Hi, I'm new here but based on a Watchtime post on how to find your perfect watch they suggest posting in watch forums. Makes sense since I often post in photography forums and try to help those who are learning there.
I'm looking for two kinds of watches, but first some context.
Up until recently the only watch I was down to was my Garmin runners watch, which I wore daily and for running. I had simplified down to that watch because my Shinola watch had died just the battery, but not sure I loved the watch). Before that I've had a number of watches over the years including G-Shocks, Tag Heuer, Victorinix/Swiss Army and others. But my favorite was a watch that I bought on our honeymoon in Italy around 2000. I dropped that watch one or twice and it lost the ability to accurately track time.
I can't tell you what the brand was, but I'd love to replace it - it's one of the watches I'm looking for. Basically what I'm looking for is watch with a simple black face, matte steel case and nice black leather strap, with date. I know that that sounds like a million watches, but I'm trying to narrow it down to some options.
I bought a Sinn 556i for this purpose, but I'm not sure that's it. It is a great watch, but a little smaller than I might haver expected and even all of the minute lines combined are a bit much. FWIW I have around a 7 inch wrist. But I'm not sure I'd be a fan of big watches, like things 45mm and over. I don't know yet. Other suggestions appreciated. Budget? I'm flexible.I've even going so far as to look at Tudor and Omega (I prefer simple leather straps) and others. I fell in love with Nomos then backed off.
I'm also making up for lost time in analog watches. The second kind of watch is more on the unique, fun side. I'm a designer by trade and looking for unique, interesting or colorful watches. I bought a Seiko Prospex SNE537 which I like a lot. But I'd love to find more inexpensive watches aimed at this goal. Suggestions appreciated. I've also looked at more expensive watches like the Sinn U1 and T2. Probably more standard, but there's something about the "tool" watches that I like. Perhaps it's the combination of utility and design that appeals to me; form and function.
I've done a ton of research and there are so many watches out there. I feel that I need some points of view and recommendations to point me to the possibly right options.
In any event, I know that as a new poster my question is somewhat random and unfocused. That's how it goes, but I'll respond to questions to help clarify the ask. I'm kind of overwhelmed by the choices and I'd appreciate recommendations. Thank you in advance!