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Yes, you definitely need a dress watch.  Sounds like perhaps a Nomos Orion could be on your wish list too.  Though as used watches don't seem to be an issue for you, you could get something really interesting for less dough with a bit of hunting.  My Omega has family history, but on eBay would probably go for about $300.  Go up to $1k and thereabouts and all manner of wonders are there.

 

1K would be way too steep for me and I'm not sure omega would be the right timepiece for me right now. I'm going to be applying to medical school and I'm a bit weary of showing off labels. I'd be worried that someone would notice the watch tag. I want to be dressed properly, but I don't want to look even slightly ostentatious.

I think a vintage omega seamaster would fit the bill though. Isn't that what you have? (trying to figure it out from the picture).

If I can't find anything in my range, I'll probably just get a Seiko or Orient, to be honest. They're great bang for the buck in automatics.

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But you have "bang for buck" in cheap new watches.  Nothing wrong with either, of course.  And I'm not suggesting you get Omega, it's just an example of how cheap vintage watches are.  Mine's just a simple manual wind three hand Omega with "Geneve" on the dial, no model name.  I appreciate that you want to be understated, so maybe some of the more learned TWATters can suggest a sub $500 used watch with inherent cred, workable as dress, but not a name that's currently in all the advertisements?

 

Calling all TWATs...

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Yeah, talk of money is looked down upon during med school interviews so I'm guessing flashy watches are out. Though, I understand that even the better brands understand the value of the understated look. I know I have yet to land an interview but...

 

:lol:

post #27904 of 48312
if I had to get something in the sub $500 realm, I'd probably pick the Tissot Visodate

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Used and preferably obscure, please!

 

(Though I bought a <$500 Tissot a while back too, very good value)

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Doesn't have to be obscure, per se but just shouldn't scream BLING!
Which is one of the reasons I'm eh about omega. I do love the old seamasters. Just that they're instantly recognizable as luxury watches while something like Tissot doesn't necessarily carry the same name for a layman. I'm going to start looking at used seamasters though. I was enamored with them a few years ago as well.

post #27907 of 48312
My sub-$500 recommendation for a watch that would work in dressy situations would be something from the Seiko Alpinist line. Used, you could probably find them well below your $500 budget and Seiko has plenty of internet cred while not being as flashy as some of the other brands often recommended. The movements are well respected and, if needed, most Seikos can be serviced relatively inexpensively in the U.S. However, I've become a Seiko fan boy over the past couple of years (and have a new-to-me Tuna arriving today) so maybe I'm a bit biased. With the strength of the dollar against the yen right now, you can get many Seikos at a relatively good deal still.

My personal vote:

SARB017


Other contenders:
The SARB065 "Cocktail Time" is a favorite among many as well


SARB059 - a bit sportier
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^^ I agree. I don't think you can beat the SARB series of Seiko for the money. The SARB033, 035 and 072 are some of my favs.
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The 017 and 059 look to be a little too thick, while the 065 is the look that I want but without that shiny watch face. I'll definitely dig some more into the line.

 

This purchase probably won't happen for a while, and if the need arises before I've made a decision I might pick up a Timex or such at a vintage store or flea market just to have something that works.

 

Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely look at SARB!

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Scratched an itch tonight.







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^ Lovely.
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Scratched an itch tonight.

Beautiful. Congrats!!!
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NS - a lovely problem to have, choosing between 5980s. They are clearly an acquired taste: I prefer my (our) 5711/5712, and if you're a Nautilus fan then I don't see any problem getting another model with complications. A friend of mine thought long and hard and chose the 5726 for its date complication; another one chose the 5980 for that heft and thickness that he just got used to "feeling" with "sporty watches" - history of the Nautilus be damned.

Keep us posted!

Still wearing my 114270 today. Talk about a lived in watch - hasn't left my wrist since 8am last Friday.

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Wearing my Corthays too. Love this pair.

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Congrats bdeuce22!!!



/****** Apparently I live on Instagram too - mainly timepieces, shoes, attire and the occasional cheeseburger. @no_frills_vc. ******/
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Scratched an itch tonight.
My Panerai Eskimo brother! We have the exact same model. Except yours runs.
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