Recommendations at $2000

I have been doing some overtime, and after paying off the bills I will have a bit of a hobby budget left in a few months, so clearly I want to dont want to be an adult and save it, I need a new shiny.

So, recommendations at about $2000? Maybe up to about $3000 if I wait an extra month.

One watch already on the list to consider is the Longines Conquest in green. I wonder if there is anything in the Tudor catalogue? I lean towards dressy watches, but will consider anything. I have found that the $2000-$4000 can be a difficult bracket to find great watches in.

Thanks.

I'm not really a dressy watch person, but Longines seems like a very safe bet if you're eyeing one of their models. Nomos is probably worth checking too. That's about all I got.

My suggestions:

Tissot 1938 42mm According to some reviews the Lug to Lug is 47mm which is smaller compared to the Longines.

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Frederique Constant Highlife

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That is a lovely watch. If your prepared to look on the second hand market you will have options like Baume & Mercier Clifton, Tudor 1926 (might already be in your price bracket in U.S), or IWC Portofino!

Below you budget but a watch I enjoy owning is the Formex Essence.

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JJMM1983

My suggestions:

Tissot 1938 42mm According to some reviews the Lug to Lug is 47mm which is smaller compared to the Longines.

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Frederique Constant Highlife

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The Tissot 1938 is a little retro for my taste, but you have reminded me about the Tissot Gentleman, so I will take a look at the Tissot catagloue in general. I have a Frederique Constant and really love it so I am not sure why I didnt consider them! Thanks.

RiversHR

That is a lovely watch. If your prepared to look on the second hand market you will have options like Baume & Mercier Clifton, Tudor 1926 (might already be in your price bracket in U.S), or IWC Portofino!

I keep coming back to the Tudor 1926 to be honest. I really like it, and as someone who doesnt really like their divers, there isnt much else left in the Tudor catalogue. The 1926 is within budget, but what I like about it most is the brand name on the dial. I really want a Black Shield..... but thats one step up from what I have in mind right now. I had no idea IWC was even a contender at this price bracket!

Black bay 58 on the secondary market??

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Below you budget but a watch I enjoy owning is the Formex Essence.

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I have a list of watches that I will surely get one day but never really get around to it. A Laco, a Hamilton Interstellar.... and a Formex. They seem fantastic watches but - at least on paper and in video - they seem a bit expensive for what you get. I suspect that when I get to try one I will fall in love right away, but right now they seem sub-optimal value to me.

sammael

I keep coming back to the Tudor 1926 to be honest. I really like it, and as someone who doesnt really like their divers, there isnt much else left in the Tudor catalogue. The 1926 is within budget, but what I like about it most is the brand name on the dial. I really want a Black Shield..... but thats one step up from what I have in mind right now. I had no idea IWC was even a contender at this price bracket!

Yeah the Tudor 1926, white dial with blued hands is 馃敟. Yeah look on chrono24 and you will see second Portofinos and reasonable prices!

sammael

I keep coming back to the Tudor 1926 to be honest. I really like it, and as someone who doesnt really like their divers, there isnt much else left in the Tudor catalogue. The 1926 is within budget, but what I like about it most is the brand name on the dial. I really want a Black Shield..... but thats one step up from what I have in mind right now. I had no idea IWC was even a contender at this price bracket!

For example I found this on the uk chrono24 for 拢2,350. It鈥檚 a 2017 model. Thats nearly half price!

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Tudor 1926 is beautiful to me

In the dressy category, I would go for a re-issue or vintage King Seiko, or a secondhand quartz Grand Seiko if you can find one in that price range. Nothing says refinement like the 60s Seiko grammar of design for me.

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Tudor 1926, if you want something more dressy, that could also work for every day. I recently went to my local AD shopping for my wedding watch and the watch looks and wears great in person (photos don鈥檛 do it justice). It鈥檚 also nice and thin with a screw down crown.

Tudor Black Bay 36 - look for used - would offer a lot of value and versatility for your price range. Congrats on the upcoming acquisition!

I would also take a look at Union Glash眉tte. They have 1930s chronos and GMTs for the budget.

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If you lean dressy, then maybe the Longines Silver Arrow? I love this watch.

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Or maybe an Oris Big Crown Pointer Date if you want something a bit more vintage and sporty looking?

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If you like dress, can鈥檛 believe nobody has said Grand Seiko!

GoingTopShelf

If you lean dressy, then maybe the Longines Silver Arrow? I love this watch.

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Or maybe an Oris Big Crown Pointer Date if you want something a bit more vintage and sporty looking?

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Love that Otis

Do yourself a favor and check out Ball Watches. I feel they punch way above their weight.

The Tudor Ranger is right at the $3k mark. It's not a dress watch, but it's awesome. I love mine and wear it quite often.

The Longines Spirit is also gorgeous and around $2.5k.

Beanna

In the dressy category, I would go for a re-issue or vintage King Seiko, or a secondhand quartz Grand Seiko if you can find one in that price range. Nothing says refinement like the 60s Seiko grammar of design for me.

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I second that

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Longines , Hamilton , Oris , and Christopher Ward have great options at this price point鈥.

If you like the aesthetics of the Longines, I鈥檇 personally go for the Tissot Gentleman. I know, well under your budget, but it looks better IMO.

You could also consider one of the Longines Spirit models鈥40mm or 37mm depending on preference. They don鈥檛 get the attention they deserve.

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I think you're in one of the best price ranges there is.

For something a little dressy:

Nomos Tangente 38:

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Something from the Longines Spirit line, I think it's a more versatile watch than the Conquest:

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Or for something a little more left-field, The Frederique Constant Highlife.

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I resisted the integrated bracelet thing for a while but I fancied a dressier watch and this came up at a great price. It is quite lovely IMO and maybe worth a look. Also a 馃憤 to those who mentioned the Tudor 1926, another lovely dressy watch.

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Nomos.

Firstly good for you for doing the extra work 馃憤 I won't suggest any watches but would just suggest taking your time, try different brands and styles on. The Internet is great but often you get a surprise when you see something in person. Definitely don't rush or get desperate, these things aren't going anywhere too fast!

The bracket you are looking at there are plenty of great watches 馃憣 have fun!

I would definitely get the Longines.