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    MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    Hello WUS.

    Can anyone suggest a watch like the MKII Hawkinge (which is sublime), with the following caveats please?

    1. Automatic
    2. Brushed or sand-blasted type case
    3. At least 40mm (my wrist is just shy of 7 3/4 - 8 inches if it's warm. Even my SARB017, one of my favourites, is looking a bit small for my personal taste at 39mm)
    4. Not a Hamilton (I like Hamilton, for the record, but I've not found one that quite fits the bill)
    5. Ideally I'm spending less than £1500 UK

    Of course, at 41mm, the Tudor Heritage Ranger looks like an obvious choice (and is in the running, a minty pre-owned one can be mine at just over 1500). However, as I'm sure you can imagine, I'm just doing my due diligence and consulting the WUS hive-mind to see what my options are.

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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    How about one of the Stowa Flieger sport models?


    €1250
    43mm case
    51mm lug-to-lug
    Genuine blued hands

    I'd love one my self but I'd prefer it around the 40mm mark.

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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    Only one that comes to mind that might make you go 'Ooooh!' is the Oris ProPilot Big Crown. They call it a 'big crown' but to me it's the right size... 41mm, 100m WR and just over a thousand of our best English pounds.

    OTOH you could stop fannying around, scrap the whole idea and wear the Alpinist instead. In a class of its own and my favourite too. Personally, I think the size is spot on!
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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    Both the STOWA and Oris are great options. I had the STOWA FKS and really wanted it to work, but I prefer smaller cases (despite having larger wrists). I'll throw Fortis out there as another option.

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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    Is manual absolutely out of the question?

    Guinand Series 31:
    - 41,9 mm diameter
    - 12,7 mm thickness
    - movement modified Unitas 6497
    - sapphire crystal, inside AR
    - price 1500€




    It's the closest I could think of. Timefactors Speedbird is too small and IWC Mk XV is above budget.

    Personally I would save some more and get "the real thing".



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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    Some great suggestions to add to the mix. The IWC is indeed great, but I always worry I'm not getting bang-for-my-buck in the same way I would with (say) Stowa, Sinn or indeed Tudor.
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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    I agree that Stowa, Sinn and Tudor offer great quality for the price. Stowa has also history in supplying WWII fliegers, as well as IWC does. But I think that regarding pilot's watches IWC Mark-series is in a league of its' own. Of course all depends if that speaks to you, or are you willing to invest that much.

    Pre owned Mk XV's can be found around 2100 GBP, so in my opinion not that far off your original budget.

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    The IWC is indeed great, but I always worry I'm not getting bang-for-my-buck in the same way I would with (say) Stowa, Sinn or indeed Tudor.
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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    How about a Damasko?

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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    Mido Multifort Escape. 44mm, auto, < $1K, nice finish. Can't help with the triangle at 12.

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    Re: MKII Hawkinge-style field / aviation watch

    Quote Originally Posted by BEEG View Post
    How about a Damasko?
    If I'm honest, I'm not a fan of the cross-hairs on the dials.
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