I've been looking around for a new automatic mechanical watch for a few months now. I'm new to mechanical watches, I currently have a Raymond Weil Parsifal Quartz (obv non mech).
After reading some of the posts on this forum, you guys seem to know what your talking about and I thought I'd ask your advice before going any further. Initially I was looking at Raymond Weil automatic mechanical watches and can't quite find the right one, also from what I understand they are not held in high regard as mechanical watches go. I then started looking at Longines?
As I'm not well in the know about good mechanical watches, I've only really come across the big marketed brands. Hopefully you guys can enlighten me. I'm after a watch to last me a lifetime, well under £2k and with the following features in order of priority:
- Skeleton/Exposed inners
- Good make, practical and respected time keeping over flashy!
- Non cluttered look
- Fluorescent hands
- 24 Hour (dial or additional indicator)
- Day/night indicator
- Moon phase
- Alarm? (not sure if this is even a thing with mechanical watches)
Not really interested in a chronograph or chronometer. So do you guys have any advice or guidance with brands?
Also, I've always wondered... With the rotating bit on the back that charges the watch, does the movement only help when swung in one direction or both? Clockwise/anti-clockwise
These are the main ones I've liked the look of so far.
- Raymond-Weil Maestro (discontinued) - Raymond Weil Maestro Gents Watch | Luxury Watches | Watches | Goldsmiths
- Raymond-Weil Maestro 2859 - RAYMOND WEIL Genève > Maestro 2859-STC-00659 Mens Watches - Automatic Moon phase Steel on leather strap with day, date, month and week | RAYMOND WEIL Genève Luxury Watches > Swiss Luxury Watches
- Longines L2.7184.108.40.206 - The Longines Master Collection - Longines - L2.7220.127.116.11
- Longines L2.718.104.22.168 - The Longines Master Collection - Longines - L2.722.214.171.124