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    Better Overall Value: 2 "mid" watches + accessory OR 1 "high" watch? Help needed.

    Brethren,

    Good day to all. Question for you. Have a gift card ($150) for some time now. Bday was the 11th and was thinking about adding to my timepiece collection.

    Which is the better purchase? A or B.

    A:
    Jaragar Monaco 24 homage
    http://www.amazon.com/AMPM24-Outdoor...ds=jaragar+m24

    22mm Black Reversible MODENA Italian Rubber Watch Band
    http://www.amazon.com/Reversible-MOD...ber+Watch+Band

    Invicta Men's 9094 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch
    http://www.amazon.com/Invicta-Diver-...utomatic+watch


    B:
    Orient Blue Mako XL
    http://www.amazon.com/Orient-Blue-Au...s=blue+mako+xl

    Thanks in advance

    #2
    I'd rather have one nice watch...

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      #3
      Originally posted by Heafcliffe View Post
      Brethren,

      Good day to all. Question for you. Have a gift card ($150) for some time now. Bday was the 11th and was thinking about adding to my timepiece collection.

      Which is the better purchase? A or B.

      A:
      Jaragar Monaco 24 homage
      http://www.amazon.com/AMPM24-Outdoor...ds=jaragar+m24

      22mm Black Reversible MODENA Italian Rubber Watch Band
      http://www.amazon.com/Reversible-MOD...ber+Watch+Band

      Invicta Men's 9094 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch
      http://www.amazon.com/Invicta-Diver-...utomatic+watch


      B:
      Orient Blue Mako XL
      http://www.amazon.com/Orient-Blue-Au...s=blue+mako+xl

      Thanks in advance
      None of those options are really high end. When I think high end I think: Tag Heuer, Omega, Rolex, and many more.

      This is just my opinion. Watches are rarely an investment, but I think of watches like I think of all jewelry. Ask yourself; would you want your wife wearing a $150 "diamond" wedding set. Treat yourself the same way. Unless you are rich this means you will have fewer watches, but they will be nicer then owning a bunch of cheap watches.

      When it comes to watches this is my breakdown.
      Low end: sub $500
      Mid: $500 - $2500
      High End: $2500+

      Back on topic: Out of those options I think the Orient is the best one if you are set on only spending the gift card and nothing more.

      Just say NO to homages; which is just a PC way of saying fake.

      /watch snob.

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        #4
        I would get the blue mako. It is pretty much as innexpensive as you will get for a good automatic. It is build well and looks great.

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          #5
          Mako XL or Ray.

          As far deciding what is low/mid/high, context
          is everything.

          Cheers,
          Blaise

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            #6
            I echo the comments about 1 nice watch vs multiple 'cheap' watches. I've worked my way up to a Rolex and Omega among others and not only do I prefer wearing a nicer watch, it's also a great conversation starter (depending on your business) which has helped me build relationships at my work.

            Another suggestion is to buy used. Check forums like watch u seek, time zone, watch talk, etc. You can find some great deals on there and save quite a bit of money vs buying new.

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              #7
              Whatever you do, stay away from Invicta! Horrible watches, horrible design, I hate their marketing strategy, just everything about them is UGH!

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                #8
                Vicious49, Tell us what you think about Invicta. Do you recommend them? (Joking.)

                Heafcliffe, my favorite watch in terms of appearance is one of the automatics Orients that I own. It keeps time reasonably well, has held up, and looks fantastic. On the downside, the power reserve indicator flat out doesn't work. I would not consider it a high end watch.

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                  #9
                  Personally, I would stay away from all of category A. I'm still in the process of upgrading my watch game which currently involves a lot of buying and selling as I learn more about what I want. If I had to do it all again, I'd pick up a Timex Weekender with a cool strap and save for a nice watch. I think Hamilton makes excellent mid-range watches. Like anything in life, you get what you pay for (usually). Good luck to you..

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                    #10
                    Yep, I've heard bad things about Invicta. If I was going to spend $150-200 on a watch (which I've never done before), it would likely be an Orient or a Seiko. Actually you could escalate through to the 500s and find some great Seiko SARB watches, and then in the couple-thousand dollar range, I think the Grand Seiko watches look awesome (very understated, but refined). But I don't know much about watches.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by frost View Post
                      Personally, I would stay away from all of category A. I'm still in the process of upgrading my watch game which currently involves a lot of buying and selling as I learn more about what I want. If I had to do it all again, I'd pick up a Timex Weekender with a cool strap and save for a nice watch. I think Hamilton makes excellent mid-range watches. Like anything in life, you get what you pay for (usually). Good luck to you..
                      I can't say enough about Hamilton watches. I love mine. I got it for a steal on Amazon a few years ago. I am thinking of picking up a Maestro when my promotion goes through.

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                        #12
                        Of the options you've given, I would go with the Orient by far. There is a point in watches when the law of diminishing returns comes into play and I would rather have a few "mid-grade" watches for the price of a single "luxury" watch, but at the ~$150 range, you aren't there yet.
                        Ben

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                          #13
                          I don't pretend to be a watch snob or really know much at all about watches. However, I'd say it's like dress shoes. Would you rather have a bunch of crappy quality pairs that look "eh" or one really nice pair that looks amazing and lasts a really long time?

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                            #14
                            @bremersm - agreed. I have another Hamilton on my radar. Working in Chicago this week, so I don't have access to my bookmarks..

                            @ben - same here. I'd love to own an Omega or Tag, but I'd only be able to afford one. As of right now, I'd like to add and subtract a few items to the collection I've posted up before. It's nice having the ability to choose a watch to match the occasion.

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                              #15
                              Brethren, I definitely appreciate all of your opinions. When I spoke of "mid" vs. "high,' yes, Orient is not high-end in any capacity but, relatively speaking, it is the nicer of the choices. Been wanting one for the longest.

                              FYI: I went ahead and purchased the Orient today along with multiple straps (a Blue Nato and a Panatime leather) to diversify it's look.

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