It's almost time for me to buy again and I'd like the counsel of the wise members here.
My budget ~$3,000 per watch
New/Used =no preference, though, here's the sticky part, I need 2 of whichever watch i get, so some of the more difficult to find vintage pieces may have to be left out this round
Diameter= no larger than 42mm...unless there is a model that comes in different sizes, in which case a 44/40 would be fine.
Dial= white, black, or silver/grey.
style= nothing too sporty, I'm looking for classic and timeless without being too boring. An additional complication beyond a regular 3 hand watch would do the trick for sure. As an example of what appeals (but is well beyond my budget) JLC Master Control & (some) Reversos, IWC Portuguese, Glashutte Original (almost any one of their models...sigh), the rereleased Zenith chronos...
No need for a date window/pointer. I'd prefer applied indicies, but that's not a deal breaker.
I'd be more inclined toward brands that don't have the street recognition of an Omega or a Rolex; I'm cool with WIS recognition though, I just don't want to enter into conversations which start with 'is that fake/expensive/etc.' with friends or family given they won't/cant understand/afford spending anything beyond $50 on a watch (they may have a point...lol)
movement=mechanical; in my dreams an in-house...
These watches will be mine and my wife's wedding rings, so to speak, for our wedding this summer. I figure to have ~6k saved by then, but if things go well, it might be a bit more, but not too much more.
Any and all suggestions will be entertained. I've also thought about either birth year watches (1977) or watches from the year we began dating (2000), but I've found it difficult to search for watches by year.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!