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Hi, I am looking for a nice watch for my husband. Budget is 1k (please, don't flame me, it is a special occasion). Which brands should I be looking at around this price point? I don't want anything too conspicuous and needs to be able to wear daily, so no heavy bracelet or blingy stuff. Leather or rubber bracelets preferred.
I bought DH a second hand omega seamaster 300 (from an authorised dealer, so all reconditioned like new and with Guarantee) for just over 1k for his 40th earlier this year. I did a lot of research on watchuseek (a watch forum) about models/prices etc. A second hand classic will always keep its value and be an heirloom. It's beautiful, very understated and he almost cried when he saw it having wanted one for 20 yrs. This one here:
With your budget a reconditioned omega like above. Christopher Ward are also great value for automatics and provide great customer service. Look at their forum! I ended up buying DH a Hamilton Khaki Field watch very cheap as he wanted something below 42mm and very plain. It's tricky to buy a mens watch that isn't really big these days. There is also a Tissot watch that looks a bit like the Seamaster but much cheaper. I think people do get used to the metal bracelets though after a week or so even if they haven't considered them before.