...time for the second watch. It only took me 18 months to settle on the first, and I've had it for about 2 months now, and I'm already moving on... I will have enough watches at some point and be happy with all of them, right? Right...?
My long hunt for my first watch was for something that would last longer than I would, and was (in my book) somewhat expensive. And after wearing that for a month straight, give or take, I've decided I want something a little more casual, and that I don't need to take as much care of for daily wear.
So, to the fun part -- the criteria...
- In the $250-$400 range, maybe $450...
- No more than 40-41mm (I have a smallist wrist).
- Sporty, maybe a chronograph or a pilot's watch.
- Automatic, or manual.
- On a black band, probably leather, would consider rubber.
Since that probably doesn't narrow it down a whole lot, some nice to haves:
- A transparent caseback would be awesome.
- A deployment clasp would be handy... (though I suspect that would push me into several price ranges higher?)
- The date, sure.
Mind you, since everything I know about watches was geared towards that first watch, I don't know what's reasonable at this price point, nor do I have a good handle on the brands that operate in this space. And I don't need a well known brand at all either.
I looked at a couple things already. There's the Stanton Ludlow (The Stanton Watch Co — The Ludlow Edition). It's quite nice, but it's not really sporty, and it's more expensive than I want to pay for this. I also looked at the Jorg Gray 6500 (http://www.jorggray.com/jg6500.HTML); while it hits nicely on the price point, I'm not sure if it's a good value for the money. I get the feeling the price on that is higher than it should be just because it's the Obama Watch.
So I'm wide open to suggestions (including those that review my criteria). Point me to brands or to specifics, I'd appreciate it either way.