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    Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    I seem to suffer from crown dig on almost every watch I have tried with a 3 o'clock crown - at least, any reasonably thin watch (the Amphibia's crown is pretty high up its case, so no issues there, and the Cocktail Time's crown is pretty small, so also doesn't bother me). This includes my Zodiac Sea Wolf, which I like a lot otherwise - deep blue dial, pretty thin, right-sized for my wrists. So, are there any decent replacements for it out there, with a 4 o'clock, 9 o'clock, 8 o'clock, etc crown position? Something ~40mm across, ~47mm lug to lug, ~12mm (or less) thick? And something that can be put on leather and worn to the office while remaining inconspicuous (the size takes care of a lot of that though)?. Blue dial would be a bonus but just trying to see if this exists.

    No set budget but let's say up to $2k just to cast a wide net. TIA!
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    Re: Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    I’m not an expert, but I do prefer 4 o’clock crowns. With such a small diameter, you might not find options because it will likely be assumed that the small size would preclude crown dig. I’ve been looking for a dressier alternative to my Seiko Tuna, and have been thinking that if I go smaller (42ish) then I won’t need to stick to my 4 o’clock rule.

    Another thing to think about - some here have flipped the movement and dial so the crown goes the other way! I don’t know if I would try that with a $2k watch, but it might be worth investigating.
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    Re: Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    Squale 1521 is an option, measures 42mm but wears smaller. The polished versions are plenty dressy, IMO.

    I suffer from crown dig too and struggle to find watches I like with a 4:00 crown and the quartz options are even fewer than the autos.

    Obviously lots of Seikos with this crown position.

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    Archimede Sporttaucher is comfortable.
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    Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    If I were you, I’d go to the omega forum and ask if the dial can be flipped on the quartz Seamaster 2264.5. You can find a nice one for less than 2k, and there’s a mid size version too.
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    Re: Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    ever tried right-wristing it? I found I kind of like it, I just don't do it because for some reason I keep bumping the watch into everything..

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    Re: Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    Quote Originally Posted by hugof3C View Post
    ever tried right-wristing it? I found I kind of like it, I just don't do it because for some reason I keep bumping the watch into everything..
    I'm pretty sure there's a forum rule that says you have to recommend a new purchase (preferably with pics) rather than suggesting someone can get buy with the watches they have
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    Re: Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiWomble View Post
    I'm pretty sure there's a forum rule that says you have to recommend a new purchase (preferably with pics) rather than suggesting someone can get buy with the watches they have
    sir, you do me a great injustice , I merely aimed to free said member of confining his prospective purchase to such flimsy specs,
    he may even find his thoughts drift towards the currently fashionable neo-vintage 'least possible wr' theme, are we not to find a timely alternative to his propositions.

    you do have a point about the pics, though, but the 2k mark really beats me as to suggestions ..
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    Re: Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    Sinn's EZM3s and especially T1's are pretty thin.

    I'm planning to 'Destro-ify' either my Halios Seaforth or Ginault. Flip the dial, just can't decide whether to try myself or leave with a pro
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    Re: Dressy-ish dive watch with non-3 o'clock crown?

    this one looks pretty classy, and is available now: FS - Longines Legend Diver (date)

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