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post #3466 of 3941
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Seiko Sarb072 http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/seiko3s/item/sarb072/

Gorgeous. The SARB line might be my favorite series Seiko has going right now.
post #3467 of 3941
Consider some of Orient's offerings-

http://www.amazon.com/Orient-FUNC7003W-Judicial-Domed-Crystal/dp/B005HZU5Q2/ref=sr_1_48?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1388759780&sr=1-48
post #3468 of 3941
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Hi all, first post in this thread - I hope I'm not retreading well-worn ground.  Looking for a suggestion or two for a versatile, classy, timelessly styled, and decent quality watch.  Here are my parameters:

(1) between $500 and $1K
(2) silver bezel
(3) white dial
(4) round
(5) black leather strap
(6) analog (duh)

Made and/or assembled in the USA would be a big plus.

The closest I've found to hitting all of these marks is the Shinola brand, but I'm worried they may be overpriced for what you get, and frankly I'm having trouble getting past the name.  I've also come across Hamilton - their retro pieces are gorgeous and seem to be a good value, but I'm gathering they're not made in the USA anymore.

Any ideas anyone cares to share would be greatly appreciated - thanks in advance!

I'd encourage you to continue browsing this thread as well as the watch appreciation thread and also some other sites like Timezone and build up your knowledge before plunking down that kind of money. There are dozens and dozens of quality brands out there at that price point and there's no reason you can't find something very nice that will hold your attention for years, and even if you graduate to more expensive, higher-end watches.

Here are a few of my thoughts:

Made or assembled in the USA is a noble thought but not likely to happen. I have also looked at Shinola and to be frank, I like their designs. I even like the story about investing in Detroit and training and employing blue-collar assembly people. But though the watch is technically assembled in the USA, it is made from imported components and it is a quartz movement.

You did not mention in your stipulations what kind of movement you prefer. I would encourage you, in the price range you've indicated, to look for a mechanical watch over a quartz one. Quartz movements will keep better time, but they lack the art and heritage of mechanical movements. Maybe that's a Luddite's view of the world, but I think it's a commonly held view around here. Someone else can probably say it more artfully than I can, but I find it's a lot more romantic to know that there are springs and gears and bearings and precisely machined and fitted components clicking together in harmony to give me the time. There's also value in that design and craftsmanship; I can't imagine a scenario in which I'd pay more than $500 for a quartz watch.

With that out of the way, there are a thousand wonderful options in your price range for steel watches with round white dials that are available with leather straps. Some will have very classic designs, some modern, some with baton markers, some with numbers, some with painted dials, some with applied, some sporty, some dressy, some with big 40mm dials, some with smaller 32mm dials, etc etc etc. You would do well to just read this thread for pages and pages and pages because there are a thousand good suggestions herein. Look at the pictures, google the watch names, browse around the sites that sell them.

You will find some commonality between many of the options. A great deal of the watches in this range will use movements from ETA, a swatch subsidiary that mass produces mechanical movements and sells them to many different brands, some Swatch-owned, some not. Hamilton, which is owned by Swatch and is a revival of the classic American brand, makes a number of handsome American-styled watches.

Here is a variety of decent watches in your price range that I like and that fit your general comments, across a few different styles and brands.

Hamilton Khaki Field Officer, $680 on Overstock, 42mm dial



Hamilton Jazzmaster, $490 on Amazon, 40mm dial



There are several Seikos I would recommend, very handsome watches, though a little staid for my personal tastes. But the Seiya site is down for now, which is the place to buy them. Should be online in the next few days; I gather they are making some changes.

Stowa Marine Original, 773 Euro without VAT - probably a bit out of your $1000 limit but this is a personal fave of mine. 41mm case.



There are tons of other brands to consider. There's a very nice Tissot on this very page. There are a number of less expensive options, like Orient, Seagull, Parnis. You might even start with Parnis - they have almost what I'd call toy watches - $120 will buy you any watch on their site (http://www.parniswatch.net/) and they are essentially a bunch of homage watches to classic designs. You can just have fun with them and not worry too much if they get beat up or broken or lost. I have one and it takes a beating and works perfectly fine.

