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    As you already have mechanicals in your watchbox, a quartz particularly a smp quartz could be a nice complement. I was in the same situation a couple years back and decided to try a 2264. I have to admit it took me awhile to get over the idea of wearing a quartz again. However in terms of looks, ruggedness and ease of use the smp 300 quartz is just a fantastic piece, and I wear mine regularly now, and exclusively for sports. For your budget, you can definitely find a next to new example if you're patient. Yes, you may find an older smp 300 auto in that range but it'll almost certainly be well used and could well need service, so you'd want to factor that in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watch-man7777 View Post
    Yep! Some good info here. If you're already spending $1000, what's another hundred or so to get the one you really want? You can definitely find preowned 2531.80s for around the $1000 mark give or take. They won't be in pristine condition, but for $1000 it's still not bad.
    Absolutely agree. You've saved a decent amount, throw a few more notes into the mix and you'll get the model you really desire.

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    Quartz SMP. If you hold out, you'll get the newest model for $1000 in mint condition. Or you can buy the older model fast on ebay for $1000.
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    I was able to pick up a 2221.80 off the sales forum about a month ago for $900, and love it. They pop up every so often and you can get a nice one and still stay within budget.

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    Just out of curiosity. Which would most folks prefer in quartz, the newest model or the older? Or rather, which would be a better buy in the long run? Apart from looks, are there any notable differences in movement? [I'm not as familiar with Omega quartz as I am with their autos.]

    Subjective questions I know, but this thread has actually got me to considering a used quartz Seamaster rather than saving MUCH more for a new Co-Axial. I'm in the $600 range saved for one, so not that much more to go if I were to take this route.

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    Re: I have $1,000.00 and...

    Quote Originally Posted by theinterchange View Post
    Just out of curiosity. Which would most folks prefer in quartz, the newest model or the older? Or rather, which would be a better buy in the long run? Apart from looks, are there any notable differences in movement? [I'm not as familiar with Omega quartz as I am with their autos.]

    Subjective questions I know, but this thread has actually got me to considering a used quartz Seamaster rather than saving MUCH more for a new Co-Axial. I'm in the $600 range saved for one, so not that much more to go if I were to take this route.

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    Differences are applied markers and "seamaster" written in red on the 2221.80, both have a 1538 quartz movement. I think the newer version has longer hands, too.

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    Okay, I couldn't remember off the top of my head what the differences were, visually and had no clue about the movement.

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