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Feb 24, 2015 - 8:38pm

Walking in with anything above a Tag could be pretty douche-y.

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Feb 24, 2015 - 9:22pm

You'll be working with people who makes hundreds of thousands per year. A nice watch is well within their financial means, if they don't have one it's by their own volition.

As long as you don't wear a look-at-me watch, or rock up with a Lange or Patek, or obnoxiously advertise whatever you do finally decide on, I don't see how it would be an issue. Just like with a $200k Ivy League degree, it's all in how you carry it.

 
Jun 3, 2015 - 3:42pm

riding the fine line between baller and total prick

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Feb 25, 2015 - 2:37pm

I like the Baume and Mercier Capeland S (3 dial with a leather band or single dial metal bracelet). I also like Stowa and Nomos for entry level watches. Appropriate is relative and subject to personal preference although I went through the same thought process as you and decided that $3-$5k was appropriate based on the fact that I think that price range is where you can find the most value with respect to quality in-house movements and brands.

 
Feb 25, 2015 - 2:44pm

For 3-5 you can do way better than Baume and Mercier if you just buy slightly used. Occasionally I see Submariners going for around or under 5. Of course you have to be comfortable buying used in a p2p transaction.

 
Feb 25, 2015 - 5:08pm

I am fascinated by watches, so I am a bit biased. If you want a high quality timepiece you might consider one of the below mentioned brands/watches.

Huge fan of Omega (Seamster/Aqua Terra/ Speedmaster). Other recommendations: IWC Portugieser/Mark/Portofino. Tag Heuer Carrera line. Longines. Classy Rolex watches like the Explorer 1 or maybe even a Sub No Date.

Do not take too shiny watches. You will be associated with a group you most likely do not want to belong to.
("Hey, I am a baller cause I can afford fancy watches")

Hint: Hublot is a no go!

If you want something below 1k I would consider classy Tissot Automatic watches. Solid quality for affordable prices

 
Feb 26, 2015 - 12:50pm

I would probably look at buying a pre-owned Rolex DateJust that can be had for between 2-4K

If you wany a brand new watch look at the hamilton jazzmaster viewmatic or auto chrono (725-1450) or the longines 1954 heritage chronograph (1825)

Check out these websites:

pduggan.com
Europeanwatchco.com
bernardwatches.com

 
Mar 10, 2015 - 3:59pm

Could you elaborate on second-hand watches, pros and cons, where to get etc.?

Am interested in a datejust but brand new price is outside the range I am willing to pay. Any recommendations for metal bracelet watches around £1-2k?

 
Mar 10, 2015 - 6:01pm

TimeZone Sales Corner or Showcase, amongst others (therolexforum, watchuseek, etc)

I bought a very nice watch in one of those forums. Transactions are peer-to-peer with no intermediary, so you need to be comfortable with that. The community is pretty established, and there are dozens of re-sellers with dozens if not hundreds of previous transactions. Obviously get pictures of the piece, and also request references (people who have done business with that seller in the past) to vet the seller.

The big con is you can be scammed out of a lot of money. You could also receive the watch in worse condition than the seller led you to believe it was in. These problems can be avoided by dealing only with established and known enthusiasts/collectors/re-sellers who have lots of previous transactions to reference. The overwhelming pro of this arrangement is you an buy insanely nice watches that has maybe been worse ten times or less for 25-50% off sticker price.

 
Feb 26, 2015 - 11:01pm

Go for an understated MB&F, if you have to go as pedestrian as Rolex then it better be white gold or platinum and when in doubt, pave diamonds are your friend.

Or you could buy a watch you like that you'll wear for a while and not worry about it. Just make sure it fits under your shirt cuffs and it doesn't really matter what you're wearing.

 
Mar 6, 2015 - 2:04am

I bought an IWC for around ~8K as an analyst. No one cared and now that I'm even further up the career chain I'm glad I still think my watch is perfect. I likely won't buy another for another 4-5 years. Just love the look and cost level of mine plenty.

Don't be worried about the cost. You buy it with your cash, everyone else can STFU.

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Mar 11, 2015 - 2:29am

One of these: http://www.iwc.com/en/collection/portugieser/IW3714/

Something to think about is if you go to a family owned or non-chain jewelry store and offer to pay in cash/check you can usually get a good deal. For example, when I bought mine, I offered to pay all in check and they gave me something like 12% off the sticker price. I then shipped it to another state where they had no locations (another perk of a small jeweler) which created no sales tax, saving another 9%.

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Mar 10, 2015 - 9:04pm

I had a good experience with Alan Furman, if you want a new watch through a grey market dealer. You likely won't get a great deal on a Rolex because, from what I understand, Rolex has been cracking down the past couple years. But you can get good deals on other watch brands. You can use their price/quote to try and negotiate with a B&M, just don't say that the quote is from a grey market co.

