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Hello everybody! I need some help finding a watch for my wife. She loves this Michael Kors watch (pictured below) I got her years ago. It lasted for about a year and then died. New batteries only last for a week or two. I really want to get her a similar watch that is mechanical. Looking for 34-38mm, yellow or rose gold case (would consider steel), preferably under $2500 (new or lightly used), and must be mechanical.

I am leaning toward a Nomos, but would love to see what other options are out there!

Thanks In advance!

 

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My wife loves her Hamiltons (formerly MY Hamiltons). She didn’t want me bothering to fix her Rolex DJ or Cartier Tank (which only needed a battery). When her Hamilton needed service? “Here. Fix this.”
The Nomos is a nice upgrade. Stowa is a good recommendation too. Do you want to approach the high side of your budget? Also, is this a surprise for your wife? Or would she even want to offer assistance to you? I know my wife would brush it off. She actually thinks Rolex is fussy. She wouldn’t mind repairing a $500 Hamilton for $180, but doesn’t think spending a grand on a $6k Rolex is worth it.
 

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So many brands making automatics for ladies, Bulova, Tissot, Rolex, Tag heuer, Cartier, Rado, Longines. Have fun with this and post photos.
 

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The overall look of that watch is a traditional German look I think, and a lot of German companies make similar things; the prices vary a lot based on the materials and movements. The Junghans Max Bill is a classic one designed in 1961 by a major figure in modern art and design in Switzerland and Germany; Max Bill was a student at The Bauhaus and a founder of the Ulm School Of Design. They sell a version of this watch at the store for the Museum of Modern Art, which I thought was cool.

They make it in automatic, hand wound, quartz, and atomic clock synchronized, with a few different color combinations and looks. I have the hand wound, which is 34mm, and I like it a lot (you can get it for around $600). The automatic is 38mm, and costs around $900.
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My wife loves her Hamiltons (formerly MY Hamiltons). She didn’t want me bothering to fix her Rolex DJ or Cartier Tank (which only needed a battery). When her Hamilton needed service? “Here. Fix this.”
The Nomos is a nice upgrade. Stowa is a good recommendation too. Do you want to approach the high side of your budget? Also, is this a surprise for your wife? Or would she even want to offer assistance to you? I know my wife would brush it off. She actually thinks Rolex is fussy. She wouldn’t mind repairing a $500 Hamilton for $180, but doesn’t think spending a grand on a $6k Rolex is worth it.
Ideally I would like to stay in the $1k-$2k range, but I want something that will last her forever (with necessary service), so I am not afraid to pony up more upfront for something with a great track record. To answer your second question, yes this will be a surprise. I think she would be overwhelmed and discouraged if I were to include her on the 'hunt'.
 

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The overall look of that watch is a traditional German look I think, and a lot of German companies make similar things; the prices vary a lot based on the materials and movements. The Junghans Max Bill is a classic one designed in 1961 by a major figure in modern art and design in Switzerland and Germany; Max Bill was a student at The Bauhaus and a founder of the Ulm School Of Design. They sell a version of this watch at the store for the Museum of Modern Art, which I thought was cool.

They make it in automatic, hand wound, quartz, and atomic clock synchronized, with a few different color combinations and looks. I have the hand wound, which is 34mm, and I like it a lot (you can get it for around $600). The automatic is 38mm, and costs around $900.
Absolutely beautiful! Junghans is a contender for sure.
 

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Might look at the women's selection from Christopher Ward and some Mido's for another couple of suggestions.

Good luck.
 

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It sounds like you are going to jump from quartz to an automatic for her. Several years ago, I wouldn't have considered doing that for my wife as she would be put out by having to reset it constantly when it sat long enough to run out. Then I bought her a Datejust and got a winder in the deal. They make the perfect combination as she just keeps it in the winder when not wearing it and it hasn't stopped since we bought it.
 

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Have a look at the Laco classics as they are an absolutely delish watch.
Sticky! You're the man. Just ordered a Cottbus 38! The determining factor was the lugs being 18mm rather than 20. I think that will fit her better in the long run. I will post pictures once it comes in. Thank you all for your help/suggestions, it was not an easy choice.
 
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