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    Seeking "budget" guilloche watch

    Hello everyone

    I've decided my collection needs a dressy guilloche watch, but don't have the funds for a Breguet or something of the likes.
    I've been looking through forums and the like, and have found two watches so far, but can't decide which to go for, or if there's something else on the market I should be looking at.
    I'm looking at either a Tourby watch, like this: Name:  IMG_0979.JPG
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    Or the newer and slightly less known Ophion watch: Name:  Ophion-OPH-786-Review-aBlogtoWatch-13.jpg
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    Both watches have about the same measurements at 39-40,5 mm case and about 9mm case thickness (excl. glass). Both watches also have CNC made guilloche patterns, which is a must for me, since I usually don't like stamped dials (they tend to look a bit like plastic imho). The Tourby watch has an ETA/Unitas 6498-1 movement, the Ophion has a Technotime/Soprod TT718 that's been very heavily modified. The Soprod movement has a more fluid sweep (4hz), hacking(!) and 5 days PR over the Unitas movement. The Tourby watch costs 1725 euros (incl. VAT) while the Ophion costs 2200 euros (excl. VAT), so the Ophion watch is definitely pricier. I have to admit I also like the Ophion more, but I'm not sure it's worth the higher price.

    Does anyone have experience with either watch, or have some other recommendation in about the same price range?
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    I currently own a Breguet 7147 and Breguet 5907. I also just ordered a Tourby sector dial yesterday. That being said, I prefer the Ophion. I like the layered dial, the unique hands, and I like how they customized and finished the movement.

    If you just want a nice guilloche dial you can also try for a basic pre-owned reverso. Their guilloche is very impressive and you'd get a timeless classic with an inhouse movement. You might be able to get one for just a little more than the Ophion.
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    Exactly the same I thought about the Ophion, it seems very nicely detailed with a lot of design elements that just come together perfectly.

    Do share your experience with the quality of the Tourby watch you ordered when you get it.

    I did have some looks at the reverso, and took another look after your suggestion. Can find some nice looking ones without paying too much extra, but unfortunately most of them lack a seconds hand, which is a deal breaker for me. Also I'm having a hard time to see the real advantage of their in house movement when it doesn't seem to have better features, nor can you look at it to see the finish.
    But still appreciate the suggestion!

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    Re: Seeking "budget" guilloche watch

    Exactly the same I thought about the Ophion, it seems very nicely detailed with a lot of design elements that just come together perfectly.
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    Re: Seeking "budget" guilloche watch

    Nivrel? Limes? No idea if CNC so may not meet your requirements but fwiw . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by drhr View Post
    Nivrel? Limes? No idea if CNC so may not meet your requirements but fwiw . . .
    The information I've been able to gather has suggested that they're both stamped. But still really good looking watches, I must admit!
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    Re: Seeking "budget" guilloche watch

    That's to be expected at the price.
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    The information I've been able to gather has suggested that they're both stamped. But still really good looking watches, I must admit!
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    Re: Seeking "budget" guilloche watch

    You can't get much buget-ier than one of the Orients. Sapphire crystal though it's stamped too, but it does say "water resist" just like a classic orient. Display back, but largely unornamented.

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    JDM Orient ER2F004W. They retail for $165 but the market jacks them up to $220. They are hard to find, but worth it.

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    Re: Seeking "budget" guilloche watch

    IMHO the "finishing" on the bridges of the Ophion makes for one of the least attractive movements I have seen in a long while. I understand that this is purely an aesthetic preference, but for that reason alone I would opt for the Tourby.

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