different from the typical DJ.
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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    great 1st post....... I would go JLC Master Control
    Last edited by inhaus; October 23rd, 2014 at 01:08.
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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    I got my dream watch this summer when I picked up a JLC MC and it is fantastic. Got it on a bracelet but hoping to order a black and a brown strap for it too then I can match it for any occasion. That would be my recommendation.
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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    How about a Reverso of whatever variety you like?

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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    Quote Originally Posted by docwalleye View Post
    How about a Reverso of whatever variety you like?
    I'm not a fan of the reverso. I like them on other people, just not me.

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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    Datejust is the one. That's what I'll be wearing this Saturday for my wedding, albeit the 36mm version.


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    Re: Need Advice & Suggestions for "Wedding Watch"

    May I suggest.....

    Longines
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