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
(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!