I've come to the conclusion that I would like to purchase a nicer watch than the Bulova Millenia II (96A06) that I currently wear.
Initially, I was attracted to the Bell & Ross Vintage 126, with black leather strap. After putting this watch on in the Tourneau store in NYC, I decided to look at some other watches as well. The IWC Mark XVI was particularly nice, but the shop didn't have any to try on. I also liked the Bremont Alt1-P in Black.
As I sought to justify these sorts of watch prices to my wife, I wondered, what makes these watches cost so much more than a typical watch. After reading extensively on this site and others, I learned about some of the answers: heritage, craftsmanship, materials, name etc etc.
However, I keep returning to one point, and that is, why are the mechanical movements losing or gaining so much time compared to their quartz counterparts? I don't need the scientific explanation, i.e. friction etc etc, but wondering if there are highly accurate mechanical movements that might get close?
My ideal watch would be 38-42mm range, not rectangular or square, no gold, and have some aviation theme. I'm not interested in Breitling or Rolex. My budget is approximately $5,000.
So, fire away. What should I consider, what are your recommendations, and perhaps most importantly, should one sacrifice time accuracy to gain the aesthetic that an "upper-scale" watch gives?
Thanks in advance for any and all responses, to this, my first post.