Watch to buy?

Prospect in IB - Gen

Hey everyone,

I'm an incoming IB analyst at at BB in a satellite office (interned there last summer). My dad wants to buy me a watch for graduation ($<15K) for my hard work throughout college. I already have a black sub which I bought myself after making some $ in high school. I'm not sure which options there are for me and if it's okay for me to wear in the office during my first year. No one, even MDs, wore expensive watches and I dont want to stand out. My favorite watch is the Omega Speedmaster from the moon to mars and the Batman. Any suggestions?

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Feb 10, 2020

In the sub 15K mark you definitely have a lot of nice options. In terms of style and not sticking out or flashing your watch I'd recommend going with a dress style watch rather than a diver (Black Sub) or chronograph (Omega Speedmaster). Those tend to be a bit more flashy and their very well known/popularly worn watches. Given that you already have a sub, I would make sense to go for a dress watch so you have something for every occasion.

At that price point a JLC Masterthin Ultra and JLC Reverso is a great buy (or any JLC really) and will wear well with all office dress. Another option could be a FPJ Elegante 48mm (this is one of my favorites and is definitely unique and it would take a watch enthusiast to spot this one). In all honestly, this is all subject to your opinion so just choose the watch you like best as you'd get the most satisfaction from. At the end of the day however, some people may be a bit turned annoyed that a 1st year analyst is wearing a 15K watch so try to keep the watch relatively under the radar (my 2 cents).

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 11, 2020

My first choice would be a Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary. Would that be too much? I find the watch absolutely gorgeous.

Feb 14, 2020

It's all up to you to buy whatever you want but as others have said it can be off putting to see an analyst with such an expensive watch. As Whatever1984 mentioned, it wouldn't be the best image for you if your boss isn't wearing something in that price range and could lead to some negative opinions from him/her and the rest of your team. In my opinion, you'll have plenty of opportunities down the line to splurge on a nice watch but for now just play it safe and get a decent dress watch ($1000 - Longines is great at this price point) and treat yourself with the Apollo later on in your career.

Feb 12, 2020

The JLC Master Ultrathin is stunning. And no need to splurge on fancy complications, the classic date/ second options do the trick real well.

Feb 14, 2020

The moon version is amazing though. May just be too much into Moonphases currently

Feb 14, 2020

If I had a $15k watch gift incoming I'd 100000% go with a JLC Masterthin for professional wear. Absolutely fantastic watch

Feb 11, 2020

New speedmaster 39.7mm with the 321 mechanical movement

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 13, 2020

isn't that like $15k? I'd rather buy the man on the moon

Feb 14, 2020

14k. And I'd take it hands down over man on the moon. It's a classic with the right proportions and an excellent movement

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Feb 11, 2020

Hit up my man Larry Flowers

Feb 12, 2020

Mandatory caution about Daniel Wellington:

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Feb 13, 2020

I'm seeing a bit of a flag here. What does your boss normally wear? If over $1000-2000 or so the price of his watch is your hard cap. Otherwise you are good to go up to around that level. Being the new kid on the team with the most expensive watch is a very bad look and will do nothing but breed resentment from the rest of the team. Wearing no watch is better than that.

My team is all into Apple Watches, (including my boss and all my coworkers) and I like mechanicals, so I satisfy myself with a Seiko SKX-009. (Fake Rolex Pepsi) I'd like to wear a seamaster, but it wouldn't fit in and would just cause problems for me.

Edited for clarity. Also another concern is that your boss may think: "If the new kid has enough cash for that kind of bling, either he has a sketchy side gig, or we're paying him too much." Neither answer will be a plus for you

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 14, 2020

The SKX is beautiful! I have the same one on a brown leather strap.

Feb 14, 2020

Just take the $15k... a fancy watch is a waste. Buy yourself a watch after investing that $15k for the next few years...

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Feb 14, 2020

At that price point you have so many great options. As others have said, I would avoid anything too flashy.

I like the JLC recommendation, they make great watches and the ultra thin line is great.

A few others to consider:
Glashutte original (senator or panomatic lines)
Vacheron Constantin (fiftySix or overseas)
IWC (I like to Portuguese)
Breguet also makes interesting timepieces at this price range but they would be a bit lower on my list

If you are willing to buy used you start getting some more interesting options:

A Lange sohne (saxonia)
H Moser & Cie
And a few others

Unfortunately still out of range of some of my favorites (fp journe, pp, voutilainen, Laurent ferrier, and some more crazy pieces like mb&f, ressence etc) but things to look forward to if you ever become obsessed with watches.

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Feb 14, 2020
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