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    Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    Howdy,

    A friend is searching for a new watch, probably a field watch or diver, with a sapphire crystal and WR10 bar or better. He's got small wrists, so is looking for something around 34-38mm. Suggestions? I don't think he cares about the movement. Budget is likely $hundreds.

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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    There should be lots out there you can find with some searching... Certina springs to mind for me... a lot of the DS series come in 38mm with sapphire crystals, 10 bar water resistance, and a good quartz movement. They don't have many dealers, but can be found online pretty easily.

    Easier to find in a store would be Citizen. You can go on their site and search for watches that are sapphire, under 39 mm, and 100m or more water resistance.

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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    Thanks! We'll definitely look at Citizens. Unfortunately, they don't have a search for sapphire on the Citizen site. Also, the current US offerings are far from everything you can find. Good call on the Certina's as well. Will have to investigate further.

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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    Here's more detail on what he's looking for:

    - <40mm
    - <12 mm thick (the Seiko SNE107 I have wears huge on my wrist even though it’s 42x12.2)
    - solar
    - sapphire
    - wr 200+ (would be nice not to have to take it off for dives)
    - Day/Date (Day is preferable, but optional)

    Aesthetic preference would be simple, high viz, not too much in the way of complications. Something I can wear all the time.

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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    I include 3-hand pilot styles in field watches, so Archimede Pilot 39 comes to mind. Mine has the extra feature of being bronze, but that's not necessary.

    Also check the Victorinox Infantry models. Some are 38mm.

    ACK...never mind, those are autos.
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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    Not sure you're gonna have much luck. If he's willing to drop the sapphire, the Citizen BM8180 covers the rest. There's also the AW0040, but that may be discontinued; it was listed as out of stock at the Citizen US web site. Other than that, neither the Citizen nor Seiko US catalogs show anything. Seiko's got nothing in any kind of tool/field watch configuration with solar. Casio Oceanus might work...but I think those are going to be too big.

    I do have the 8180, and I use it as a beater...housework and gardening. Maybe I'm careful, but I've not scratched the crystal.
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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    Those two Citizen's were my first suggestions to him. I do think this is a situation where it'll be hard to meet all of the requirements.

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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    Quote Originally Posted by Ziptie View Post
    Here's more detail on what he's looking for:

    - <40mm
    - <12 mm thick (the Seiko SNE107 I have wears huge on my wrist even though it’s 42x12.2)
    - solar
    - sapphire
    - wr 200+ (would be nice not to have to take it off for dives)
    - Day/Date (Day is preferable, but optional)

    Aesthetic preference would be simple, high viz, not too much in the way of complications. Something I can wear all the time.
    Citizen's PMD56 models come close to meeting all of that. 41mm x 12mm, 200m WR, Solar, sapphire, Day & Date, simple & legible. Also very light being Duratect treated titanium.

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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    ^^^ Ooh, now that is a great option. And radio controlled too.

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    Re: Looking for a smaller diameter with sapphire crystal

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    Citizen's PMD56 models come close to meeting all of that. 41mm x 12mm, 200m WR, Solar, sapphire, Day & Date, simple & legible. Also very light being Duratect treated titanium.

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    I second the suggestion for the Citizen.
    One option is PMD56-2951, a JDM model. The 2-8 width is actually about 39.9mm, so a nice size. Other specs as follows:

    Citizen Promaster PMD56-2951 LAND Eco-Drive; 200M WR, titanium case and bracelet, 58.2 grams on Zulu, 89.9 grams on bracelet, 41.0 grams head-only; 3-9 width (inc. crown): 42.56mm, 2-8 width: 39.9mm, bezel width: 37.49mm, L2L: 45.0mm, width (thickness): 12.0mm; quartz movement with Japan radio sync, perpetual calendar, travel offset feature.
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