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I like it because it's a modern interpretation of those early field watches where the servicemen were modifying their pocket watches to be wrist watches. I love that askew aesthetic; it just looks so functional to me.
Many times when I look down at my wrist it's at about a 25-45 degree angle, so it's perfectly turned for my use!
If you have one, perhaps you can advice: is it worth giving up all other watch dreams for a few years to get it? :)
 

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@pmeis - why is the H08 leaving the stable?
With the return to my normal work life seemingly around the corner and thinking of work travel again, I started thinking about what I'd really like to wear "out there" as life gets back to normal. The Santos really sings to me for this purpose and I don't think it makes sense to have two basically square watches of the same size. I'll of course continue to wear my Zenith Shadow and or one of my Nomos for work as week, but I think like one premium perfectly suitable all rounder that pairs up as more of an equal to the Zenith would be a better fit. There are of course many other watches that would suit this idea as well, but the Santos is the leader in the clubhouse and I'm not going to do it if it doesn't work out the way I want it to.

The H08 feels to me like an ideal 4th or 5th watch for someone who has a bit spendier of a collection than I have, whereas I'm kinda asking it to be a number one or two if any of this makes sense...
 

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With the return to my normal work life seemingly around the corner and thinking of work travel again, I started thinking about what I'd really like to wear "out there" as life gets back to normal. The Santos really sings to me for this purpose and I don't think it makes sense to have two basically square watches of the same size. I'll of course continue to wear my Zenith Shadow and or one of my Nomos for work as week, but I think like one premium perfectly suitable all rounder that pairs up as more of an equal to the Zenith would be a better fit. There are of course many other watches that would suit this idea as well, but the Santos is the leader in the clubhouse and I'm not going to do it if it doesn't work out the way I want it to.

The H08 feels to me like an ideal 4th or 5th watch for someone who has a bit spendier of a collection than I have, whereas I'm kinda asking it to be a number one or two if any of this makes sense...
which iteration are you liking with the santos? Just curious as I’m eyeing one as well.
 

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which iteration are you liking with the santos? Just curious as I’m eyeing one as well.
Likely the ADLC bezel/grey dial version, but the large white would be considered as well. Part of me wants to go two tone, heck, it would match my wedding ring, but I think it would be short lived fascination (or at least shorter than usual for me).
 

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With the return to my normal work life seemingly around the corner and thinking of work travel again, I started thinking about what I'd really like to wear "out there" as life gets back to normal. The Santos really sings to me for this purpose and I don't think it makes sense to have two basically square watches of the same size. I'll of course continue to wear my Zenith Shadow and or one of my Nomos for work as week, but I think like one premium perfectly suitable all rounder that pairs up as more of an equal to the Zenith would be a better fit. There are of course many other watches that would suit this idea as well, but the Santos is the leader in the clubhouse and I'm not going to do it if it doesn't work out the way I want it to.

The H08 feels to me like an ideal 4th or 5th watch for someone who has a bit spendier of a collection than I have, whereas I'm kinda asking it to be a number one or two if any of this makes sense...
Do you consider the Hermes to be less of an "all rounder" than the Santos? Is that because of the rubber strap...it just can't dress up well enough?
 

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Do you consider the Hermes to be less of an "all rounder" than the Santos? Is that because of the rubber strap...it just can't dress up well enough?
I had wondered aloud in this thread that I thought the Santos might be a bit more formal than I'd want, but I do think between the rubber strap, the bracelet and maybe an extra alligator strap on the ADLC bezel version, I'd have a lot of basis covered. In some ways the Hermes is almost has a smaller Panerai vibe, which is cool, but a bit louder than I want for this role (even without the orange strap).

Could I wear it without issue? Sure, but I'd rather have something else and rationalizing the hobby is so much fun...

Truthfully I wish I was a bit busier, I think I'd spend a lot less time dwelling on these things, but I do enjoy the process of thinking this stuff through.
 

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The H08 feels to me like an ideal 4th or 5th watch for someone who has a bit spendier of a collection than I have, whereas I'm kinda asking it to be a number one or two if any of this makes sense...
I was really surprised to see the H08 leaving your collection so soon, however I can see your point about it being an ideal 4th or 5th watch. Wishing you luck with the sale, and the possible Santos purchase.
 

