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    Re: Advice on next “upper” affordable purchase

    I came very close to grabbing one of these, still might. Love the detail on the dial.

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    I don't own any of the three. My objection to the Straton is the movement. I know people poop themselves for meca-quartz around here, but that 24-hour subdial, to me, is so useless. Which bums me out, because there are so many great chrono designs out there that use it, and I won't ever own any of them. Consider the 40mm Manchester Watch Works Morgan Monaco at $290 for a snazzy throwback chrono.
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    I've read nothing but good things about the Orion, but it seems way to similar to your Orient Symphony. That's your classy daily wearer.

    The Sea Monster... well, if you're currently "meh" on it, best to put it off for now.

    The 38mm Archimede Outdoor Protect at $850 or less (rubber/leather vs. bracelet) is an excellent do-it-all watch and can be had new for your budget or secondhand for around $500-$600. Harder to dress up than, say, the Sinn, but you'll never put a scratch on the hardened case.
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    Whatever you decide, keep us posted. Good luck.
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    That’s sharp...and as a guy working in ocean conservation that was drawn into the field by a fascination with sharks as a kid, the Squale brand holds some intrigue for me.


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    Re: Advice on next “upper” affordable purchase

    In that price range I would look into Hamilton, Mido, NTH, Oris, and used Ball.
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    Smaug, Agree with all you say.

    I doubt this applies to the OP as he has not stated he wants the watch for diving but timing bezels on a chrono are there for divers. Two timing mechanisms, one for total dive time and one for deco stops. Providing you buy the right watch , namely one that has pushers you can use underwater. Otherwise, yes stick another function on the bezel to make it worthwhile for all the others out there.

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    Re: Advice on next “upper” affordable purchase

    Great suggestions so far, but if you haven't seen something you absolutely must have, hold on to your cash until you do. In this hobby, "must have" moments come often enough!
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    Re: Advice on next “upper” affordable purchase

    Attachment 12891793 im absolutely in love with this Hamilton. Gonna be picking one up later this year. Have a Rangeman and Samurai inbound this week, so this fieldy will be a nice add
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    Re: Advice on next “upper” affordable purchase

    The SARBs are great watches but I'm getting a bit of a diver vibe here so investigate the Squales a little more.
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    Re: Advice on next “upper” affordable purchase

    I would second the Squale, my blue 1521 is a favorite and I’ve flipped over 20 watches recently.

    If you’re into ocean conservation, very few companies have committed the resources to this like Oris has. They have several models where a portion of the proceeds go to benefit a specific marine conservation project.

    And they make a nice looking watch.

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    Re: Advice on next “upper” affordable purchase

    At $800 my first thought is a Damasko Da36 used. Cool tech, nice size, high quality, easy reading, versatile.

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