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I'm looking to buy a watch, however I don't know a thing about them. I've only ever had knock off shit and generally haven't worn a watch in years. After taking a serious upgrade in life in all other aspects I'm going to treat myself to a present to myself. I recall a thread some time ago where everyone posted up their watches so... recommend me a great watch or what to look for.

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Mechanical or Quartz? How expensive? Sport or Dress? There are a ton of questions, I sold fine timepieces for 4 years so I have a wealth of knowledge, but you need to give me something to work with here.

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Dress for sure. I'd be willing to drop up to 850$ or so on a nice timepiece if I like it enough.

edit: Maybe I should clarify. By dress I mean wear it going out and the likes. Not just on special occasion.

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Look at a used Omega Seamaster Professional. Those can be had for a little more than what you are looking to spend and are an awesome watch.

This site is great for watch shopping: http://forums.timezone.com/
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where is Ian with the pics of his Brietlings.

they are sickly pimp watches though

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I plan on picking up one of these sometime in the future



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I like Movados personally. This is the one of them I have:


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Wow I guess I should up my price range damn I'm loving the Tag Heuer Carrera

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Always stylish Eugene! For men I love Tags and Breitlings...pretty pricey though.

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Always stylish Eugene! For men I love Tags and Breitlings...pretty pricey though.

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Gracias. I'll be upgrading to a Breitling next year. I've had my Raymond Weil and Tag for over 5 years now.

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I like Movados personally. This is the one of them I have:

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IMHO, Movado is a very nice stylish watch. Also the biggest POS I have ever owned. I had a lot of problems with it, and would not keep time. But a nice dress watch.
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Gonna piss some people off here,

Movado and Tag both use horse shit for internals, you're paying out the ass for a name. They are pretty though, so you at least look nice while overpaying.

If you're looking at the $850 mark, save your money or buy something cheaper. It's like a guy who has $2000 to spend on a bike, you have two choices, something very small (GS500e) or something that's garbage (older FZR), but if he can spend $3000, he can buy a nice shape F3 or ZX-6R (great bikes that still aren't crazy expensive).

If you want a decent watch for $300-$500, Citizen is the way to go, fantastic pieces that will last for ever and look damn sharp doing it. If you can save a couple more pennies, for $1,500-$2k, you can get some really fantastic watches.

Omega makes a number of beautiful watches (I own one myself) from $1,300+. These pieces are leaps and bounds above the quality of Tag/Movado.

Corum makes a number of very interesting pieces as well, the Bubble is a crazy looking piece that is starting at $1,200, again much better than Tag/Movado.

Baume & Mercier makes a few pieces (nice looking dress pieces) that fit into that price range. B&M is a FANTASTIC name in timepieces, highly recommended.

And saving the best for last, Maurice LaCroix has some of the prettiest timepieces I have ever seen for the $1,200-$2k price range. Just beautiful watches that are incredibly well crafted (I've owned a few for years with not one problem). If you are going to buy a Maurice LaCroix, buy a fully mechanical, not an automatic, they have only been making an auto for the past decade and it is NOT as good of a movement as their mechanical (wound) piece.


Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions, I hope this helps and sorry to hate on the Tag/Movado lines, I just get sick of seeing guidos at the bars showing off their movados thinking they're badass when no one notices the piece of metal art on my wrist.



EDIT: forgot to mention, Raymond Weil does make fantastic watches that fit into the $400-800 catagory, you won't be sorry there but they're not as exotic as the others I have mentioned.

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For an everyday watch, I definitely agree with you on the Citizen, especially for the price. That is my daily wear. The Mav is the 'taking the wife out someplace nice' thing to wear and not a daily beater.

It was unclear from the OP which he was really looking for. Out f curiosity, which Omega do you have?

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I'm not necessarily saying that either the Tag or Movado is a terrible piece, they're just thought too highly of and are overpriced when you compare them to other pieces of similar quality.

I have a couple Omegas, a Speedmaster and a very strange piece that I can almost guarantee you'll never see again (they only made 1,000 of them), a Seamaster Chrono Diver in Two Tone.

Looks like this but with a gold bezel and some other differences, I'll take some pictures of her tomorrow, I love this piece.

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I have an Omega Seamaster and love it.... worth every penny

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Good watch forums to check out:

PMWF.com - poor man's watch forum, expertise on watches under $1k

timezone.com

watchuseek.com

equationoftime.com

That all being said, I just picked this number up for under $500:



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Here are some others that I own, as I was posting to PMWF...dont worry the Rolex is a replica, $40 from an enterprising soul that travels to China...lol





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I am pretty happy with my ESQ for every day, it's not in the same league as some of these others as it was only 300, but it has performed very well and looks great. I am thinking about upgrading soon though.




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I like Movados personally. This is the one of them I have:


I have this watch and love it. But this is my special occassion watch. I have a $80 fossill I've had for 8 years no problems I bang around every day

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does the glass on these high end watches scratch as easily as a cheapo watch? I scratch the H out of them which is why Ive never owned an expensive watch

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I guess I could really care less if my Movado has crappy internals. It serves my well and if it doesn't hold good time, oh well, it's not what I bought it for. If I needed to be exact with time, I'd look at my cell phone that's linked to a time server. I bought them because I love the look of them.

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Typical watch manufacture has either mineral glass (scratchable, but tough) and sapphire (less scratchable, prone to breakage on sharp impact)

My cheapo replica rolex has a sapphire on it, i wear it as my everyday beater and the glass looks brand new...



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Supposedly the movado's that have the sapphire Crystal aren't supposed to scratch, but the one I had got scratched to hell. But there was some discrepancy about wether or not mine had the sapphire crystal. My ESQ is definitely not scratch proof as it is out getting a new crystal right now and I am feeling naked as there is nothing on my arm and I have no clue what time it is.




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My cheapo replica rolex has a sapphire on it, i wear it as my everyday beater and the glass looks brand new...
I smashed the crap out of mine when I rolled the Bobcat....Ricky was going to fast for conditions

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Sorry.....if it's not a mechanical movement...it's not a watch. You have a time piece....but not a watch

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Rolled the bobcat...good gravy, did u have a wife-beater shirt on?

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