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RE: Santos, I have an irrational attraction to the two-tone version. I‘m not normally a fan of TT, but think it really fits on the Santos.
 

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The JLC MUT Moon could be nice, its a tad on the dressy side, but I think if you bought a brown strap to swap in and out it could certainly lean more casual
1) Some manner of Reverso, if it sits well on your wrist, would be my #1 choice for this.

2) I don't know that I would go vintage personally, but if that appeals to you there are a couple of really solid choices (I think) that would fit this spot). First, vintage Datejusts and Daydates have someone seemingly been overlooked by the hordes of people bidding up Rolex. You can snag a vintage DJ for under $5k and I've seen good examples of vintage DD for under $8k (on leather). Either of these would fit the role nicely. Also, there are a ton of great examples of vintage gold watches (I've seen a lot of nice IWC's for example) for around $5k.

3) Blancpain Villeret can be had 2nd hand in your price range. I think this is a pretty sweet choice that isn't a "forum favorite" kind of watch. If that's too dressy then....

4) Something like an Omega AT or the IWC that @George Red has on leather. The tough criteron here is working with both a suit and casual outfit, but I think these two (and many others) fit that bill.
My 2 suggestions have already been mentioned...

A steel Cartier Santos. I've had mine almost 2 years and its very versatile, comes with strap and a metal bracelet and you can switch from one to the other in a matter of seconds. With it's curved case back and lugs it's very comfortable. It uses an inhouse movement, it's water resistant to 100m, anti-magnetic, and in the large size in steel you have a choice of a white dial, blue dial, steel and ADLC with a sort of gray dial, or all ADLC case (if you don't want a metal bracelet).

My other suggestion is one of the Reverso Tribute watches in steel. It's another classic design, and I hope to add one to my collection eventually. The only issue for some people is that the tribute watches are manual wind, and some people might not want to have to wind a watch on a daily basis.

Wishing you luck with whatever you decide to do about that 3rd watch.
Lots of interesting options in that range. First things that come to mind are various Master Control models from JLC or a Rolex Datejust. The latter looks fantastic on a strap if you swap out the bracelet.
Some solid suggestions there, the ones that really speak to me are all JLC - the Reverso looks good, but I wonder whether 2 non round watches in a 3 watch collection is too much, but the Master Calendar is an interesting one. There are even some of the older 37mm ones available in gold around my budget.

The Santos is attractive, but comes with the same 2 square watches in a 3 watch collection issue, and Datejusts are great watches, but there isn’t really a Goldilocks case size for me and I’d like for the 3rd watch to not be another Rolex.
 

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Some solid suggestions there, the ones that really speak to me are all JLC - the Reverso looks good, but I wonder whether 2 non round watches in a 3 watch collection is too much, but the Master Calendar is an interesting one. There are even some of the older 37mm ones available in gold around my budget.

The Santos is attractive, but comes with the same 2 square watches in a 3 watch collection issue, and Datejusts are great watches, but there isn’t really a Goldilocks case size for me and I’d like for the 3rd watch to not be another Rolex.
Non-round watches are relatively rare. If you only have three, there’s nothing weird about them all being round.
 

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I had wondered aloud in this thread that I thought the Santos might be a bit more formal than I'd want, but I do think between the rubber strap, the bracelet and maybe an extra alligator strap on the ADLC bezel version, I'd have a lot of basis covered. In some ways the Hermes is almost has a smaller Panerai vibe, which is cool, but a bit louder than I want for this role (even without the orange strap).

Could I wear it without issue? Sure, but I'd rather have something else and rationalizing the hobby is so much fun...

Truthfully I wish I was a bit busier, I think I'd spend a lot less time dwelling on these things, but I do enjoy the process of thinking this stuff through.
I was looking at the large santos. The extra leather strap is calf and there was a really nice croc option which I could order with it.

Also, the rubber strap also fits so if you wanted a steel and rubber option but not necessarily the ADLC version that could be made to happen.
 

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