Would love some watch recommendations, first post here :)

Hey friends, I would love some ideas on a potential first watch purchase! I recently reached a big milestone in my life and would love to buy my first luxury timepiece to remember It by. Tbh, when I first thought of the idea, I went straight to a Rolex AD and wanted to get an oyster perpetual but of course they didn’t have it. Thank god for that, it allowed me to research more and got dragged into the rabbit hole lol

I’m hoping to get something I can wear close to daily. I’ve visited an AD and tried on the Cartier Santos large (didn’t fit that well), Grand Seiko SBGE253 (felt too small), Grand Seiko White Birch (loved it! But not sure how daily it is), and the Omega Aqua Terra in black (kind of looked boring next to the GS models). my budget was around 6k until I saw the white birch… I guess it’s 10k now smh

would love any other recommendations! or maybe a one watch collection isn‘t possible…

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Bell & Ross BR-05.

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I would recommend youtube.

There are a ton of great videos on this subject.

Urban gentry & Teddy Baldassarre have made alot watch lists around different price points.

Enjoy the research 😊

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Check these videos out.

Best watches under $5000

https://youtu.be/lc1ozJ3IoiI 

Watches under $10000

https://youtu.be/6R64EBmJqVo 

Good luck 👊🏽

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Contrary to what others have said, at this stage I would recommend to resist the temptation of watching YouTube, looking at blogs and social media etc.

First, explore yourself the websites of the watchmakers that could fall in your budget (you can easily find lists of watchmakers online). This step is not difficult, yet many people skip it out of laziness. If you want to go with a reputable brand at that price point there aren’t more than 8-10 that come to mind, so it won’t take long.
 

Second, I‘d suggest you to go to visit an AD and see ”in the metal” those 4-5 models that you shortlisted after your exploration of the collections from the brands you can afford. This way you can feel the watch and form your own unbiased opinion. Take your time there, and take pictures.

Last, once you have a shortlist of 4-5 candidates and more or less an idea of what you think about them on your wrist, go wild online and check out the specs, see footage and macroshots etc.

Only the usual watches are hyped on social media, and it’s a spiral: you have to post / talk about them to get likes. Go explore first. Good luck!

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I think you should start by clarifying to yourself what kind of watch you want. I don't see a common pattern for those watches you mentioned other than pricepoint. You have a budget, but do not start with the price! Otherwise, you might as well donate 5K to charity, get yourself a $100 Timex instead, and have details of what you want to remember engraved on the back. If you start with the criteria you may find yourself a great watch for 2K instead that does what you want on the nose, or perhaps you find that what you really want you cannot really afford

  • style of watch? Dress, field, sports, pilot, diver, chrono, GMT?
  • what constraints does your "close to daily" criterion actually impose on the watch? Do you need/want a date function? Many luxury pieces only have 30m water resistance, which is ok if this is treated like a luxury piece, but if you want daily usage out of this you probably want more?
  • bling or understated?
  • where does the "luxury" end of your request come in? Is this about finishing, about build-to-last, about impress-people, about complications, about brand?
  • how should the watch remind you of said milestone?
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Romaediem

Contrary to what others have said, at this stage I would recommend to resist the temptation of watching YouTube, looking at blogs and social media etc.

First, explore yourself the websites of the watchmakers that could fall in your budget (you can easily find lists of watchmakers online). This step is not difficult, yet many people skip it out of laziness. If you want to go with a reputable brand at that price point there aren’t more than 8-10 that come to mind, so it won’t take long.
 

Second, I‘d suggest you to go to visit an AD and see ”in the metal” those 4-5 models that you shortlisted after your exploration of the collections from the brands you can afford. This way you can feel the watch and form your own unbiased opinion. Take your time there, and take pictures.

Last, once you have a shortlist of 4-5 candidates and more or less an idea of what you think about them on your wrist, go wild online and check out the specs, see footage and macroshots etc.

Only the usual watches are hyped on social media, and it’s a spiral: you have to post / talk about them to get likes. Go explore first. Good luck!

Watching the videos would be a start.  Reading blogs and reviews would be doing a bit of research.  I agree with your advise to visit an AD and actually feel, touch and wear the metal is best source of purchasing decisions.  I'm confident after watching videos, reading blogs and reviews that @BookofTS would visit an AD and make that educated decision successfully.  Cheers 🍻🤙🏽

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Have you tried the Cartier Santos de Cartier Medium?

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You could get 3 exceptional and very popular watches with that budget. 

Diver / Sport - Tudor Black Bay 58 (black or blue dial.

Dress - Nomos Orion 38 

Field / Beater - Hamilton Khaki Automatic 38mm 

Instant 3 watch collection.  So that’s an option for you.  

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If you want sporty, can't go wrong with the Black Bay 58, which ever colour you choose

if you want iconic, get yourself a Moonwatch Speedmaster. A previous gen 1861 movement should not break the bank

if you want dressy, why not have a look at Breitling Premier line ?

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Depends on your occupation, “daily” can be very different. But usually, an sporty option if designed well, can go both casually or dressy. You had it initially, the OP is one example. And GS heritage collection although more on the dressy side, I found them also very wearable with things informal. If you are open to classic, Reverso Tribute Monoface can give you luxury, history, and an entire back case to engrave your memory. Obviously, if you are an field engineer, you should get a G-shock. 

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Hey there!  I think all of the above commentary is fantastic!  Something that really resonates with me is the idea mentioned earlier (paraphrased):  "What am I really going for with this luxury watch purchase?"

