I wanted to specialise in Hamiltons which are my favorite brand, but I also found them to be abit expensive, more so than the other American manufacturers like Bulova. I quickly found out that a decent collection of Hamiltons was going to run into some serious cash! Then I stumbled on a watch I remembered from my youth, Benrus, and I found these to be a great value and it was a company that I could relate to somewhat because they were made in NYC. They are relatively cheap on the vintage market, and I even find them to be fancier than most Hamilton's.
So I guess the moral of the story is to go with a brand and company you can identify with, and also one that you can afford!
But I'll end with a question - what makes the Hamiltons so much more than say Bulova or Benrus? Company reputation, quality, better movements etc?