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    Getting bored of the same old designs

    i’m hoping somebody can link me to some unique watches… I’m getting fed up of every Watch looking like a knockoff homage. There doesn’t seem to be any imagination – but I’m happy to be proven wrong! One watch that I have fallen in love with is the Meistersinger luna moon phase watch. It’s beautiful and the single hand design is of course different. But I’m open to everything… I’m hoping someone here will inspire my next purchase… I suppose to be fair I should put a budget let’s say maximum €200? So go on then show me what you’ve got!
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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    Plenty of original designs in the microbrand universe, but you'll need to at least double and more likely triple your budget.

    At double the budget, Direnzo and Vratislavia Conceptum come to mind as possibly original enough for you.
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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    We've entered into an era of vintage revivals, and that's leading to a lot of sameness. Likewise, I can think of a lot of really clever stuff, but at 2-3x your budget.

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    DiRenzo and Vratislavia have been mentioned

    etc. etc.

    The used market might deliver?

    For the new market, brands like Torgoen and Spinnaker are making stuff that doesn't really look like Rolex.
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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraT View Post
    i’m hoping somebody can link me to some unique watches… I’m getting fed up of every Watch looking like a knockoff homage. There doesn’t seem to be any imagination – but I’m happy to be proven wrong! One watch that I have fallen in love with is the Meistersinger luna moon phase watch. It’s beautiful and the single hand design is of course different. But I’m open to everything… I’m hoping someone here will inspire my next purchase… I suppose to be fair I should put a budget let’s say maximum €200? So go on then show me what you’ve got!
    Yep, I totally agree. All the sub lookalikes are getting a bit old for me. I found this one (Ventus Northstar) recently for around about your budget and haven't stopped wearing it since. Absolutely fab to look at and a bit different...
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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    Vostok makes quirky-looking watches for under €100.

    Or you can check out Chinese watches, Aliexpress has all sorts of odd designs for a low price if you look hard enough. Not saying the designs are original or good, but you can certainly find a lot of interesting-looking stuff

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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    I have a similar feeling nowadays, sometimes but not always.
    I saw a nice watch on Ali, didn't know it was a copy, then by chance I spotted on google images that the original is a Braun, so I bought a Braun,

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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    I'm not exactly sure what you're asking for here. Are you asking for affordable watches that are not homages? Or affordable watches that have "out-there" designs? If the former, what do you mean by a "knockoff homage?" If the latter, how "original" does the design have to be?

    Let's take the Orient Mako. Well within your price range.
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    It has a diver's bezel, an oyster-style bracelet, and a kind-of, sort-of, in-the-neighborhood-of-Sub-style case. Yet, it looks almost nothing like a Sub. It has its own design language. Is this a "same old design" or not?

    Similarly, how about the Citizen Fugu? Divers watches, but very different from just about everything else out there. It's a citizen-dive language being expressed for sure.
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    If these are different enough, then there's lots of watches out there--you just have to look. Besides the Mako, there are the variations of the Bambino, the Sun & Moon, the Defender, the SK and three-star lines, all pretty close to your budget. (Some may be a bit more, particularly if you have to pay VAT, but cut me a little slack here).
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    As others mentioned, there's Vostok. No one would think a Vostok was a homage to anything but maybe an older Vostok (because some of the designs haven't changed that much since the 80s!)

    If you like single-handed watches, there's Slow watches (again, a touch above your price range new, but probably close used)
    https://www.slow-watches.com/the-sto.../slow-jo-38mm/
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    ... Or the Russian option, the Luch.
    https://www.amazon.com/LUCH-Mechanic...s%2C183&sr=8-2
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    (They even have newer designs: https://www.amazon.com/Wrist-%D0%A1o...%2C183&sr=8-11)
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    Mr. Jones watches are all interesting. He is always looking for ways to play with displaying the time. I mean:
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    https://us.mrjoneswatches.com/collec...nt:-mechanical
    Many will be a little above your price range again, but not by far. Sometimes, there are sales. And you can certainly find MJW's used at 200 eur or below.
    ... And of course there's seiko. There are so many Seiko 5s and Seiko 5 Sports watches available at or below your price range with tons of dial designs. The Recraft series has interesting dials and even faceted crystals.
    And I hate to say it, but if you like bigger, bolder watches, there are a lot of options out there. Aragon, Deep Blue, and yes, Invicta have lots of designs that you're not going to find anywhere else. (Aragon has a sale right now on their new Divemaster line -- less than $200 USD!) Maybe that's not the kind of design you had in mind, or maybe you can't wear watches that big, but oh boy are those out there.

    Of course, it all comes down to price. Designing watches takes time, and time is money. Unique designs are probably not going to be as popular as a standard dive watch, or a Timex Easy Reader, or a sterile flieger. If they're sold cheaply, either (a) the materials have to be super-super cheap (kind of what MJW does), or (b) the designer has to hope that these oddball designs sell huge volumes to make enough profit to recoup design costs (almost impossible unless you're Seiko or have the finances to sell the same model for decades), or (c) you don't pay your designers. I think that was the point of Docvail's "best design for the money" thread: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/be...y-5070641.html

    So while I disagree with you that there aren't any watches in your price range that are interesting, I'll agree that most of the groundbreaking, barrier-pushing designs are just going to cost more than 200 GBP.
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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

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    Mr. Jones watches are all interesting. He is always looking for ways to play with displaying the time.
    This one is so cool.

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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    Round watches are so last century (kidding). I get it though. I go through phases where all watches look basically the same. How about these?

    Hamilton Boulton small seconds quartz



    Bulova Classic Ambassador



    Seiko recraft





    Timex Welton

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    Re: Getting bored of the same old designs

    How mad do you want to go?
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