Forum Administrator RC Colas® & Moon Pies®
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1981 380SL 151K: 2001 E320 4Matic Estate 147K: 2008 E350 Sport 4Matic 120K: 2005 S500 116K
Location: The Land of Pleasant Living
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I believe that a combination of the advice here is where the answer lies.
If your skin does not break out from the materials and you don't mind shopping for a new timepiece every so often, save money and buy Fossils and such. If you buy a watch that you wear only on special occasions, you do the watch no favor unless you store it in a winding case that keeps it in constant motion. An unused watch is a lot like a rarely driven Mercedes. It will likely run poorly until you put some hours on it.
Worried about scratching an expensive watch? Newer Rolex and similar brands have a 'sapphire' crystal that takes brutal daily wear without scratching or cracking. I have accidently banged the face of my Rolex against metal trash dumpsters and safes at work, the underside of sinks when trying to fix a leaky drain and even the fender of the 107 when I removed the seats for reupholstering. It is still "crystal clear". I will soon be sending it in for maintenance and cleaning and it will return to me looking like the day I bought it several years ago. Even the scratches in the stainless steel case will be buffed out.
Find a reputable jeweler who specializes in previously owned watches and you will save thousands and be able to obtain much more than you thought you could in a watch.
A note about Breitling. I have recently heard people who claim that they would never own another due to difficulties they have had.
Expect a mechanical (non quartz) watch to keep less than perfect time. I gain about 3 minutes a month. Can it be adjusted? Probably, but since I don't use dead reckoning when I travel, it's not a big issue for me.
Lastly, buy what you need (or think you want). If you don't have to time F1 cars on a regular basis, stopwatch features and other such things add unnecessary weight and complexity to your wrist.
Take your time (pun intended) and happy hunting!
Dig's edit: Depending on the amount of bling you opt for, a Rolex is a very low key timepiece that is usually only noticed by other Rolex owners.
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Last edited by Digmenow; 09-09-2007 at 05:25 AM.