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    help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    I'm looking to expand my watch "collection," which currently consists of one watch that I wear all the time - a vintage Junghans Max Bill. Ideally, I'd like to find two watches (a causal one and a dressier one), at least one of which with a Chrono function (preferably the more causal one). While I don't plan on buying any of them new, I realize that some of the combinations listed below would still be above my budget. My wrists are small (6.5"), so anything above 40mm tends to look hideous.

    In-house movements are preferable, but not required. I don't care for moon phase complications or really elaborate designs. I'm looking for versatility, good looks, a reliable and robust movement. Also, I don't like most Omega designs (esp. the Speedy), but love the AT. Metal bracelets (with a few exceptions) don't look great on my wrist.

    I've done some research and here are the current favorites:

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    Sinn 356 Flieger
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    Zenith El Primero Rainbow (love the design, I'm just not sure if it would be too bulky for my wrist)
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    Zenith El Primero Class 4 (current favorite)
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    IWC Fliegerchronograph 3706 (although I think the Sinn 356 is a better value for the money)
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    Dressy


    Girard-Perregaux Classic Elegance 49570 (not an easy watch to find, though)
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    Girard-Perregaux 9053, cal. 3300
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    Omega AT 2500 (2503.80)
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    Re: help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    Well let me say I think you have excellent taste!

    I love either of the GP's for the dressier watch and the second El Primero you posted for the chrono.

    I guess I'll go ahead and recommend Nomos..... in-house movement, beautiful and classic designs.

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    Re: help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    I have 4 of the watches on that list - the 2 GPs, the EP Class IV and the Omega AT2500 (the GP ref. 49570 is my pic/watch ).

    All of them are really good, can't go wrong with any of them (especially the Class IV!).
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    Re: help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    This is a beautiful Nomos, but I'm afraid it looks awfully similar to my Junghans Max Bill.
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    v76 - that's pretty funny, actually. sorry for borrowing your pic it's not an easy watch to find anywhere, though. Same with the Class IV. Any thoughts on the Rainbow model I posted and on the Longines L.688.2 chrono?

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    Re: help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    Like your Max Bill. I would have recommended Nomos or Stowa Antea but they'll be similar to your MB.

    So with that I'll suggest the following:

    Chrono - Preowned Speedmaster (~$2.5k)

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    Dress - Preowned Rolex DateJust (also ~$2.5k)

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    Prices seem realistic based on a quick scan of the forums (always get great value with a pre-woened pieces).
    I also like the AT you picked out for the dress watch choice.

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    You DO have excellent taste.
    I'd get a Damasko chronograph vs. the Sinn you put up for a 7750.
    Then I'd get either of the GP's, leaning black dial.
    A "can't go wrong" list though.
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    Re: help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    Quote Originally Posted by Tragic View Post
    You DO have excellent taste.
    I'd get a Damasko chronograph vs. the Sinn you put up for a 7750.
    Then I'd get either of the GP's, leaning black dial.
    A "can't go wrong" list though.
    Thanks for the advice... I haven't looked into that brand. For a 7750 I've been leaning towards either Sinn or Tutima. I just want a durable watch with a robust movement that can take some mild abuse. Would you consider the Rainbow to fall into that category?

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    Re: help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    Cripes, every watch you posted I either have or have wanted to have at some point. I like them all so I'm not much help. The EP is a time proven movement and I wouldn't worry about robustness. I wouldn't be concerned about bulk either, any of them are likely to be a bit slimmer than 7750 based chronos.

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    Re: help me choose two 38-40mm watches, for <$5K total

    Dress watch < $5K. I'm inclined to choose this one ......




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