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    24h watch, automatic/mechanical, sapphire glass, new?

    Hi! All I am thinking of buying a 24h watch and am very new to the whole concept. Could you please advise an automatic or mechanical hand-wound 24 h watch? I would love it to have a sapphire glass and preferably one hand (but 2 hands also acceptable).

    Not sure why some watches have 0 on the top and some - on the bottom. to me the top seems more natural, but potentially fine with either option.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: 24h watch, automatic/mechanical, sapphire glass, new?

    We'll need to know some preferences before responding, since there is a huge market to choose from.
    Budget ($100, $500, $1,000, $3,000....)
    Style (sporty, fashion, Bauhaus, dressy...)
    Size (36mm, 40mm, 42mm, 46mm...)
    Case material (steel, gold; polished, brushed, black...)
    Water resistance required (10ATM/330feet/100m is standard min for water activities)
    Date or no
    Second timezone....etc.....
    Consider Russian watches, Glycine, AirNautic, and others discussed on this forum.
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    Re: 24h watch, automatic/mechanical, sapphire glass, new?

    Dennis, thanks for your reply. You are right, apologies.

    In terms of budget - I don't have one in mind yet, because I only very recently started thinking of adding a 24h watch to the collection. I probably wouldn't want to spend more than $1000 for my first 24h watch.

    In terms of size - I would go for a 42mm min, color and style, as well as date, second timezone, etc wouldn't matter that much. It is the overall look/feel that I would be looking for.

    My main watch is an IWC Portuguese 7 days steel with white dial

    WATCH TALK FORUMS - REVIEW: the IWC 5001 Portuguese Automatic>>>>>>>.. which for me is the perfect design.

    Style-wise I prefer steel watches with a white dial, but something in a different style could also work (eg black or navy or pilot/diver).

    The RAKETAs all have mineral glass, as far as I could see. I would really want sapphire - I've scratched way too many mineral faces already.

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    Prepared to acquire at least several different 24H watches before you find the one you like. :)

    I went through Aviator, Levante, Bulova before settled with Zodiac Jet Aeronaut. Sold the rest to fund my search for Junghans Max Bill watch. :)


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    Re: 24h watch, automatic/mechanical, sapphire glass, new?

    Quote Originally Posted by dj898 View Post
    Prepared to acquire at least several different 24H watches before you find the one you like. :)

    I went through Aviator, Levante, Bulova before settled with Zodiac Jet Aeronaut. Sold the rest to fund my search for Junghans Max Bill watch. :)


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    :) hat did you not like about the ones that you sold?

    I just saw this one online - looks v nice. need to try it on somewhere

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    But it is on the expensive side..

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    Nice IWC!

    Thanks for the additional info. Check out the AN-24M at Ocean7. It's a REALLY beautiful manual wind watch with stunning display back, hardened case, and domed sapphire. I love the dial! All for $899!
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    Re: 24h watch, automatic/mechanical, sapphire glass, new?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Smith View Post
    Nice IWC!

    Thanks for the additional info. Check out the AN-24M at Ocean7. It's a REALLY beautiful manual wind watch with stunning display back, hardened case, and domed sapphire. I love the dial! All for $899!
    Dang it Dennis now you make me want ANOTHER watch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portu7days View Post
    :) hat did you not like about the ones that you sold?
    Well I loved that Levante with the metal bracelet but it hardly saw its time on my wrist. So when someone offered rather nice sum I couldn't refuse - well actually missus couldn't refuse. T^T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portu7days View Post
    :) hat did you not like about the ones that you sold?
    It wasn't that I didn't like them. Simply those didn't get enough time on my wrist so rather than hoarding I decided to sell them so others could enjoy them. ^ ^


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    Re: 24h watch, automatic/mechanical, sapphire glass, new?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Smith View Post
    Nice IWC!

    Thanks for the additional info. Check out the AN-24M at Ocean7. It's a REALLY beautiful manual wind watch with stunning display back, hardened case, and domed sapphire. I love the dial! All for $899!

    Except that it's showing out of stock. :( I've been looking for one of these for a while.

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