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    Looking for a good Automatic

    I have had my certina ds podium now for five years and i feel mature to take a step up both in class and price. I am looking for my first automatic and have maximum around 600€ to spend. The watch should be quite simple and clean as i want as much craftsmanship as possible. The shape of Tissots visodate is attractive and it's a watch that I'm considering but in some ways it looks to sporty - everyday class is what i'm looking for. The Frederique constant index automatic also has the desirable form. The watch should fit with a leather strap, preferably brown and have a white background (i'm sure there is a more precise word for that). I think these are the boundaries.

    Moonphase is a big plus, but i know its almost impossible to come by in this price range.

    Anyone want to contribute some ideas to my future watch? i will post the photo when i've decided and bought my new timepiece.

    EDIT: I prefer chrome/steel before gold
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    Re: Looking for a good Automatic

    Have you considered something Japanese? The new Seiko SARX019 is fresh off the production line. 40mm, 6R15 movement, enameled dial, curved sapphire crystal, croc strap, see-through hardlex back, etc, etc...

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    (sorry for the lame small pic, there's not much on the net on these yet)

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    Re: Looking for a good Automatic

    Hamilton Intra-matic?

    If you're willing to go grey market some of the Oris models may be in your price range.

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    Re: Looking for a good Automatic

    Thank you for your suggestions. I'll try to concretize my thoughts around those two watches. The seiko - really good suggestion although i can't find it anywhere in european websites. I have something against asian brands as well, as close to switzerland as possible is my motto in this buy. The Hamilton - i like the model although its a little "too" clean to wear everyday as a beater. And somehow the name "Hamilton" doesn't seem to fit as a watch brand name, probably because is haven't seen to many of them. The price was good though.

    I'll keep looking - thank you again for your suggestions!

    EDIT: A transparent case back is a major plus!
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    Re: Looking for a good Automatic

    Christopher ward watches is another brand that makes some really nice stuff in your price range.
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    I did my research and allegedly the brand doesn't have a good grey market value. I've looked a bit at the Hamilton khaki field, but it feels a bit too "army"-like for me. Im in the hunt for something more vintage/classy/casual.. Damn its hard, so many parameters. I'll keep looking and update the thread.

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    Re: Looking for a good Automatic

    Tissot le locle automatic on leather, either the normal or cosc certified version ?

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    I think this watch looks good! The only problem is the price, above 1000€..


    Le locle was definitely an interesting suggestion. I'll look it up more! Thank you all for the fantastic input, i appreciate it. Ever since i saw the visodate i think about it, still it feels a bit empty. I miss the moon phase. There was one clock - the tissot classic dream moon phase that really fitted every single parameter. And of course - discontinued.

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    Sorry for double post.
    I strive for solidity, a sense of thickness. I love the feeling i get when i look at a watch and i feel the density and perfection of the components - the quality i guess. Its often the more simple watches that manages to pull off that. In that sense the Le locle is beautiful.

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    The picture is not mine.
    But still there is something dull about it, it doesn't feel as alive as the visodate.

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    Re: Looking for a good Automatic

    Ball Victory. At the price point you can find one close to this price.

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