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    Which watch to choose

    Dear Gents,

    I need your help. I have a 4000 euro budget and I want to buy a watch which holds relatively good value. I want to let you guys know that I understand all the facets that watches are not a good investment.
    I have read a lot about it. It is not my intention to put this as an investment, I am just curious what you guys could recommend me.
    For example, I am really thinking to buy a rolex 1601/1603, however I do not feel very comfortable with a 36mm on my 17cm wrist. I would prefer 38-40mm.
    So I am trying to find out what the options are. With my budget I am really looking for a more luxury watch to add to my collection.
    Currently I have a Seiko Sea Urchin and an Orient Bambino. Please guys help me and give me your opinion and suggestion!

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    • Budget 4000 euros
    • Towards Luxury Brands
    • Currently own Seiko Sea Urchin, Orient Bambino


    Kind Regards,

    Norman

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    Re: Which watch to choose

    The Omega AT would be a strong contender for me.

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    Re: Which watch to choose

    Style & use? Diver\Sporty vs Dress, Simple 3 hander or chronograph or moonphase?
    On leather strap or on bracelet?
    Luxury as in brand recognition or in exclusivity or in quality?
    New @ AD, New @ GM, or preowned (latter 2 will help value retention)?

    Really need more info to make a good recommendation. 4K is where one can get a Zenith El Primero (either sporty Stratos on bracelet or semi-casual 1969 on leather), or Grand Seiko (luxury watch, but not "luxury" brand perception), nice dressy watch from Montblanc or Sporty Tudor Pelagos or chrono Omega Speedmaster.
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    Re: Which watch to choose

    +1
    With more info. you can get a better advice in this case. For that budget you can choose from a large list of quality pieces. If you were looking for a Sub, I'll say go for something classic. You can buy an Omega SMPc new for $3.5K from an AD and is a great watch, or a Tudor BB in the same range that will holds value better.

    Quote Originally Posted by EnderW View Post
    Style & use? Diver\Sporty vs Dress, Simple 3 hander or chronograph or moonphase?
    On leather strap or on bracelet?
    Luxury as in brand recognition or in exclusivity or in quality?
    New @ AD, New @ GM, or preowned (latter 2 will help value retention)?

    Really need more info to make a good recommendation. 4K is where one can get a Zenith El Primero (either sporty Stratos on bracelet or semi-casual 1969 on leather), or Grand Seiko (luxury watch, but not "luxury" brand perception), nice dressy watch from Montblanc or Sporty Tudor Pelagos or chrono Omega Speedmaster.
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    Re: Which watch to choose

    if you want something versatile and classic maybe an Explorer would be the watch for you
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    Re: Which watch to choose

    Sounds like an Explorer 1 its 39mm and holds its value years later plus they just look great for all occasions.

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    Re: Which watch to choose

    I would also expect the Nomos neomatiks will hold value fairly well. The mild downside is, I don't believe any of the nachtblau models are 38+ mm, so you're looking at the white dials. Not a crisis; I just really like the blue dial. :)
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    Re: Which watch to choose

    Vulcain hand wound Cricket. Since we have no other parameters, why not?

    But if you want conventional, then a Rolex Explorer II for that money.
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    Re: Which watch to choose

    Quote Originally Posted by MediumRB View Post
    But if you want conventional, then a Rolex Explorer II for that money.
    Hard to disagree with this assessment.
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    Re: Which watch to choose

    Rolex Explorer or Oyster Perpetual, if budget does not permit, then Omega Aqua Terra.
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