Looking for watch suggestions (around $500)

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  1. jslade

    jslade Senior member

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    Gents,

    I've decided that it's time that I invested in a watch that's a little nicer than the J. Crew Timex that I've been wearing around for the past year. I've done a little budgeting, and think that I can allocate somewhere around $500 for a watch.

    Do any of you have any suitable recommendations for a watch in this price range? Ideally I'd like something that can be worn with both a suit as well as casually (so maybe something with a leather strap)?

    Is $500 even enough to get a decent watch?

    Please note that 1) I'm a college student, so my budget isn't really upwardly flexible by too much, and 2) I'm currently in New York, if that makes any difference in terms of finding a watch. However, if the difference between a garbage watch and a really nice watch is another $200, I'm willing to spend it.

    Thanks for any help!
     
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    check the watch threads
     
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    .....get a Seiko 5 for under 200$. It will last you an easy 5 yrs, then bank some cash to get another - more expensive time piece that will last you 5-10 yrs (for $2-3g`s)
     
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    I've been really liking the Movado ESQ line for the under $500 budget. They're worth a look.
     
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    Spend a little more ($100-$200) and get a Stowa Marine, Stowa Antea, or Stowa Flieger.

    Possibly a slightly used Hamilton

    Look at some Seikos like the 5 or Divers (SKX007, etc.). Perhaps some automatic Sea-Gulls ($100-$300) and spend the saved money and buy a nice alligator band for $100-$200
     
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    jslade Senior member

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    Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I'll be sure to check out the other watch threads as well.

    Really liking the Stowas that cioni2k recommended. Where is a good place to purchase any of these watches that you guys are recommending?
     
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    Check timezone.com sales corner. $500 can get a used Omega or a nice vintage watch in a gold case.
     
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    You can only get Stowa directly from them Stowa.com or used. The problem with buying directly is the waiting period, it can take several months. Used Anteas go for around $400 and Marine Automatics go for around $650.

    I also recommend Tissot Le Locle, any Mido or any Hamilton. Used watches would be around 40-50% retail.
     
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    Hamilton Jazzmaster H32665131

    You can't get any more versatile for ~$500.

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    Hm, it depends. If you just want a nice mechanical watch I'd also opt for the Seiko 5 as suggested, and save for a really nice watch for graduation (or even save up for the really necessary things after college if money is tight). Spending 500 on a watch won't give you a really awesome watch (in my oh so humble opinion), it's some kind of in-between-budget if you ask me. Yeah, a Stowa or a Hamilton is nice, but unless you're hooked on it's looks I'd search elsewhere. I'd definitely avoid Steinhart (having owned one so far), good value on the first look, but definitely not a keeper compared to other options (which do require more budget, admittedly). Plus most of their watches are some kind of 'hommages', and while I understand the appeal of a Flieger replica I consider the *lex ripoffs rather appalling.
     
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    Hamilton Jazzmaster. Great watch.
     
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    Check out Seagull and Chrisopher Ward as well if you'd like to see some more options.
     
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    Interesting. What didn't you like about yours? They are just a basic 2824 movement right? Their basic Flieger and Sub homages look alright to me but I have never seen one up close. Stowas do have nice finish.
     

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