Looking for a nice mechanical watch

Just got into collecting watches I have two Timex watches and one old seiko that was my dads. The last watch I have is an old mechanical caravelle it’s in shop seeing if they can get it fixed. The reason I’m writing this post is I’m looking to get my first nice watch.  3000-4000 is the range mechanical and for smaller wrists. what would yall suggest. 

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Not really enough info. What do you want? Dress, diver, chronograph? What do you consider the size limit for a smaller wrist? 

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I think 36 to 40mm I like the grand seiko type cases or like explorer 1 type case. 

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In that price range you have a lot of choices and even well under. Sticking to around that range I propose the following:

Tudor BB 36. The easiest choice and the most Explorer like of the bunch. I have said it a million times, I would buy this over the Explorer all day, even at the same price of the Tudor.

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Staying in family, the Ranger. It is a step up from the 36, but also a bit pricier.

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Since you mentioned GS, not a ton of sub 40mm options, but at 39ish, the SBGR257 could work.

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Going to Omega, the Railmaster. It is 40mm, but may still be reasonable on your wrist.

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Longines Spirit. Also 40mm.

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If you want to save a couple grand, you could like at the Monta Triumph. Excellent at full price, a steal used. At 38mm, could be the Goldilocks of the bunch. 

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Hopefully that is a nice range of Explorer alternatives. 

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Look at the Orient Bambino line.

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Based on what you’ve shared, my advice would be:

  • Visit a dealer and try on a bunch of watches so you can begin narrowing down what specific features, case shapes, sizes, etc resonate with you most.
  • Consider, before spending 3-4k on an entry-level luxury watch, seeking out a much more economical version/homage (<$1-200) of the same watch to test and wear for awhile before making that bigger purchase. I’m always an advocate of making cheap “mistakes” and I feel unless you’ve owned or worn a lot of different watches, it can be difficult to really know what you’ll like. Of course this is all relative… $3-4k is a lot of money for a watch for me, but if you’re making Patek money then maybe you’re comfortable dropping that much coin on a watch you may end up not really loving in the end.

This is just my two cents of course. Good luck on finding that new watch! 🤙

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RobertWood

Look at the Orient Bambino line.

Great watches, but not exactly in the price range he’s seeking. 

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Top quality brands in that price range are Longines, Tudor, Oris, Frédérique Constantin, Baumé & Mercier, Nomos. Probably a few others. 
 

Since you are vague in your description, I’m going to assume you aren’t sure what way you want to go. I have to encourage you to do some research and make the acquisition of this Watch a journey. Check out the brands listed, find a model you think you like, and then read/watch reviews on that watch. See if it’s really what you’re looking for. 
 

Here‘s two 15 minute video that should get you started:

https://youtu.be/4GyywtlArss

https://youtu.be/zyUkm9bif2o

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Thank you all for the advice and the suggestions!