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    Watch under 500 USD

    Hi,

    I'm searching for a great watch that will last for years.
    My budget is around 500$.
    I prefer:

    -a diver
    -saphire
    -no quartz
    -not dressy
    -value-price
    -timeless look

    My plan is to start collecting watches so what are the do's and dont's? Which brands?..

    Thanks!

    Regards

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    Re: Watch under 500 USD

    5 letters -S. E. I. K. O.
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    Re: Watch under 500 USD

    If you dont mind used then umm certina, hamilton, christopher ward, and various others. Just keep an eye out on the sales forums and see what you like then do some homework yourself. Alot of the enjoyment comes from the hunt.


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    Re: Watch under 500 USD

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcelleke View Post
    Hi,

    I'm searching for a great watch that will last for years.
    My budget is around 500$.
    I prefer:

    -a diver
    -saphire
    -no quartz
    -not dressy
    -value-price
    -timeless look

    My plan is to start collecting watches so what are the do's and dont's? Which brands?..

    Thanks!

    Regards
    Start a Seiko diver collection. It is addictive. I have only one but I can't stop looking at Seiko divers on the weekend.
    Last edited by Lelocle; April 3rd, 2015 at 12:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelocle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marcelleke View Post
    Hi,

    I'm searching for a great watch that will last for years.
    My budget is around 500$.
    I prefer:

    -a diver
    -saphire
    -no quartz
    -not dressy
    -value-price
    -timeless look

    My plan is to start collecting watches so what are the do's and dont's? Which brands?..

    Thanks!

    Regards
    Start a Seiko diver collection. It is addictive. I have only one but I can't stop looking at Seiko divers on the weekend.

    Thing is, Sapphire for under $500. Not a chance. It'll be Hardlex. They have Sapphire but in their more expensive ones.
    Last week I bought a complete tissot sea touch for my dad. Picked it up for 350 with still one year waranty (second-handed).

    He likes it a lot and seemed like a good deal.

    Second-handed is not a problem.
    Just looking for a watch I can wear "whole my life" :D
    A watch that keeps a big part of its value when you consider to sell it in the future.

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    Re: Watch under 500 USD

    I'd normally say "Seiko" but you won't find sapphire and automatic together for under $500. I presume a Submarniner homage or something might be the best way to go...I've got no experience with them.

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    Re: Watch under 500 USD

    Here, do this:

    Go to eBay, and type in AUTOMATIC under Jewelry / Watches.

    You'll see a million watches.
    Set the price at 500.
    Then you will see a few thousand watches.
    Make a note of the names/brands that appeal to you.

    Google those. Narrow down your choices.
    Then come back and ask for help in refining your choices.
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    Re: Watch under 500 USD

    I'm not sure where in the world you are, but in the slight chance you're in Australia, Wallace Bishop has a private label watch brand, Loyal, who make a watch that fits all your specifications.
    Current Collection:
    Rotary, Adina, Emporio Armani, Loyal, Swatch, Ingersoll, Cyma and others...

    The Wanted List:
    Citizen NB0030-01A

    Realistically Achievable Grails:
    Breguet 5817 Marine Big Date
    Grand Seiko STGR003

    Holy Grails:
    Breguet 5617 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronopolis View Post
    Here, do this:

    Go to eBay, and type in AUTOMATIC under Jewelry / Watches.

    You'll see a million watches.
    Set the price at 500.
    Then you will see a few thousand watches.
    Make a note of the names/brands that appeal to you.

    Google those. Narrow down your choices.
    Then come back and ask for help in refining your choices.
    I did already and the tissot touch collection catched my eye. But I wonder if a touch watch will last for years.
    Maybe a:
    - certina podium DS
    - Seiko diver
    - Citizen Ecozilla
    - Hamilton Khaki King

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    Re: Watch under 500 USD

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcelleke View Post
    I did already and the tissot touch collection catched my eye. But I wonder if a touch watch will last for years.
    Maybe a:
    - certina podium DS
    - Seiko diver
    - Citizen Ecozilla
    - Hamilton Khaki King
    All good choices.
    "Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail." _ John Donne

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