Best Watch to Buy for Young Professionals

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.

respectable budget watch brands

The task of purchasing a professional watch can be daunting and our users shared their experiences and their preferred brands below.

User @LdnMezz", a private equity analyst, shared that users should stay away from big heavy watches:

LdnMezz - Private Equity Analyst:
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.

You can see a basic Baume watch here.

morespinach:
IWC's Portuguese line or B&M or Nomos. Rolex' Cellini has some clean models too, just stay away from the Datejust gold-silver big-dial crap that belongs on a corn farm. Or if you can swing it, even Piaget Antiplano or Jaeger's Master Ultra Thin are the watches to covet in a dressy environment; understated yet super classy..

To the OP: Nomos may be your good bet, or Longines with clean slim lines.

sonyhdna:
You really can’t 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.

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

OP User @net worth or nothing" shared their final choice:

net worth or nothing:
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 definitely out of my range. in particular, the iwc portugese is exceptional.

Below you can see a picture of a mid-range Cartier Santos watch.

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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...

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 have to agree here...you specifically pointed out "expensive", not high quality, not nice, etc...but expensive. That makes it sound as if you care more about the name or having people see that you can 'afford' the name than you want a quality timepiece.

Note that I am NOT saying that is actually what you want, but that it comes across that way, so newbie's comments are justified.

Anyways, do a search for "watch" or "timepiece" here on WSO and look through those threads (there should be a couple). Personally, I'm very picky about the things I like, especially something I would be spending up to $5k on, so I would suggest going through those threads and just picking out the names of the watch brands and then going to the company website and seeing what strikes your fancy. After you gather a handful of potential candidates, find a jeweler near by and go see them in person to figure out if you like the size, shape, etc...plus you can probably get some good advice from the sales people there about watches that look similar, etc.

Also, there is nothing wrong with your "run-of-the-mill" Rolex or Omega...they are popular for a reason. I'm not a fan of being like everybody else, but I also don't understand some people's incessant need to go out of the way to be "unique" (as others have encouraged you to do). Good luck.

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan
 
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.

 

"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. "

Old thread, but came here via Google looking for something similar. You were spot-on until Piguet, but Panerai? Really? With its made-for-the-blind big size numerals and strange semi-square shapes? No cigar.

IWC's Portuguese line or B&M or Nomos. Rolex' Cellini has some clean models too, just stay away from the Datejust gold-silver big-dial crap that belongs on a corn farm. Or if you can swing it, even Piaget Antiplano or Jaeger's Master Ultra Thin are the watches to covet in a dressy environment; understated yet super classy..

To the OP: Nomos may be your good bet, or Longines with clean slim lines.

 
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.

 
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...

 

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.

 
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

 
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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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 €2,5k if it's not gold), or the "Grande" version (bigger: €4k i think).

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

 

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.

 

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/longines_mastercollec… 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.

 

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.

 

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.