A Ronseal thread as they say back in the UK - what watches are you currently infatuated with, and how likely is it that you will end up buying? Give me a what, why and %.
I'll go first then, in order of likelihood of purchase:
- Zenith Captain Moonphase - The most recent version in SS with the guilloche work on the dial. I have been considering a JLC Master Calendar for a long time but I also love the Zenith and considering it can be had for about 60% or so of the price of the JLC it just makes more sense for where I am right now. Likelihood: 80%
- Seagull 1963 - The classic 38mm version with silver dial. A genuinely interesting, affordable and very pretty thing, though the thickness seems a little much . One of those where you know it would get worn maybe once a month, but the relatively small outlay keeps you checking fleabay routinely. Likelihood: 70%
- Rolex Oyster Precision - I have a real hankering for a small, silver or white dialed watch with gold hands/indices on a bracelet. I'm not the biggest fan of bracelets on bigger watches (apart from a shark mesh) but on a small 34mm or 35mm pieces I find them very cool as well as being good for the humid climates that I live and work in. I really can't think of a better option out there than a Precision (w. or w.out date, I haven't decided). Maybe an Air King, but I'm not sure you get the gold indices. I'm trying to avert this purchase right now by buying a bracelet for a lovely 60s Omega Seamaster 30 I have, but good 18mm bracelets are a real pain to come by and the Precision + Oyster is just such a tidy package. Likelhood: 60%
- Ball Trainmaster Worldtime - The latest version with silver dial. I really want a nice silver/white dial worldtime in the collection, and this has a lovely classic aesthetic that you would struggle to match without doubling or trebling your outlay at least. Not a fan of the FCs or Montblancs so this seems the best option out there for less than the price of a JLC. It's not perfect by any means, the windows and the tubes on the hands sit a little awkwardly in my book, but it's certainly extremely tempting. Likelihood 50%.
The funny thing is that posting these has made me realise they are all silver dials, whereas my collection at the moment is nearly all black dialed. I am clearly consciously trying to add some lighter options.
Anyway, so over to you now.