First watch (bigger) purchase

Looking for advice- I have a small watch collection, but never have spent over $400 on one piece. what would be the best value for watch I could get that will have:

brand prestige 

versatility 

wearabiltiy for 6.5” wrist

I’m ok buying used and prefer steel and bracelets.

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lets test this forum out!

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What is your budget?

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I’d like to stay around $1k but would be increase it if it seemed like it was worth it

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NightSurfer

What is your budget?

See below but about $1k maybe more

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Some options:

  • Seiko SPB279J1 "baby snowflake" - You get the reliability and build quality of Seiko, along with amazing dial, titanium case and bracelet, and sized appropriately for smaller wrists
  • Seiko SPB155 "baby alpinist" - You get a great go-anywhere, do-anything watch.  And it's a looker

Good luck!

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HotWatchChick69

Some options:

  • Seiko SPB279J1 "baby snowflake" - You get the reliability and build quality of Seiko, along with amazing dial, titanium case and bracelet, and sized appropriately for smaller wrists
  • Seiko SPB155 "baby alpinist" - You get a great go-anywhere, do-anything watch.  And it's a looker

Good luck!

I have a sarb033 already- would you think that it’s worth 2-3x more $ to get a Tudor bb58?

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I hereby invoke the "Recommendation Rule":

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Coolasian42

I have a sarb033 already- would you think that it’s worth 2-3x more $ to get a Tudor bb58?

You know that famous saying, "Opinions are like a$$holes.  Everybody's got one"?  Well, okay, here's one man's opinion:

  • No, absolutely not.  It is not worth 2-3x more than the SARB033 to get a Tudor BB58
  • I really ain't very impressed with Swiss watches.  I don't think they offer value for money.  And, my belief is that Seiko provides the absolute best bang for the buck by orders of magnitude
  • "WTF???" one might say.  "But, your handle is 'Omeganut.'  Why do you own a bunch of Omegas, then, if you say that Swiss watchmaking isn't worth it?"  Well, because I'm a huge James Bond fan, and in particular Daniel Craig.  So, I own a bunch of Omegas...  and they're all modern variations on the Daniel Craig watches.  Because, you know, James Bond...   pew, pew
  • But, otherwise, Swiss watches are entirely unimpressive to me.  They're utilitarian and well-built, but come on!  At that price point???  Meanwhile, the SPB155 matches the fit, finish, reliability, and quality of any Swiss watch that costs 5-10x what it does
  • If you really want a luxury watch, why not get a Grand Seiko?  A $5k GS has levels of finishing that only a $15k Swiss watch can rival.  A spring drive GS will have technology that no Swiss watch can rival, as well as hand finishing, amazing dial, etc., etc.
  • The only thing that GS doesn't offer is James Bond...  pew, pew
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Coolasian42

I’d like to stay around $1k but would be increase it if it seemed like it was worth it

I am not sure if you can get a Monta Atlas for under $1k but that would be a nice option.

Halios Seaforth or Fairwind could be options as well.

I just got a Seiko SPB153 well under $1k and I think that is good for what you get.

Let us know what you decide on.

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Brand prestige

+ Versatility

+ Wearability

+ Reasonable cost

= John Mayer G-Shock.

Suggestion… Ignore “Brand Prestige.” So drop John Mayer.

Really though, asking for watch recommendations is kind of like asking someone else how you should get your eggs cooked at breakfast. Just get it how you like it. Ignore what the other guy is eating.

Ignore Instagram. Ignore hype. Even ignore Watchcrunch. Set a budget, then ask yourself what says, “BOOM. THAT’S ME” regardless of what someone else thinks about it.

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Aurelian

I hereby invoke the "Recommendation Rule":

Model 36627 image

There’s the next one. Search over 

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NightSurfer

I am not sure if you can get a Monta Atlas for under $1k but that would be a nice option.

Halios Seaforth or Fairwind could be options as well.

I just got a Seiko SPB153 well under $1k and I think that is good for what you get.

Let us know what you decide on.

Halios is has been on my radar, my only reservation be spending the most I’ve ever spent on a micro brand. 

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Coolasian42

There’s the next one. Search over 

It's a running joke. You either get an Invicta or a Hublot.

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What about about a nomos?

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Hear me out... Tag Formula 1 Quartz.

Prestigious name? ✅

Fits your wrists? ✅

Versatility? ✅

Plus it's quartz so you can say bye bye to servicing worries. It looks really decent on the wrist.