Newbie collector seeks advice...

I'm a newbie and at 67 I'm trying to build a collection of watches $200-800 to leave to the grandkids. Practical mechanical watches they can use. 

I would be grateful for any pointers, suggestions. Also anything I can learn from your experience would be more helpful. Thank you for your time.

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Welcome to the Watch Community! I'd say there are A LOT of great watches in that price point. My go to is Seiko and Casio. You can get a ton of watch for that kind of money. There are of course many other brands, and I know my fellow Watch Crunchers will chime in.

Here are a few that I have...

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Seiko, Citizen, Orient, Certina, Tissot and a bunch of microbrands!! There are so many watches in this price range. What kind of watches do you like?

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For practical mechanical watches I really like my Orient Kamasu they do other colour combos if this one isn’t for you. 

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If you’re thinking mechanical to avoid battery changes Citizen Eco-drive‘s are fantastic. Here’s my Super Titanium one

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I can’t comment on how they hold their value @Omeganut had a long thread on the matter it’s not why I buy the watches I buy. Otherwise like @11SWM11 says you can’t go wrong with Seiko and Casio in that price range. 

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In addition to the usual suspects (Casio, Orient, Seiko), I'd suggest that you check out some of the micro brands. You have to be careful with microbrands, and make sure you do your research, but I feel that they can offer the most appealing options in that price bracket. The great thing about micro brands is that you can get some unique and interesting pieces, although many of them tend to sell out quickly based on limited supply and substantial demand. 

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I'll need more information perhaps a shot of your current rotation?  Seeing what you currently wear goes a long way toward recommending something that you will enjoy and use.

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I would look at Tissot, Mido, Hamilton, Zeno, brands with Swiss automatics under $800 from Long est brands to start 

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First of all welcome to WC we're not letting you go :)

I do keep a list of watches so I can revisit them from time to time to see if I am really into them or just for the moment and ill pick some that fit your description. I hope you get inspired by this.

About 800€ 

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander 

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About 500€

Traska Everest 

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About 550€

Seiko SPB155

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About 350€

Timefactors Smiths Everest Expedition 

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430€

SWC Bunker 

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About 600€ 

Studio Underdog 

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450€

Seiko SRPE43J1

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About 600€

Mido Multifort Patrimony 

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I thought this was going to be shorter but here we are.

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Hello welcome to the our rabbit hole 😂, I see you received plenty  of advice already.

I m writing this to you just to express my sympathies to you, and all the best with your sacred mission.

Good luck, and all the best ❤😉

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200 to 800 each. I'll need 10

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Presumably you're not thinking about going anywhere for the next 25 or so years, right?  If so, I'd stick to the major brands and avoid the microbrands, a large chunk of which you are likely to outlive.  By sticking with major brands, it's likely that they'll continue to survive to provide your grandkids a servicing option over the long haul.

Is there a specific style of watch that you're looking to leave them?  Are you looking for 10 of the same one?  Once I know this, I can come back with specific suggestions later.

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BillyD

200 to 800 each. I'll need 10

Welcome to WatchCrunch sir, don't take this wrong but It sounds like you're shopping rather than collecting so I'd stick to Swiss brands like Tissot or Hamilton and also try out Seiko. Great names to have on watches that your grandkids will recognise. 

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chronotriggered

Hold on… by collection of $200-800 what are you thinking, total or per piece? Define collection - number and range of styles? How many grandkids? What do you define as practical? 
At the risk of not being very helpful at all, if they are your watches then it should be what you like and wear, that way when you pass them on they actually might have some memories of you attached. Otherwise, you might as well just gift them watches, or money stipulated for watch purchases.

100% agree, you should collect what you like. For me the point isn’t that they be anything in particular, rather that they remind your kids/grandkids of you. Bottom line, either the kids will love them as Reminders of you, or they won’t care about them. 
 

Whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy yourself. Cheers. 

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JBird7986

Presumably you're not thinking about going anywhere for the next 25 or so years, right?  If so, I'd stick to the major brands and avoid the microbrands, a large chunk of which you are likely to outlive.  By sticking with major brands, it's likely that they'll continue to survive to provide your grandkids a servicing option over the long haul.

Is there a specific style of watch that you're looking to leave them?  Are you looking for 10 of the same one?  Once I know this, I can come back with specific suggestions later.

All kinds dress, sports, field, cronos. Only must is that they be mechanical. Not hating on quartz I own two...but I want them to feel the watch, see the movements enjoy the craftsmanship.  Appreciate the craft. 

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BillyD

All kinds dress, sports, field, cronos. Only must is that they be mechanical. Not hating on quartz I own two...but I want them to feel the watch, see the movements enjoy the craftsmanship.  Appreciate the craft. 

That's still kinda vague...um...here's some 3000 to choose from:

https://www.jomashop.com/watches-for-men.html?price=%7B%22from%22%3A200%2C%22to%22%3A800%7D&movement=Automatic%7CHand+Wind

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Welcome. As many of the wise pointed out above: Get what YOU like.  It's a nice, sentiment to want to leave to your grand kids, but reality is unless they're into watches like you or have a REAL strong sentiment tie, they'll likely be checking what the watch is worth monetarily on eBay, Craigslist (anyone still use that), offerup, etc.. 

BTW, I picked up that blue dial Mido Patrimony.  It's a nice watch.