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    Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    HI all.

    I would like to give my dad a nice classic simple automatic dress watch for his birthday.

    Automatic, stainless case with preferably nice tan leather band, simple readable face, see through case back, classic round design, preferably swiss/german or something traditional.

    Will consider up to US $ 800.


    ANy ideas? Much appreciated!
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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    Stowa Antea
    39mm x 9.1 mm
    ETA 2824-2
    approx. USD 405.05
    4-6 weeks delivery
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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    Seiko SARB031 and Seiko SARB030
    36 mm x 12.5 mm
    6R15
    $436.00 usd (not sure what the yen/yuan conversion is)
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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    Thanks Fry. I also like the Hamilton Jazzmasters. Tough decision without being able to see them for real.

    Found this Orient and think it is a beauty too - What do you guys think?



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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by fieter View Post
    a nice classic simple automatic dress watch. in the region of US $ 500.

    That narrows it down to about 1,000 watches or so. I would recommend something legible first.

    What does he like? tank, round, chronograph, day and date? what about materials? gold, stainless, two tone? you might get more responses if you narrow the field a little.


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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    That Stowa is very nice!

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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    I wish your dad the best of health, but if I was buying a watch for an aged person, I will not consider a manual wind. Depends how active he is.

    Quartz may be easier for older people, since you do not need to be mildly active, but can actually take the watch off during the weekend and not have to re-adjust it.

    My father passed away a few years ago at over 80, he was using quartz in the last years for convenience.

    Sorry that this is not relevant to your question.



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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Naturally View Post
    I wish your dad the best of health, but if I was buying a watch for an aged person, I will not consider a manual wind. Depends how active he is.

    Quartz may be easier for older people, since you do not need to be mildly active, but can actually take the watch off during the weekend and not have to re-adjust it.

    My father passed away a few years ago at over 80, he was using quartz in the last years for convenience.

    Sorry that this is not relevant to your question.

    I would tend to agree a quartz may be the way to go... my father turned 82 this past year... he manager to over wind his vintage hamilton and pull the crown off... I am having it repaired... but I replaced it with a Movado folio with a nice black leather strap... he loves it and does not have to worry about setting it...

    But if you are set on a automatic... Bulova has a couple of really nice watches, Seiko 5's are also very nice. You maybe able to find a nice Hammy Jazzmaster grey market in that price range as well..

    Love the Orient by the way as well...

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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    hello fieter my father is also having his 70th this year. i have recently bought a vintage omega seamaster for him and will hopefully have it in the next few days it took me a long time to find one i thought he would like. his birthday isnt for another 3 months yet and i bought it now so i could have a good look at it and have it serviced if needed.
    it was an easy choice of which type of watch to get as he had a seamster in the 60s that was stolen and he often speaks about it 40 yeras later. he is thankfully as fit as a fiddle and very active and well capable of winding a watch.
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    Re: Which watch to give Father turning 70 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by fry View Post
    Stowa Antea
    39mm x 9.1 mm
    ETA 2824-2
    approx. USD 405.05
    4-6 weeks delivery
    Pictures borrowed from Stowa's website

    http://www.german-watches.com/cgi-bi...gesamt_zeilen=
    As a 65 year old father, I totally agree! Since no one would give me one for my 66th birthday, I ordered one for myself.
    Of course about a month ago I received the Stowa AIRMAN and was SO impressed by it.....fit, finish, accuracy, that I just HAD to have another...a DRESS watch.
    Great choice! Mine's due in March....I'm counting the days!

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