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    Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    Hi all -

    I’m new here and am looking for some recommendations for a “go (most) anywhere / do (most) anything” watch.

    I thought I had found my option in a Sinn 556 A, but when it arrived, I realized that its 38.5 mm diameter was just too small for me. I have worn up to 44, but those feel borderline large, so here are my criteria:

    $1,250 or less
    40-44mm
    Clean dial / time and up to day-date only... no chronos
    100m or greater water resistance preferred, though not mandatory
    Black or blue dial
    White or silver indices / numerals
    Pilot or diver-influenced
    Easily serviceable movement
    No proprietary straps (e.g. Acquis)

    If they made a Hamilton Air Race with white dial markings in place of orange, I’d be all over it.


    Others that appeal include:
    Magrette Regattare Tiki (hard to find)

    Longines Diver (too expensive)

    Stowa Flieger 40 (nervous about not liking it in person)

    NTH Nacken


    So what else is out there that I should be looking at?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    I'd look at the Oris 65 42mm versions.
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    Re: Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    If the Aquis is out because of the lugs look at the Oris 65.
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    Re: Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    Have a look at Bernhardt Watches. They have a few models that may tick your boxes. I own the Binnacle Anchor II, which is not currently in production but it has been a very good watch. It has a great bracelet, 200m w/r, screw down crown, 2 year factory warranty, sapphire crystal and a sold if uninspired Miyota auto movement. Here's a pix of the Binnacle Anchor III.



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    Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    I had those requirements and got this.
    Last edited by imaCoolRobot; May 10th, 2018 at 23:40.
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    Your perfect watch is the Sinn 856. The specs are unbelievable. The leather strap version is in your price range.

    - 40mm case
    - Simple dial w/date
    - Hardened case
    - Anti magnetic
    - Nickel free case back
    - 200m WR
    - Case filled with inert gas to prevent moisture inside
    - Visible copper sulfate module that indicates the presence of any moisture in the case (changes color)

    It’s about as bulletproof a watch as you can buy. I had one and regrettably sold it because of other financial priorities. Amazing watch.
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    Re: Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    Quote Originally Posted by Emsflyer84 View Post
    Your perfect watch is the Sinn 856. The specs are unbelievable. The leather strap version is in your price range.

    - 40mm case
    - Simple dial w/date
    - Hardened case
    - Anti magnetic
    - Nickel free case back
    - 200m WR
    - Case filled with inert gas to prevent moisture inside
    - Visible copper sulfate module that indicates the presence of any moisture in the case (changes color)

    It’s about as bulletproof a watch as you can buy. I had one and regrettably sold it because of other financial priorities. Amazing watch.
    Great ideas here!

    Is this Sinn noticeably bigger than the 556? Because that seemed very small to me. Also, my one reservation about the 856 is the bead-blasted case — I just don’t have a sense of how that looks in person. That 836, OTOH, 43mm with the brushed tegimented finish... looks nice... too bad just a little more than I want to spend.


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    Re: Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    Quote Originally Posted by chuasam View Post
    I had those requirements and got this.
    Beautiful Stowa. Too bad the USD:EUR is going against me, but that is a real contender, and one I hadn’t seriously consider before. It’s on my short list now!


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    Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    Quote Originally Posted by gfabbri View Post
    Beautiful Stowa. Too bad the USD:EUR is going against me, but that is a real contender, and one I hadn’t seriously consider before. It’s on my short list now!


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    Spend a bit more if you have to. It’s worth it.
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    Hits every requirement
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    20 ATM WR
    The strap is sooo comfy (smells funny though)
    ETA 2824-2 (very goood movement and easy to service)


    Only thing it lacks IMHO is antimagnetic
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    Re: Newbie in search of a daily driver sub-$1,250

    What about a sinn U1 pre-owned? You can get one in pretty good shape on the upper end of your budget.

    I have a stowa flieger sport that is 43mm with a screw down crown for 200m water resistance. I agree that the 38.5 of the sinn turned me off. You might like the stowa that's a bit beefier.



    Oh, and this specific one with the Destro crown was a one-off that I purchased pre-owned from someone. The crowns are on the right side like this one, that I currently own, that's a limited edition version.


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