I have been looking for a new watch for a few months after selling on a couple of watches that to be honest didn't really get worn too much, I have come to realise that I would prefer to have two or three good watches than five or six ok watches, even if it does limit my interest / desire to collect.
I now have my Nomos Orion Weiss which I will never sell. It's the first good watch I ever purchased, the watch I wore when I got married and I love the Nomos brand, their products are great quality.
My other watch, that will not be leaving is the Damasko DA44. I purchased this off eBay for a bargain price, with the intention of selling it on if I didn't like it, as they are not stocked in many shops and I had never tried one on. Anyway after changing the strap the watch is surprisingly versatile and looks very good on the wrist and is th watch I wear at the weekend with casual clothes (although it looks good with anything other than a suit). It really is a remarkable watch, virtually indistructuble, the watch is two and a half years old and still looks like I've just taken it out the box and is also keeping perfect time. It's really nice to have a watch that is quality and yet I don't need to baby in the slightest due to its case hardening. To top it off they are very good value, not to knock Bremont but I would say the watch is technically superior or at least it's equal for a third of the cost. If you are unaware of the tech within a Damasko watch have a quick google and read up on the watch and you will be amazed how they can sell the watch for even half the price- well regulated movements, the best case hardening available in the market, anti magnetic, ceramic ball bearing bezels, self sealing, self lubricating crowns etc..................
Anyway onto the point of the post for my new watch my criteria was for a classic timeless watch I could wear with almost anything, great quality, a reasonable size and hopefully something with an in house movement or at least of some horological quality. To be honest as a lot of people on this forum seem to (at least early on in collecting) I have always discounted Rolex as a slightly vulgar (in some cases) over priced brand who cater for people who care more about image and what's on their wrist signifies (wealth) rather than its quality.
Anyway to cut a long story short I have just ordered the new 39mm Oyster Peretual with the grey / silver sunburst dial. While price is not the only consideration and the watch is certainly not cheap, I do actually consider these to be decent value, which is surprising.
When you actually look at the options and my requirements other than perhaps Nomos not many brands can better the price for what you get and wondered what other brands meet the criteria below for less?
- European made
- in house, accurate movement
- classic, timeless design
- High quality, well machined polished bracelet + case
- A watch that could be a genuine heirloom.
(I know you could say something like the Omega Aqua Terra could meet these criteria but to me the overall design just doesn't look timeless, they seem to persist on changing the design every few years, not always for the better and to me they haven't quite got the confidence in their designs to stick with it, in the same way Rolex do. I feel this is quite detrimental to the brand (I know you could mention some very garish Rolex watches, but I am focusing on their core collection). Minus a few models I feel today's Omegas in ten years will look dated, I don't think the Rolex will).