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6/21/07

What's the best watch for a guy in the above age range?

Tag Heuer is a bit juvenile, I remember a few friends in highschool who had one.

Breitling are too big and ostentatious (due to their large size).

Montblanc are cool, but it's a pen company, not a watch company.

My picks are: Omega Seamster, Rolex Air Master, can't think of any others (help me out please)

Can anyone educate me about how to choose a decent watch, not a cheap-o one, but nothing over 5K.

Thanks.

Bryan

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6/21/07

I always thought Citizen watches good to wear around the office; most look professional and are reasonably priced.

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6/21/07

Easily managed with your first bonus.

6/21/07

My main focus is to not look like a douche. I want something that is expensive but not over the top (i.e.-I think a Cartier Roadster is over the top at 23-24-25 yrs old but it's a badass looking watch.

6/21/07

baume mercier makes some good watches in that price range, omega's another good bet.

I like the IWC Portugese but thats a bit pricey.

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6/21/07
Westcoasting:

baume mercier makes some good watches in that price range, omega's another good bet.

I like the IWC Portugese but thats a bit pricey.

Agree. Get away from the cliched Rolex/Omega big heavy watch with metal straps, go with a classy watch such as IWC, Baume, Audemars Piguet or even a Panerai. You'll have to get the lower end of the range, but still, you're on the ladder. Or, get a Rolex or Omega but not the standard one's everyone buys.

6/21/07

Grow a peepee, then you won't have to worry about spending $5K on a watch...

In reply to newbie2banking
6/21/07
newbie2banking:

Grow a peepee, then you won't have to worry about spending $5K on a watch...

I would have assumed that this type of comment would have come sooner, congratulations prick. You confirm the mean reversion which typifies every single topic on this great website.

If you want to be the guy who buys their suits as Mens Wearhouse, has a ironman triathlon watch from the 90's, drives an old ragtop SAAB in the N'East, go ahead buddy.

If you like and want nice things, it doesn't HAVE to be based on some desire to impress or be impressed. Things have to seen in context.

In reply to net worth or nothing
6/21/07
bryan1:
newbie2banking:

Grow a peepee, then you won't have to worry about spending $5K on a watch...

I would have assumed that this type of comment would have come sooner, congratulations on being the first.

I would also have assumed it would come from someone with a name like "newbie2banking" who probably had his parents buy him his watch given their poor darling is still in uni...

6/21/07

cartier pacha, its a sick watch and cheaper than the roadster

6/21/07

agree the pasha is a sick watch, and it comes in so many different options it's unreal.
If you get one of those you can easily switch between the metal strap and a black or brown leather strap, I believe they have some mechanism in the band that makes it super simple to change.

the most popular rolex in general (besides the classic daytona stainless steel white or black face which is pretty much impossible to get and out of your price range) is the submariner, much classier than the air king.

you guys are talking about these great watches, IWC, Panerai etc, but he said he needs something under 5k, if you really know about those watches you'll know its almost impossible to find one in that price range.

you really cant go wrong with a basic rolex. anyone who gives you shit because it's cliche is an idiot. no one who really appreciates watches will ever talk shit about a rolex, if you want to stand out, get a vintage one, good talking point.

personally, I am lucky enough to have a truly amazing watch collection for someone my age, but im saving up fora ZENITH, now those are some sick sick sick watches.

6/21/07

I like the cartier leather band, square face...but i cant remember the name offhand. (yes im not in the real world yet, another "uni" but I too like nice things!)

In reply to net worth or nothing
6/21/07
bryan1:

My main focus is to not look like a douche. I want something that is expensive but not over the top ...

Mate, it sounds like you have a lot more problems to worry about that sounding like a 'douche.' Get comfortable with yourself; understand that a watch, car or suit doesn't define you; and then you'll be a man, my son...

Think about it...

In reply to newbie2banking
6/21/07

You're entitled to your opinion.

Keep the topic on watches.

6/21/07

Keep the topic on watches.

6/21/07

Keep the topic on watches... nothing else.

In reply to newbie2banking
6/21/07
newbie2banking:
bryan1:

My main focus is to not look like a douche. I want something that is expensive but not over the top ...

Mate, it sounds like you have a lot more problems to worry about that sounding like a 'douche.' Get comfortable with yourself; understand that a watch, car or suit doesn't define you; and then you'll be a man, my son...

Think about it...

I agree that the material shell of a person is only one aspect, now focus on watches, don't comment again unless it's positive feedback on timepieces.

6/21/07

Rolex Daytona is the SHIT!

6/22/07

Interesting topic - I think 1000 should be the max first year and then kick it up second year - although my MD noticed my Tissot and was pretty impressed even though it was max $800

6/22/07

do you guys think that the non-chrono white roadster really looks as good as the chrono roadster?

i feel like that totally changes the character of the watch

6/22/07

Whatever the brand,you should look for a chronograph.

