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    Question New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    ...time for the second watch. It only took me 18 months to settle on the first, and I've had it for about 2 months now, and I'm already moving on... I will have enough watches at some point and be happy with all of them, right? Right...?

    My long hunt for my first watch was for something that would last longer than I would, and was (in my book) somewhat expensive. And after wearing that for a month straight, give or take, I've decided I want something a little more casual, and that I don't need to take as much care of for daily wear.

    So, to the fun part -- the criteria...

    Strongly preferred:
    • In the $250-$400 range, maybe $450...
    • No more than 40-41mm (I have a smallist wrist).
    • Sporty, maybe a chronograph or a pilot's watch.
    • Automatic, or manual.
    • On a black band, probably leather, would consider rubber.


    Since that probably doesn't narrow it down a whole lot, some nice to haves:
    • A transparent caseback would be awesome.
    • A deployment clasp would be handy... (though I suspect that would push me into several price ranges higher?)
    • The date, sure.


    Mind you, since everything I know about watches was geared towards that first watch, I don't know what's reasonable at this price point, nor do I have a good handle on the brands that operate in this space. And I don't need a well known brand at all either.

    I looked at a couple things already. There's the Stanton Ludlow (The Stanton Watch Co — The Ludlow Edition). It's quite nice, but it's not really sporty, and it's more expensive than I want to pay for this. I also looked at the Jorg Gray 6500 (http://www.jorggray.com/jg6500.HTML); while it hits nicely on the price point, I'm not sure if it's a good value for the money. I get the feeling the price on that is higher than it should be just because it's the Obama Watch.

    So I'm wide open to suggestions (including those that review my criteria). Point me to brands or to specifics, I'd appreciate it either way.

    Thanks!

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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    How about a sporty Tissot PRS516? A bit above your price limit, but not by much. There's usually a few on ebay between $400-$500. There are versions on black leather.
    A new chronograph will be above your budget unless you go Chinese or Russian, or quartz.


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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    Buy a Seiko 5 something or other.

    If you want a manual or auto chrono, be prepared to spend more, go unserviced vintage, or sacrifice a lot of quality.
    Influence is like the wind...

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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    How about a sporty Tissot PRS516? A bit above your price limit, but not by much. There's usually a few on ebay between $400-$500. There are versions on black leather.
    A new chronograph will be above your budget unless you go Chinese or Russian, or quartz.

    Beautiful! It is too bad that they did not do white on black for the date. This one gets my vote if it is within your budget.

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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    Check out Orient. They have tons of good automatics in your price range. Probably should investigate the Seiko 5 too, although I prefer Orient myself.

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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    How about the Christopher Ward C5 Malvern Aviator MK II? It meets all your requirements down to the deployment clasp and costs $365 on their website.

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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    This....

    or this....




    or perhaps this with a strap change

    Rolex Submariner
    Zenith Chronomaster XT Open El Primero

    Omega Seamaster James Bond 007 Limited Edition
    Kobold Comanche
    Helson Sharkmaster
    Sinn U1
    Alpina Extreme Diver

    Maurice Lacroix Miros
    Ball B&O First Mile

    Edox Classe Royale Open Heart Automatic
    Shinola Brakeman 46

    Luminox 3000 Navy Seal Diver
    Hamilton Khaki Navy Sub
    Seiko Black Monster
    Citizen Ecozilla
    Deep Blue Sunray Diver 1k
    and various other makes and models

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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    You will have a real hard time finding a Chronograph for $450...

    I happen to like this one which is currently being sold at a grey market dealer for $379...


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    Omega AquaTerra GMT - 1972 Heuer Autavia Viceroy - Ball Engineer Master II Diver World Time
    JeanRichard Terrascope - Longines Legend Diver(Date) - Luminox 6250 - Hamilton Intra-Matic(42mm) - Magrette Moana Pacific Professional - Oris XXL Pointer Day

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    Re: New Watch Recommendations Needed -- $200-$400, sporty automatic?

    maybe too big though lists at 44mm... felt smaller when I wore it though.

    Collection:
    RGM 801A - Montblanc Twinfly Flyback Chronograph -
    Omega AquaTerra GMT - 1972 Heuer Autavia Viceroy - Ball Engineer Master II Diver World Time
    JeanRichard Terrascope - Longines Legend Diver(Date) - Luminox 6250 - Hamilton Intra-Matic(42mm) - Magrette Moana Pacific Professional - Oris XXL Pointer Day

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    Bulova Marine Star?
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    Also with a strap change.

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