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    Confused Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    Hi,

    I am looking for a daily beater I can use as an all-rounder. So it would look tough enough when doing chores, but wouldn't seem inappropriate under a casual suit.
    Over the last few decades I have refined my taste and wishes for such a watch, that I came up with quite a specific list of things I like and don't like.
    Perhaps because of this specific list, I have not found my all-rounder and hope that perhaps you can help me out with ideas and suggestions of watches I have not thought of.

    Let's start off with the requirements:
    -willing to stretch the budget to 3000 euro's, but feel for a daily beater something between 300 and 1000 is more reasonable, as I am allergic to scratches and dents on a multi-thousand watch
    -round case
    -steel case and steel bracelet
    -case size between 40 and 43cm
    -eta 2834 or 2836 movement or similar (as I want a Swiss movement, day-date through windows, hackable, hand winding possibility and servicable by a regular watchmaker)
    -regular lugs (so other regular/after market straps can be easily put on)
    -at least 50m water resistance
    -screwed crown
    -see through caseback

    Preferably with (preferable, because if it lacks any of these, I can have it customized):
    -decent lume on hands and dial that can “burn through the night”
    -sapphire glass
    -polished steel coloured hands
    -lug holes
    -fine adjustment in the clasp
    -crown protectors
    -dark dial with white/light prints, lume, etc.
    -don’t believe it exists, but would like a day-date through windows with a power reserve (preferably discretely, I like what Panerai did with the P.9001 where the PR is on the back)
    -used/second hand watch is no problem

    Dislikes:
    -diver style (I know, with screwed crown it’s difficult not to think of divers, but I don’t want any turnable bezel on my all-rounder)
    -butterfly style bracelet clasp (those that need to open from both sides)
    -coatings (don’t like obvious scratches)
    -cut off numerals
    -magnifiers (but perhaps I can have it removed)
    -bi color (e.g. gold tone)
    -flashy colors, like an orange dial
    Some stuff I perhaps can tolerate, like cut of numerals, but preferably don’t want them.

    Hope you can help me out, as these are the watches I have considered so far, but for one or more reasons are not “the one”:














































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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    $3000 "beater"?

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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    Rolex Explorer comes to mind as fitting most of your criteria. Preowned 36mm can be found in your budget. 39mm might be a big above your budget.
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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    All SS Datejusts are pretty tough and fit most of your needs/wants.

    My beater is a Seamaster (mainly because of it's good lume).

    Neither has a display back but I think they get old aftera while and are just something else to leak.
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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    I like the Victorinox and Hamilton.

    But have you checked this out?
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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    The watch that came to my mind when reading what you wanted is the Sinn 556 I.It falls 1,5 mm short of 40 mm in diameter but does wear bigger imo.Other good things about it is that it is really sturdy, has hardened steel and does not scratch easy. And it dresses up and down quite a lot with a strap change - in my mind it is one of those watches that you could wear just about anywhere in the same vein as IWC fliegers and Rolex Explorer 1.Might be worth a consideration.

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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    Quote Originally Posted by subcom View Post
    The watch that came to my mind when reading what you wanted is the Sinn 556 I.It falls 1,5 mm short of 40 mm in diameter but does wear bigger imo.Other good things about it is that it is really sturdy, has hardened steel and does not scratch easy. And it dresses up and down quite a lot with a strap change - in my mind it is one of those watches that you could wear just about anywhere in the same vein as IWC fliegers and Rolex Explorer 1.Might be worth a consideration.
    I agree with just about everything except the hardened steel part.
    The 556i comes with only a standard stainless steel case (:
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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    Well you put the Omega AT in there, it'll stretch your budget but almost covers everything... I'd look at Hamilton or Tissot and possibly Frederique-Constant, Raymond Weil or Longines. I suspect with a Tag you'd be paying for the brand but the Carreras might offer something for you (can't recall if they have exhibition backs offhand). Good luck!
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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    Christopher Ward on a leather strap.
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    Re: Help needed: looking for an all-rounder

    I don't normally suggest watches that do not have in house movements- especially at that price point- but understanding that this guy is indeed a 'beater', I'd say grab that Mido Multifort. A good friend of mine has the white dialed variant, and it is stunning, it has a great finish and fit and the dial is sublime. Then, with the money you save, go get a Nomos Tangente, you know, for some versatility and horological significance. Win-win!
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