I wore a submariner for 10 years, and I was not careful with it like I am with my watches now. It ran well the whole time and never complained. Unfortunately Rolex products have suffered the same publicity as BMW in that people buy them strictly for status and don't know anything about them. I don't wear the Rolex because I don't want to be viewed as "the kind of person that wears a Rolex". Even though I'm a car enthusiast I won't buy a BMW for the same reason.
I've got a plain old Wittnauer divers watch like this one for intervals. Actually it's my work watch. It's kind of a Tag Heuer copy in style. 36 mm bezel. Turns my wrist grey when I sweat but I don't care.
Speaking of that:
These "Oris" styled silicon rubber watch bands would be nice for cycling as they don't get soggy like leather or turn your wrist grey (I like the diamond pattern ones like this). I have one on a Muhle-Glashutte but they won't fit on my Wittnauer.
I Looooove watches. Who cares if they are not considered by some as the 'best' way to tell time? Earrings and necklaces don't tell time at all, and people still wear them.
I used to wear cheap sports watches (HR monitors) on the bike but they all broke eventually...then it was quartz beater watches but I got bored with those and sold them all. Now I just have automatics and I've worn the least expensive one on the commuter every now and then but usually it's no watch on the bike. If I'm off the bike I'll pick a watch suitable to what I'm wearing, although most of mine look pretty much the same, sporty/dressy Steel on a strap.
I carry my cell phone on all rides, for emergencies but that stays in my jersey pocket... I use my Garmin if I need to see the time during a weekend ride.
I've got a Muhle Glashutte Traveler like this one. I use an Oris silicon rubber diver's band with it. Don't wear it riding though. It's a little bulky. I wear a cheaper diver's watch for that. This is something I got a good price on used that has the small 37mm bezel. So I save it for puttin' on the dog. Heavy duty Swiss movement.
Just got one of these. Looks awesome with a nice dress shirt. My wife thinks I'm crazy because now I have 12 watches.
I have to make do with my Rolexes. ;) 1 Submariner in blackface, and 1 Stainless Yachtmaster.
Would love to have a Tag and a Breitling in my box some day. It's a long-range plan.
You might want to check out pmwf.com, it caters to good watches at affordable prices. At one time I had a pretty good group of watches, none of them cost over $105. There are some other good watch forums on the internet.
I find that watch collectors are extremely fickle. They buy watches, decide they don't like them and sell them right away. Or they wear a watch for a few months and then sell them. I've tried to think I was different but then I've found that I have had watches that I really liked, but I later sold them for something else that I thought I would like. I eventually cut my collection down and haven't had any urges to sell any of them for awhile.
I sold this:
to buy this:
1. There are brands that sell for high prices but don't have much substance to them. I bought a Festina for around $100 and already owned a Casio that I bought for under $20. When it came to change batteries I discovered that both watches had identical Japanese quartz movements in them. I always thought the Festina was a good looking watch but then when I started buying real watches, the Festina looked like cheap junk in comparison, even in comparison to Seiko watches that I paid less for.
2. Most brands you don't want to buy in retail stores unless you have to. You can find a Seiko or Citizen online for half the price that you will find it at retail in stores. Since watch buyers tend to buy and sell a lot, you don't want to pay a lot for a watch and find out you can only sell it for 1/3 as much. Now if you want to buy an expensive brand such as Rolex, Omega or beyond, you should strive to buy from a reputable collector or reputable dealer. I see watches such as Omega on ebay, I would be extremely afraid of buying one of those. You can even get fakes from retailers like Costco.
3. Whatever you are interested in, do your research on the net before buying. Find out about the brand, the model, how owners feel about them, what reasonable prices should be. There are numerous good watch forums on the net- pmwf.com, timezone.com, watchuseek.com are some of the good ones.
Nothing wrong with Tissot as a brand if they have models that you like.
I'm not a roadie... can I still post here...?
I inherited a fantastic Longines when my grandpa died, looks like this one (but cleaner), 14k gold watch he got for retirement in the 60s:
It only ever gets worn when I'm dressing formal. Love that it is mechanical, but too sentimentally dear to wear it around everyday.
When I was hunting around for prices, I was amazed that some vintage Longines watches go for not too much money. Were I to take up wearing watches, it would be either G-Shock classic or a series of Longines.
The other watch I have looks like this:
And says "Automatic" on the back, but is actually a wind-up mechanical Chinese knockoff... I paid $20 for it because it is mechanical wind and you can see the workings, not because it's a fake VC...