Here's another one of those help me find a watch threads for the venerable WIS's of Watchuseek.
I've been searching for a dress watch to wear with a suit.
My requirements are...
Case diameter: Between 35.5 and 38.5 mm w/o the crown.
Height: I'm trying to stay under 10.0 mm (I can forgive it a little if the finish is exceptional).
Crystal: Sapphire or acrylic.
Bracelet: Although I have been looking at black leather straps, I can be warmed to steel bracelet. I've been avoiding brown straps & gold or gold-PVD cases.
Here's what I found for under $500 USD in no particular order.
Mido Baroncelli Automatic or Commander (chronometer?)
Tissot Carson Automatic
Longines Presence Automatic
Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (round)
Atlantic Seacrest Automatic (38mm, arabic or baton)
Certina DS1 Automatic
Stowa Antea Creme or Black (39mm?... I hope that includes the crown.)
Basically I'm looking for the best finish that can be had for under $500. Having not seen any of these watches in person, it's hard to judge them. So I'm wondering if anyone here can give opinions? Of course, additions are welcome to the list.
btw... I'm also keeping in mind that a Stowa Antea KS can be had for $515 USD.
Tissot Le Locle - at 39.3 mm diameter, it's too big
Christopher Ward Malvern C5 - at 10.8mm, it's too thick
Seiko SCVS013 - too thick at 11.3mm
Seiko SARB027 - Hardlex... once it gets scratched
Tourby Brand - most of them are too large, not a fan of open hearts
Oris Classic 37mm - can't find one under $500USD
Epos 3387 - 39mm, but I love the blue hands & pearlage on the movement. Can not find it under $500 USD anymore.