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    Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Hi all,

    This is my first post, have been lurking for a couple of weeks!

    I want to buy a watch for my husbands Christmas present. He doesn't currently wear a watch and has never owned anything better than a fake Rolex/Debenhams branded one (I know, he is hopeless).

    My budget is £400 so I know I can't get him the best watch ever, but want something decent, that looks good, isn't too huge as he has smallish wrists. He will probably only wear it at weekends as his workplace isn't a suitable environment to wear one.

    We are in the UK so some of the watches I like aren't available here, I would probably have to go down the ebay route.

    I like the Orient Star Retrograde white or cream dial. But apart from that I'm not sure. He has always mentioned a Tag watch, I think the Carrera. Obviously I'm unable to get one of these with my limited budget.

    Any suggestions re type of watch/trustworthy sellers would be much appreciated!

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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Honestly? I would go out for lunch, have a nice bottle if wine and go watch window shopping. Get an idea of what he likes that way. If he isn't into watches seriously consider quartz. If it's likely to be a weekend watch would he want to wind and set a mechanical watch?
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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Two suggestions from me right in your budget:

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    I like them and last time I looked I'm a bloke lol - anyway just suggestions (It's called a Dugena Festa 7000192)
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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Check out Roland Kemmner's watches. He's an independent German watchmaker, excellent guy to deal with. Most are around your budget of £400. Keep an eye on his eBay page, different models come and go. erkahund | eBay
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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Well, I think you've got your work cut out. Spending £400 on a watch for a fussy guy who doesn't wear a watch and isn't all that bothered about wearing a watch doesn't sound like a brilliant idea to me. But hey, it's your money :o)

    FWIW, my strong recommendation would be to use Amazon UK. It's the least hassle and a vast range of excellent watches - and buy it nearer Christmas as they'll have an extended returns period - and returns are easy.

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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSport View Post
    If he isn't into watches seriously consider quartz. If it's likely to be a weekend watch would he want to wind and set a mechanical watch?
    This is definitely something to consider!

    However, I would suggest you have a look at Christopher Ward, they are on budget and look much more expensive than they are. Mine was about £440 and is my weekend watch - bear in mind the winding issue though!
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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Christopher Ward...You have to buy them on the Net....Great value and customer service.
    You will not be disappointed.
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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Have a look at Christopher Ward, they are having an Autumn sale and UK based. Excellent watches for the money and have a long warranty, longer than their brethren that cost 20 times as much or more. It seems little big feather and blue bottle had the same thought as I typed!
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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    Wish I owned a CW... That is a good choice. What kind of watch though? Diver? Dressy? Sporty?

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    Re: Need some help choosing a watch for my fussy husband

    If he's not a regular watch-wearer, I'd go with quartz. It hits all the points on practicality: keeps going without the need to wind, greater accuracy, lower cost to acquire, lower cost to maintain.

    Seiko, Citizen, VCA, Tissot among other good choices.
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