I'm considering buying myself a really nice watch for a major birthday, but I know very little about quality watches so am taking my time and seeking advice. Before I even bother going to Mappin and webb or similar to try a few on I'm researching and..well..I've seen a few watch threads here before so I'm asking.
My preference is for 'an instrument' first rather than 'flashy jewelry' to me a quality instrument IS a thing of beauty. So I tend to go for sports watches or plainer styled dress watches.
This will be my only watch, I'll wear it all the time, so it needs to fit with all occasions and clothes and...it needs to be comfortable - now here's the trouble I feel. It seems gents watches are getting big. 42mm, 44, 46...even 52mm are common sizes now it seems. I've a fairly slim wrist. My current watch (a cheap citizen, stainless steel case and strap) measures 38mm. I strongly suspect that is my max size and larger will be uncomfortable or look stupid, or both. I think I'll have little choice at 36 or 38mm though.
I'd want a bracelet not leather strap - it would be worn doing sport and my sweat would rot leather straps very quickly.
1. Breitling Navitimer I really like the look.....but it is 42mm ...and very costly
2. Omega Seamaster planet ocean A classic watch, at 36mm it is a suitable size,
3. Oris divers titan date
Hmm, huge at 44mm BUT it is titanium not steel. I'm curious...will this make it much lighter? could A light but big watch still be comfy?
then, although I am not so keen on dress watches, these have caught my eye and seem smaller.
4. Oris Artelier Skeleton, with the movement on show it appeals to my instrument preference, and Oris seem great value (compared to Breitling, Rolex and many other quality brands)
5. Oris Artelier complication Or another less flashy watch...it's mechanical complexity still appeals though.
So, thoughts, ideas etc welcome