Tag Heuer Link Chrono or Tag Heuer Monaco Chrono are suited to your budget...90% of the watches cited on this thread are far over your budget.

Montblanc may be a pen company,but trust me they are getting respected in the watch industry as well..and the chrono they do is really nice.

6/22/07

I got the Tag Heuer Link Chrono for my 18th bday a few years ago, it was like $2500, great watch at a pretty decent price, but the next one im getting is definetly the cartier pasha

jj80-dont waste money on a non-chrono, you always have to go for the chrono, it definetly changes the character of the watch

6/22/07
In reply to e36M3
6/22/07
PaloAlto8:

I like the cartier leather band, square face...but i cant remember the name offhand. (yes im not in the real world yet, another "uni" but I too like nice things!)

sounds like the santos

6/23/07
6/23/07

I obviously do not have the same tastes as no one mentionned it, but I think I would go for Jaeger's 1931 classic Reverso (around a,!2,5k if it's not gold), or the "Grande" version (bigger: a,!4k i think).

One of my VP has one, and it does look good.

6/23/07

panerai would be a good bonus watch but probably not in his price rnage.

In reply to jj80
6/24/07
jj80:
PaloAlto8:

I like the cartier leather band, square face...but i cant remember the name offhand. (yes im not in the real world yet, another "uni" but I too like nice things!)

sounds like the santos

yup thats right...that watch is pure class and baller status at once

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6/24/07

I like the Cartier Santos, it's at the top end of my budget at 4900. Thanks for the comments, i've taken a look at the panerai, iwc, and those are great watches but definately out of my range. in particular, the iwc portugese is exceptional.

Does anyone really know if you can 'bargain' for a watch, or is purchasing a watch different than say purchasing a car where bargaining is the norm. I definately will buy it at the authorized retailer so i want to know how to work the situation.

thanks in advance.

In reply to jj80
7/30/07
jj80:

panerai would be a good bonus watch but probably not in his price rnage.

why u like panerai? what about it?

In reply to UserAccountDeleted
7/30/07
UserAccountDeleted:

Zenith looks like sex.

I agree. The El Primero series is pretty amazing.

I bet you're a zenith defy open chronograph man aren't ya, lol?

7/30/07
7/31/07

both can be found for less than 3k

7/31/07

Wear a Seiko until you inherit the Vacheron...

7/31/07

I know Vacheron is quite prestigious, but at the end of the day you have to love how it looks.

www.timezone.com is a good watch resource, for those who are interested (notice how people treat each other with alot of respect, IBO'rs could learn a thing or 2)

Laterz.

8/1/07

tag carrera is the way to go. relatively inexpensive yet still catches stares.

8/1/07

Analyst: Dont waste your money on snazzy watches. I had a $200 Fossil and still got compliments.

Associate: Rolex Oyster Perpetual...classic.

Big Swinging Dick: Patek Philippe

And if you weigh 90lbs, dont get some huge watch, even if it is in style.

8/2/07

It's an interesting thing how people just generally don't like 'flashy conspicuous' consumption on your wrist.

[[[Unless you more than pull it off]]]

8/2/07

check out www.nixonnow.com

They're a somewhat smaller company (in comparison to fossil, tag, or rolex) based in Southern California that was born out of the surfing community. The majority of their watches are around $200. Though the pricier ones are up to around $1400. Anyways, if you look in the 300 range they are exceptionally classy and they won't break your wallet. And if anything happens to it, they'll fix it for free.

8/2/07

If you think tag is juvenile then don't get a omega seamaster, every spoiled kid who has watched bond pretty much has one.

In reply to net worth or nothing
8/2/07
cackmenimble:

Does anyone really know if you can 'bargain' for a watch, or is purchasing a watch different than say purchasing a car where bargaining is the norm. I definately will buy it at the authorized retailer so i want to know how to work the situation.

Yeah, for sure.

8/6/07
8/6/07

Hey... does anyone know any VP's with Patek Philippe's, I don't. Although I've spotted a Daytona, I had to do my bizness on it.

8/6/07
8/6/07

I dont personally know of any VP's with Patek Philippe watches. They are spendy, even for a BB VP.

Rolex makes more watches in a year than Patek Philippe has made in its entire company history.

Pretty rare. It's a status symbol.

In reply to Schumacher
8/7/07

Schumacher.

Nice point about the Patek's being produced in small batches. I think the majority of buyers are collectors (go to www.timezone.com). Also, on that website, the patek forum is actually monitored by an investment banker, this dude gets interviewed for watch mags b.c. his collection is worth millions)

I would love to see a kid bust out a 50,000 dollar watch one of these days.

