This could all change while I'm on watch-buying hiatus. Or not change but watches could become unavailable or inflate in price beyond what I'm willing to spend but for now here are the three:
Benarus Moray Dart 44 (gray first choice but would "suffer" black dial)
Citizen Promaster 2128-05E
Citizen Promaster 2135-00E.
Some Related Notes:
I currently own 7 automatic watches. Service costs may not accrue for another 7 years or so but I'm aware services can be pricey, in the thousands for 7 watches, so I'm trying to keep my automatic collection down. I would be wise to sell an automatic for every new one.
I'm trying to steer my desires toward Eco-Drives because they represent the lowest service cost that I know of.
A Blog to Watch has a great review with stunning pics and video of the Citizen BJ2128-05E and says while being a utlility diver with a depth meter, it still plays well as an every day watch. I agree. This watch is growing on me.
Jonny has apprised of this Watchuseek post about a reader who photographed Watch Time magazine to get this watch exclusive, a Citizen Grand Touring Sport Diver. I'll go out on a limb and say the Citizen Signature series are the best luxury bank for buck deal out there.
Jonny asked me if there was one watch I'd take if I had to trade in my entire collection (14 watches worth about $5,500) and the answer is the Panerai PAM 305 with 47mm bezel. That watch, a little over $9,000 new, defines me and my watch obsession more than any other. I have no doubt in my mind that having this watch would make me feel whole and complete.
I worked my butt off to get my collection down to 14 and it still seems like too many. When you have only 3 or 4 watches, you have time to wear them and in wearing them you experience them more fully.
It seems like a waste of money to rotate over a dozen watches and wear your Grail once a month or so or struggle to wear your faves more often.
It seems like the Man Who Knows His Watches has 3 or 4 amazing watches that define him and his collection. He's stripped his psyche of confusion and avarice and enjoys contentment over his small collection.
Is this ideal of the Man Who Knows His Watches a chimera? As much a chimera as yet another "Holy Grail Watch" to add to the stable?
To be continued.
(Forgive me for posting the same topic so often. Obviously, it is an obsession)
A student came to my office and said the photography teacher was wearing a new Benarus Moray. He said the watch really stood out. I'd like to meet this photographer and get a glimpse in person. I prefer the Black Dart version, on black and gray dial, the most.