Hey guys, I've been looking for a watch that's:
-White/silver faced. I'd be open to other colors but they might make it hard to match, eg the green of the Seiko Alpinist which I otherwise really like. I'm planning on wearing it with a brown alligator band.
- 40mm or less.
- Dressy - looks good with a suit without looking out of place with a slightly dressy casual outfit (think untucked dress shirt, dark denim, etc).
- 38-40mm. any larger than 40mm usually overhangs my wrist unless the lugs are tiny.
- Eyecatching. I have a minimalistic dress watch already, I'm looking for something that stands out a bit.
- Comes with a brown leather alligator band. Not a big deal to get an aftermarket one of course, but it's one less thing to buy if it's included.
Here are the choices I think I've narrowed it down to:
Seiko SARB 065 "Cocktail Time"
Picture credit to Khadgar of this forum.
Pros: Eye catching yet still very classy. Automatic. I'm definitely leaning toward this one.
Cons: At the upper end of my budget plus I'd have to buy a brown band too. I'm worried about scratching the crystal since it's not sapphire and it's raised too.
Christopher Ward C3 Mk1
Pros: I love the dial and the subdials. Makes it look cool without being overcluttered. Have heard nothing but good reviews on CW quality.
Cons: They don't make the Mk1 any more and the Mk2 doesn't have the sunken dial - it looks a lot less interesting. I haven't seen a single Mk1 for sale yet =/ plus I feel like $300 is a bit pricey for a quartz.
Orient Star WZ0081EL
Pros: Comes with a bracelet, which is always nice to have as an option even though I'd probably wear it on brown leather most of the time. Auto, sapphire. Basically, the works.
Cons: Haven't seen it in person but from the pictures it looks a little pedestrian compared to other watches I was looking at.
Tissot Visodate and Hamilton Jazzmaster. I love the looks/features/values of both of these watches. However, my other watch (Hamilton Day Date) looks very much like a Visodate already, and I don't really want to buy two Hamiltons in a row.