Hi there, first ever post. I have been reading this and other forums extensively, as well as visiting some local ADs, to help me decide on my first proper mechanical watch (for my 40th birthday). I am looking for a versatile watch that can straddle the casual/business environments, is not too large (38-41mm), is fairly minimalist in design, and is auto with a display back. I initially was looking at Swiss but became increasingly drawn to German makes as they seem to have great value, quality and look fantastic. In the end I couldn't decide on one watch and so have a wish list of two: the Sinn 556i and the Nomos Tangente 38mm.
I think these would make an awesome, versatile and stylish combination of watches to last me many years. Only problem is that I can't afford both at the moment (even for a 40th birthday!) and think that the Sinn will make a better initial watch as it seems more versatile on its own (both sporty and dressy, looks great on different straps). So, I have started looking at the Junghans Max Bill 38mm quartz as a stop-gap for a year or two while I save for the Nomos.
Before pulling the trigger I had a couple of questions that I'd appreciate some advice on these watches:
1 - For the Sinn 556i, should I get it on metal bracelet? I am not normally a bracelet guy, and it is over £100 more expensive than leather, but I'm not sure if it is a watch where buying it now makes sense. Conversely, I like the look of the leather. Any owners with some advice on either strap or bracelet and whether it is worth the extra for metal even if I swap it for leather straight away?
2 - Max Bill quartz. I'd prefer the hand-wind but its too small (34mm) and the auto is too expensive so I'm happy enough with the quartz as it still looks fantastic. I appreciate the dial both with and without numerals but something keeps telling me that with numerals is more distinctively Max Bill. Without looks a tad more generic. Do you think that the Max Bill with numerals is still sufficiently dressy for work (business casual)? Would it work with a suit? Should I reconsider the dial without numerals?
3 - Am I right that the Sinn + MB would make a good combination if I had only two watches? Similarly for the Sinn + Nomos that I am eventually looking to get? (Note, I am also looking to maybe get a diver for sports/weekend/beach/travel etc in future but not right now)
Thanks for any help, even if it is just some reassurance that I'm not making any horrendous mistake. These watches are a lot of money for me so I'm taking my time with the decision. The wealth of knowledge on the forums has already helped enormously to narrow down my choices.
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