Below are some potential motivations, and thereby what you might want to look for:

  • Flexing - Flex culture gets a lot of hate.  But, it's genuinely why a lot of people buy nice watches.  If that is one's motivation, then the answer is simple:  Get whatever is the most easily recognizable watch.  People will see it on your wrist, immediately know what it is, and one can bask in the glow of that recognition.  If you spend any time at all on Instagram, you'll immediately see which brands / models to buy
  • Heritage - If you're looking for a watch that has lots of heritage and a great backstory, then obviously this is the wheelhouse of the big Swiss brands.  For example, Breitling supplied timepieces to the RAF during WWII.  Rolex and Omega have long supplied the military, and have over a century of history, etc., etc.
  • Technology - If you're a mechanical technophile, then something like the Zenith Chronomaster Sport might appeal.  Alternately, both Grand Seiko's Spring Drive and Hi-beat movements are technological marvels
  • Eye-catching beauty - If beautiful dials and cases and faceting is important, then you can't beat something like Cartier and / or Grand Seiko

Everyone's got a different reason for buying the watches we buy.  In my mind, it all boils down to what narrative seems to best suit you.

In my own case, I buy Omegas and Grand Seikos.  

  • I buy and wear my Omegas because I like to pretend that I'm James Bond.  The watches are bomb-proof, there's lots of heritage, the co-axial technology is awesome, there's just enough cool finishing and details to make the watches interesting to look at, but ultimately...  James Bond...  Pew, pew
  • I buy and wear Grand Seikos because both the Spring Drive and the Hi-beat movements are out of this world good.  The faceting and diamond polishing are way beyond anything you can get at that price point from any other competitor that I know of.  I can spend all day just staring at the dials of my Grand Seikos - whether it's a $3,000 quartz or my $9,100 White Birch.  And, finally, nobody knows what Grand Seiko is, which is the best, because I hate attention.  The only time anybody has ever noticed the watch on my wrist, it's been a Grand Seiko.  They say, "Hey, that's a cool-looking watch.  What is it?"  And I say, "It's a Seiko."  End of conversation

Good luck!  Keep us posted on what you decide!

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ACFACF

I would recommend youtube.

There are a ton of great videos on this subject.

Urban gentry & Teddy Baldassarre have made alot watch lists around different price points.

Enjoy the research 😊

I’ll look into Urban gentry, already seen a ton of video from Teddy and others like Bark & Jack haha

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uhrensohn

I think you should start by clarifying to yourself what kind of watch you want. I don't see a common pattern for those watches you mentioned other than pricepoint. You have a budget, but do not start with the price! Otherwise, you might as well donate 5K to charity, get yourself a $100 Timex instead, and have details of what you want to remember engraved on the back. If you start with the criteria you may find yourself a great watch for 2K instead that does what you want on the nose, or perhaps you find that what you really want you cannot really afford

  • style of watch? Dress, field, sports, pilot, diver, chrono, GMT?
  • what constraints does your "close to daily" criterion actually impose on the watch? Do you need/want a date function? Many luxury pieces only have 30m water resistance, which is ok if this is treated like a luxury piece, but if you want daily usage out of this you probably want more?
  • bling or understated?
  • where does the "luxury" end of your request come in? Is this about finishing, about build-to-last, about impress-people, about complications, about brand?
  • how should the watch remind you of said milestone?

Hey man, really appreciate the points you have made. I think I prefer a dress  or sport watch but will stainless steel/titanium bracelet. Preferably with a date function and would be cool if it has gmt as well. Regarding water resistance, 100m+ would be ideal, though I likely won’t go swimming with me. Also big plus if it has a sapphire case back.


With regards to luxury, the most important thing for me would be the finishing. I want to be able to look down and appreciate the small details and thoughts that went into it

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thewatchpanther

Have you tried the Cartier Santos de Cartier Medium?

When I visited the cartier boutique, they didn’t have the medium in stock. I’ll give it another shot later.

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With respect… your post is I have $6-10k, recommend me a watch. I agree with some previous comments, the examples you have given really do not convey anything about what you want or consider desirable. 
What actually appeals to you in watch? Judging from your reaction to the GS it might be dial and form over movement, but then again a GS Spring Drive movement is an impressive piece of engineering. Others are too big or too boring, so maybe something brighter or garish, maybe midsize to low 40mm sizes? You could go for some real leftfield options, like an Oris SixtyFive bronze with neon dial, a Seiko cocktail, an anOrdain with their beautiful ceramic bezels, a Hamilton Ventura, a Corum Bubble with a design of your choice, a Nomos, a Cartier Tank Asymmetric… none of these are helpful to you because I am just firing models at you without context. 
I also agree with the recommendation to try something on in the flesh, especially given how scattergun your approach has been to date. Assuming you are “relatively” new to this (and apologies if you are not) the last thing you need is a bunch of excited watch people barking random models at you as this will effectively introduce scope creep into your experience, and may even put you off entirely.

I note that you were looking at a Rolex, and I know the market is pretty crappy right now for new, but maybe look at the grey market with a reputable seller. It might be that you want a Rolex, and perhaps you should go with your first option.

There is no real one watch solution either; I always recommend a daily/beater to save your dressier/bolder pieces from accidental ruin, and I always believe a gentleman needs choices to suit the occasion. Your level of beater would probably be higher than most with your budget, but I think you can probably limit yourself to 3 for an all-round collection and still feel good about your collection. Again, this is my opinion, and I would not give it much more thought than that.