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    Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    I'll admit to not being a big fan of watches sized 40m and larger. I prefer the smaller sizes of yesteryear. I've been looking for a clean, classic looking automatic with a quality movement and date (if it has day that's okay). Should also be windable. I know "clean" is subjective, but I'm looking for something along the lines of either the

    Hamilon Jazzmaster Maestro
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    Victoinox Alliance 241667

    Are there any watches I the 38mm and under range that have nice clean looks like these?

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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    38mm is not an uncommon size.

    Most "dressier" watches come in <40mm

    I'm sure there are lots, but you can start with:
    -Stowa
    -Nomos

    If you want to up the budget, try
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    -JLC
    -A Lange
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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    I like my Sinn 556i and Tourby Small Pilot. Both 38.5mm
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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    Check out the Mido Baroncelli line

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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    Seiko 5 makes some nice small watches but they are not going to be windable.

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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    I did look at the Seiko 5s but saw that they were non-windable. But I did look at the smaller ones they do offer... could not find one that grabbed me.

    Justin, MusicPDX, colgex, I'll take a look at these. Anything you can tell me about movements and impressions of these pieces?

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    Maybe a A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, 36,5 mm (my wrist, not my watch)

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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    Nomos Orion 38 Datum, though it is more expensive that that options that you've been looking at.

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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    I took a quick look at all of the recommendations (thanks!). What's the one that caught my eye? The Nomos Minimatik. It's beautiful. It also has no date!

    steadywaters, just saw your post. My God that's another beautiful watch, but you're right too far up the food chain for me. I'm sorry everyone but I should have said in my original pot the limit is $1K... $1200 tops
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    Re: Are there any clean looking automatics smaller than 40mm?

    Baume & Mercier makes a number of really impressive watches in that size that are also very simple, clean designs.
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