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    "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    Looking for a watch recommendation for my friend. This would be his first "nice" watch. He usually wears a suit to work, so he wants something that's sort of dressy/conservative, but still on a metal bracelet (he hates leather bands). His budget is $5000 or under, but if something fits his criteria that comes in way under that budget, he'll still consider it.

    He doesn't want to swap bracelets either, so should come with metal bracelet from factory. Prefers white/silver dial, no chronographs. Something on the lighter/thinner comfortable wearing side. And ideally enough water resistance to swim with it once in a while (although this is not a must).

    Also strongly prefers brand new.

    I immediately recommended an Omega Aqua Terra, but what are some other good suggestions?

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    Re: "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    Rolex Perpetual Oyster. I'm personally looking at this watch as beater when I need to move some furniture and do some gardening.
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    Re: "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    I'm drawn to the Ball Trainmaster Eternity, but I wouldn't swim with it. It's around 2,000 USD I believe.

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    Re: "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    I'll second the Rolex Air-King / Oyster Perpetual suggestion. Certainly dressy. Also a little sporty.

    Here's my own on a 6.75" wrist. It wears larger on a bracelet than it's diminutive 34mm size would suggest.

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    Re: "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    A $5K budget gives him a ton of options. My own personal dressy bracelet watch under $5k with arguably one of the best designed bracelets ever is the Tag Heuer Link. Named the Link for the design of the bracelet itself being very smooth polished metal and tight tolerances that do not grab any wrist hair. Mine is the less busy Calibre 6 movement with a small seconds dial only. Good luck, at that budget he is sure to get something very nice.

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    Re: "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    With that price ceiling and the desired use, it's hard to go wrong with the AT. Light dial is ok, but I prefer the blue. Grand Seiko is a great choice too, obviously.







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    +1 on a Grand Seiko.
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    Re: "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    If your friend isn't a WIS the GS may be a difficult sale...

    IMO the Aquaterra is an obvious choice with lots of color/size options.

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    Re: "Dressiest" Metal Bracelet watch under $5000?

    I'm thinking tag or grand Seiko here, which is funny as they're in the opposite sides of the wis scale...

    Or certina if he wishes to save some cash.

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