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    Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    As the title says, I'm looking for suggestions for a watch in this range. I'm fair new to the watch scene so I have limited familiarity for boutiques... so might as well broaden my horizons...

    I'm looking for a casual or dive watch in the vein of Boschett's Cave Dweller [and if they make more blue ones, might order just that]

    I am a big guy (7.5" wrist), so 40ish mm is good...

    I want an Auto movement, nice SS bracelet (I have an Orient Black Mako and grow tired of replacing pins...) and Blue dial. I love the blues of some Breitlings and Omegas... but alas, cannot afford either of those at my current station in life.

    My budget on this is about 500.

    Thanks for the help!
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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    Are you looking for just automatics, or does auto/quartz matter to you?

    I love my Christopher Ward C60 Kingfisher, and the blue dial version looks very cool. They are beautifully made, and look and feel like much more expensive watches. It is only available in quartz right now (C6), but that keeps in well within your budget.
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    For Autos, Deep Blue offers exceptional value, an they have quite a few fans here.

    Bernhardt's Sea Shark is another great value auto (they use a Miyota, so it is even cheaper) and a company with a great reputation for quality and service.
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    All of these are bigger than 40mm. To stick to 40mm AND affordable, you are mostly looking at Rolex homages.

    One option, that you have probably considered is a move up to an Orient M-Force or Revolver. Both are pretty significant steps up from the Mako.
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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    I had thought about the Orient Revolver... I was a little worried about the mineral crystal, though I'm kinda surprised, actually, that they didn't put sapphire in it...

    That Bernhardt is a very pretty piece... Hard to tell from the pictures on the site... but it looks like solid end links?

    And the CW is exactly what I was hoping for in this thread... Maybe not a watch I will acquire, but something a bit unusual that I wouldn't have stumbled across on my own.

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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    older models of Tissot Seastar 1000 (and by older I mean not the recent release new model but the previous one), if you can find one, usually go for around 350--500 for like new condition.
    They are excellent watches (use ETA 2824) and really nice solid bracelets, I used to have a silver dial model so I am speaking from personal experience.
    Or the Cave Dweller. Those would be my two choices
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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    Quote Originally Posted by themathguy View Post
    I had thought about the Orient Revolver... I was a little worried about the mineral crystal, though I'm kinda surprised, actually, that they didn't put sapphire in it...
    Yeah, it is odd that they left that out. It doesn't hack or handwind either. I still want one though... (I think I've probably got my Orient Star quota for a while, however)

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    That Bernhardt is a very pretty piece... Hard to tell from the pictures on the site... but it looks like solid end links?
    Yes, they are solid. Here are some better pics and a review: Bernhardt Sea.Shark Review
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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    Quote Originally Posted by ckot View Post
    (I think I've probably got my Orient Star quota for a while, however)
    I read that review... originally thinking it was the DJ02003W you were reviewing... not a bad looking watch, however.

    Tissot Seastar, eh...

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    I assume this is the era you were thinking of... certainly not bad looking.
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    Helson Shark Diver 42mm with Miyota 9015.

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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    Yes, Yes, Yes! Thats the one I am talking about!
    Quote Originally Posted by themathguy View Post
    I read that review... originally thinking it was the DJ02003W you were reviewing... not a bad looking watch, however.

    Tissot Seastar, eh...

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    I assume this is the era you were thinking of... certainly not bad looking.

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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    I'll throw in an unabashed recommendation for the Debaufre Ocean 1 Blue/Blue. It's 42mm, solid SS bracelet and end links, AR coated sapphire crystal, ETA 2824 automatic movement.



    I have a 39mm version with black dial, but I am currently wearing it with a blue bezel insert.

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    Re: Suggest a watch - SS bracelet, Blue Dial - Budget ~$500

    I'm really surpised nobody has mentioned the Blue Sumo....
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