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Decisions, decisions...

RolexDaytona (Used)
IWCPortugese (New Ref 3714)
OmegaSpeedmaster (Vintage Pre-Moonwatch Ref 105.012)
HeuerCarrera (Vintage Ref 1153 Cal 11)

Prices aren't as much of an issue since they fall between a small enough range.

Love to hear y'all opinions. I know they are no way apples to apples here, which makes it more likely for me to pull my hair out.
 

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Even though all chrono's, very different styles.

The Portuguese is a dress watch, 2 vintages and Daytona.

Whilst all are nice, the other 3 can be had at a later date.

Without a doubt, the Rolex Daytona is tops!
 
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Another vote for the Rolex. I have owned five over a long life and not one of them has ever had a problem of any kind. True, they need routine maintenance, but so do all mechanical watches. Read up on the company. They are worthy people who make a superb product.
 

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Even though all chrono's, very different styles.

The Portuguese is a dress watch, 2 vintages and Daytona.

Whilst all are nice, the other 3 can be had at a later date.

Without a doubt, the Rolex Daytona is tops!
For some reasons, I was expecting you to rhyme... I've been up too long. :)

I actually haven't spent much time with a Daytona. Looks like a trip to the AD is in order.
 

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Wow... lots of Daytona love. But I've never gotten it. (In the 4 months I've actually known what a Daytona is.) I'd go IWC here. Out of that list, it's the one I'd like to have myself.
 

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In the end, there can be but one....
Daytona.
 

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I'm not a huge fan of the look of the modern Daytona. I much prefer the vintage Daytona's, and if that's the one you were referring to, then that by a long shot. Otherwise, The pre-moonwatch or vintage Heuer would be really cool!
 

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Daytona is the least practical if you're going to be using the chrono function at all but it's still a cut above the rest you mentioned.

SS + white dial = keeper
 

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All really different. What are you actually looking for in the watch? Also, you can afford the SMP Moonwatch in that range. Assuming you are like most people here and are quite adverse to dress watches and would rather have 50 divers and 50 chronographs all on metal bracelets, I'd assume the Rolex would be the way to go. :-d
 

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Daytona. The IWC if you prefer something more dressy. If you go for the IWC I would just find one barely used on the sales forums and save yourself a chunk of cash.
 

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The modern Daytona doesn't do anything for me and neither does the Portugese. I'm partial to the Speedmaster but the vintage Heuers are awesome.
 

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I LOVE vintage Daytonas but the modern ones, not so much. The Daytona is a better watch in many regards but I would take a Speedy Pro over a modern Daytona.
 

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IWC - nice, but nothing really outstanding, plus I'm not that much into dress chronos (If I was, it would be my choice however)
Daytona, used - good solid choice, super watch but manages to be "not special" in that group, of the group it will be the easiest to pick up used in the future
Carrera 1153 - the most intriguing watch of the group, IMO, but the case is dated. I couldn't wear it regularly because of the era vibe, but it's pretty 'groovy'!
Pre- Moon - I think this is the winner on several fronts- as a historical (conversational) piece it's at or near the top of ant list. Also, it's styling will likely never go out of fashion. Additionally, wearability spans the range from casual to semi dress better than the others. Lastly, looks like these are becoming to come out of a flat spot pricing wise. They'd zoomed up there late 2000's then leveled a bit but lately it seems to me that they are inching up again and I think that medium or long term gains will be the greatest among the used watches in your group (and the IWC will not let you recoup it price for many, many years).
 
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