8/7/07

Yeah, 50K is a lot to drop on a watch, even if you are Carlos Slim.

I've seen a lot of PP watches in the 25-30K range which is probably doable (albeit an investment) for your typical Bulge Bracket VP

I love the vintage PP watches from the late 40s early 50s. Very classy, and will never go out of syle.

8/10/07

Does anyone have a Zenith?

8/10/07
8/10/07

Hmmm, do I put a down payment on a house, or do I get a watch.

Such difficult decisions we face in life.

CompBanker

8/10/07

At this point, I would go for the watch.

In reply to CompBanker
8/11/07
CompBanker:

Hmmm, do I put a down payment on a house, or do I get a watch.

Such difficult decisions we face in life.

Clearly, you are thinking about buying a watch....
a 60000 one. Let us know when you buy it...

8/13/07

I've got a flavr flav clock. It is a very subtle way of telling people in a meeting, "Yes, I'm talented and bright, but I keeps it real"

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8/15/07

I wear an omega and it ran around 2500. I like it and people tend to notice it while I am not viewed as a show off. I wanted a Rolex but was not looking to pay 2x. The c. santos is very nice and I got one for my b day and have found that women tend to to notice it a lot. I think the omega and rolex are good buys for spending less then 5k. While others may have the same one how many people do you know that drive a 5 series or SF shoes? People are going to buy those things.

In reply to monty09
8/15/07
monty09:

While others may have the same one how many people do you know that drive a 5 series or SF shoes? People are going to buy those things.

I couldn't understand what you wrote here, I think a few words were deleted.

8/15/07

I was trying to say that with certain goods many people will have the same thing. The shoes I have on are worn by a lot of finance types. The car I drive is driven by a lot of people. Will be no different with suits,watch etc etc. Under 5k is not enough to buy a watch that is produced in limited supply as buying a car under 65k is the same issue.

In reply to monty09
8/15/07
monty09:

I was trying to say that with certain goods many people will have the same thing. The shoes I have on are worn by a lot of finance types. The car I drive is driven by a lot of people. Will be no different with suits,watch etc etc. Under 5k is not enough to buy a watch that is produced in limited supply as buying a car under 65k is the same issue.

I completely agree with you.

8/19/07
8/20/07

Some like to spend money on watches, some don't. Each to his own.

As for myself. I will get a Cartier 21 Chronoscaph when I can afford it. Kicks ass without being too expensive nor showy.

CRE NERD

8/27/07
In reply to newbie2banking
8/27/07
newbie2banking:
bryan1:

My main focus is to not look like a douche. I want something that is expensive but not over the top ...

Mate, it sounds like you have a lot more problems to worry about that sounding like a 'douche.' Get comfortable with yourself; understand that a watch, car or suit doesn't define you; and then you'll be a man, my son...

Think about it...

Juwannagayboyman, why don't you and newbie2banking get together and consummate your relationship. Don't stay in the closet forever... losers like the two of you need each other. It's a competitive world after all.

8/27/07

This might not help the OP.

Even though my parents gave my a Rolex I wear a yellow Swatch.

It is not for everyone, I still get odd looks sometimes...

Buy something that fits your style.

8/30/07

Does anyone have an opinion on the Hublot Big Bang...

www.hublot.ch

Thanks.

8/30/07

I have been looking into pinky rings. Also, I am having a gold crown made with an embedded diamond. I'm pretty sure that's what they call a winning smile.

8/30/07

how do I get my friends to give me a Rolex instead of a gift card? actually their taste wouldn't be good enough and i'd probably still use my cell phone clock

8/31/07

I would have a look at the new Rolex GMT Master II. It is another solid watch that is not too flashy. Would spend that bit more for it compared to the Submariner.

In reply to gurilla
8/31/07
gurilla:

I have been looking into pinky rings. Also, I am having a gold crown made with an embedded diamond. I'm pretty sure that's what they call a winning smile.

Go to your economics 101 class dude, you slept in again....goofball.

In reply to MarginCalling
8/31/07
MarginCalling:

how do I get my friends to give me a Rolex instead of a gift card? actually their taste wouldn't be good enough and i'd probably still use my cell phone clock

After you get out of college (or highschool) then maybe your friends will be more financially savvy and generous enough to buy you a nice gift.

8/31/07
In reply to Min Shin
9/1/07
Min Shin:

Rolexes....mmmmmmm

Rolex Daytona Stainless....mmmmmm.....i just messed in my pants

9/9/07
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9/17/07
9/18/07

bump...

this topic is IBO's best!!!!

In reply to net worth or nothing
9/18/07

I also loved the IWC Portuguese. Longines makes an extremely similar watch (which I got for graduation - awesome watch) for around 2500-3000.

http://www.longines.com/eng/html_longines/Watches/... It is the last watch on the page (scroll right).

