What Should I buy?

The two most common questions I get asked by readers is what watch should I buy and where should I buy it. Obviously, there is no hard and fast rule.

A lot depends on your budget, where you live and your “reasons” for buying a watch. I received this email from Andrew:

Hi Ray,

I am looking for my first nice watch and am considering two watches. The new oyster perpetual 39mm in grey rhodium and the rolex explorer 1 39mm. Which do you think would be a better buy considering both use the same 3132 movement.

I am unsure about getting the Explorer as it is already five years old(compared to the newly released oyster perpetual) and wondering if it could be refreshed sometime soon. I am also not sure if I should go brand new or pre-owned due to the new extended 5 year warranty.

For your info, the oyster perpetual 39mm costs S$7000 from a local ad and 6200 from overseas ad. The explorer costs S$8500 from local ad and 7500 from overseas ad. A preowned one would cost around 6000. Which do you think would be the most value for money? Would love to hear if you have any other watch recommendations too that are similarly robust and can be put on a nato strap for daily use.

Hope to hear from you soon!

My response was:


I would go for the Explorer. Aside from them holding the re-sale value better, I prefer the more sporty look that will also look good in a formal occasion and I would also recommend going for a pre-owned one with full box and papers as there is very little or nothing different between the new and the pre-owned one.

Let me know how it goes.


In my next post you will see that Ronald (someone else who contacted me and asked me a similar question) went in a very different direction and I believe he is very happy with his choice so far.

If you really like the watch you are eyeing, the price is “right”, Go for it!

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