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    Classic Marine Style Watch with Small Seconds

    Help me search for a Marine Chronometer(or “Deck”) Watch that has small seconds!

    Size: No bigger than 42mm, <40mm is ideal. Thinner the better.
    Dial: White dial with either arabic or roman numerals. Railroad tracks optional; small seconds a must.
    Price: $1,000-2,000

    Most obvious choice would be the Stowa Original, but it somehow feels big to me and I just can’t stand the new logo. Would love input from Stowa owners.
    *I am aware Archimede and Tourby makes similar ones but don’t feel as drawn to those


    A vintage reissue choice, although more of a Signal Corps style: Longines Heritage 1918. It is quite eye-catching. Maybe a bit too much so.


    Finally, a “Grail” from Muhle Glashutte. I already had some big purchases so on hold for now:


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    Not a seconds sub dial but a real beauty.....
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    Re: Classic Marine Style Watch with Small Seconds

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    I was thinking of Hamilton too. That particular one is their limited edition that actually doubles as a "deck clock". The watch case actually pops out and can be displayed. It's 46mm and retailed for around $3k. Don't know how much they go for now.



    There is "normal" version at 40mm. I was just checking it out the other day. Not quite as clean, as they added that date window at 3, but I am a fan.



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    Re: Classic Marine Style Watch with Small Seconds

    Go with your gut. You have a couple of options.

    Stowa still shows the old logo on the Roman numeral silver dial version on their website and you might still be able to get one. If you order one I would insist that the movement also have the old logo. I think having both old and new logos on the same watch would be awkward and may even make it harder to sell (I would not buy one with mismatched logos).

    https://www.stowa.de/Marine+Original...0+roemisch.htm

    A mint used Stowa MO with the old logo can be found for under $1000 with a little effort. I don't like the new logo either, especially on their vintage style watches and specifically bought a used watch to get the old logo. It took me about a month before I found the one. They don't wear terribly large, I find it an ideal fit on my 7.25" wrist. I've had it a couple of years now and it is a fine and very handsome watch.



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    Re: Classic Marine Style Watch with Small Seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by DYL View Post
    Longines Heritage 1918. It is quite eye-catching. Maybe a bit too much so.
    Being eye-catching is not the problem here, IMHO - the characteristic of Longines totally f...d-up date window placement is.

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    Re: Classic Marine Style Watch with Small Seconds

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    With Stowa already addressed that’s exactly the one I was going to reference.

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    Re: Classic Marine Style Watch with Small Seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by Quartersawn View Post
    A mint used Stowa MO with the old logo can be found for under $1000 with a little effort. I don't like the new logo either, especially on their vintage style watches and specifically bought a used watch to get the old logo. It took me about a month before I found the one. They don't wear terribly large, I find it an ideal fit on my 7.25" wrist. I've had it a couple of years now and it is a fine and very handsome watch.
    At this point, I believe this is my best option. My ideal watch would be Stowa Marine Original but 40mm and automatic... which doesn't exist

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob E. View Post
    Being eye-catching is not the problem here, IMHO - the characteristic of Longines totally f...d-up date window placement is.
    There was a lot of fury regarding the date window on this one and here I agree as well. Longines actually removed it for the Arabic Edition of this watch which I take as a subtle apology :p

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    Classic Marine Style Watch with Small Seconds

    I think the Stowa Marine Original is fantastic. I have a polished Roman version and love it. Granted, due to the movement size it’s not small, but fits my 7.5” wrist great. It’s so gorgeous in person.








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    Beautiful blue hands on the Stowa!

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