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    Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    I have only just joined and I am looking for some opinions. I have posted a similar thread in the Longines forum, but feel I may receive some other examples here in the non-specific forum.I have been reading the forum for quite a while now and trying to determine what my first 'good' watch might be. I am looking for a bracelet, automatic, dark dial, non chronograph, around 40mm as I dont like a large dial. Also, I prefer a dress watch not a diver.I have found quite a few different makes and models that I have been interested in. The one that has particularly taken my interest is the Longines Classic Conquest L2.785.4.56.6.I have also looked at a TAG Carrera Calibre 5 WV211B.BA0787. I found this an amazing watch on the wrist.My budget would be a maximum of around $2400USD. If anyone has any advice or information on these pieces or similar it would be appreciated.Thankyou all for your time, I look forward to your responses.Cheers,Chris
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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    You have excellent taste, IMHO.......Both are nice watches, no better than nice.
    I think the Longines is just a little better.
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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    They are both good looking watches, but not really dress watches; put them on leather straps and you're closer.
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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    I prefer the Longines.

    Just one thing: A dress watch (in the strictest terms) should be on a strap and not a bracelet.

    I would buy this - you will get it for about $1,500 with a bit of haggling:

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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    I probably used the wrong term in 'dress'. Im looking for a nice watch that can be worn both at work (management) and in a dress attire. Not purely a dress watch. Thanks for the opinions though

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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    While not true dress watches by the strictest terms, like peakay mentioned, you could get away with wearing them in dress situations without anyone noticing I'm sure. They should be able to bridge the gap between dress and casual pretty well. If I were spending $2400 on such a watch, I'd be looking at used Rolex Datejusts!
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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    Certina is another option

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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    For an all around watch that would work well with suits the Longines you showed would be an excellent choice.

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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    Why not save $1800 and buy a Seiko SARB series instead?

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    Re: Opinions for First Automatic Dress Watch

    That's really not a very good price point for dress/dressy watch, you are paying for a premium for ETA/Sellita.

    If I were you, I'll get a Tissot, Seiko or Hamilton at sub $1,000 or go higher for inhouse movement such as Omega, Nomos, Seiko.

    The difference between a $600 dollar Visodate to the Carrera IMHO is NOT worth $1,500 more, not to mention the resale drop of both the longines and TAG.

    Good luck!!
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