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    Gift for teenaged girl

    Hi all,

    I've been lurking on this site and really enjoying so many threads here. I tried to find some advice posted for this question, but haven't really found an appropriate thread.

    My 14 year old niece will be having her confirmation soon ( it's a Catholic rite where adolescents "confirm" their Catholic faith, a sort of growing up rite of passage). I'd like to buy her a special watch, something she can wear long into her 'womanhood'.

    I'd like for it to be an automatic and the budget is $400-600ish. I've seen some really nice Tissot options, but I'd really love to get her something from a less ubiquitous brand - if it were a boy I'd be looking at Steinharts or G. Gerlachs. Are there any watchmakers of that ilk, but for ladies watches?

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated!



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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Check out Christopher Ward. They have nice quality watches, alot of women's models, and they also have a sale going on right now on some of their women's watches.
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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Try ebay for "Epos 3376"

    Ignore that it says mens because it is only 36mm (square!) , It's quite easily a ladies watch too

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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Orient has some nice ladies' automatics:

    Ladies Watches - Watch Collections | Orient Watch USA
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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Are you sure you want it to be mechanical? Most women don't like mechanical watches -- the need for winding and servicing are too much. There are exceptions, but I feel like they prove the rule.
    Additionally, teen-agers are really brand conscious. Getting a catholic girl a polish watch (or something the equivalent thereof) will probably send her into a state of confusion-- she won't know that it's expensive, or particularly nice, because she's not heard of the brand. She probably won't understand how much more craftsmanship goes into a mechanical watch (even a Chinese one).

    And I appreciate that you want to buy her something that she can "grow into," but that means having to service a mechanical before it'll actually be most appropriate for her to wear!

    I think I'd choose a nice Citizen Eco-Drive, or perhaps Bernhardt's Delphine if you want to be different.


    Or a nice looking Chris Ward. Quartz, but you can tell it's got class to it. Plus it says "London" on the face!:
    Victoria - Deco - Leather - S30-ROM-SWK - Quartz - Swiss Made

    The other alternative is to go vintage. You'll be looking at handwinds, not automatics, but I'm sure you can find something really nice for a couple hundred bucks. Add in a service, and you're at your price point.

    I always get mad at posters who don't listen to what the OP wants, but I think I'm being realistic here.

    best of luck!
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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Sigh... I hate being that guy who ignores the OP's request.
    Okay, here are three options. As someone else said, there are a couple of nice Orient automatics that would work. (Would she like a watch that says "Orient" on it, though? For people not in the loop, that may sound like it's cheap Chinese.)

    No. 2 -- Uhren von Uhr's 205. It's less than $350, has sapphire and an ETA movement, is 32mm in diameter (a presence without being manly) and is classy as classy can be.
    Watches from UHR - Uhren von UHR - UHR-205
    It's a shame is doesn't say "swiss movement" on the face, but oh well.


    3. Vostok Lady First. Just the opposite -- colorful and fun. Less than $150, but pretty much only available on eBay (they're discontinued) and colors are limited.
    Russian Women's Diver VOSTOK Amfibia Lady First Wristwatch 570068 New | eBay
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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Oris make some nice ladies watches, if you look around you could find one at top of your budget, you might have better luck at a shop than on line.
    +1 on Eco drive suggestion.
    What about a Mondaine Swiss railway watch? We'll within your budget and kind of cool.
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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Or
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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    The Laco or Achimede pilots in 36mm might suit her
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    Both are within your price range, are German made (cases + assembly), have display casebacks(a must for any mechanical watch), fit smaller wrists well and yet have a presence that is unlike any other blingy watches for women out there.
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    Re: Gift for teenaged girl

    Beats what I gave my niece for her FHC! (a cross from James Avery, and only silver at that- I feel so cheap now)

    Since used has been raised as a possibility - there are a few nice appearing Cartier Tanks (of the "Must Du Cartier" variety) on the bay - saw 2 nice ones at 779 - 1 black, one cream, that looked like they had good gold coverage and dials. While both were manual winds I think that a Cartier would thrill any girl and would get lots of wear in the future.
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