Yes, another one of these threads. I've been around here a few years and have never posted anything like this so I don't feel too badly about it.
Sometimes these are fun to participate in and sometimes they're redundant. Feel free to hop in or skip.
I've got $5k to spend on a watch. I follow the industry pretty closely and have some ideas of what I want but I'm always looking for something I hadn't considered.
Here's the deal. 90% of my life is casual to business casual. My current collection (pictured) reflects that. So even though I've got that covered it's probably the direction I'm headed. We've all done the hypothetical dress, dive, chrono collections here but in the real world that doesn't always apply. I friggin love dress watches but I never wear them and end up selling them. Likewise I've never owned a chrono that stuck. Cool to look at but just not my thing.
So what do I want? Typically I wear 36-41mm. Legible, clean dials. That's my sweet spot. The Black Bay covers my diver and I've got the Yema bronze on pre-order so I'm probably not looking for another.
Off the top of my head here's what I'm considering...
Rolex- Explorer I, Polar Explorer, OP39
Panerai- I really love my 048 and would consider the white dial 049
IWC- the Laureus Sport Mark XVIII might be at the top of my list.
Those are the leaders but I've probably got a list of 20 that's just below this tier.
Here are the rules...
There are none. I've given you a roadmap. Feel free to follow or not.
You want to recommend a dress watch? I'll listen.
Omega FOIS? Cool watch, I'll listen.
You think I should buy 3 watches instead? Ok, name them.
You don't care what I buy and just want to say what you'd buy? Cool, go for it.
I've got all dark dials. Sell me on a white dial? I'm listening.
Used is okay. Gray market okay. Budget isn't super firm.
Finally, to encourage participation I'm doing a giveaway. Sell me on a watch, even if it's one of those on my list, and you'll be the winner. I'm giving away the Concord Mariner Quartz pictured. It's used, well worn, and only fits a 7 inch wrist, but also free. And if you win and your fat wrist is too big I'll sub in something else.
Most likely I'll ignore everyone and get what I want (which is as it should be), and if that's the case I'll pick the best post and still do the giveaway.
So fire away gang...
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