Currently I am looking for my first serious watch and would appreciate some help from more knowledgeable members than me on watches.
Use: Main use for semi-smart office use (shirt, tie, pants but no suit jacket) and smart events
Budget: up to £500 ($760)
Movement: Definitely mechanical and preferably automatic but will not rule out hand wind
Complications: Would like a date but that would be the only complication I would use
Size: Believe I am ~6.75" wrist. Currently using a Timex Expedition that is 40mm diameter, 46mm lug to lug that fits quite well, max I could get away with may be about ~44mm diameter I’m thinking.
Waterproof: Being in the rainy UK means the watch must be at least rain proof which I believe is equivalent to a 30m (3ATM) waterproof rating?
The watch is for a 21st so I am looking for something that would last for years (decades even) with a relatively timeless design, I am not fussed on brand so long as the quality is there. But (the engineer in me) would like a display case back if possible to be able to see the mechanism at work. Currently I am drawn towards the more Flieger style watches being simple and smart. Below are some of the watches I am considering to give you an idea.
Love the style and the unique rhodium plated grey face makes it something very different. Current favourite of all I have seen.
Christopher Ward C8 MKII - U2
Again something different. My concern with such a choice if is too casual a watch and how the PVD coating would hold up over the years.
Victorinox AirBoss Mechanical
Similar style to the others but just does not look as special as the others above.
Laco Altenburg/Steinghart Flieger
Again the Laco has the black PVD so not sure about wear problems. The titanium Laco's and Steinharts look interesting but most seem to say the Stowa is the better built watch plus the Steinhart has no waterproof rating.
I have looked at Nomos (too expensive), Sinn 566 (too expensive), Timefactors (v. small company, still be around?) but each have their flaws.
Stowa always seem to impress people with the build quality compared to other Flieger watch makers and it provides a unique watch which is why it’s currently my favourite. But I cannot see one in the flesh which is a shame. Though I am prepared for the 3 month wait for the Stowa.
Hope I have included all the required information. Any additional suggestions or experience with above watches are welcome!
Would also be interested to know of differences (if any) in the mechanisms in my price range. Looks like my budget will get me the ETA 2824-2 or a Sellita SW200-1 mainly.
Edited by Cheapy - 2/20/13 at 6:19pm