I'll be looking to buy a new watch soon, with a budget of around £2000-2500. I had my heart set on an Omega Speedmaster Racing (white dial, yellow hands) which I can get for the very top end of my budget.
The problem is, I came across the Hamilton Pan Europ which looks amazing, and is under half the price, leaving me room to buy something else such as a Christopher Word C60 Bronze.
The issue is, I'm unable to make a decision and could do with some pointers. I had intended for whatever I buy to be something I wear fairly regularly. I have a Nomos Orion for dress occassions.
Why I like the Omega. It's an Omega, everyone at some point wants to own an Omega. I love the racing look, and it isn't a dressy watch so can be worn with anything. The one thing I don't like is that the dial is a little bland, specifically the indices which are not applied and just painted on.
The Hamilton, looks fantastic, but, brand wise, it's not an Omega. The Omega is a certified chronometer and the movement in the Omega is more modified than that in the Hamilton, which makes the Omega feel more special. I'm also concerned about the size of the Hamilton and I have nowhere locally to try it on for size before I buy. I have a 7 inch wrist. I also don't like the leather strap on the Pan Europ, I'm 38 year old and the strap looks a bit too old for me. The Omega on the other hand, on either the rubber or bracelet, it looks great.
Now, I know all watches will lose value, but whatever I buy I don't want the value to drop like a stone. With the Omega, even in 10 years time, I can't see it's value dropping much below £1500. With the Hamilton, because it's fairly cheap to start off with, I can't see its value dropping below £500. In reality though, it's just guess work. I'm not buying a watch as an investment, but I would like to have the option of selling for a reasonable price at a later date if I wanted to fund something else.
Which route would you choose?