As I am reading over my post before submitting I am seeing how long it is, I didn’t intend to write so much, so apologies in advance for the length...
I started my journey here at WUS just a couple months ago with a thread that I started wanting reccommendations on a “Swiss” Divers Style Watch. I had very specific criteria and received a lot of great suggestions. I feel like I have learned and broadened my horizons so much thanks to all of you that were generous enough to participate in my original thread as well as each and every subsequent thread asking for reccommendations and advice. I thank you for taking the time to pass along the many years of combined knowledge. It has been much fun expanding my knowledge.
This is the criteria I based my selections on;
- Under $1000(Grey Market ok Pre-Loved ok)
- Divers Style(doesn’t have to be 6425 Compliant as I am no diver)
- 40-42mm Diameter
- Lug to Lug under 50
- Saphire Crystal
- Day, Date, or Day/Date
- If possible I would like A brand with History/Heritage
In the beginning I was so intent on sticking with “Swiss Made” Watches, but there was one Members reccommendation and information in particular that set me strait here. So, upon reading thread after thread, article after article, looking at hundreds of photos posted here and considering all of the reccommendations I have been given, this is what I have decided; how great would it be to own a watch that represents each country known for their designs of high quality and beautifully crafted timepieces? After many hours spent researching, it was easy to pick three of the top countries right off the bat;
Swiss Watches - This is an absolute no brainer. Doesn’t matter how cliche it is to own a Swiss Watch, there is a reason they are known for their quality built timepieces. The watch I selected here for a near future purchase is the Oris Divers Sixty-Five.
German Watches - This is a Country that completely eluded me as far as quality watches are concerned. I had no idea how many German brands were out there, or how highly they come reccommended. The watch I selected here for a near future purchase is the Sinn(Zinn?) 104 St Sa I W. I know that it’s a Pilot rather than a divers, but given the screw down crown, 200m WR and overall style, to me, it’s kind of a cross between a Divers and Pilot, sort of a hybrid if you will. I think this is the watch that I am most looking forward to purchasing in the future. I’m not sure why, but there’s just something about this Sinn.
Japanese Watches - It still surprises me that I have become a Seiko fan. It was Ryeguy who recommended that I take a look at Seiko and turned me onto the particular model I am currently on the hunt for. To be honest I wasn’t really a fan of Seiko Divers for one reason or another, however, in my time as a Member here it seems that you cannot go too far without seeing Seiko as a LOVED brand. I mean these watches really are everywhere, even in the articles I have read about the “best divers watches under $1000” there is at least one Seiko model mentioned each and every time. So, I figure I would be doing myself a real disservice if I didn’t at least take a look at the brand. The watch I selected here for a near future purchase is the Seiko SBDC053 on braclet.
So there you have it, my next three watch purchases thanks to YOU. Of course, as always, if there are any countries you feel should be represented by a timepiece, or, if there are any watches that you feel I should be taking a look at instead of the watches I have selected, recommendations are always welcome
**Pics courtesy of Google**