To answer your original question, I'm partial to the Omega Seamaster 300m (non-007). If you're looking for a classic looking sub-$1,000, I'd go with a Hamilton or Frederique Constant.

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Mar 11, 2015 - 5:34pm

Unless you can afford a Patek, don't buy anything else aside from a Rolex sports model.
I say this because Rolex stainless steel sports models is the Toyota of watches - it depreciates just a little bit.

You can buy a used submariner for 7k today and sell it for give or take the same 2 years down the road.
Omega / Tag / etc depreciates the same way as BMWs and Audis - instant hit.

 
Mar 11, 2015 - 6:50pm

You're an idiot if you spend more than a grand on your first watch at your first job IMNSHO.

 
Mar 21, 2015 - 8:54pm

would you consider this watch too flashy for a first year analyst/too flashy in general?

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/mens-aquaracer-calibre-5-automatic-watch?site_refer=CSE_GGLPRADS001_LT&CAWELAID=120178030000329739&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=120178030000918027&cadevice=c&gclid=CKPa0uTcusQCFcNbfgodJmYAjw

also is there much of a difference between watches that interns should wear versus watches first year analysts should wear?

 
Mar 21, 2015 - 8:54pm

would you consider this watch too flashy for a first year analyst/too flashy in general?

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/mens-aquaracer-calibre-5-automatic-watch?site_refer=CSE_GGLPRADS001_LT&CAWELAID=120178030000329739&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=120178030000918027&cadevice=c&gclid=CKPa0uTcusQCFcNbfgodJmYAjw

also is there much of a difference between watches that interns should wear versus watches first year analysts should wear?

 
Mar 21, 2015 - 8:54pm

would you consider this watch too flashy for a first year analyst/too flashy in general?

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/mens-aquaracer-calibre-5-automatic-watch?site_refer=CSE_GGLPRADS001_LT&CAWELAID=120178030000329739&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=120178030000918027&cadevice=c&gclid=CKPa0uTcusQCFcNbfgodJmYAjw

also is there much of a difference between watches that interns should wear versus watches first year analysts should wear?

 
Mar 21, 2015 - 10:37pm

@lookingforjob - that watch is fine, I really don't think it matters what watch analysts have. Although I would recommend a different watch at that price point.

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May 14, 2015 - 1:06am

Aside from Rolex and Panerai, you should be able to get at least 20%+ off any of the aforementioned brands. Shop around until you find a good deal. I got 25% off my IWC and 27% off my Omega. You can get something nice for around 3.5k. My vote would be for an Omega speedmaster or seamaster. They are versatile, understated, and timeless.

 
May 17, 2015 - 12:53am

Apple Watch obviously :)

More seriously, re-read what the previous poster wrote. What he wrote is a pretty accurate description of the way it comes off. I doubt anyone will notice if you don't wear a watch at all. If you do just get something that looks professional. Seiko, Bulova, and Tag-Heur all have some entry level watches that match a suit pretty well. My first professional watch was a black and gold Seiko that I still keep in my rotation.

 
Jul 27, 2015 - 10:51am

Have any of you bought Breda watches? They're decent looking for ~$60, and JackThreads has them on sale for $25 now. They're not some top-notch formal watch, but they look solid for casual stuff, bars, and other times when an expensive watch isn't too appropriate.

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:16am

Starter watch (Originally Posted: 01/09/2011)

So I know the topic has been discussed quite a bit and I've searched as well as read all the long threads discussing it, but I guess because of my browsing history Amazon has started sending me emails with deals on watches. I know people tend to recommend the Citizen Eco-drive....

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:17am

Well look at comparable Invicta watches and you'll see that most of them are in that same price range, which leads me to believe that the retail price is full of sh 1t. Also, one of the reviews says the watch is a lot bigger than expected... if you have a cheap, flashy watch at your top BB, then you might come off as a douchebag. Unless you have $500 to drop on a watch, I don't think it's worth getting one at all.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:18am

Well look at comparable Invicta watches and you'll see that most of them are in that same price range, which leads me to believe that the retail price is full of sh 1t. Also, one of the reviews says the watch is a lot bigger than expected... if you have a cheap, flashy watch at your top BB, then you might come off as a douch3bag. Unless you have $500 to drop on a watch, I don't think it's worth getting one at all.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:19am

Invictas are occasionally sold on TV infomercials, and they often try to make models that are 'homages' to other more popular watches.

If you want a good watch that doesn't break the bank, besides the Citizen - I would suggest looking at the Seiko Spirit. It's a decent automatic for under $500. http://forums.watchuseek.com/f304/review-seiko-spirit-scvs015-automatic… and http://forums.watchuseek.com/f21/seiko-spirit-scvs003-initial-impressio…

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:20am

There's nothing 'wrong' with that for a starter watch. I think my first major watch purchase was a fossil in high school and I still wear it sometimes (hiking, etc). If you like that one, go for it.