The only difference is price and positioning of the chrono dials. If I am not mistaken, they both use the same eta movement. (can't be sure of this, definitely second hand knowledge).

Come bonus time I want to get a Rolex submariner two tone with the blue dial (~5500). It seems like everyone has one for a reason, they are spectacular and look incredible. As it was said before, anyone who looks down on rolex is a douche. They literally invented the wristwatch.

9/20/07

Could I pull off the Big Bang by Hublot, I'm about to spend $12,000 on the 'Ice Bang'...

I already fully pre-paid for it.

Call me stupid, call me what you will!

9/25/07

I'm determined to make this the best thread on the site!

bump

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9/26/07

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9/26/07

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9/27/07

bump..

this topic will eventually be the best!!!!

10/3/07
10/3/07

you have to pick a watch that shows taste and class, but you can't be out of place. if a new analyst joined the desk with a new audy P, i would probably think he was a tool (think of the interns who show up with huge golden cufflinks). breitlings are too large and actually not that great among watch conoisseurs, i'm not sure but i don't believe they even manufacture their own movements. everyone tends to go for watches that display some type of outdoorsmanship/professional watches, i.e. omega seamaster, rolex submariner, etc. so it's become a bit of a cliche (in my opinion) to wear a big clunky titanium-encrusted super waterproof watch for yachting. also, get something appropriate to your pay level. you could spend your entire bonus on a vintage patek phillippe, and get laughed at. one of my first watches at work was a simple stainless steel swiss army chronograph with a black strap, it got tons of interest and compliments and when they look closer they see it's a simple, cheap, APPROPRIATE watch. THEN you get paid some more, and LATER you get the IWC portuguese or aquatimer or whatever.

10/17/07

I wouldn't buy a watch that costs more than $1000 even if I were really rich....I ALWAYS end up losing them. ALWAYS.

Nah, on that context, I'll just go to Macy's and buy a $100 one, if that, if I made $60k a year and had to buy a watch. Otherwise, I'll just rely on my cellphone and/or iPod. I'm going to lose it in a few months anyway. One of the ways I justify not buying things like watches.....I always lose them. I already lost my third watch since high school, and I'm only a freshman in college.

"We are lawyers! We sue people! Occasionally, we get aggressive and garnish wages, but WE DO NOT ABDUCT!" -Boston Legal-

In reply to holymonkey
10/17/07

Good point holymonkey... speaking of that issue though, i'm the opposite. I bought a Coach wallet like 7 years ago as a Freshman in college before the brand exploded into middle-america for like $100 and still have it.

10/21/07

But wallets are different, net worth. You have your ID, driver's license, credit cards, debit cards, frequent flyer cards, insurance card, CASH, and whatever else you keep in there. God forbid you lose your wallet, I'd go into epileptic shock if I were to lose my wallet. And I'm not even epileptic. And then become calm and collected enough to call Chase, Chase Card Services, and Discover to cancel my credit and debit cards. Then call BlueCross and report my insurance card lost. Not to mention call the CA DMV and report my driver's license lost. Frequent flyer miles...so what? I barely have enough to get one domestic ticket, and blackout dates are when I need to fly, always. Then find that my wallet was sitting under my bed or some stupid shit like that.

My dad got a coach wallet as a gift and he gave it to me because he already had one. He got one of those sets with a belt and wallet and he gave me both. Lost the belt, still have the wallet.

"We are lawyers! We sue people! Occasionally, we get aggressive and garnish wages, but WE DO NOT ABDUCT!" -Boston Legal-

10/26/07

So i'm a first year analyst, and my dad wants to get me a really nice watch as a graduation present (a little late i know). the watches he has mentioned are in the 6k-8k range. while id really like a watch that nice, my gut instinct is to tell him that i cant pull off that nice a watch as a first year. am i crazy or should i let him get me the watch?

10/30/07

I'll switch you Dads

I didn't get anything for graduating except a piece of paper and 10K in debt

10/30/07

So what if you just joined a desk and you also just inherited a vintage Patek from your great grand father? Its very functional, very understated (their most basic calatrava model) and just a beautiful, classic design. So would you be considered a tool for turning up to work with one on your wrist?

"God takes care of old folks and fools, while the Devil takes care of makin all the rules", P.E. 1998

10/30/07

if it's an understated calatrava then imo it should be fine. I'd wear it if I had one :)

fuckit_all, as a first year analyst I would rather have my dad give me gift money then spend it on some awesome watch. But if its understated like hayabusa's Cala then it would be fine I think...

just for kicks...

my watch: Casio G-Shock Atomic Solar Power Black Force ($120)
my pen: Parker Urban Performance Ballpoint ($20)

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