So my 30th birthday is in a few months, which seems like a plausible excuse to blow a bunch of money on something unnecessary. We're already doing a few vacations this year, so something tangible and long-lasting seems appropriate to say goodbye to my 20s. I'm not operating with endless funds here but could probably wrap my head around this using a round-number birthday as justification.
I already have the sports car, so a watch seems like something to consider.
I have a polished Breitling which I generally wear when formal attire is needed, and I recently got (and adore) my PO 2500. I really don't need another watch (do any of us on here? ); the reason I got the PO was as a nice everyday watch which I could sub for the Breitling when I need to wear a tie. I'm frankly not sure how much wrist time a third watch would get, but still, it's an addiction so it's on my mind.
The default position would be: get a Rolex. They hold their value incredibly, they're traditionally a "big event" type of watch, and they're obviously incredibly engineered devices. The one that appeals most to me is a stainless no-date Sub, probably a 14060 since I prefer the thinner lugs and since the new ones are unobtainium and overpriced anyway. The only thing is, I see this occupying the same practical day-to-day use and basic aesthetic as the PO, and to be honest I slightly prefer the look of the 2500 over the Sub. Does anyone have both, and do you find that you prefer or wear either of them more than the other?
The other strong contenders are two Speedmasters, either a Professional Moonwatch (hesalite obviously) or a FOIS. Obviously Speedies are fantastic watches, and completely timeless, and a fairly safe place to park money as an heirloom or memento. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and my birthday is also in July, so its an interesting coincidence on that front as well. I slightly prefer the symmetrical case, straight lugs, lack of crown guards, and hands on the FOIS so if I went with a Speedie I think I'd go that route even though it's heretical.
I realize this may be biased territory but I'm curious for input or things I may not be considering wrt either of these models, or other ones I've forgotten about. I feel like I'm short-changing the Rolex, for some reason. I only recently began research into this dumb idea, so who knows where this will land.