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    If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    What watch would you buy? No rules, no guidelines, just your gut, for whatever reason that makes sense to you.
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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    I have been favoring Kemmner watches in that price range. Great build, lots of solid designs and movements that match the selling prices. They range from $350 to about $900. The guy really flies under the radar.
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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    At least you've narrowed it down for WUS members. I think you'll receive more answers if you're more specific and have done some research.

    Damasko, Hamilton, Stowa, Alpina, Longines, etc., etc....
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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    Without additional criteria this is a broad target to hit, but that said here are two of my favorites -- the Seiko Presage SARD011, and an Oris Artelier Moonphase.
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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    The Chris Ward C60 Blue L.E. is looking awfully nice.
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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    I'd probably get a used Tag Heuer Carrera or Aquaracer. Anything that sells grey for under $2.5k-ish can be easily had used in that price range.

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    If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    In that price range, I’d recommend H2O watches without hesitation. Fully customizable, options for different metals, hardened steel, GMT, different movements,etc.

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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    Vintage, good condition Universal or Omega.
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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    Quote Originally Posted by TimothyO View Post
    What watch would you buy? No rules, no guidelines, just your gut, for whatever reason that makes sense to you.
    In this price range I would tell you to look into vintage and used watches first (great deals on Omega vintage for under $1k). If you want something new, then I would strongly recommend you stay away from Swiss watches as there's very little in your price range that's going to be "special". Having said that, if you must have Swiss, then stick with Longines (Flagship or Hydroconquest with the L688 movement). The absolute best movement (in my opinion) on the market you can buy for under $800 is the Seiko 6R21 (take a look at the Presage SARW019 and similar). Another great option in the sub $1k range would be a mechanical (manual wind) Russian watch with the Poljot 3133 movement (take a look at Strela and Strumanskie) as there are some fantastic watches to be had for under $1k.

    Best of luck!
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    Re: If you're going to spend $800 - $1,200

    Hamilton Pan-Europe chronograph. No doubt.
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