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    Hand finished movement on a budget.

    Hi All,
    I'm on a tight budget and probably max I would like to spend is 5k USD.
    I'm looking for a timepiece with a highly grade decorated movement. It does not need to have a lot of complications, nor does it have to be a strong brand.
    I prefer manually wound, but not a must. Around 38-41mm
    I know Nomos would probably come close, but is there anything out the that provides even more movement decoration around this price range?

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    Re: Hand finished movement on a budget.

    Go on over to watchbuys.com and check out Dornbluth, Ninchritz, Jaeger & Benzinger. Or check out Habring2.
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    Re: Hand finished movement on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavC View Post
    Hi All,
    I'm on a tight budget and probably max I would like to spend is 5k USD.
    I'm looking for a timepiece with a highly grade decorated movement. It does not need to have a lot of complications, nor does it have to be a strong brand.
    I prefer manually wound, but not a must. Around 38-41mm
    I know Nomos would probably come close, but is there anything out the that provides even more movement decoration around this price range?

    Andreas Hentschel could be right up your alley (-> website):


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    Re: Hand finished movement on a budget.

    For a handmade and finished watch in that size range I would also recommend Hentschel watches.
    The H2 harbourmaster (hafenmeister) would be within your budget.
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    The H2 does look nice, but having coordinates on the case side bugs me a little.

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    Re: Hand finished movement on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavC View Post
    The H2 does look nice, but having coordinates on the case side bugs me a little.
    Since these are no off-the-shelf watches, I'm pretty sure you could get one without that detail. Send him an email.

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    Re: Hand finished movement on a budget.

    If you want to avoid small-scale brands and ETA movements, look at older Blancpain Leman watches, wonderfully designed and sized and with very well finished F. Piguet movements... some can be had under 5K easily

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    Anyone know how does the H2 compare to the likes of Glashutte original (obviously within the same price range)?

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    Re: Hand finished movement on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavC View Post
    Anyone know how does the H2 compare to the likes of Glashutte original (obviously within the same price range)?
    GO has in-house movements whereas all of the watches above have eta or similar. GO is of course on an another level.

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    Re: Hand finished movement on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by murokello View Post
    GO has in-house movements whereas all of the watches above have eta or similar. GO is of course on an another level.
    Actually most of the watches mentioned so far have in-house manufactured movements.
    Habring watches have in-house movement designs while Hentschel and Dornblueth both manufacture movements modified from the Unitas 6498 and A Schild 1130 movements respectively as well as their own entirely in-house movements.
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