On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

No, actually, I have to choose. And pay most of it myself, but it stems from a generous gift when we married on boxing day.

It might be that the two on the right are right outside my price bracket. But what I am looking for is a manly watch, which by my standards (not necessarily anyone else's) means:

  • Simple and clean, functional design.
  • Non-"blingy", with lots of symbols or functions I would never use.
  • Something my grandfathers would have worn. (repeating myself there)
  • Solid in all aspects, both how it feels to handle, and the movement inside.
  • Mechanical movement. Automatic. COSC-certified.
  • Might be a tad on the expensive side, but should not say it; should not in any way scream out "Hey, I am an expensive watch!"
  • And yes, I'll have a cheap but solid quartz-type second watch for when I go climbing montains, diving etc. So this is for office, leisure and formal occasions.

Any thoughts, gentlemen?

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I absolutely love the Grand Seikos, their dials and finish work are second to none.  Absolutely exquisite.  Since I am partial to complications, I would choose the one with the reserve de marche, but that's an issue of personal taste.


The Breitling does nothing for me, but again it's an issue of personal taste.  The big date is a nice complication, though.


After your statement about complications you wouldn't use, I was surprised by the inclusion of the Perregaux.  I have a Seiko, a Poljot, and a few others with the alarm complications and find that I never use the alarm.  It's a neat gadget, but not for my lifestyle.


Regardless of what you choose, you are a very lucky man, and each of those choices displays excellent taste.


Have you looked at the Citizen Campagnolo (sp?) line?  It uses a Japanese lacquering technique to embed the constellations in the dial, in real gold.  Absolutely exquisite.  They had one in a tonneau case that was a work of art.

Sorry, it was a Citizen Campanola.  Told you I wasn't sure of the spelling.  Here is a current photo of one of their round dialed watches, luxury quartz by the way with a perpetual calendar.  The Campanola line is Citizen's equivalent to the Grand Seiko.

I agree with Chuck in every way. If the 4 watches are the ones you are set on getting go with the Grande Seiko. Think not expensive but function and look. I would also look at value lines, Oris, Hamilton, Longines, Etrna, Ball. The breitling does nothing for me either hahahaha


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