I’ve decided that I really miss being able to simply lift my wrist and read the time, so now* I want to buy a wristwatch.
I know nothing about watches these days, e.g. what brands or outlets I should be looking for. Likewise, I don’t know what to avoid when shopping for a watch other than that a $50 dollar mechanical skeleton watch probably won’t make me a happy consumer in the long run.
I know from experience that cheap mechanical watches are rarely much good. For instance, the statement above perfectly describes a watch that I bought years ago at a sporting goods store. After a month or two, the tiny hand from one of the miniature “eye” dials in the face broke away and lodged itself into the escapement, jamming it. Similarly, I don’t need to have a Breitling or Rolex.
Ideally, I’m looking for a self-winding mechanical watch that keeps good time and will hold up for the foreseeable future. While I’m partial to skeleton watches, the watch I buy doesn’t absolutely have to be one.
What are the good brands these days? What should I expect to pay for something decent?