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    Question HAQ suggestions under $300

    I guess the pickings are sparse here, but I'm willing to try. I can push towards $500. It should be new, and have a reputation in this forum. Analog, or digital, dressy or tough. Maybe some here would know what I can get at that price point.

    I do own a 34 mm Marathon Mariglo and a two Bulova 262 Precisionists, but I'm looking to see what else there is.

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    Re: HAQ suggestions under $300

    Alert shoppers can sometimes find these around $300. I thought I had gotten a bargain on the bracelet version at $485, but then the prices kept dropping.

    Short demo video showing the very slick dual big chrono sweep hand:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=36BoZMkOAwo

    http://www.ablogtowatch.com/certina-...rive-movement/

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    Re: HAQ suggestions under $300

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    Re: HAQ suggestions under $300

    I just picked up a Seiko Dolce SACM171 for about $337 shipped to my door from an eBay seller in Japan. It’s the “old” 8J41 movement. Definitely a dress watch at 33.5mm and only 5mm tall. But it looks like smaller is coming back in style finally, so get ahead of the trend and take a look. I’m still unsure if it is too small for me, as the strap barely closes on my wrist. So it may be a catch and release for me. But it has a coated sapphire crystal, DiaShield, and a nice onyx crown, so a lot of value in there in addition to HAQ.
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    Re: HAQ suggestions under $300

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos_meme View Post
    I just picked up a Seiko Dolce SACM171 for about $337 shipped to my door from an eBay seller in Japan. It’s the “old” 8J41 movement. Definitely a dress watch at 33.5mm and only 5mm tall.
    Ok,I'll check that out. I think there's a few Youtube vids on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    Alert shoppers can sometimes find these around $300. I thought I had gotten a bargain on the bracelet version at $485, but then the prices kept dropping.

    Short demo video showing the very slick dual big chrono sweep hand:
    Nice. Are there non-chrono Certina versions?

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    Re: HAQ suggestions under $300

    Yes, several flavors, google “Precidrive” which it the term used for the accurate versions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nodnar View Post
    Yes, several flavors, google “Precidrive” which it the term used for the accurate versions.


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    Well indeed it looks like the Certina Precidrives are the models that meet my requirements. I appreciate everyone here taking the time to help me out and it's great not to have too many choices, but that's the advantage of a low price point. :)
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    Re: HAQ suggestions under $300

    Citizen eco drives are well thought of. You could get it for less than $300. Good luck on your search.

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    Re: HAQ suggestions under $300

    I opted for the Certina DS-2 Precidrive Silver Dial Men's Watch as a first purchase. Thanks to everyone for making this a quick and painless path for this HAQ rookie.

    And if I didn't get to your recommendations, I will revisit on the next purchase.

    Gene
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