$3 grand (give or take) to buy a watch...what are you getting?

This is just for fun...

I go back and forth on a question like this.  There are so many options.  I know a lot of people will say: save up another $2 or $3 grand and get it into a much better tier of the watches.  I don't think that is realistic for me until my daughter graduates from college...in about 12 years. LOL Do you buy a new watch or a more expensive watch on the used market? A lot of ways to go.  Today I'm leaning towards a new Tudor Black Bay 58 on a leather strap.  I say "today" because by tomorrow I will have changed my mind and want to get something else.  Curious to see how others would spend this type of cash.  Please share your thoughts!

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Hamilton Intramatic Auto for me (white and blue dial 😁) 

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Cartier Tank Must, Tudor BB58, Seiko MarineMaster, entry-level Grand Seiko, used Zenith, used Omega, ... Endless possibilities. The search is always fun!

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try for a pre owned omega seamaster, a vintage rolex op or one of the non moonwatch speedmasters.

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BB58 or wait for the BB pro release

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I'd actually get an Oris Aquis with the sellita movement if you want to save some coin. Those are easily found pre-owned in the $1,500-2,000 range. Even with the caliber 400, you could probably get an AD to part with one around $3,000.

If you don't have a pining for mechanical, then I would go with the Grand Seiko SBGN005 or SBGN003. Great GMT watches with impeccable styling and super accurate quartz movements inside.

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Some notable watches to definitely checkout before making your purchase.

Your budget could get you:

Any high-end Seiko with 8L or Spring Drive movement

Pre-owned Grand Seiko /Credor.

Any Nomos within price range.

Any Sinn or Damasko within price range 

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I'd be looking at Damasko, or Marathon personally. I like tool watches, and both companies make great tool watches. 

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Longines BigEye. Definitely.

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Grand Seiko SBGN003 (gmt quartz) is looking like my next purchase in that price range. 

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If possible, a Cartier Tank.

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I think there are lots of great watches in/around that range. 

I would look at:

Tudor BB Pro (new release)

Sinn U-50

Grand Seiko SBGN005

Damasko (DA46 - was my choice)

And, if going upmarket a little, and if you can find one, I really like the Tudor Pelagos FXD

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Can't go wrong with BB58 I think. For more a dressy watch, Tudor 1926 or Longines Master would be my picks. Preferably white dial.

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timetrope

try for a pre owned omega seamaster, a vintage rolex op or one of the non moonwatch speedmasters.

^^^this. 

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I‘d either buy a load of random 1940s, 50s and 60s vintage mechanicals - Cyma, Timor, Vertex, Revue, Gruen… and get them serviced. Could probably get around 10-12.

Or, try and get an Enicar Sherpa Guide and get it done up really nice. 

It’s completely not worth it in both scenarios, but you’re giving me the money right, it’s not my money.

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chronotriggered

I‘d either buy a load of random 1940s, 50s and 60s vintage mechanicals - Cyma, Timor, Vertex, Revue, Gruen… and get them serviced. Could probably get around 10-12.

Or, try and get an Enicar Sherpa Guide and get it done up really nice. 

It’s completely not worth it in both scenarios, but you’re giving me the money right, it’s not my money.

You can have all the PRETEND money you want! 

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That’s too close to a Tudor to settle for something less.