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If you’ve got $10K to build yourself a 3-piece collection what would you choose? *Mechanical only - let’s say beaters don’t count toward the budget.

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Here is my take, and I’m trying to solve for diversity in styles and brands here, while also trying to get ‘iconic’ watches in the mix 1. Traditional Dive Watch: Tudor BB ($3k) 2. Pilots Sports Watch Chrono: Omega Speedy ($4k) 3. Dress Watch, Japanese Luxury, and Spring Drive movement: Grand Seiko SBGA211 Snowflake ($6k - but can get at heavy discounts closer to $4k). Thoughts?

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I assumed grey market for the Tudor lol - they are going at 3k on Jomashop, possibly even lower this coming weekend.

If you’re starting a “collection” then pick one good, collection-worthy watch on a $10k budget, not three, like a JLC Master Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche or Moon Automatic or the iconic Reverso, or maybe an IWC Portugieser chrono. Those can all be found gray for under $10k. With the rest of your $10k get a Seiko Shogun if you have to have a diver, and an Apple Watch. Grand Seiko is an excellent choice for down the road, but I wouldn’t start off with one as my first big watch purchase...and I’ve owned *almost* every watch mentioned here.

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It’s better to buy 1 10k watch that will hold its value, than 3 3k watches that will deprecate the second you wear them

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1) I buy watches to wear, not to invest in... but even so 2) Every single Grand Seiko I own is now worth more than I paid for it

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I’ve got to question the judgment of someone that excludes the Japanese (specifically Grand Seiko) for a luxury watch collection under $10k. My personal collection for a very similar budget has been: Omega SMP300m blue on rubber Omega Speedy pro sapphire sandwich Grand Seiko SBGW231

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G1 - these are all beautiful watches. I'd love to have this collection.

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- Rolex Explorer 1 ($7,000) - Omega De Ville Trésor SS White ($4,000) Or - Omega Seamaster 300 Nekton/Chrome/Blue/Black ($4,000) - Rolex OP39 - White or Black ($6,500) Yes it’s only 2. Yes it’s over budget and will take some hunting, but you’d be covered for every situation and you’d avoid the craziness of starting a collection. You could also do some awesomeness with strap changes.

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Hope you get it soon! It’s probably my favorite watch, great choice

- JLC Master Ultra Thin - Formex Essence Leggera Forged Carbon - and a $1k vintage Longines

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Personally I have: Omega Aqua Terra Tudor Black Bay 58 Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow co-axial

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1) Rolex submariner 2) 10$ something watch 2) 10$ something watch

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Ditto. Sub+applewatch+timex

If I had $10k I wouldn’t spend it on Swiss... 1) Seiko SLA017 ($4k) 2) Grand Seiko SBGJ001 ($4k) 2) Seiko SARX055 ($1k) And the rest on straps, bracelets and deployment clasps.

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Fair enough! GS is awesome. I guess I actually meant mechanical only, because Nomos might actually be on my list.

Consider Longines watches to add to your collection, ive personally ordered the master moon phase with blue dial and can’t wait for it to be delivered 😊

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Fredrique Constant

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Great challenge - sharing a few from my wishlist that will fit within 10K. Couldn’t stop with 3 🤩 Set 1 1. Sinn 903 2. Omega speedy pro 3. Tudor Pelagos Set 2 4. Seiko Snowflake 5. Junghans Max Bill chrono 6. Longines diver/Master chrono moonphase

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Set 1 is so good

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Oris Diver 65 (diver/everyday) Junghans Meister Telemeter (chronograph) Longines Flagship (dress watch)

Rolex (pick your preferred) Apple stainless Casio Frogman or Seiko Tuna. Ready to party.

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I love this thread! Can I pile on and extend the question with 2 more requirements? 1) All must have date (I have a serious problem remembering dates) 2) At least one must have GMT

One diver, one GMT/sporty casual watch, one dressy watch (I’d put the SARX on a strap). Done.

Can we do used market? I’m going a little off beaten path here with a bit of a vintage aesthetic (tho all are new newish releases): 1. Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 38 (~5k) 2. Nomos Orion 35 (~2k) or 38 date (~3k) 3. Longines Legends Diver (~2k)

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That’s a great photo of the Zenith!

Only $10k ..... will keep my Omega if that is my budget 🤭

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