I've been dabbling in the affordable realm so far with my watch collecting. I'm pretty aggressive with my rotation and try to wear all of my watches at least once a month. That being said, I'm wanting to step it up to the mid-tier and am looking solely in the used market. I'd like a watch that can be worn casual as well as with business attire or even a suit. Basically, a do everything watch. Having narrowed it down to a few models, I'm turning to the public forum here on WUS for a little guidance or direction. I like something with a darker face like blue or black (brown? ). These are the ones I narrowed it down to:
Rolex Explorer II (16570) black dial: Functional, holds value, iconic, 40mm size suits my 6.5" wrist. Con: could be duped into a well-made replica, most expensive
Omega Aqua Terra "Skyfall" 38.5mm: well reviewed and loved on the forums from owners, sweet spot in size for me, cheaper buy in. Con: No GMT function like REII, won't hold value.
Rolex Explorer I (14270) 36mm: Rolex but still affordable, smaller size dial might fit my wrist better, timeless design. Con: no date
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat or Spring Drive: exclusivity, fit and finish, in-house advanced movement, flies under the radar. Con: "Wow, you must've paid at least $200 for that Seiko", might not hold value, flies under the radar.
***None of these pics are mine. Taken off Google.
I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on these versatile watches in this range.Which one tickles your fancy given the choice. Feel free to suggest others as well.