With Basel next month, I thought this would be a fun post to get some ramp up going, so here we go....
Like the title says, if you had to wear three watches, and ONLY three (that you either currently own or would like to) for at least eight years, what would they be, and why? Furthermore, lets lay out two separate budgets, an ENTRY Level trio of watches for say $1500 usd MAX, and a separate trio of watches with a higher budget, say $12k usd (MSRP or realistic secondary prices are good). To make it even more interesting, how about from three different Manufacturers in each category?
Lets get this thread rolling!
My $1500 (or less) budget would include these pieces: Swatch, Seiko, Orient
Everyday: Swatch Classic II: This would be a go to every day (Hint: it frequently is), as it is just super easy and light to wear at 34mm. The ribbing on the back of the silicone straps lets it breath quite nicely, it is supremely legible, and very unobtrusive. It's a quartz, so it's pretty tight time wise. I know it will break someday, but it hasn't happened yet, and if it did, I could still have coin left over from my $1500 to buy another (just in case)
Tool Watch: Seiko SRPB11 Prospex Blue Lagoon: This watch is just tough.... period. Looks good, wears well, and has really very few issues to fault. Slap this guy on a good nato or rubber strap, probably go to the ends of the earth.
Dress Watch: Orient Lexington (on Hirsch straps) Another stellar watch from Orient that just has lots of good eyeball. The white, textured dial really give it a sophistication that lends it an air of elegance WAY above it's price point, it keeps good time, and with a day AND a date, it looks every bit the part of classy (especially on nice leather or croc straps).
The three above watches (including a modern version of the Swatch) ring in under $1000usd, and at full MSRP.
And, for a $12k (or less) Budget: Hamilton, Rolex, Breitling
Everyday Watch: Hamilton Khaki Quartz. This watch has just been stellar over the years. Sure, it's a quartz, but it keeps dead solid time, and the 39.5mm case is just a joy to wear (And I could seriously put it in either price bracket). I still have the bracelet for it, but on these Hirsch leathers (Water proof to 30m), its a real easy grab and go that I feel can hold it's own in almost any situation. Almost....
Tool Watch: Rolex GMT Master II. This watch just hits so many buttons in so many ways, it's crazy. Ok, granted, the tritium flame has long since gone out, but this watch more than any just kind of says "Throw anything at me.... anything", and you feel that it will handle it without blinking an eye. The versatility of the GMT function, along with a descent depth rating breeds a confidence. This piece would also play very nicely at ANY social function frankly, thanks to that little crown at the 12 o'clock position. It's a double threat.
Dress Watch: Breitling Superocean Heritage 46. I know, it's a diver, but this watch is just so wickedly elegant on the Crocodile straps, and carries such a presence, it says "Martini... Shaken" just as easily as "Single Malt..... neat", albeit with understatement. Just as easily though, pop it on the factory rubber straps, and the watch has equally impressive utility. Another double threat.
The more expensive trio can still be had for right around $12k (that is for newer versions as well), though it would require a bit more effort and diligence on the secondary market (I found the Rolex and Breitling from trusted dealers I know)
I would really enjoy hearing thoughts and ideas about the ideal three watch collection, and what Your's would look like.