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    Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    I have an Oris and love it to death, but i'd like to pick up a rubber or cloth straped auto that is under $500. Sapphire Crystal as well. Hamilton seems like a solid choice, any others i should consider?

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    Under $500; no!

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    I think of a few automatics under $500:

    Archimede Pilots and other models
    Stowa Antea and Airman
    Seiko Spirit
    Tissot Seastar
    Louis Erard
    Invicta

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    I had a Tissot Sea Star and sold it because the bezel looked like a die-cast chrome Hot Wheel - really. Tissot's are good watches, but that particular model 'looks' cheap... it does have a sapphire crystal and all but looks should count for something.

    New or Used - Oris watches are a very good value especially if a sapphire is important... same holds true of Marathons GSAR and TSAR (my favorite beaters/tools).

    Hamilton has some beauties too.

    edit... how could I forget Seiko, they have some great models with sapphires but they will cost a little more than the non sapphire models.
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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    Dang, im really liking some of these louis erard, but i cant seem to find any info besides some weird sites that i dont think i would deal with.

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    Base sar is $575 I think, sapphire and swiss auto movement. Its a pretty good deal, but over 500 bones....

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    I picked up my Seiko Orange Monster for $154 shipped on Amazon.

    Can't beat that w/ a stick.

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    I second the Archimede pilot.

    I picked up a second-hand Archimede Pilot for ~$275. It is in mint condition - 42mm, ETA 2824-2 movement, decent lume, and sapphire crystal. The OE strap is pretty worthless so I put mine on a two-piece black ZULU ($12).

    I get many compliments on it and it is keeping excellent time.

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    Thanks for the ideas guys, Im really liking them. Like i said above, the Louis Erards are pretty tempting, I like the idea of these smaller less known brands (Sorry Seiko!).

    Is it a bad idea to buy from these smaller companies? like the Louis Erards for example have 2 places in the US for service, places that are literally across the country. Are 2nd hand auto watches alright to check out Via Ebay?

    I just want a nice automatic watch for more durable duties such as photography and such, preferably with a rubber strap.

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    Re: Best bang for your buck Automatic Watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by fyskay1527 View Post
    Is it a bad idea to buy from these smaller companies? like the Louis Erards for example have 2 places in the US for service, places that are literally across the country. Are 2nd hand auto watches alright to check out Via Ebay?

    I just want a nice automatic watch for more durable duties such as photography and such, preferably with a rubber strap.
    It all really depends on what you want. I wouldn't worry about not having a local service center for a particular brand...just have a backup watch to wear when you send it in for servicing every 5 years or so.

    You have to be very careful about buying on Ebay...if you're a tyro I wouldn't recommend it. You are probably better off buying from an established member here, or on a watch fanciers' site like Windy City -- http://www.chronometer.net/wrist.htm
    Check out the Mars mission watch toward the bottom of the page for a terrific deal on a basic auto watch, for eg. [I have no relationship with the site or seller, BTW...I just think it's an amazing deal].

    Rubber or synthetic fabric straps are cheap and easy to find...have a whale of a time!
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