Working at an international conference/event in Nov. and think this is a metal dress auto occasion, but I don't currently have one in my collection :)! I'm looking to purchase something on stainless steel (not a fan of gold atm). My price range is up to $1000, but it would have to be something really special, prefer closer to $600 - I'm fairly new to collecting and have mostly "value for the money" (under 1k) watches like Victorinox, Tissot, Orient, etc. I really like the clean, sharp look of the Seiko SARB series and the similar Orient Star Standard-Date. I think they're great watches and I'd be happy to own either of these, but I would prefer a swiss piece this time for the impression in business as many countries will be represented at the event. I know this isn't a super impressive price range, but trying to do the best I can. I also would prefer a swiss because I likely wont buy another watch in this style for awhile and I know if it's swiss and I like it, I wont question the purchase, whereas I might wonder what impression I may be giving with the other watches. I'm aware this may be a bit silly, but it would be easier for me to simply buy a swiss piece I like and be happy than to change my neurotic/ocd tendency :D.
The problem is I have come to the end of hours of searching for a similar look in a swiss piece in my price range and haven't come up with a single hit. Found some decent tissot and certina pieces, but they're a bit too casual/sporty for my aim, and the hands aren't as sharply angled. I've even searched higher end pieces out of my range and haven't seen the same look in a swiss. I feel like I must be missing something? Can anyone help me out with some suggestions I may be missing?
Hypothetically, if I can't find a swiss piece and end up sticking with a SARB or Orient Star, any opinions on which would be best for me based on the criteria above? Think they're both great, but leaning towards the orient star as my experience with orient has been a lot of value for the money, great in-house movements, and a lesser known brand globally (as far as I know) which I like. Also, as an orient fan, it would be my first orient star. I don't have much experience with Seiko other than what I've read and looked at online and they seem to be great. But again, would much prefer swiss!
Can you help me watchuseek, and save me hours of looking at the same stuff again :)? Thanks for reading!