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    New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    Hello everyone,
    Fantastic to be here- when I came across watchuseek.com I realized it was exactly what I was searching for! I am new to swiss watches and have been doing a little bit of research before buying my first one. The following pieces were what I have been obsessing over:
    1 - Baume Mercier 10006
    2 - Baume Mercier 10092
    3 - Tag FT6024 Formula 1 series
    4 - Mont Blanc 106467

    Is Mont Blanc worthy of being compared to the other two, 'genuine' watchmakers? Any views on which one is recommended from amongst the above?
    I have rather slim wrists, so was hoping for a 40-42mm dial size. My budget is US$3 - 3.5k, and I wanted a semi-sporty watch, hence the dial choices above.
    Any advice would be gratefully received on relative pros and cons on the above watch brands or models!!
    Also, can anyone point me to online retail sites that are recommended? (I stay in Hong Kong, which has a lot of watch shops, but wanted to compare prices).
    Tks, Ani

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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    welcome to WUS...

    my personal advice would be to get the watch that you like, However, keep in mind the resale value as well. 3K gives you plenty of options... so enjoy the process of selecting your first real watch.
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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    With that budget I'd skip brands like B&M (unless its the new vintage Capeland Chrono) and Tag. Look at Zenith or newer Omegas with their in house movement. Maybe some Breitlings with the B01 and possibly pre owned Rolex.
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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    Agree with omega1234.

    B&M's are nice, but lots better options in that price range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by omega1234 View Post
    With that budget I'd skip brands like B&M (unless its the new vintage Capeland Chrono) and Tag. Look at Zenith or newer Omegas with their in house movement. Maybe some Breitlings with the B01 and possibly pre owned Rolex.
    Where one can get omega with 8500 movement for 3k? I don't see one getting Breitling with B01 for that price either. Maybe 10 years old Rolex DJ.. recent model air king can be had for around 3k in excellent condition.

    Sigh, 3k doesn't get you much any more nowadays...

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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    If you watch the forums and ebay like a hawk, you can see good condition AT 8500s for about $3000 or more. Actually, my Omega collecting friend has told me recently that the 2nd hand Omega market has been depressed this month.

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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenM View Post
    If you watch the forums and ebay like a hawk, you can see good condition AT 8500s for about $3000 or more. Actually, my Omega collecting friend has told me recently that the 2nd hand Omega market has been depressed this month.
    Yeah, I was saying a good second hand deal.
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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    The 40mm Rolex Explorer II can be had for under $4K on ebay. If youre willing to go used, you can get a much better watch for the money... Like others have said with your budget skip Tag, BM, and MB... Many better watches can be had in your range.

    The Explorer II: (Also available with a black dial)
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    Good luck, and enjoy your search!
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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Panerai View Post
    The 40mm Rolex Explorer II can be had for under $4K on ebay.
    The Explorer II: (Also available with a black dial)
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    You're right about the 40mm being available for around $4K, but this isn't it. This is the most recent release (42mm) and will cost double that.
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    Re: New member, excited and looking for advice for my first swiss watch!

    As prior stated, get the one that really SPEAKS to you. Of course asking for insight may help you narrow it down (trust me, I'm VERY guilty of it). Personally, I was never a huge fan of Tag Heuer. My pops has one, and it sure is pretty, but one day off of school when he was gone, I fooled around with it a bit. Has great wrist presence, but just wasn't diggin' it. Dial was way too busy for my tastes. Other reasons contributed to my lack of fawning over it. Also, my dad has two Burberry watches. Shows you his taste. He wants 'em to look good and that's really it. He asked me about when he should change the battery in his TAG... it's an Auto Carrera. If you really dig the TAG, get it, but I personally wouldn't among these choices. I honestly would get the Capeland Flyback. The Capeland design is for sure not simple, but it doesn't try to overdo it for me. One beef I have with Baume is their deployant clasp. Tried putting one on in a store. It was a nightmare neither I or the clerk could get out of. In this price-range, I personally would shoot for a different name. Jaerger LeCoultre that's been pre-owned, lower-end IWC's, Bulova Accutron range is for sure a great choice and much more affordable, maybe even a Christopher Ward's really high-end model. (They're a small company hailing from England.) Omega DeVille Small Seconds Chronometer or Frederique Constant. They make some great watches for good prices. I especially like their Index Series and Runabout Series. Zenith and Nomos Glasshute are also options. Keep looking around. It'll both broaden your horizons to the watch and allow you to find more options, which is either a good or bad thing.

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