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    GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Hey all,

    A bit of a WIS challenge here. I'm after a go-anywhere-do-anything style of watch (a daily wearer, if you will), with some very specific durability, accuracy and size requirements to suit my wrist and lifestyle. I've been researching pretty extensively and I've only been able to find one watch that fits all my criteria, but I'm throwing this thread out there in the hopes that some of you savvy folks could enlighten me to watches that I've missed.

    Without further ado, here are the requirements I want to meet:

    Case size: 41mm or less in diameter, 13mm or less in thickness
    My wrists are on the small side (6.7") and prefer watches with no larger a case than 41mm. The thickness requirement is to be able to slip under a shirt cuff when needed, as soon as you get above about 13mm watches tend to protrude.

    Water Resistance: 100M or greater
    I want to be able to swim, shower, sit in a pool or have a dip at the beach without worrying about the watch.

    Magnetic Resistance: 1,000 Gauss (80,000 A/m) or greater
    My profession puts me in proximity with magnetic fields daily. While demagnetizing a watch is a relatively quick and easy process, I'd much prefer to have a daily wearer that I didn't have to worry about exposure to magnetism.

    Scratch Resistance:
    Either shielded from scratches via a scratch-proof bezel (ceramic, ADLC, tungsten, etc) or a case made entirely of hardened material (ceramic, hardened steel, ADLC coated, grade 5 titanium, carbon fibre, etc). I don't want to have to baby the watch, and highly polished surfaces that attract scratches would inevitably irritate me.

    Movement: Chronometer-certified (or greater accuracy) mechanical. I own a number of HAQ watches that I currently wear in rotation, but I'm looking to add a mechanical timepiece as a new daily wearer. It has to be accurate enough to be relied on (COSC certifications or better), and mechanical in nature rather than reliant on a quartz oscillator, for that anachronistic charm.

    Budget: $10k AUD ($7k USD) or less

    Ideally I'm looking for suggestions that meet all of the above criteria, rather than just some of them. Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to read and propose some watches that could fit the bill, I look forward to your responses :)

    Regards,
    Jason
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    GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Without knowing your price range, my suggestions are kind of mid to higher range:

    Omega AT
    Omega Seamaster Railmaster
    Zenith Defy
    Tudor Ranger
    Milgauss

    Out of these I would suggest the Railmaster- brushes steel everywhere and scratches are really hard to spot. Milgauss is a scratch magnet.
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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Bremont maybe?
    Hardened cases
    Many have Faraday cages but don't know which
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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Damasko or Sinn, although COSC will not be written on the dial.
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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Not sure I know of anything that meets all of those. The watches mentioned above like the Omegas or Rolex meet all but the scratch resistance.

    Sinn 856 would meet all of those except the certified Chronometer. It uses a Top Grade movement instead, which is a Chronometer grade minus the chronometer certification.
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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Quote Originally Posted by VanAdian View Post
    Without knowing your price range, my suggestions are kind of mid to higher range:

    Omega AT
    Omega Seamaster Railmaster
    Zenith Defy
    Tudor Ranger
    Milgauss
    Thanks for the reminder to add a budget, I knew I missed something. Edited the first post to include my price range.

    Alas none of your suggestions meet all the criteria. The AT, Railmaster, Ranger and Milgauss fail to meet the scratch resistance requirement, the Defy and Ranger also fail the COSC requirement.

    Quote Originally Posted by 41Mets View Post
    Bremont maybe?
    Hardened cases
    Many have Faraday cages but don't know which
    Bremont are interesting, I haven't delved into their watches too deeply. Are any of the models COSC certified, in addition to the hardened casing/Faraday cage?

    Quote Originally Posted by MX793 View Post

    Sinn 856 would meet all of those except the certified Chronometer. It uses a Top Grade movement instead, which is a Chronometer grade minus the chronometer certification.
    That's a pretty good suggestion! How do you know that the SW300-1 used is Top grade though?

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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Maybe a Ball Engineer III Dreamer? COSC certification optional. Not scratch proof, but pretty bad a$&

    https://shop.ballwatch.ch/image/data...OBILE%2011.jpg
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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    honestly just get a Rolex, for 7k US you can get a brand new OP39. its pretty much the best go anywhere and do anything if your buying new.
    if not get any used stainless steel model from Rolex
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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant View Post

    Scratch Resistance:
    Either shielded from scratches via a scratch-proof bezel (ceramic, ADLC, tungsten, etc) or a case made entirely of hardened material (ceramic, hardened steel, ADLC coated, grade 5 titanium, carbon fibre, etc). I don't want to have to baby the watch, and highly polished surfaces that attract scratches would inevitably irritate me.
    This makes me think of Rado, but I don't think any of theirs possess any extra magnetic protection beyond what a normal ETA movement will have.

    Their "New Original" in 38.5mm meets pretty much all your other requirements, including a 100m WR rating. My Original, smaller at 35mm, has a lot of visual punch for its size.
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    Re: GADA Watch Recommendations (With very specific requirements...)

    Quote Originally Posted by VanAdian View Post
    Maybe a Ball Engineer III Dreamer? COSC certification optional. Not scratch proof, but pretty bad a$&
    Thank you! I didn't know about the Dreamer. Apparently you can get Titanium carbide coating (TiC) which would satisfy the scratch resistance requirement as well. I'll put it on my short list :)

    Edit: Except it's pre-order only, and clicking the "pre-order" button on their website redirects to a page saying "no products found", so I might have already missed out on this one :(

    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    This makes me think of Rado, but I don't think any of theirs possess any extra magnetic protection beyond what a normal ETA movement will have.

    Their "New Original" in 38.5mm meets pretty much all your other requirements, including a 100m WR rating. My Original, smaller at 35mm, has a lot of visual punch for its size.
    I'm a big fan of the Original/DiaStar, but they fail two requirements (accuracy and magnetic resistance) so unfortunately they're out.
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