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Some great ideas here but shows there's not a lot of choice in new watches in that price range. I think id buy three Seiko divers instead.
 

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If it is for the rest of my life, then I would go with a model with long-term staying power, like an older Omega Seamaster Professional. I also like some of the other picks... Oris Aquis and Sinn 104.
 

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I'd probaby go quartz, spend $500 on a Citizen PMD56 and pocket the rest


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Since the watch would be a daily and only one, I would want something that could take some abuse and still look good and continue to function over the years.

It would be between a used Sinn 856 Tegimented on Strap. The problem I would see is that since it has the copper sulphate capsule and inert gas, I am tied to having RGM here in the states for service. Not a huge negative but also not a positive. The Tegimented would help with scratches as the years pass by. The technology (there is more to list of course) would help delay the inevitable service.


The other choice would be the the Damasko DA38. The ice hardened would help with scratches and dings. The 2836-2 could be serviced by any competent watchmaker. And it could be purchased new with warranty for the allotted $1500 with change to spare. The savings could go towards straps or saved for the eventual service.
These are two great choices.
 

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If you can buy only one watch around $1500 for daily use and use it for the rest of your life,

what would you like to buy?
I struggled with this same question but with about half of your proposed budget. I landed on a microbrand: BOLDR. Specifically, the Expedition. It has a Sellita SW200-1 movement, dual screw-down crown, 200m water resistance, double dome sapphire crystal (with AR). It's a hybrid (field and diver) which strikes me as perfect for an everyday beater. All for about $600.

I know this doesn't check the formal wear box but maybe you can take the leftover $900 from your budget and get something worthy for dressier occasions?

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Why go for $1500 watch if you can buy as many as this classic diver form the 80's 729A. I'd rather go for 5 Japanese watches for less and do your rotation daily.

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I might look at the Formex Essence. 100m WR, Automatic chronometer; it’s 43mm (42mm being sweet spot for me), but lug to lug is 50mm and it’s 10mm thick, so I would think it would wear small. For $1500 you can get it with all it’s straps and bracelets, which are quick change with micro-adjust capability. The suspension case may be “gimmicky”, but I would think might be an interesting feature to show people over the long run. The dial looks like it would go through multiple changes with different lighting and angles.


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Sort of did this same exercise recently and ordered a Sinn 556ib. Loved the classic 556i when I had it years ago but the dial was a bit stark and I prefer my flieger-style watches to have 1-12 arabics. Still waiting for it to arrive. If I feel the need to do a diver instead it will definitely be a swap for an EZM3. If I do wind up with the EZM, I hope it doesn't feel too big for my 6.75" wrist.

Of note, the only watch I have kept since I started getting into watches in 2012 is my SKX013. I love that darn thing and dread the day the 7s26 gives out.

Also, I have to say I envy a lot of you. All these votes for a U1 and I wouldn't even be able to wear the U50 with my small wrist.

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I wish I knew how to get by with one watch without wanting additional ones, lol. If there is a single watch I could wear for eternity, I haven’t found it yet. I’ve seen a lot of awesome choices in this thread, but I already want multiple of them.
 

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I think quartz is the way to go in this price range. Grand Seiko 9f, quartz Seamaster, or Tuna are all great choices. If I had to go with a mechancial, Sinn 104 or 551 are good options.
 
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