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    Question Watch recommendations in something other than 316 stainless?

    I suffer from contact dermatitis from certain materials, and 300-series stainless is one of them. Both my Seiko SNK809K and my Prometheus Jellyfish irritate my skin if worn for several days in a row. Since I need something for daily wear with my new job, I'm looking for a watch that fits the following criteria:

    1. No 300-series stainless surfaces anywhere that contacts skin
    2. 35-40mm case. Preferably not more than 38mm. Maybe could do over 40mm if the watch wears really small, but 42mm is a hard stop.
    3. Less than $2k. I'd prefer something in a dress style, and with a band instead of a bracelet.

    I particularly love the Bauhaus style of the Nomos Tangente and Metro, so some thing in that vein would be great. Something along the lines of a Hamilton Jazzmaster or Orient Bambino would also be good. Although I love mechanical watches, I realize these are special circumstances, and would be happy with just about any type of movement.

    Any and all helpful suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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    Re: Watch recommendations?

    EDIT: I realize I only read the first half of your post. This isn't dressy and its not on a band. You may ignore me :)

    Carry on. Nothing to see here

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    Does Titanium irritate your skin?

    If not, check the Tutima DI300 out. Wearing one now, its great.

    Price new under $2k
    Size 41mm but wears small
    I have the orange one below but comes in other colors and more traditional ones too
    Very light
    Great bracelet

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    Re: Watch recommendations?

    I appreciate the suggestion. I was not even aware of Tutima watches. If I were looking for a diver, that looks like a great option.

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    Re: Watch recommendations?

    Oh, I should answer your question: I am looking at Ti watches, but I don't know if one would irritate my skin. I'm willing to test it out.

    (Sorry I neglected to address that question.)

    I know that gold does not irritate my skin, so gold plated or gold PVD would be especially good. Problem is that so many of these watches have uncoated casebacks.

    I doubt that any PVD coating would irritate my skin (but don't know for sure).
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    Watch recommendations in something other than 316 stainless?

    Go vintage. It's easy to find a gold watch from a first-class brand in your price range. There are lots of 34-37mm watches that would now be dress watches in 14k or 18k cases. Even brands like Longines, Zenith and JLC, and even with service (from an independent watchmaker). Most of these date from when pie-pan dials with stick and baton markers were common, and the Bauhaus concept was first popular.

    Very few plated watches (either PVD, electroplated, or gold-filled) ever had a plated back, though I have seen some vintage Bulovas with gold-filled backs.

    Rick "who owns a 36mm JLC (or will at Christmas) that meets these requirements" Denney
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    Re: Watch recommendations in something other than 316 stainless?

    yup vintage white gold will do.
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    Re: Watch recommendations in something other than 316 stainless?

    Test titanium, for sure, as there are quite a number of nice modern titanium watches.

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    Re: Watch recommendations in something other than 316 stainless?

    Maybe consider ceramic-cased models as well as titanium...?

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    Re: Watch recommendations in something other than 316 stainless?

    A gold or gold plated Cartier


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    Re: Watch recommendations in something other than 316 stainless?

    Rick already stated what I would have said as well: vintage.

    Some specific examples from Chrono24

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    This one's a tank style and that makes the diameter thing less critical:


    These next two are round. The first is pre-owned with box and papers.





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