Every Day of the Week and Twice on Sunday

Greetings All,

I am on a mission to build a perfect collection…a 6 watch collection.  This collection will be comprised of primarily sports watches (Not exclusively divers). 

I’m curious to pick some watch nerd minds…my budget is approx $12K…ideally I’d rotate through 5 pieces during the week, and have a go-to weekend warrior (Could be 2 on weekend and 4 during week).  With the given budget, what would everybody’s collection look like? I primarily lean Swiss and Japanese: however, I’m open minded. 
 

In the spirit of budgeting wisely, above you will find a photo of an OP41. 
 

I look forward to any recommendations and input…be well!  

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Great thought experiment!  Here's what I would go with:

  1.  GS SBGN003 - $3,200
  2.  Seiko SPB155 - $725
  3.  King Seiko SPB279 - $1,700
  4.  Seiko SRPG57 "Happy Feet" Monster diver - $525
  5.  GS SBGW289 - $5,400
  6.  Baltic Bicompax 002 - $600

You got everything you need:

  1.  Quartz GMT that has GS's amazing finishing and polishing
  2.  Seiko GADA
  3.  Classy, 60's watch with vintage sizing and vibe
  4.  Fantastic Seiko diver...  and who doesn't love happy feet?
  5.  Sakura-kakushi!
  6.  Vintage-inspired chronograph with incredible 40s styling
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HotWatchChick69

Great thought experiment!  Here's what I would go with:

  1.  GS SBGN003 - $3,200
  2.  Seiko SPB155 - $725
  3.  King Seiko SPB279 - $1,700
  4.  Seiko SRPG57 "Happy Feet" Monster diver - $525
  5.  GS SBGW289 - $5,400
  6.  Baltic Bicompax 002 - $600

You got everything you need:

  1.  Quartz GMT that has GS's amazing finishing and polishing
  2.  Seiko GADA
  3.  Classy, 60's watch with vintage sizing and vibe
  4.  Fantastic Seiko diver...  and who doesn't love happy feet?
  5.  Sakura-kakushi!
  6.  Vintage-inspired chronograph with incredible 40s styling

Surprised with your name, you didn’t mention a single Omega (or Swiss watch for that matter)!

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I rotate once a week, once a day seems like lots of work. Japanese watches are value for money. Take a look at grand seiko, seiko, orient. You can also look into Undone watches, Ming etc. Swiss in your price range will be hard to find unless you go for something like cruex. 

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HotWatchChick69

Great thought experiment!  Here's what I would go with:

  1.  GS SBGN003 - $3,200
  2.  Seiko SPB155 - $725
  3.  King Seiko SPB279 - $1,700
  4.  Seiko SRPG57 "Happy Feet" Monster diver - $525
  5.  GS SBGW289 - $5,400
  6.  Baltic Bicompax 002 - $600

You got everything you need:

  1.  Quartz GMT that has GS's amazing finishing and polishing
  2.  Seiko GADA
  3.  Classy, 60's watch with vintage sizing and vibe
  4.  Fantastic Seiko diver...  and who doesn't love happy feet?
  5.  Sakura-kakushi!
  6.  Vintage-inspired chronograph with incredible 40s styling

I wasn’t expecting Baltic, and I’m not mad about it. The King Seiko and the 155 fit in perfectly. Thanks for your input ! 

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watchdawg

I rotate once a week, once a day seems like lots of work. Japanese watches are value for money. Take a look at grand seiko, seiko, orient. You can also look into Undone watches, Ming etc. Swiss in your price range will be hard to find unless you go for something like cruex. 

I’m a rotator! 

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Is the Rolex already yours? And I’m adding 5?

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Atticus Daedalus - $650 Manufacturer's website

Tissot PRX - $650 List Price

Rado Captain Cook - $2,000 List Price

Longine Big Eye Titanium - $3,300 List Price

Hamilton PSR - $1,000 List Price

Marathon GSAR - $1,600 Gnomon

Breitling Superocean $3,055 Jomashop

This includes field, casual sporty, diver, chrono, digital, tritium and luxury.  Many of these models are available with black, blue, green and white dials to create variation.  Many of these will be available with a discount.

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Ok here goes.

Christopher Ward C63 GMT in green $1000 ( they say they are Anglo Swiss)

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Sinn 356 on leather strap $1800 (German)

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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Skin $1195 (Swiss)

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Farer Lomond $950 (British)

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Tissot Seastar 2000 $1000 (Swiss)

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G-shock DW5600CMA-9 $100 (Japanese)

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I'm over by a bit but not too far out. You've got a mix of Steel, rubber, leather, canvas and plastic straps too so they'll all feel different if you're changing them daily.

