You have been saving up some money for a while and want to buy your first luxury watch. Today, I’ll show you 3 watches that are great ones to start your watch collecting journey with, based on my own experience.
Honestly, today I was about to show you 2 Omega watches only. Initially, I wasn’t quite sure about the third watch I’d like to show you today, however I came to conclusion that it’s worth including it in this post, due to the reasons mentioned in this post.
Omega Seamaster 300M 41mm 188.8.131.52.01.003
My very latest purchase and the watch, which I was looking to buy for a long, long time. I like the classic blue Seamaster 300M with aluminium bezel insert however I think that this one looks more robust and modern with a deep black dial and ceramic bezel insert. It’s clean, legible and bullet-proof. The size, 41mm, is just about right, it doesn’t look big or small, it hit the perfect spot with its contemporary design. You can read my lifestyle post I wrote about this watch here.
300 meters of water resistance makes this smart choice for active souls, who want their wrist watches to accompany them all day long. Ceramic bezel insert is much more scratch resistant than aluminium used in older models. The movement inside is automatic, so you don’t need to worry that it will stop, provided that you wear it.
The watch is iconic, though in re-defined and more modern way. You can find great pre-owned examples from £1,800, complemented with box and papers, so you have the proof of authenticity.
If I were to start my collection from scratch, this watch would be ideal, you just can’t go wrong with this one.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 2208.50.00
The next example is early 2000’s Omega Seamaster 600M 2208.50.00. As I remember, the watch features a 42mm, which is slightly more massive than in previous example, because it’s water resistant to not 300, but 600 meters instead. Hands and hour markers looks completely different from what we can see in Seamaster 300M, so it’s pretty much a personal choice. As for me, I do prefer Seamaster 300M and its dial more than Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, however I stupidly love the orange bezel insert and 6, 9 & 12 Arabic numerals. Orange is much more positive colour, than black, so if you’re after something cool, with colourful twist – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M is the way to go.
The watch is slightly more expensive than the previous one, you can find some interesting examples for around £2,000-ish.
Tudor Black Bay 79540
The third watch, which I was quite hesitant about is a Tudor Black Bay 79500. I decided to include this watch here, because Tudor is getting more and more popular brand in luxury market with some nice releases every year. It’s neat, simple, highly legible and un-clustered. White hour markers work really well together with ‘snowflake’ hands.
The case and bracelet feature brushed finish with contrasting polished bezel. The movement inside is automatic. It is worth getting this – 41mm version over 36 or 34mm versions. It has a fantastic presence on the wrist, due to a fairly thin case. The bracelet is another pleasant thing about this watch, as it’s satisfyingly comfortable for a watch that can be purchased in unworn condition for under £1,900. If you are tired of the stainless steel bracelet, you can always change it for a NATO strap, which is included to every Tudor watch.
I hope you’ll find suggestions useful, when considering buying a watch for your new collection. It is always advisable that you shop around before each and every purchase, so that your money is invested, NOT spent.