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    Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    I currently wear a cheap Seiko Automatic, and now I am looking to set myself a target to work towards.

    I am looking to save and get myself a respectable luxury mechanical watch, second hands might be an option as well. Maybe (2000-4000USD?)

    It doesn't have to be Rolex, although it would be a very safe buy due to the second hand market here.

    What I really like, is a watch that doesn't grab the attention of people who only knows the big brands. But a watch that people who are into watches will acknowledge.

    Any thoughts?

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    A bit hard since you don't mention what kind of watch you want. Big? Small? Dress? Sport? Simple? Lots of complications?

    That being said, it's hard to go wrong with the Omega Speedmaster. Understated, timeless design. Great history. Within your budget. No one not in the know will look twice at it.
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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    Maybe a Nomos? My Tangomat goes almost unnoticed, but it's a nice piece with an in-house movement.
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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    a nomos or a frederique constant slim line auto.

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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    Quote Originally Posted by THS View Post
    A bit hard since you don't mention what kind of watch you want. Big? Small? Dress? Sport? Simple? Lots of complications?

    That being said, it's hard to go wrong with the Omega Speedmaster. Understated, timeless design. Great history. Within your budget. No one not in the know will look twice at it.
    That's true, it is quite a hard question from me. There is just too many options out there!

    I have a Submariner lookalike, 44mm with the crown. I think anything bigger might look weird on me. But always been looking to add a Dress watch to my collection.

    Omega does seem like a good bet, and I heard the vintage Omega's 1960s are really good?
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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    I agree the Speedy is a contender, but how about looking at the Grand Seiko range. Exceptional quality, under the radar and well respected.
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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    @eschantra, @JR1
    The Nomos doesn't seem very clean, probably one for consideration when I visit Germany!

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    The Grand Seiko Spring Drive looks fantastic in my opinion. But the only big problem is finding a second hand piece!
    The price difference for a brand new and a second hand is crazy, under appreciated watch.

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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    Quote Originally Posted by Berlok View Post
    It doesn't have to be Rolex, although it would be a very safe buy due to the second hand market here.

    What I really like, is a watch that doesn't grab the attention of people who only knows the big brands. But a watch that people who are into watches will acknowledge.

    Any thoughts?
    That's a bit contradictory! Rolex is by far the most well-known watch brand, followed by Omega. If you want to avoid this then WIS brands like Damasko, Sinn, Nomos, Glashutte Original (anything German really) are all worth a look, depending in what style you want.

    As for 60s Omegas I'm sure they're perfectly fine. And way under budget for the simple seamasters. But again they're Omega - well-known.

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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

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    Re: Targetting a first luxury watch, but which?

    Quote Originally Posted by Berlok View Post
    That's true, it is quite a hard question from me. There is just too many options out there!

    I have a Submariner lookalike, 44mm with the crown. I think anything bigger might look weird on me. But always been looking to add a Dress watch to my collection.

    Omega does seem like a good bet, and I heard the vintage Omega's 1960s are really good?
    Vintage Omegas are fine watches. If you want a vintage Speedmaster they started making them in the late 50s (although they looked a bit different) and never stopped.
    With your budget of 2000-4000 you could buy used or new. One great thing about the Speedmaster is its incredible versatility. Keep it on the metal bracelet or throw it on a NATO strap for a sporty look, dress it up with a leather band. And of course, it has the greatest legacy of any watch - it was the first watch on the moon. It's pretty common, though, if that's a deal breaker, but if you want to fly under the radar you'll be able to- the general public won't notice anything that isn't big and shiny gold.
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    Omega Speedmaster Professional cal 861 (ca 1970)
    Kemmner Flieger type A
    Citizen Nighthawk (black)
    Citizen ana-digi Promaster ca 1987 (beater)

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