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I am new to watches, but in the last few weeks I have been reading this forum and done research. Seen bunch in person, read about how they are made etc. I know what I want, to some extent. In my head I have two types of watches that I want to own.

1) A retro watch, that reminds me of my childhood when I would see my dad and grandfather having their watches. They were simple, but beautiful. I have narrowed it down to Tissot Visodate (White dial, brown strap) or Le Locle (white dial, black strap). I respect the Tissot brand, these are automatic watches, well made that hopefully will last for a long time. But I can not chose between the two. I feel that Le Locle is a retro watch, but more of an everyday watch, versatile as a dress watch and an everyday work watch. Also looks good with a stainless steel band. Visodate has its own timeless beauty, but feel that is more of a dressy watch and may not work for an everyday watch as well. It was my favorite for few days, but now is somewhat even with the Le Locle.

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What do you think? Is Visodate an everyday watch in your view? Not into Hamilton Jazzmaster, and have considered but gotten away from Seiko's Cocktail time.

2) Tag Carrera Calibre 5. To me these simple, black dial, stainless steel watches are the ultimate dressy/classy watch. Simple, yet, so elegant. Not sure if I want to spend $1,500 for it and find a good used one. A friend of my is urging me to do it. His words " We men do not have make up, and other stuff to dress up, watches and that is about it. Waking up everyday and putting in a good watch would just make you feel good and going to business meetings, you make a certain representation."

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Don't like Rolex, Tudor, etc, but I have a weak spot for Longines. I respect Omega, but not into the Speedmaster style, just yet. Any recommendation in this price range, that is similar to the Carrera watch from Longines, Omega or Breitling? A watch that makes a statement, but not over the top?


Thanks for the input! Debating over and over and just can't make up my mind.
 

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Of the three watches posted I would say choose the Le Locle. I don't like the thickness of the Visodate and Heuer's reputation is not what it once was. You should also consider other watches in that price range namely FC's modified ETA watches if you want to spend Visodate money or a used Longines Master Collection if you want to spend TAG money.
 

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i have the le locle and find it very versatile. it can be dressed up or down.

I have no love for tags. The one you selected is plain and clean but i find it uninspiring.

For me, either tissot is the better choice
 

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Check out Longines Heritage line.
 
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Check out the Tissot dress watches with the Powermatic 80 movement (not sure the model names offhand)- I would get one of those. I really like the idea of an 80 hour power reserve.
 

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What about something by Frederique Constant?

I tried the Le Locle but couldn't get on with it - it looked gorgeous in pictures but I found it too bulky when I tried it on - simply didn't fit my wrist.
 

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Of the three watches posted I would say choose the Le Locle. I don't like the thickness of the Visodate and Heuer's reputation is not what it once was. You should also consider other watches in that price range namely FC's modified ETA watches if you want to spend Visodate money or a used Longines Master Collection if you want to spend TAG money.
Ok so I went and looked at the Master Collection. Compared to La Locle, the model is very similar, but there is a $1,000 difference.

While quality does not increase linearly with price in watch world, is that price difference justifiable for a Longines?

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Retro looking Seiko Cocktail Time. Though over budget have a look at Federique Constant slimline moonphase, display back and beautifully decorated in house movement with bracelet option, grey market dealers have them on deep discount.
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I feel that it could be considering Longines is more higher end and is a step above Tissot. More or less you will be paying for the name but will get a higher quality watch. Try checking out Hamilton. Their jazzmaster collection might offer you something you might like. For me when it comes to watches I have a few questions before I purchase. They are am I going to wear this often? Can I dress this up or down? Does it look and fit right on my wrist? Can I compare this to something similar? Is it in my price range? What if the similar watch looks better but has a better price? As long as I can answer those questions and really love the watch 9 times out of 10 I will purchase it.
 

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I think the tag is very expensive, I think that tag is extra valorated.

I like the hamilton viewmatic, certina ds in the range of the tissot and if you want another kind of watch witn more quality you should see the longines colection
 

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Check out the Tissot dress watches with the Powermatic 80 movement (not sure the model names offhand)- I would get one of those. I really like the idea of an 80 hour power reserve.
Good suggestion. Also look at a variety of Seiko SARBs.
 

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Thanks, those SARB are great watches, especially the ones only made in japan, but I have decided not to go that route right now.

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Many years ago I was mentally scarred by TAG bracelets and my anti TAG feeling persists to this day despite them making some damn good watches. Tissot on the other hand I just love and though either of the two you posted would be an excellent choice I think the Le Locle is the better looker.
 

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The visodate is a quality watch, gives you the retro feel more than any I've seen, and is affordable. I am not a tag fan and I don't think the tag will offer much more than the tissot so you might as well save the money and get the tissot IMO...
 

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The LeLocle is flawed by a 'stamped' dial. The numeral are not applied. This helped cut costs - and it looks it. the Visodate is nicer finished, IMO.
TAGs are improving and that one is nice looking but I'd want a pretty good deal.

I also like the ideas ofeither the Carson Powermatic 80 and the Certina DS
 

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Has anyone said Hamilton Thin-o-matic yet?
 

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If it's that straight edged 50s(?) style you like then there aren't many that do it better than the Visodate.
I'm a big fan of the white on a brown strap although you might want to invest in a better one than the one you get with the watch.

I tend to prefer other companies' versions of the style of watch the Le Locle is and while the latest three hand Carrera is more coherent than the previous, I still find it has that little bit too much dial space. The regular date model is better in this regard compared to the day-date that you show.

I do really like Tagheuer's grey/anthracite dials though and the new bracelet has a nice heft/chunkiness to it that matches the angled case better than the old oyster style one.
 

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I'd look at Hamilton before I considered Tissot.

As far as Tag goes, I'm not really a fan. They have some nice pieces in their line but generally, I think they're over-priced for what you're getting.
 

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I'd look at Hamilton before I considered Tissot.

As far as Tag goes, I'm not really a fan. They have some nice pieces in their line but generally, I think they're over-priced for what you're getting.
In my mind, there is some romance when buying a watch, and Hamilton is not there for me yet. Did not know them growing up, so I need time to start liking them as a brand.
 
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