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I prefer mechanical watches, so I shall follow the adage that if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing!

 

creationwatches.com in Singapore sold me my Orange Monster.  Very smooth service. 

 

Just a thought: have you considered used/vintage?  You might find a bargain to your liking, especially as you prefer a more traditional case size.

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Easy returns as well with creation...
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I prefer mechanical watches, so I shall follow the adage that if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing!

creationwatches.com in Singapore sold me my Orange Monster.  Very smooth service. 

Just a thought: have you considered used/vintage?  You might find a bargain to your liking, especially as you prefer a more traditional case size.

had a look on creation, unfortunately nothing with a leather band (i know it's relatively easy to change, but i'm going to be literally living in the middle no nowhere for the next 6+ months). would consider used/vintage but found (so far) nothing i like. ah well.
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had a look on creation, unfortunately nothing with a leather band (i know it's relatively easy to change yourself with a springbar tool or to take it into a jewellery store, but i'm going to be living in the middle no nowhere for the next 6+ months). would consider used/vintage but found (so far) nothing i like. ah well.
How about a seiko on leather nato?
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How about a seiko on leather nato?

already have a seiko diver and a leather nato, neither are dressy enough (imo) unfortunately.
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Hamilton Intra-matic?
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I prefer mechanical watches, so I shall follow the adage that if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing!

And yet you still couldn't say nothing.
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had a look on creation, unfortunately nothing with a leather band (i know it's relatively easy to change, but i'm going to be literally living in the middle no nowhere for the next 6+ months). would consider used/vintage but found (so far) nothing i like. ah well.

SARB033 with enough change left for a strap and springbar tool.
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Good Monday morning!

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What are your thoughts on (not too high end) indie brand like Habring or Speake Marin?

Don't see indie brands getting much discussion here; perhaps the learned ones would like to share. 😊
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It's been too long! Days even!



And...scene.
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any recommendations for an automatic dress watch for less than $500 (needs to have a black dial and leather strap)? the orient bambino would be perfect, but i'm worried it'll be a little big on my girly wrists (just over 6", so i think 36-38mm would be the sweet spot).

the citizen eco-drive AU1040-08E also looks good, but i've never owned a non-auto watch before.

 

Take a look at Tissot's Le Locle line, here's one meeting your credentials:

 

 

 

 

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What are your thoughts on (not too high end) indie brand like Habring or Speake Marin?

Don't see indie brands getting much discussion here; perhaps the learned ones would like to share. 😊

 

Far from an expert on either but some thoughts.

 

Both seem to be doing some interesting things.  Speake Marin making some more affordable pieces with a very distinctive styling that seems to be love or hate.  They don't speak (ahem) to me but I can see getting one if you love the look.

 

Habring is sort of a cool company.  You get a lot of watch cred for the money.  Coming from IWC, and working with ALS and the rest of Richemont the man knows fine watchmaking.  

The split chrono is a cool complication that is usually untouchable for people who like their watches to cost less than a lot of cars. 

 

What you give up is some of the movement finishing, especially a lot of what is done for aesthetics on other brands.  That's a personal thing, some people see the finishing as part of the experience and others think it superfluous.

 

 

Which specific models are you thinking about?

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^ Very well-put. I started browsing Habring out of interest, and it seems like great value for money. Niche product, small-scale and limited production.
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What are your thoughts on (not too high end) indie brand like Habring or Speake Marin?

Don't see indie brands getting much discussion here; perhaps the learned ones would like to share. 😊

Indies offer interesting designs, and with some small companies, there is potential for input from the buyer and some people like that the individual for which the company is often named might work on your watch.  

 

I admire the work of several independents, but there are also downsides such that I tend to favor larger more recognized brands.  With a really small company, depending on how specialized the movement is, parts could become difficult or impossible to obtain if the company goes bankrupt or the main watchmaker/owner dies.  If its a very complicated piece, the number of places or people that could service it or make parts for it if necessary is quite limited and the cost would be quite high.  Patek, AP, VC have all been around for something roughly 140-260 years depending on the company and they will all work on any watch they have ever made regardless of its age.  Its nice to know that if you invest in a high end time piece that the manufacturer will be around to support you with service and parts.  Other companies if they are part of larger corporations (Richemont, LVMH, Swatch) have the financial ability to provide long term parts and service availability.  

 

In addition, with lesser known brands there is often a very low resale value, or they can be impossible to sell, except at a fire sale pricing.  I know people here often say one should not worry about resale, but for people who tire of watches quickly and like to try different brands it can be very difficult to unload.  One pre-owned watch store in my area won't buy anything unless its from  Patek, AP, VC, Lange, Rolex, and Cartier.  The owner said, yes there are lots of great brands but the market and interest (at least in my region) is so weak for them that he won't even make a low ball offer on other brands. 

 

Each buyer has to decide what is right for himself.  Cheers!

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