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    Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    I am looking for another mechanical watch, something that is modestly-sized for my 6 inch wrists; 38-40mm of case diameter AND Not more than 48mm of lug to lug distance. Although I want a watch with good water resistance for swimming and snorkeling (100m+ WR, is 50m okay?), this time I would like to consider options that are not diver-styled ones, pilot or field watches would be great. A screwed-down crown is a must, not just because I swim with them (no serious diving though), but I also have paranoia regarding bending crowns. I am mostly unlikely to spend more than 250$, but I am open to suggestions up to 500$.

    I am aware of only two watches that satisfy my criteria; the Seiko Alpinist (SARB017), and Dagaz Thunderbolt. Any other suggestions?
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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    Worth checking the 420SE on

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    some dressy no bezel listed at times. How about shrouded lugs though as more difficult to catch.
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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    Maybe a Aevig Corvid, tough it's quartz...
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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by cuica View Post
    Maybe a Aevig Corvid, tough it's quartz...
    Thanks for reminding me, mechanical watches only. :D

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    Worth checking the 420SE on

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    some dressy no bezel listed at times. How about shrouded lugs though as more difficult to catch.
    To be honest, the 420 case isn't my cup of tea. 18mm lugs are too awkward, in my opinion.

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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    The Zeno Explorer may be a nice one to consider. It's 36mm but wears bigger because of the design.
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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    How about a Bernhardt Binnacle Anchor III. I have one and the build quality is very good. Screw down crown, sapphire crystal, great lume, and a very nice bracelet.

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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    Well, the Alpinist and the Thunderbolt are 2 of my favorites. And curiously, the Alpinist is the fanciest of the field watches and the T-bolt is decidedly not fancy at all. My wallet voted Dagaz.
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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    I would second the Bernhardt recommendation, although the Alpinist is high on my shopping list. I have the F71 project, which uses the same case as the BBA II, and I love it. 40mm case, although the lug-to-lug is 50mm.

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    Re: Affordable Non-diver style watch, 38-40mm case, screwed down crown - any suggestions?

    I will have to second the Maratac Mid-Pilot. Having owned it for some time now I would have to say it is one of my best watches. At 39mm and around 46mm lug to lug it is the perfect midsized watch. However, it is rather thick and with its pilot style it does wear larger than the 39mm size might suggest. The primary reason I enjoy the Mid-Pilot is it feels like a very rugged and solid watch.

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    The positive aspects for me are the slightly domed sapphire crystal, drilled lugs, offset crown (also screw down, 100m WR), the nicely machined case and great lume.

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