First post on WUS, probably a bad one considering these questions about watch decisions are probably popping up every 5 minutes. Also, I know this decision is fully mine and I should 'listen to my heart'.
But, here we go:
I'm in the market for buying my first proper watch. Well, not buying, rather receiving, as it will be the main present for my high school graduation from my parents. My simple requirements:
1. Has to be versatile to some extent, as in wearing daily (with boots&jeans), and going with a 'business casual' attire, while being able to take the occasional swim and enduring our normal winters with -20 to -40 degrees celsius. The aftermentioned is what has drawn me slightly to divers, as they seem to be able to cope with a lot of stuff. Also, I plan on having this watch forever as a memory from high school, so divers seem like a good choice.
2. Second requirement has to do with, of course, money. Budget is up to 2000€, which according to the rate as of right now, equals 2600$. Prices might be a bit higher in Finland than in the US, mind you. But feel free to suggest.
3. Has to be from AD, because a) I'd like to get the service and possible warranty issues handled with pleasure, and the jeweller my family has been buying from for years is friendly and helpful, and b) I have to try the watch on my wrist before purchasing.
What I've narrowed my choices down to is basically two watches:
-Breitling Colt Chronograph II, with a black dial and a stainless steel bracelet (haven't asked for a final quote, guessing somewhere between 1700-2000€)
-TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m, ref. no WAJ2110.BA0870. (Got quoted 1600€, pretty nice.)
Opinions? Any info I should be aware of (TAGs crown issues are familiar to me, been discussed with an AD). Yes, I know the other one is quartz and the other automatic, and would like your opinion on this too. I'm not too fussed about it, the Breit's Superquartz seems accurate enough but I have to admit, the sweeping second dial and see-through sapphire case back of the TAG please me :)
Now, without even having a crystal ball, I'm feeling safe to assume that the TAG will be bashed, but I like the brand, the movements (even ETA) and specifically the Aquaracer 500, not so much the other models. I also have the feeling that Omega will be suggested instead. Yes, I tried on the Omega SMP and even Planet Ocean, and they were very, very nice. However, getting them to fit my budget (which was originally 1000€) seems impossible, so consider it like this: if I decide that I like the Omega SMP or PO enough to really fork out the cash for it, I will. Planet Ocean 2500 will be my decision if my gut feeling and heart tells me to. I would NOT buy the cheapest one of my options only because it's the cheapest, because I know from the experience of buying other stuff, it would be nagging in the back of my head until I got rid of the "meh, I'll buy this because it's cheaper"-product and get the one I really lust for. It's just that I'm not too sure whether Omega is THE watch for me, and I'm glad I have about 4-5 months to decide. Of course, you can try to convince me to get it ;)
As for other brands, feel free to suggest. I want to declare that I know I'm the one who decides which watch I take, so, feel free to just get your opinion out there and be a part of the debate that is already going on in my head. Looking forward to getting new views and opinions, to help me make my own decision. I will get the one that makes me tingle the most, the one I can't get out of my head.
Sorry for the rambling, I never were good at saying things in short :)
Thank you in advance!