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    Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    My ol' eyes are asking for an "easy read" dial, so I'm looking for a watch like the Rolex Explorer, but with a date complication. The IWC Mk12 is just about perfect, but it seems crazy expensive for a "military" watch. Another "mil-spec" style watch might work, but browsing the web I can't seem to find a suitable alternative. Could you folks offer some suggestions and/or post a few photos?

    Here's what I'm looking for:

    Size: 34mm to 38mm
    Casing: stainless
    Dial: Black with white (luminescent) markers, numerals
    Hands: Large, white (luminescent)
    Date: I like a date function
    Movement: Auto
    Water Resistance: swim-able
    Style: classic, traditional
    Age: vintage or new

    Help would be sincerely appreciated!

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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    What price range are we looking at? For less than $1k i really like my Omega Dynamic (1997-1999) which has a highly legible dial. 36mm case. They come up for sale occasionally. There's the Sinn 656 (or 556) at 38mm. Rather small date window though. Or how about a 38mm Hamilton Khaki Field auto.






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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    What about a Damasko DA36?



    Or, for an excellent budget alternative, there is always the superb Seiko 5 'Militry':


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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    Timefactors Speedbird comes to mind....


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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    Mk XV IWC is 38mm. Don't know if I'd swim in it though (rated at 50 meters).


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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    Since you mentioned the Explorer, how about this MKII Vantage?



    It's 39mm though.

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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    Omega Railmaster, in your choice of 36 or 39mm.

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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    The Railmaster is a gorgeous watch. The MKII is also an excellent choice, as is the Hamilton, previously mentioned. I have nothing else to add to this line of discussion, unfortunately.
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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    This watch meets all your criteria (except perhaps the WR which is just 30m). Definitely wouldn't swim with this one:


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    Re: Alternatives To Rolex Explorer, IWC Mk12, Please!

    Archimede makes a couple of watches that would probably meet most, if not all of your requirements. Take a look at the Pilot and Outdoor models. The Outdoor is currently sold out, but should be available again in early 2011. A picture of the Outdoor borrowed from the Archimede web site is attached.
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