I have been waiting about 2 months to buy my first Automatic watch. I have been looking at various Fliegiers and Military style watches in the 38-40mm size range, ones that looks great on leather and maybe a Nato strap at times. After almost buying a few at the local watch store, I stumbled upon Stowas. My price range maxes out at about 500$. I want to wear the watch daily and it may be roughed up a bit but it will become a part of my life.My limit is set here not just because of what I can afford (i'm 27 and live on 1600 a month in San Francisco) but also my profession. I work with homeless youth directly on the street and I think I would have a hard time having such a huge chunk of change on my wrist. Of course no one but the people here on the forum will ever no how much a Stowa really costs, but the thought of shaking hands all day with a new 1000$ flieger watch still irks me. The one flieger I tracked on ebay went for 750$. Is this normal? With all that said, will I ever find my Stowa used in my price range or should I just give up and search for a Hamilton or a Archimede (i think i would have a hard time getting any other pilot than a Stowa since I am looking for a 40 or smaller and don't care much for the very traditional flieger crown). Thanks for any and all help. Thanks for reading this far.