Starting a collection

What is the best first watch to buy when starting a collection?

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Whichever one that fits the budget that you like.

Seriously.

We could all tell you that we wish we didn't buy X or we should have bought Y, but doing so robs you of part of the journey. 

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Well I have G shock and love it!!

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UnholiestJedi

Whichever one that fits the budget that you like.

Seriously.

We could all tell you that we wish we didn't buy X or we should have bought Y, but doing so robs you of part of the journey. 

Fair enough!!  The budget does play a significant role. 

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Casio F-91W, Timex Marlin.

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Seiko is a good place to start and then just go from there. Make sure to try the watches in person, do a lot of research online, and don’t make quick decisions. That was my mistake in the beginning. 

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For your first mechanical watch check out Seiko. They have dress, field, and dive watches for $200 to over $1000. 
 

For Swiss watches under $1000, check out Hamilton and Tissot. 
 

For an entry level luxury watch ($1500+), see if you like anything from Longines or Oris.