What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?
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    What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    Like many of you, the core of my love for mechanical watches comes from my intrigue with the movements inside them. At this point, the movement is one of the most important factors in my decision to buy (or not buy) a watch. I don't have many watches with display backs, but I still really like the idea of having a cool movement inside, even if I can't see it.

    That said, what are some of the coolest looking (affordable) movements to you? I should like the Lemania c1861/3 in the Speedy Pro "sapphire sandwich", but it seems overly complicated to me. I know being complicated is something a lot of people like, but I prefer simple, something like the modified Unitas 6498 in the Stowa Flieger Original. (neither is my pic, as I own neither watch)






    I'm currently on the waitlist for Stowa's Marine Automatic with the Soprod A10 movement, which isn't something that you see everyday, but from the pictures I've seen, it's not a very attractive movement, IMO. That really takes away from the appeal to me.

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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    I love the complexity of the 186x movement, or any manual wind chronograph movement for that matter, because there's so much going on, and you can see it in action as you press the pushers. But, I also really like simple, beautifully decorated movements. Nomos is mentioned a lot for affordability, and at their price points they have very nice looking movements IMO:

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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    Two that I own and love:

    ML 126 (La Joux Perret base)



    ETA/Unitas 6498

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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by drewmcd24 View Post
    Nomos is mentioned a lot for affordability, and at their price points they have very nice looking movements IMO:

    You beat me to it. The Zenith 68x is pretty nice for the money too, but I'll let v76 post a pic of that.

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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    A Lange and Sohne makes some of the most beautiful movements, but are not what I consider affordable. GO makes very nice ones as well and are more attainable. Breitling recently became a maunfacture and this the one in my Navitimer 01 LE.

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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    Thanks, Dennis! Yep, the Zenith cal. 680 is definitely some eye-candy and very thin to boot (3.28mm thick) ...
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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    For a really affordable watch with a nicely finished movement, I like the Beijing SB18.



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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    I reckon a tizzied up 2892 is a nice looking auto.

    The 6497/8 can look good.

    The Sea-Gull ST19 looks great to me, and is available in some veru affordable watches. That new Sea-Gull micro-rotor looks trick (I assume it will be affordable) and the Beijing above is VERY nice!

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    Re: What do you think is the most attractive (affordable) movement?

    I always thought the Omega 3573.50's movement was beautiful.




    My Hublots movement is pretty sweet as well.
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