Hi! Been reading here for a while; learned a lot; this is my first post. I want to see if you guys have some ideas for me.
I've got a small collection of relatively inexpensive watches - some automatic Bulovas, an automatic Tissot Le Locle that wasn't pricy but I like it very much, and a quartz higher-end Victorinox Swiss Army with sapphire crystal.
Although I love mechanical watches, and I concede that they are art+history=awesome, I also have concerns about the continuing price of maintenance on mechanical watches over time. I'm not wealthy; if I buy a mechanical even for a low $695 am I into a $200 maintenance every three or five years?
My Victorinox was my most recent purchase, and I've found I like it WAY more than I thought I would. Hmm... quartz not so bad! So, I'm wondering what's out there in a nice quartz - I want for sure to have sapphire crystal, because I seem to scratch my mineral crystal watches and it just looks better to me, and I'm looking for something with a clean design, like a Stowa (and yes, I'd love to drop $1200 on the Stowa but I can't afford it!
I saw some Zeppelin watches that advertized a "five jewel Swiss movement" but I think they have mineral crystal.. except they are in the $250 zone which makes them more attractive to mel. And I do like the designs very much... I guess I am leaning toward them a bit. Folks on this forum seem to think they are of sufficient quality compared to price that they are an ok purchase.
So: any watches out there anybody thinks would fit the bill? Let's say my parameters are (1) looking somewhat like the Stowa (2) sapphire crystal and (3) under $800 (or less would be great). I'd love to see pictures and get opinions!