Start of a journey

Hi all, Am new to this community/watch collecting community as a whole. Some background, I had a couple of watches in the past received as gifts but wasn't really giving much attention till my wife bought me a Tissot Seastar 1000 recently which drew me in to start reading about mechanical watches etc.  Recently just bought an Seiko SRPE39, thinking to wear as a daily beater. Would love to hear any suggestions to add into my collection for different purposes (example chronographs,GMT, Moonphase, dress watches etc). 

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Welcome to WC! Seiko SSK03 might be nice addition for you, maybe a Tissot PRX would be nice as well. Guess it all depends on what gap in your collection you want to fill!

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Welcome & Enjoy! 

IMO, it's fun to focus on the next watch. Example:  pick a GMT and research it. Determine your budget and start asking questions.  Watch Crunch has some many knowledgeable people who will help you out. Budget helps out a lot. No sense weighing in with 500K options when the budget in 6K BTW, some awesome options at & below 6K in any category.  Just tossing out numbers as an example.  

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JapanExclusive

Welcome to WC! Seiko SSK03 might be nice addition for you, maybe a Tissot PRX would be nice as well. Guess it all depends on what gap in your collection you want to fill!

Awesome recommendation, just got to know about this model ssk003 as well, loving the look!

Definitely lots of options moving forward!

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TimeJunkie

Welcome & Enjoy! 

IMO, it's fun to focus on the next watch. Example:  pick a GMT and research it. Determine your budget and start asking questions.  Watch Crunch has some many knowledgeable people who will help you out. Budget helps out a lot. No sense weighing in with 500K options when the budget in 6K BTW, some awesome options at & below 6K in any category.  Just tossing out numbers as an example.  

Good point! budget wise, I believe within USD 1.5k will be within reach for my next watch to work towards. Will be slowly collecting new ones but hopefully steady increase!

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Welcome 🥳 

I suggests to make some rules for your collection before buying more watches. One of each archetype for example (diver, fleiger, field, racing, dress). Or only one brand vs. only one from each brand. A max number if watches. Making some rules will help guide you and stay out of chaos.

You can always change the rules, but you don't have to sell of 20+ wathes if you got some from the start.

My rules are easy: max 3-4 watches, they have to be made in Japan or Switzerland and I don't want complications I don't have a use for ☺️

Good luck

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mjosamannen

Welcome 🥳 

I suggests to make some rules for your collection before buying more watches. One of each archetype for example (diver, fleiger, field, racing, dress). Or only one brand vs. only one from each brand. A max number if watches. Making some rules will help guide you and stay out of chaos.

You can always change the rules, but you don't have to sell of 20+ wathes if you got some from the start.

My rules are easy: max 3-4 watches, they have to be made in Japan or Switzerland and I don't want complications I don't have a use for ☺️

Good luck

Right, I'm trying to work with 1 archetype per brand ideally. (Although now I have 2 divers technically) but 1 is more dressy/formal than the other. Can totally imagine getting crazy and chaotic without any rules haha, thanks for the tip!

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Welcome to Watch Crunch!

So you're going for a watch collection and your criteria for now is one each (I assume one each of complication, or one each of brand, or one each of type?)

From what you said it seems like you already set for diver's watches, so let's get you into your next watch. The budget is about $1.5k, you said? I'd say go for something you can wear dressy, or dressy-ish as those can be worn in more situations.

If it's something dressy you want and you don't mind the low water resistance, go for brands like Nomos, or Junghans or Hamilton's Jazzmaster collection.

If you want something vintage inspired, try out choices from Dan Henry or most brands with a large back catalogues for vintage-inspired pieces. 

Hope that helps.

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It is not a journey, it is a carnival ride. It still can be enjoyable.

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Derektyk

Good point! budget wise, I believe within USD 1.5k will be within reach for my next watch to work towards. Will be slowly collecting new ones but hopefully steady increase!

Christopher Ward makes a great GMT right in that price range. Lots of Longines,  Hamilton and Seiko options. Marathon GSAR is always a favorite of mine. The new Citizen Promaster Diver is cool - but you have a cool Diver from your wife. Lots of pre-owned in this Range. 

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Welcome! It's a fun hobby, but like someone pointed out Before, set up some rules. I'd say establish a savings system, mine includes all money I make outside of work, tips, selling collectibles, other watches, etc.

Second would be to meet with other watch geeks if possible and experience different watches and other people's perspectives, this is a great place, but seeing watches on the flesh is important, going to AD's and shops and trying on many models helps too.

And third, I know a lot of people say this and I used to scoff at this advice when I started out, but save up for an upmarket piece, something around the 5k range, you will have to save longer and won't buy anything right now, delaying your gratification, but the reward is even greater than buying more budget friendly pieces. Obviously this depends on lots of factors and may not apply to you, like any advice, really, it's just our opinion, you have to do what's best for you and buy the pieces you love.

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Generally we need a beater watch with water resistance. Then a casual watch and finally a dress watch. All have to fit your wrist comfortably and most importantly you gotta love wearing them. Experiment with sizes ,colors and complications at a jewelry counter where you can try them on. Internet pictures only go so far. See what your friends are wearing too and maybe try theirs on. BTW welcome.

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Welcome to WC, Take your time deciding what to buy. This site can be a double edge sword when trying to be reserved in your buying. I see watches here on a daily basis I like and would love to have. 

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Derektyk

Good point! budget wise, I believe within USD 1.5k will be within reach for my next watch to work towards. Will be slowly collecting new ones but hopefully steady increase!

If $1.5k is the budget I recommend the Sinn 556i RS on the h-link bracelet :-)  I have had my eye on one of those for some time.  

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Welcome! definitely take your time. Become familiar with as many different brands as you can and try on as many as you can. A watch on brand‘s website often doesn’t do justice to what it looks like in the metal. 

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Welcome!  Fairly new watch enthusiast as well.  Enjoy your journey....

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Welcome to the cult...I mean club🤣

My first piece of advice is to go for what you like. You'll hear that a lot, but in reality it takes time to learn that. This hobby is a journey and its a fun one. 

For me I focus on land, sea and Air or a combination of those things.

I have chronographs, divers, watches built for traversing mountains (or so I'd like to think). What I never really got around to was a dress watch. Like a pure dress watch. I want one but it always seems to slip in priority.

I'm still on the journey as I've been into watches since my teens and I'm not in my 40's.

Good luck and enjoy!