Hello to the high end watchuseek forum! I have consulted a chart that tracks life events against responsibilities shouldered and it turns out that I am eligible to spend a lot of money on a watch for myself. I have decided that a high end sports watch is definitely the last material object I will need before attaining eternal peace of mind. Well, that a dress watch at some point.
I spend most of my time behind a desk but occasionally do some mildly physical engineering stuff. I will not be competing in any triathlons, spelunking or recovering artefacts from shipwrecks but as my wife likes to remind me, I can be a little heavy handed.
Where I am, there aren't many options to try on various brands, there are Rolex, Omega and Tag dealers and thats about it. I get a few chances per year to get to a decent sized city but would have limited time and options to try on various models when there. I have a 7" wrist that is almost as high as it is wide, slightly comical sounding but I assure you it looks relatively normal. However it can make watch buying a bit of a challenge
The Daytona seems to fit me perfectly as do most of the Tags that are 39-40mm. I had the luck to try on a Nautilus Chronograph and whilst I love the design, it just looked too big on my wrist.
So, story time over, here are the options I am looking at:
Nautilus - Do the non-chronograph models fit smaller at all? Is there a model thats a little older with a smaller dial but not so old that servicing becomes costly/inconvenient?
Royal Oak - 15450 or 15300? (if I can find a 15300). It doesn't seem to be too easy to find dealers that have either of these models to try on. I seem to hear differing views on durability, are they just not suitable to be used day in day out?
Breguet Marine - From what people say this seems reasonably durable as a daily watch and I rather like that the brand isn't generally recognised. The dial size is fine but the lugs look like they extend out quite far, can someone give me a Tag or Rolex that is similar in fit?
VC Overseas - Great design but I fear it is too big. This may also sound a bit silly but after my wife mistook the Maltese Cross for an iron cross, I did a bit of wikipedia-ing. Is VC strongly tied to the German army? I only ask because I work for a German company and... jut trying to avoid any awkward conversations.
Daytona - Its a classic but ideally I would like something a little less obvious
Any feedback that means I don't have to find children's vacation activities near watch dealers would be appreciated