I've been looking at a ton of watches over the last few months - so thank you all WUSers for the hours of entertainment looking at brands I've never heard of and learning a ton about watches. I've finally found a watch that I liked, and keep coming back to.
The Alpina Alpiner Manufacture AL-710S4E6 is awesome. I love the idea of an in house movement, reviews rate them as being rugged, it would look good with both a brown and black strap, and at 41.5 mm, I don't worry about it fitting my 6 3/4 inch wrist. The display back, saphire glass, and crown with logo are all items checked off my "wants" list. The raised numbers just look amazing (to me). The problem is - at $2,700 its just out of what I want to spend on this watch. However, on Joma Shop its listed at $1399 - which is well inside my budget.
An alternative would be the Startimer Classic
Startimer Classic (ref. AL-525SC4S6) â€“ The Official Alpina Web Store
Its much cheaper - but has the ETA movement (modified by Alpina) and at 44mm I'm guessing would appear large on my hand.
My question - is Jomashop/Unauthorized dealer worth the cost, or does anyone have any alternative ideas for watches that fall below 1500 dollars that are similar to the Alpiner, or a suggestion of a watch that might wear similar to the Startimer Classic that would be readily available at most jewelry/watch stores to know if it will fit my wrist?