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    Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    I recently began looking at watches again when my Blue Angels Skyhawk capacitor died on me. I know I can get the capacitor replaced but am looking at moving away from quartz movements to automatic movements. Right now I am wearing a Timex automatic I picked up for 30 dollars at an outlet store, but want to upgrade to a better quality piece. Preferably I would like a Swiss movement, but I know those can get pricey. Does anyone know of any good quality watches that are equivalent to the higher end watches. I am looking to spend between $400-$800. This is what I am wearing now...

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    And these are some of the watches I have been looking at...

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    The bracelet isn't a huge concern but I am leaning towards a leather strap over a metal one. Although the right metal strap might bust the deal. Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    You're going to hear this again and again, but for that price range, you can't go wrong with Hamilton, Tissot, Victorinox or Mido. You should also look at some of the Christopher Ward watches. Then you're also going to hear a lot of people recommend Japanese and Russian manufacturers even though you mentioned looking for Swiss :P
    I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.

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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    Swiss 'affordable' brands discussed/owned most here are Steinhart, Tissot, Hamilton and Christopher-Ward (UK owned/designed, Swiss made). There are a few German brands to look at as well, including Aristo, Uhren von UHR, and Junkers.

    Chronographs have normally used the Valjoux 7750 movement, and start just over your price range, with a few exceptions. Recently, however, ETA has introduced a less expensive chrono movement, the C01.211, in their Swatch and Tissot lines. These are probably your best bet.
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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    Quote Originally Posted by TheJohnP View Post
    You should also look at some of the Christopher Ward watches.
    Soon as I saw the style the original poster was going after, I thought the same thing. [It's only a matter of time before I break down and add a CW to my collection.]

    Though, Hamilton would be another choice. Their Team Earth Khaki is a cool looking watch.

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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    Here's a link to a thread about affordable Swiss brands that are well regarded here on WUS: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/swi...ds-484264.html


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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    Tissot Veloci-T


    UHR:
    UHR-282 - $518 w/ shipping
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    UHR-261 - $760 with shipping


    Non-Chrono suggestion:
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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    The brands already recommended are all good choices. New auto chronos are going to start around the $700 mark though, so you might want to look for a straightforward three-hander. Also, don't rule out picking up a gently used watch from a fellow WIS of one of the sales corners.
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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    Thanks for the responses, I have a lot of watches to check out. I liked the Uhr and Christopher Ward watches.

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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    +1 on the UHR chrono's. I'm no fan of their design, but if you want a cheap Swiss chrono - that's basically your only option.

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    Re: Looking for an affordable Swiss movement watch

    Quote Originally Posted by johnyoung View Post
    Thanks for the responses, I have a lot of watches to check out. I liked the Uhr and Christopher Ward watches.
    Glad you're finding our suggestions helpful!

    I needed to stay away from this thread, I'm liking the look of the UHR divers!

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