EDIT- Just finished a nightshift and got confused, thought you'd said $6000. All that work keeping the price down and I could have gone nuts 😂 I'll try again later when I wake up, just ignore these paltry baubles.

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Had a crack at this. Using Chrono24 pricing as guidance. Don't know your wrist size or taste, so not sure if this would suit, but would sure be an interesting collection:

  • Aquastar DeepStar 2 
  • Longines Avigation Big Eye
  • Lorier Hyperion
  • G-Shock GW M5610U-1JF
  • GS SBGP series
  • Oris Divers 65

    You have Japanese and Swiss, independents, GMTs, chronos, two diver watch options, a classic steel watch and an absolute beater that will take a lick and keep on ticking.
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jamesw

Surprised with your name, you didn’t mention a single Omega (or Swiss watch for that matter)!

Yeah, I've been told by a number of folks that I need to change my handle here on WC.

  • My feeling is that if you're on a budget, Seiko and Grand Seiko are going to give you the best bang for your buck
  • I love Omega, but if you throw in something cool, like the Planet Ocean in titanium, there goes nearly three-quarters of your entire budget, for just one watch!
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In no particular order, $1248 at retail:

Rolex Explorer 124270 (about a year to get at retail. Spend big on one anchor piece. You could substitute an Omega 300 if you are into divers, or a Grand Seiko, or a Moonwatch depending on your own tastes.)

 $  7,200.00

Seiko Prospex SSC813 "Seytona" (Gives you a nice looking chronograph without the maintenance or cost of a mechanical chronograph, so you can say you have a chronograph)

 $     675.00

Tudor 1926 M91450-0005 (Those blued hands...)

 $  1,900.00

Baltic Aquascaphe Blue Gilt, Tropic Rubber Black (Awesome value for a Blancpain-esque versatile diver.

 $     724.00

Junghans Max Bill Automatic Sapphire Crystal Milanaise Bracelet (Available for less on a leather strap. Available for a lot less with quartz and mineral crystal. Great minimalist dress piece.)

 $  1,450.00

Casio GA2100 "Casioak" (Beat it up and forget it. I recommend one with a positive LCD display.)

 $       99.00

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Davemcc

Atticus Daedalus - $650 Manufacturer's website

Tissot PRX - $650 List Price

Rado Captain Cook - $2,000 List Price

Longine Big Eye Titanium - $3,300 List Price

Hamilton PSR - $1,000 List Price

Marathon GSAR - $1,600 Gnomon

Breitling Superocean $3,055 Jomashop

This includes field, casual sporty, diver, chrono, digital, tritium and luxury.  Many of these models are available with black, blue, green and white dials to create variation.  Many of these will be available with a discount.

Like your style 

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morganthedruid

Ok here goes.

Christopher Ward C63 GMT in green $1000 ( they say they are Anglo Swiss)

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Sinn 356 on leather strap $1800 (German)

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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Skin $1195 (Swiss)

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Farer Lomond $950 (British)

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Tissot Seastar 2000 $1000 (Swiss)

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G-shock DW5600CMA-9 $100 (Japanese)

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I'm over by a bit but not too far out. You've got a mix of Steel, rubber, leather, canvas and plastic straps too so they'll all feel different if you're changing them daily.

EDIT- Just finished a nightshift and got confused, thought you'd said $6000. All that work keeping the price down and I could have gone nuts 😂 I'll try again later when I wake up, just ignore these paltry baubles.

Guess it’s a 12 piece collection now!

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allthegearandnoidea

Had a crack at this. Using Chrono24 pricing as guidance. Don't know your wrist size or taste, so not sure if this would suit, but would sure be an interesting collection:

  • Aquastar DeepStar 2 
  • Longines Avigation Big Eye
  • Lorier Hyperion
  • G-Shock GW M5610U-1JF
  • GS SBGP series
  • Oris Divers 65

    You have Japanese and Swiss, independents, GMTs, chronos, two diver watch options, a classic steel watch and an absolute beater that will take a lick and keep on ticking.

I’m a slim 7inch wrist. All excellent choices. Everyone’s responses have put my brain in a pretzel. Honestly love all options so far !

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A_Lange_Sinn

I’m a slim 7inch wrist. All excellent choices. Everyone’s responses have put my brain in a pretzel. Honestly love all options so far !

Me too! Everything I've recommended, I would wear!