Hello, this is my first post since joining in 2009. I'm interested in genuine feedback on selecting a new watch.
My watch history:
Seiko Automatic w/ bracelet (purchased when I was 16 (now 52). It was a great watch (never cleaned). The bracelet broke and Seiko didn't offer a replacement.
Seiko Quartz w/ bracelet
Oris Big Date (purchased April 2005, sold Sept 2010...bad experience)
Fossil Speedway blue, tititanium case and bracelet. (chrono messed up)
I can't read the date on my watch without my reading glasses.
My thoughts on what I think I want (Note: I'm a no or low maintenance product buyer. I'd rather spend more the first time around).
$1k or less USD (I really don't want to spend that much)
Rugged (I can be OCD, but I can live with a scratch.) This will be a daily wearer.
Titanium Case (light, but not plastic)
Automatic - Probably won't clean it. (Tired of replacing batteries and I get the impression that all quartz movements are about the same. They keep great time and are basically a circuit board.)
Date (like to read without glaases)
Textile or Leather Band
mb-microtec Illumination (tritium vials)
I'm an electro-mechanical engineer, so I appreciate craftsmanship. I'm not looking for a piece of jewlery, but just a good quality watch. I would like input on watch face colors. Other bells and whistles are fine, but I don't need a watch for diving, flying, etc. I like unique things (not odd and limited editions are not necessary), just not what everyone else has. My tastes are on the conservative side as well. Functionality is the first requirement.
Does one have to purchase from an "Authorized Dealer" for the warranty to be valid? MSRP?