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^^^ I expect his English is considerably better than any of our Japanese.

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It actually makes a difference, just tried on the blue OP and the blue AK and the OP is already too small for my liking and the AK looks even more puny.

I guess it depends on the wrist, because it makes zero difference on mine.
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Speedy is too big for me. I want something in the 38mm size.
I would be ok with a new Explorer 1, but I want to keep the price down.
Speedy automatic? Only 38mm, and much cheaper.
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Speedy automatic? Only 38mm, and much cheaper.

The Omega 3570.50 he referred to is what I looked at.

It is 42mm.

What reference are you referring to?

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Speedy is too big for me. I want something in the 38mm size.

I would be ok with a new Explorer 1, but I want to keep the price down.

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Speedy automatic? Only 38mm, and much cheaper.

 

Good call - there are various versions of DeVille, or the Aqua Terra in that size too.  The Speedy auto in 38mm case is this, I believe:

(Ref. 324.30.38.40.06.001)

 

 

 

But to my modest tastes, a $3-4k + "beater" seems quite an investment, especially when we began the search at a standard Sinn i.e +/- $1000.  So I have some other suggestions of that ilk:

 

Depending on how sporty you want it, I was quite impressed with Archimede's offerings.  I'm told they're finished very well (they are owned by the German case maker, Ickler), and use solid ETA movements just like Sinn. But they're very reasonably priced.  They do pilot watches of various guises in 36mm and 39mm sizes, in steel or also bronze if you want something individual:

 

 

I also really like their "Outdoor" sports watch: tough and waterproof but understated and again a sensible 39mm case.  The simple one on a bracelet looks very versatile.  And I love that it doesnt' look anything like a Rolex (well, except the bracelet, a bit):

 

 

Either of these models comes in at around $800.  Seems like a lot of decent quality and functionality for the money, and individual without being too flashy.

 

Or, if you don't so much want a pilot or sports watch, how about two smaller offerings from Stowa?  Again, solid ETA movements, modest case sizes (35-38mm), and well under a grand.  Plus classic Bauhaus designs with genuine historical integrity.  The Antea goes just north of four figures with a genuine croc strap (various choices) or mesh bracelet, or just under on leather with shipping:

 

 

This reproduction or a 1920s model, the "Partitio", is barely over $700, hand wind or auto, 37mm:

 

 

For what it's worth, I also like the Sinn 556 just fine.  I believe Mr Belligero is also a fan, which scores points in my book.

 

But I'm just saying, for a daily wear watch at around $1k, there are some really elegant and interesting choices, especially if you add an extra strap or bracelet to change the feel now and then.

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For Stowa, I would suggest their flieger. Simple, durable, has some history and cheap. I have a Stowa MO and have dropped it off of several counter tops and it's been fine.

 

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Hmmm.... I do like the looks of that little hand-winder.

Is that a new offering from Stowa?

And what does "Partitio" mean, en englais?


EDIT: why even put that on the dial anyway...Stowa doesn't usually indicate model names IIRC.
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I need to buy a Stowa! 

 

But I want he Baumuster or that one.

 

:drool:

 

 

And this movement makes me drool, even if it is not from the Baumuster. 

 

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I think the Partitio, logo and all, is a nod to the original, with the "partitioned" minute markers.

I would also take the Flieger or MO with delight, but at 40mm and 42mm respectively I think they are disqualified here - that's what led me to the Archimede, of which I've heard good reviews.
Edited by mimo - 8/29/14 at 1:26pm
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I really like the Stowa Partitio. I have been eyeing it since I saw it reviewed on Hodinkee.
post #34976 of 48312
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I think it is a nod to the original, with the "partitioned" minute markers.

I would also take the Flieger or MO with delight, but at 40mm and 42mm respectively I think they are disqualified here - that's what led me to the Archimede, of which I've heard good reviews.


At 40mm I figured it would fit just fine, it doesn't wear particularly large, but I suppose that's up to the OP. The MO is 41 FWIW. I like the Partitio a lot though, cool watch, but I'd likely make the jump to the NOMOS Club (though it's probably less versatile).

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

The Omega 3570.50 he referred to is what I looked at.
It is 42mm.
What reference are you referring to?

I think he's talking about the 3510.50.00 as seen here
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f67/omega-speedmaster-3510-50-a-561471.html
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Can someone comment on Glashutte Original's quality/reputation/etc.? Seem like really nice watches for the money, especially second hand.
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In general, I think the sentiment on GO is pretty positive. I can't speak from experience because I've never handled one, but I rarely see anyone knocking them. 

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Derivative design of certain prominent models is the main complaint.
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