If you had 6k to buy a watch for your 40s and keep it forever, what watch would it be? why?
Would have to be something timeless / classic - I am already very well into my 40s so beyond this question! Very obvious answers perhaps but Speedmaster / Santos / Reverso come to mind immediately at that budget. For me it would be something from IWC though...
I am in my 40s and had about 6k so I bought this over a year ago. Never gonna let it go.
jlc reverso mono or omega speedmaster
Awesome choice. 😎
For it me, it would probably be a BB58, but there are a few Grand Seikos in that price range that are real contenders (although GS is getting more and more expensive!). At retail an Oyster Perpetual 36 is $5800, and it's basically a perfect watch, so that's another option. An Omega Speedmaster is historically significant, timeless, handsome, and versatile (dresses up and down for any occasion).
Yeah, I'm with @Speedy77 . I'm probably buying the Speedmaster.
Black Aqua Terra, or a Speedmaster Pro
So for my 40th this is what I got:
I love it and will keep it always. That said, I am now slightly more knowledgable about the world of watches and different brands, so given a second round at this exercise, but knowing what I know today, it would very likely be this lovely piece that I bought just recently.
Why? Assuming this is your first big purchase as mine was for me, having a piece that is awesome in any situation and robust as hell provides some great piece of mind. For me at least.
A strong second choice for me would be this model.
TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph
For me an omega aqua terra,perfect for any occasion.( not my image,just one pulled from google)
But obviously not in a shirt like that,no no no.
As I approach 60, I suggest you think through how you want to use the piece. Daily driver? Dress watch? Something for adventures? Something special (wild card)? I think that will help narrow the field. My choices for each would be: Speedy (daily driver), Cartier Tank (dress), Seamaster GMT (adventure watch), and Dornbluth and Sohn Kalbe (wild card). Lot's of good choices in that price range!
I probably would buy the Aqua Terra aswell 🤔
If we're talking truly forever, I think there are two obvious options: black/silver dial OP 36/41 or a Speedmaster. Others have spelled those out so I won't dwell.
Personally I'd go with something a little less well trodden
Seamaster 300 (vintage version, not Ceramic) - $6150
SBGM221 - $4600
Seiya Japan has a matching OEM Beads of rice for $1300 as well
SBGA 211 Snowflake - $6200 at retail but used models in the $4-5K range
IWC Mark XVIII - $5250 (definitely get this one on the best in class bracelet)
Not sure how you want to go through. These are the sportier options, if you're thinking dress watches, the world opens even more.
I rarely wear a full suit, mostly sports jackets or less formal, and already have the dress watch filled out as well.
The 39mm looks good too in pictures, but I like the more tool-watch look of the originals. Which colour is the big question though!
Anything but the new Omega Mars timer that just came out
I recently picked up a Chris Ward Sealander in 39mm. Why am I mentioning this in a thread about $6K watches you ask? I did it as an experiment to see how well I would get along with an "Aqua Terra" or GADA style watch before I go and buy the real thing. So far I'm liking it and will probably be shopping for an Aqua Terra in the next month or so. At that point the CW will become my beater. And a darn good one too I think. So AT would be my choice. But fancy movements and respected brand mean nothing if it doesn't speak to your heart. Got anywhere nearby that you can go try some on?
If I had $6k to spend on a watch for my 40th, I would spend about $1000 on a round trip plane ticket from Vancouver to Berlin, $3500 on hotels and restaurants, and $1500 on a Sinn 556 I RS with an H-Link bracelet from a local authorized dealer in the country of the watch's origin. Then I would have a watch and a story.
This is brilliant. I may consider this at my next milestone!