I'm looking to purchase a classic black face automatic soon. I LOVE the Tag Carrera Automatic:
BUT unfortunately its a bit out of my price range at the moment. I think the mrs would leave me if I spent £1450 on watch at this current time.
SO I'm look at slightly cheaper alternatives. I've narrowed it down to these two, which I think in terms of aesthetics are very similar:
Seiko SARB033 Spirit
I've found that the Seiko is quite easy to come by on the web, however I am unable to find one here in the UK so would have to purchase abroad and pay import duties. The cheapest I've seen it for is around £285.00 on seiyajapan.com. I'm not entirely sure what the customs charge would be to get it into the UK though.
The Certina is alot rarer as I'm sure alot of you know. Its quite a bit more expensive than the Seiko at around £450 from a UK retailer.
I originally wanted to go straight for the Seiko, but then I came across the Certina and now I'm not so sure.
The Seiko looks good and has had some reassuring praise on this very forum. Unfortunately, although I love watches I'm not a massive expert. I've come across several automatic Seikos, some expensive and some really cheap. I appreciate that Seiko is a great brand and manufacturer of watches, I own a Seiko Arctura Quartz Chrono which I love. Too much choice is leaving me a bit bewildered.
I'm edging towards the Certina for a couple of reasons:
• Swiss made
I would appreciate any advice you guys could give me. I am willing to pay up to £500. If I win the lottery next week then I will go straight out and buy the Tag!