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    Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    Hello,

    My first post on the forum...

    I have not worn a watch for several years, looking to buy a first one. Looking for a watch I can wear daily that is dressy enough for a night out but not overwhelming for a semi-casual office job. I very much like something in the style of the Zenith Pilot or Captain, but that is a bit out of my price range (looking for <$1k).

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was thinking I may be able to find something in my price range from Hamilton, which has a style I like, so thoughts on that would be welcome as well.

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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    Hamilton, Tissot or Seiko would be good choices I think. Also Orient?

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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    Hi there!

    Seiko SARBs that are only sold in Japan are much loved around these forums. The quality is very good, indeed - people call these "the poor man's Grand Seikos". I myself have a SARB033 which is such a lovely and traditionally elegant piece. You can buy these online from SeiyaJapan, Chino Watch or Higuchi Inc. SARB021/023 cost about $650, 033/032 about $500. I bought mine from Chino, their customer service was great and the watch arrived from Japan to Finland in just a few days. Below are some pictures borrowed from SeiyaJapan and Chino Watch. Just search the forum and you'll find a lot of praise and better pictures.

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    Some of these are also offered on leather straps, if I'm not badly mistaken. My recommendation is, however, that if you ever buy one, get it with the bracelet. They are of good quality and you can always buy lovely leather straps to your liking later. Changing them is very easy: you can do it by yourself with a simple tool or a watchmaker can do it for you.

    Happy hunting!
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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    +1 to Tissot Visodate and any aut Hamilton that catches your eye. A couple additions:

    If you are looking at Tissot, you may consider their Le Locle line:



    Also, if you are considering the Seiko SARBs, I think the SARB065 is a dead ringer if you like the Zenith Pilot. One of the few Seikos I really like.



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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    Check out Christopher Ward. They're a small independent maker and they have great customer service.

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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    I would look to these watchmakers, in no particular order: Hamilton, Oris, Tissot, Stowa, Christopher Ward, and Seiko (Japan Domestic, as suggested). I recently purchased an Oris Classic and a Seiko SARB071 as a starter pair:

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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    Thank you all for the great suggestions.

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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    You can't go wrong with a Hamilton. I have several of them and they're great bang for the buck, easily worth double their price IMHO.

    The JazzMaster Maestro, with white face, brown strap and gold hands/markers is one of my personal favorites... a really classy and timeless look, plus you can get it for a grand or less if you shop around. The only drawback is that its size (45mm) might not be everyone's cup of tea.

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    Re: Looking for suggestions for good 'starter' watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Roller.959 View Post
    +1 to Tissot Visodate and any aut Hamilton that catches your eye. A couple additions:

    If you are looking at Tissot, you may consider their Le Locle line:





    Good Luck!!
    I got this with the bracelet. I have had it for 5 days now. It's absolutely beautiful.

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