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Old 02-16-2017, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been looking for a watch for a while now. I'll do research for a few days, find some candidates and think it over, and never make a decision. A few months later I repeat the process. I would like something simple, and on the smaller side since I have 6.5" wrists. I would prefer an automatic or hand winder, sapphire glass (nothing domed), and a water resistance of at least 50m but preferably 100m. Oh, and preferably $200 or less.

Ive found a few options, such as the Seiko SARB033. The price is well over what I want to pay, but that is only really a problem because I work in a shipping warehouse and would probably worry about damaging it (destroying a $200 watch would be easier to swallow than a $330 one. I would sell the bracelet that comes with it and probably stick it on a Perlon or NATO; I really enjoy the 60's look of it. Recently came across a new line by Watchgecko as well, and really like the look of the 40MM K1 L05. With a 10% off code I found it brings it pretty close to $200. BGW9 lume and screw-in crown, sapphire, and it has a NH35 movement. I am a bit worried about the 13mm thickness, but I have no frame of reference since I have only owned quartz in the past. I think it would look great on a black or charcoal perlon.

Any advise? Should I just get one of these two and be done with it? Thanks!

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Look into Seiko 5. Mineral crystal may be better than sapphire for a warehouse where you might be more prone to impact then scratches.

https://jet.com/product/detail/d987c...a:2&code=PLA15

30m vs 50m water resistance but mainly the price is right.
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Look into Seiko 5. Mineral crystal may be better than sapphire for a warehouse where you might be more prone to impact then scratches.

https://jet.com/product/detail/d987c...a:2&code=PLA15

30m vs 50m water resistance but mainly the price is right.
Thanks for the suggestion! I really wish they made the Seiko 5 sport the same size as the 5.
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It's a bit of a tall order when you're trying to keep things around $200.

In my mind the fastest way to bring things down would be to drop the sapphire crystal. There are plenty of Seikos that would fall into that price range if you were able to drop that requirement. They come in a large range of styles and sizes, but it's hard to guess what appeals to you as the two watches you've listed are very different styles in my eyes

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00HYATWVC/...AWSGM82FBCC2C0
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Sure the acrylic crystal wil get scratctched, but it is easy to polish and is pretty much disposable at around $150-$200


There would be some quirky alternatives from Russia like a Vostok Amphibia with some cold war cool and will probably run out to all of about $70




And a few Chinese alternatives that are quirky and fun
Perpetual - %150


Shanghai Watch Co. - $35


Other than the Seiko 5 route, but with solid quality, there's Orient with a whole bunch of models in that price range


Orient Mako dive $170


The next alternative is get something old and cheap from eBay

1960's Waltham - $25



Lots of possibilities
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