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    cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    I am looking for a cheaper/entry level dress watch - under $1000. Important to me are a mechanical movement and a good brand. I don't want a Rollex (not sure if it is even an option at this price point) or anything well know to the point of being tacky (I like Movado Museum until I saw how many they made over how long a time). I'd prefer an Italian brand (Bulgari or Panerai) to a Swiss brand (Omega, Tag), but prefer Swiss above something more generic (Seiko) but again realize my budget limits my options. Looking for well made, reliable, low maintenance. I don't care what features it has, this is for looks, not functionality.

    I am a computer programmer, required to wear a tie at work. We are well paid, but my co-workers are cheap (especially with clothing), so showing up with an expensive gold watch would gain the wrong sort of attention. An Apple watch or Gear S2 would fit in better for the crowd I am with, but not my personal style. I have a Garmin 235 that I love to run with, but looks stupid at work. I have a quartz Seiko dress watch that is important to me for sentimental reasons, but doesn't work anymore, and isn't my idea of fashion.

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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    1. There are no Italian watch brands left (not that I can recall)
    2. You can get a Rollex for under $1,000 but a Rolex would cost a bit more.
    3. Seiko is hardly generic.
    4. Your budget allows you Tissot, Hamilton and a few other Swiss Brands. (congrats 51% Swiss content)
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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    Look at Swiss brands like Certina, Mido, Epos. If not mistaken Squale is Italian but they focus mainly on dive watches not dress. There are some good German brands too if you don't want to go Swiss. Archimede for example.
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    Bulova> 96B251. Casio> 5600E. Damasko> DS30. GrandSeiko> SBGH205. Rolex> 114060, 16710. Seiko> SARB017, SARB033, SBDX017, SLA017.

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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    At your price point, I would look at watches from Tissot, Hamilton, or Stowa.

    If you're able to up your budget, then this Montblanc Heritage Ultrathin is a wonderful choice.

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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    Just came in. Elysee Picus. German with japanese auto movement.





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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    Well worth checking out, Nivrel - Jubile III, N 121.001 AAWAS, and under budget.

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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    Sorry about the spelling but most people not on these forums buy a Rolex just so they can say they own a Rolex, not because it is a nice watch. I don't want to look like I am doing that.

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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    Quote Originally Posted by chuasam View Post
    Seiko is hardly generic.
    That was an unfair characterization of a generally good company. Seiko is a brand I associate more with value than luxury, and I would rather target entry level products at companies associated more with luxury. I've heard in Asia that there is no market for high-end Asian watches, just high end European watches, and that says a lot about their brands. I'd rather avoid anything Asian.

    Is it fair to say at my budget, I am looking for a Swiss or German brand if I don't want Asian?

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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Bellomo View Post
    That was an unfair characterization of a generally good company. Seiko is a brand I associate more with value than luxury, and I would rather target entry level products at companies associated more with luxury. I've heard in Asia that there is no market for high-end Asian watches, just high end European watches, and that says a lot about their brands. I'd rather avoid anything Asian.

    Is it fair to say at my budget, I am looking for a Swiss or German brand if I don't want Asian?
    I think most non-WIS people where I live would classify Seiko as a budget brand, if not generic. In your price range you'd be mostly looking at swiss, I think the German brands cost more (except maybe Junghans). Some options would be:

    Tissot Visodate

    Le Locle

    Hamilton Viewmatic

    Mido Multifort
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    Re: cheaper mechanical dress watch advice

    The Epos Tuxedo is a nice choice, and at 39mm is a perfect size for today's dress watch.

    With design notes of Blancpain and Breguet, it has enough of its own personality to shine through. List is $1,100, butit can be bought for under $800. Display back, too.

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