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:30am

happypantsmcgee:
There's nothing 'wrong' with that for a starter watch. I think my first major watch purchase was a fossil in high school and I still wear it sometimes (hiking, etc). If you like that one, go for it.

Hahaha...I can't believe you just admitted that you go hiking!!!! LOL.

J/K.

Regards

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:21am

Citizen Eco Drive watches are great

I've got the nighthawk: http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BJ7000-52E-Eco-Drive-Nighthawk-Stainless/…

When I bought it about 3 years ago it was ~$340, I see it on amazon for $238

Its pretty rugged and just needs a little bit of light to stay charged. Its a larger face (43 mm) but I think it goes great with anything (work or casual)

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:22am

That watch is fine as long as it does not look really huge/flashy in person. Other brands to consider in that price range: Fossil, Bulova, Skagen - check out Macys for some.

Stick with classic styles. I have 2 watches in that price range (sub $100) that I alternate and nobody gives a crap. As long as you're not wearing anything outrageous, the watch you wear will not harm or help you on the job or in interviews.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:26am

.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:25am

So as a new analyst coming into a BB is it necessary to wear a watch to look like a professional? I like watches alot, i price them often but never buy because I don't care to wear them. I haven't worn a watch since my burger king rugrats watch when I was in 3rd grade.

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:27am

^ It's not necessary to wear a watch, people generally won't care. But if you do want to wear or buy one, there's a bunch of past posts on watches. I know, cause I responded to a number of them.

I think the most important thing for an analyst is just to have a staple of good dress shirts, a few suits that fit well, good trousers and nice shoes. Watch is secondary. And no, you won't need to buy an expensive one.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:28am

A Posse Ad Esse:
So I know the topic has been discussed quite a bit and I've searched as well as read all the long threads discussing it, but I guess because of my browsing history Amazon has started sending me emails with deals on watches. I know people tend to recommend the Citizen Eco-drive, but right now this watch is $70.
http://www.Amazon.com/dp/B003UNX4Q6/ref=pe_33480_18101020_fe_txt_1/

Yes/No, and why? I'm a bit skeptical that a $500 watch would be down to 1/7 of its price, but I'm willing to throw money at it to see what the deal is.

You know this watch has a 47mm case diameter, right? Too big, in my opinion.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:29am

Buy my Omega Constellation. I never wear the damn thing.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:33am

You can get an automatic Invicta Pro Diver for $90 or so... (modeled after Rolex Submariner)

It takes a lickin and keeps on tickin, wear it to the offfice every day.

My manager 1 day was convinced I was wearing a $20k Rolex.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:34am

Citizen Eco Drive Perpetual Calendar and Seiko Sportura are the two watches I am getting next. Then a big boy watch I'll save up for is Tag Hauer Aqua Racer or Omega Seamaster Pro

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:35am

^ Cmoss. If you want to look at Seikos, consider the ones they make in Japan (there's a huge difference between the Seikos assembled in North America, and the ones they only make in Japan and generally sell only in Asia). Check here: http://www.seiyajapan.com/

I hear some vintage omegas are worth getting so that's something you can look into. It'd be a lot cheaper, but I think you really need to do some research to avoid getting a raw deal.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:37am

Go IWC, you'll thank yourself when your watch lasts 20 years

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:38am

IWCs are great. They're pricey though for analysts.

I'd rather go without a watch or get something simple like this... timex... if I was back in my analyst days.

You have to be comfortable with yourself to wear a watch that costs less than a cab ride though, if your colleagues are status/watch obsessed. I personally don't see the point in paying $100s of dollars for a mediocre designer watch. For work, I'd either go cheap and tasteful (i.e. just something to tell the time), or expensive but timeless / with a proper "movement" or whatever it's called (i.e. IWC and such).

For outside of work wear whatever you want... even if its the gold-plated CASIO with a built-in calculator... Be yourself.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:39am

It'd be a decent investment with a signing bonus if you have a proper budget

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:42am

For $300-$500 on Amazon, I think Hamilton makes some great "starter" analyst-appropriate watches.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:43am

Honestly, I'd push the Citizen. I've been very happy with mine. For $250 you can get a solid Citizen with a steel bracelet, and not ever have to worry about a) it breaking (because it's not expensive) or b) running out of battery (cause it's friggin' solar powered).

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:45am

Looks like Skagen even makes solar watches. Just something to consider.

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Aug 28, 2015 - 12:46am

As a first year should i wear a nice watch? (Originally Posted: 10/16/2009)

So my parents gave me a very nice watch as a graduation present (not Rolex but more niche high end time piece). I was wondering if its acceptable to wear it or if it would cause petty hostility toward me?

It did help in an interview with a MD as he noticed it and we talked about it the whole time as he was looking into purchasing one of the same brand.

 
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:49am

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