Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch
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    Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    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.
    - <$500.
    Pluses:
    - Automatic.
    - 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.
    - Sapphire.

    Here are the choices I think I've narrowed it down to:

    Seiko SARB 065 "Cocktail Time"
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    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
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    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
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    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.

    Runner ups:
    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.
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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    All great choices.

    Have you seen the Seiko SARB035? I am really liking one of these on leather.

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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    Orient or the Seiko. You can wear them with all outfits and look good

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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    Im quite fond of the Sea-Gull 816.351 and WuYi, I think they tick all your boxes.

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    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    Out of your three, I'd go with the cocktail time. Very nice looking watch and you can't go wrong with a Seiko

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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    I'm a big fan of CW watches, but I'd have to vote for the Cocktail Time. That is just one beautiful watch. Now I want one too.
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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    That Seiko is just stunning.
    I'm with everyone else, that is one classy looking watch.

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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    One of our members posted his watch in the Orient section. I really like it a lot!
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    Re: Help me narrow it down (or suggestions?) 40mm white/silver faced dressy watch

    thanks for all the input and great suggestions! just pulled the trigger on the cocktail time.

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