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    Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Looking to get some input from y'all.
    What handwound options are "out there" within the $1000 - $1500 range? It feels like so much is automatic-only, and I sort of feel like I'd like something handwound instead.
    Here's the kicker, though: ... not a pure dress watch, and not a luftwaffe flieger.

    For example, Nomos. They do really good handwound watches in this pricerange. But, most of them are too dressy for the time being. (E.g. The club - that's fine. The rest - too dressy).

    Now, I've tried the random criteria-based ebay search, and, well... nothing particularly interesting came up. A ton of vintage dress watches, which, errrr no thanks. Finding specifically handwound non-dress watches on WUS search was also somewhat unsuccessful. Perhaps asking directly would be the best approach .
    German, Swiss, Japanese - all good (though afaik Japanese brands really aren't into handwind movements). Obscure brands from around europe/US - Even better! But, really, I'm open to anything that's a) handwound movement, b) 1 to 1.5k usd (~ish), c) not a flieger, d) not a dress watch.

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    Re: Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Well - I may as well be the bearer of bad news. No current model Seiko/Citizen/Orient matches that description
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    Re: Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Vapaus Veli - The 2050 with the paddle hands that dress it down a bit.

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    Re: Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Quote Originally Posted by GUTuna View Post
    Vapaus Veli - The 2050 with the paddle hands that dress it down a bit.
    Thank you for that, but... It's a dress watch, imo. The paddle hands make it look a bit vintage-y, but still really dressy. Good shout though, I'll take a peek at their website and specs anyway, just in case.

    Edit: Hmm. 9mm, 20mm lugs, sapphire crystal... Okay, it's certainly appealing. Will keep this in mind as a potential option. Would ideally like to have something a little less dressy still, but Idk if anything even exists within the constraints. See-through caseback would be nice, though (esp. for handwounds, where the rotor doesn't get in the way...)
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    Re: Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Vulcain Cricket xtreme was $1,699 yesterday on Overstock via eBay. I think it's up $200 today. Can't get much more interesting than that (mechanical alarm in-house movement) for handwind.
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    Re: Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Don't know about "really excellent", but this is what I have. Not a flieger, not a dress watch either - although I sometimes use it as such. Not really good at telling time, but who needs that anyway, right?

    Louis Erard have other, more conventional, handwound models, which fit in your price range (and under, like mine), if you catch a deal - Amazon is a good place for that.
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    Re: Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Quote Originally Posted by cuthbert View Post
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    That's what I've been thinking of. Wanted to make sure I don't miss any alternatives or worthy competitors.
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    Re: Really excellent handwound (NON-Automatic!) watches around 1 - 1.5k?

    Quote Originally Posted by X2-Elijah View Post
    Obscure brands from around europe/US - Even better! But, really, I'm open to anything that's a) handwound movement, b) 1 to 1.5k usd (~ish), c) not a flieger, d) not a dress watch.
    I know it might not be what you're looking for, but I'll mention it anyway: an Alexander Shorokhoff Vintage maybe?

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