Good luck, have fun. Start by reading this whole thread.
post #3469 of 3941
I never liked the large 12 and 6 on the Khaki Officer mind you that is just preference. As long as your slinging Stowa, I would suggest the other models as well that can be had for less like the Antea or often ignored Partitio (all in at $850 US)

post #3470 of 3941
that's the thing, it is all taste. I have the khaki officer myself; frankly I think it looks better with the black dial, which is what I have.

The list was def. not meant to be comprehensive, just a couple of watches I like that generally fit the bill.

that partitio is great; i hadn't seen it before. I like the trench watch design elements.
post #3471 of 3941
I prefer black dials as well on more sporty watches including the Partitio. However the poster did request a white one.

Another one to throw out there but very close to the 1k mark is the Longines Conquest (comes in 39mm and 41mm I think). I never thought much of it until I tried one on.

post #3472 of 3941
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Seiko Sarb072 http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/seiko3s/item/sarb072/

Do you guys know much about these watches?

I have been looking for a cheap-ish rose gold watch for a while with little success. Eventually I'd like to own a Langhe 1 or something similar; occasionally I look at the Royal Oak Offshore - I kind of hate Royal Oaks but that one intrigues me for some reason. But I don't have a car to trade in for a watch at this point in my life. That said, I do wear a rose gold wedding band and I really like the color and how it works with my skin tone and many of my clothing choices. I'm willing to settle for plated, hell, if I'm going to sniff a watch for under a grand in rose gold I have to settle for plated.

The SARC018 looks really intriguing to me, but the descriptions are sketchy at best (none mention rose gold) and though it appears rose gold in the photos I'm loathe to judge based on a photo on the internet alone.

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How about something like this?

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The Tissot Visodate should fit the bill.

 

I own it and get many compliments on it.

 

Retail is around $650.00.

 

tissotvisodate009.jpg

post #3476 of 3941
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I prefer black dials as well on more sporty watches including the Partitio. However the poster did request a white one.

Another one to throw out there but very close to the 1k mark is the Longines Conquest (comes in 39mm and 41mm I think). I never thought much of it until I tried one on.
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I was considering getting this one instead of the Hamilton I bought but since it's Quartz movement I bailed and took the Hamilton. Although I saw that the Automatic version is available (at least here in Mexico the Quartz came first then the Automatic) and it's looks fantastic. Yeap, the price goes up but I think it's worhty. 

 

Question: what do you guys think of Sthürling watches? I want one cheap watch to when I need to see some clients in not so pretty parts of the city. 

post #3477 of 3941
Been debating watches too much and want to pick one up just to decide if I really want a watch or not. Narrowed down to Hamilton Khaki Automatic and just trying to decide black or silver thoughts on this? Mostly casual wear now. Black is classic but silver seems a bit cleaner. Thoughts?


post #3478 of 3941
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Been debating watches too much and want to pick one up just to decide if I really want a watch or not. Narrowed down to Hamilton Khaki Automatic and just trying to decide black or silver thoughts on this? Mostly casual wear now. Black is classic but silver seems a bit cleaner. Thoughts?

 

When faced with the same decision, I chose black.

post #3479 of 3941
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Been debating watches too much and want to pick one up just to decide if I really want a watch or not. Narrowed down to Hamilton Khaki Automatic and just trying to decide black or silver thoughts on this? Mostly casual wear now. Black is classic but silver seems a bit cleaner. Thoughts?



I'd go black. The numbers are way easier to read (for me at least)
post #3480 of 3941
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I'd go black. The numbers are way easier to read (for me at least)


I agree.  I have a Hamilton Chrono with white face and while it looks great it is my most difficult watch to actually read the time.  Just not enough contrast - you really have to look hard instead of just glance.

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