Long-time lurker, first-time poster here. As you may be able to tell by my screen name, I'm a long-time car geek but a relatively newly-minted WIS. I'm trying to slowly build up my watch collection with watches that are both classic and resonate with me personally. For example, my Polar Rolex Explorer II may not have been the most obvious Rolex choice, but there was something about the clean lines of that watch that kept getting my attention whenever I saw it at the AD. My JLC has sentimental meaning and the Breitling is nearly a decade old and doesn't represent my current aspirations.
With all of that as a background, I've been drawn to watches that have a connection to the automotive world. I love cars, but collecting cars is somewhat cost-prohibitive (not only because of their initial cost, but because I live in the city and would have to rental multiple parking spaces). With that said, I'm not interested in any watches that are directly co-branded with a car company (Panerai Ferrari "Special Editions", etc.).
I've been eyeing the Cartier Roadster (Large size, Silver dial, non-chrono) for years now. I love everything about the way it looks but have some reservations about buying a Cartier as compared to a watch that has an in-house movement and is more of a "watch guy's watch". I also like the Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph (not sure whether I'd go for the blue or the black), but many of the preowned watches (pre-2009) have the acrylic crystal, which gives me some pause. Also, from what I understand, the movement in the Monaco is really nothing special.
As watches with a strong automotive theme, I thought I would have seen other threads comparing the Monaco and the Roadster. Any thoughts here?