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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

    Thanks for all the links guys,
    Love the look of the portuguese.
    I'll definitely be looking into that.
    Yeah i do love chronographs.

    I just thinks its cool to have something that's over 50 years old and still working perfectly.
    I have my grandfathers shelf clock that's over 100 years old and still working.

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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

    Quote Originally Posted by barryireland View Post
    Thanks for all the links guys,
    Love the look of the portuguese.
    I'll definitely be looking into that.
    Yeah i do love chronographs.
    The IWC ref 325 is an awesome watch, but finding a decent one on the market is really not very realistic even if you have $50k+ to spend.

    If you like chronographs, my personal recommendation would be to continue to look at the Omega Speedmaster Pro. Yes, they are popular and an obvious choice, but for good reason. I resisted for several years, but when I did buy one, I liked it much more than I expected, and it has grown on me even more over time. The pre-moon versions have gone up in price, and as a result the vintage market is a bit of a minefield; but there are very good resources out there to help you identify correct examples. Also, the 1970s models are still more affordable and readily available.

    In contrast, the Breitling Navitimer, while a great watch, has an overly busy dial, and sometimes feels like a novelty watch to me. While it's fun to wear now and then, I rarely find myself reaching for it.
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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

    Thanks for the recommendation Dan.
    Sorry should of mentioned i already have a speedy pro and love it.
    Its the 42mm and is the perfect size for me.
    I could always go for a speedy panda
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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

    This might be bringing an old thread back from the dead, but what about the Ricoh World Timer?

    If you don't want to drop the coin on an Enicar this watch is a great option.

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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

    I have a JLC dresser at 38mm but it took me quite a while to find it. The combination of vintage and 'big' is just a difficult match. Especially 40mm or more!
    Divers and chrono's are probably your best bet as mentioned before.

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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

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    What era or style of watch ?
    What budget ?
    Just wondered why no reply to this very relevant and basic question ?
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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    OK, if that means you're not interested in diver watches, that's a helpful distinction, because frankly most of the larger vintage watches fit into that category. In that case, you are probably going to be looking mainly at chronographs. There are also some 1970s models with large cushion cases.
    with respect to the 70s models with the cushion cases, is the cushion included in the measurement? i.e., a 35mm diameter dial sitting on a big fat cushion is still going to cover your wrist, right?

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    Re: Suggestions for vintage watch 40mm +

    Quote Originally Posted by jk1492 View Post
    with respect to the 70s models with the cushion cases, is the cushion included in the measurement? i.e., a 35mm diameter dial sitting on a big fat cushion is still going to cover your wrist, right?
    The standard measurement is of the case, side-to-side, not including crown. So the dial is not relevant. But your basic point is pertinent in that the same nominal size of watch may appear larger or smaller depending on the proportions. "All-dial" designs look larger. Square/oval designs look larger. Etc.
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