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I've been on a little bit of a spree.  Purchased a number of watches recently: Blancplain Timezone IWC Classic Pilot Chronograph Zenith Port Royal El Primero Nomos Tangente Meistersinger Singlehand The item I don't have but want is a daily wear, beat up type watch.  Looking for a stainless steel bracelet as all the others are leather banded.  Some considerations are Omega seamaster and several Sinn models.  I know O&W have some models worth considering as well.  I'd like to spend around $1k as my checkbook is a little tired after the rest of the spree.  I was hoping for some suggestions??? Thanks.
post #2 of 14
The Omega Seamaster is higher than $1k list, but you should be able to find one in a stainless steel bracelet for around $1400 grey market. The Sinn watches are awesome and have the advantage over Omega of being less common. You can get entry level near the $1, but for the better models you are comparable to the Seamaster. The 756 Chrono that was on the cover of Watch Time a couple years ago is stupendous, but was sold out for so many months that I completely gave up on trying to get one.
post #3 of 14
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Some nice Sinn models here: New Sinn Models at WatchBuys I think I'm going to get this one but still very open to thoughts and ideas: Sinn 356 Flieger This group is always helpful - I welcome feedback. Thanks.
post #4 of 14
The Sinn is a nice watch, as is the Seamaster. I personally think that Seiko Black Monster or Orange Monster would be a cool watch at 1/8 the price for daily wear as well, and you wouldn't have to worry about that one being damaged at all as it is nearly indestructible, something to think about as well. I have both the Seamaster and Seiko watches, they are both quite nice.
post #5 of 14
That Sinn 356 is very nice. They also make a version with a copper dial which I like a lot. I also second the idea of a Seiko diver. For under $200, their models can't be beat.
post #6 of 14
Check out: http://www.tic-tock.com/ They have a nice looking Breitling for 1400, many Omegas and some IWC. As for ideas, the Omega is a nice watch as are Tag Heuer's. I have a Tag S6000 which is discontinued, but its my everyday watch. This watch is bullet proof, never a problem in 5 years of ownership.
post #7 of 14
I third the idea of a Seiko, for a fraction of the price. Maybe even the Omega Constellation if you want to spend a bit more. Mine's a kinetic, titanium sport something. It's taken a beating and even has a saphire (I think) face which to-date is flawless. I've banged it up a bit but the face is clear as ever. Yet not flashy enough to entice a thief. e
post #8 of 14
Omega Seamaster Pro (300M) can be had for about $1100 auto, and less than $1000 for quartz. Built as well as a Rolex Sub, with superior bracelet and clasp. Click here Prestige Time These folks sell Omegas with intact serial numbers, unlike some others.
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I have both the sub and the seamaster auto, and wouldn't say that they have the same build quality, although the ETA movements in the Omega are fairly good, and pretty accurate. The bracelet/clasp is quite nice on the Omega though.
post #11 of 14
Used Breitling Colt Automatic? I considered one for myself for everyday wear, but ultimately went with a cheaper and dressier Oris. Speaking of Oris, what about something like this: http://www.watchseller.com/orxxlautchro.html Think of it as a poor's man IWC Chrono.
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I have both the sub and the seamaster auto, and wouldn't say that they have the same build quality, although the ETA movements in the Omega are fairly good, and pretty accurate. The bracelet/clasp is quite nice on the Omega though.
I suppose if you are comparing the works, then the Rolex is superior. But as far as the case goes, I cannot agree that Rolex has any advantage. And it's bracelet and clasp are an embarrassment compared to the Omega, especially considering the Sub cost 2-3 x as much.
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(drizzt3117 @ Mar. 17 2005,11:14) I have both the sub and the seamaster auto, and wouldn't say that they have the same build quality, although the ETA movements in the Omega are fairly good, and pretty accurate. The bracelet/clasp is quite nice on the Omega though.
I suppose if you are comparing the works, then the Rolex is superior. But as far as the case goes, I cannot agree that Rolex has any advantage. And it's bracelet and clasp are an embarrassment compared to the Omega, especially considering the Sub cost 2-3 x as much.
I'm talking about the movement, which would be of more concern for a watch used everyday...
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Originally Posted by drizzt3117,Mar. 17 2005,11:14
I have both the sub and the seamaster auto, and wouldn't say that they have the same build quality, although the ETA movements in the Omega are fairly good, and pretty accurate. The bracelet/clasp is quite nice on the Omega though.
I suppose if you are comparing the works, then the Rolex is superior. But as far as the case goes, I cannot agree that Rolex has any advantage. And it's bracelet and clasp are an embarrassment compared to the Omega, especially considering the Sub cost 2-3 x as much.
I'm talking about the movement, which would be of more concern for a watch used everyday...
I don't think reliability is a practcal issue with either the Sub or Seamaster. For true reliability, the ETA quartz movement in the quartz Omega is probably better suited for a "beater" watch due to its better shock resistance.
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