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    #91
    These are the watches that initially come to mind:

    Seiko 5 Automatic ($20-100)
    Great automatic watch that you can beat up and not worry about to much, that has been tried and tested by many a man. You can find these in every dial color of the rainbow, but I would look for black, blue, white or silver for something for the office. Most come with steel bracelets, but you can get them with leather bands or just swap the bracelet as well. The Watch Snob, who is my go to guy for horology says this about the Seiko 5 "...the lowly Seiko 5 is frankly one of the few honest watches left." That's high praise for a man who wears Patek and A. Lange Sohne
    Here are some options from ebay: Option 1 , Option 2 or Option 3 (a new one).

    Hamilton Khaki Field
    ($390-500)
    (see above for all the glowing recommendations)

    Orient Bambino ($50-300)
    A subsidiary of Seiko that makes an excellent in-house automatic movement for not a lot of money. The Bambino is my favorite because of its minimalism and class that will play well at the office or for more formal occasions.

    Vintage Omega ($150-500)
    My grandfather wore an old Omega Seamaster with an automatic movement in gold and it was a wonderful watch. They still command attention and convey sophistication today without having to pay a ridiculous amount of money.

    Timex Weekender w/ Leather Strap
    ($20-40)
    It tells the time accurately and is darn cheap. Looks good enough for the office but casual enough for everywhere else. Bands are also super easy to swap.

    Frederique Constant Slimline
    ($375 @ Jomashop)
    A super thin watch that has an in-house automatic movement. Very classy.

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      #92
      Originally posted by as9934 View Post
      These are the watches that initially come to mind:

      Seiko 5 Automatic ($20-100)
      Great automatic watch that you can beat up and not worry about to much, that has been tried and tested by many a man. You can find these in every dial color of the rainbow, but I would look for black, blue, white or silver for something for the office. Most come with steel bracelets, but you can get them with leather bands or just swap the bracelet as well. The Watch Snob, who is my go to guy for horology says this about the Seiko 5 "...the lowly Seiko 5 is frankly one of the few honest watches left." That's high praise for a man who wears Patek and A. Lange Sohne
      Here are some options from ebay: Option 1 , Option 2 or Option 3 (a new one).

      Hamilton Khaki Field
      ($390-500)
      (see above for all the glowing recommendations)

      Orient Bambino ($50-300)
      A subsidiary of Seiko that makes an excellent in-house automatic movement for not a lot of money. The Bambino is my favorite because of its minimalism and class that will play well at the office or for more formal occasions.

      Vintage Omega ($150-500)
      My grandfather wore an old Omega Seamaster with an automatic movement in gold and it was a wonderful watch. They still command attention and convey sophistication today without having to pay a ridiculous amount of money.

      Timex Weekender w/ Leather Strap
      ($20-40)
      It tells the time accurately and is darn cheap. Looks good enough for the office but casual enough for everywhere else. Bands are also super easy to swap.

      Frederique Constant Slimline
      ($375 @ Jomashop)
      A super thin watch that has an in-house automatic movement. Very classy.
      These are great recommendations, thanks.

      I decided to return the Seiko SMY143P1.

      http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Kinetic-...s=seiko+smy143

      I liked the kinetic aspect of it, but the case was so thick to me. It was heavy in an unbalanced way and didn't sit right on my wrist, probably due to the lug width as another poster pointed out. Amazon says 11mm case thickness, but there's no way that's correct. It has to be thicker than that.

      I am replacing it with this:

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00

      I like the brushed titanium look, and it's comfortable and lightweight. Amazon says the case thickness is 8 mm, which seems correct to me. I'll be replacing the metal band with a medium brown band I purchased from Etsy, which should arrive in a few days.

      A couple of wrist pics with the original band.

      http://imgur.com/a/kd05v

      I am much happier with this watch than the other Seiko linked above. The difference in comfort makes me excited to wear it, and I think I'll be much more likely to stick with it over the long haul.

      I wanted to go with an automatic watch, but I am comfortable with a nice quartz for my first watch at this price point. If I'm wearing it on a regular basis, I'll get an automatic in a few months. I like this one a lot (yes, I know some people have a problem with this watch being a knock-off. Doesn't bother me):

      http://good-stuffs.com/Classic-Rodin...T17_p_156.html

      Thanks again to everyone for the help and great suggestions!

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        #93
        I'd keep the metal band. I like the look of it.

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          #94
          If I was going to buy a new watch this is the one I would get:
          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._dp_o_pd_S_ttl
          Hamilton Men's H32455557 JazzMaster Viewmatic Silver Dial Brown Strap Watch
          37 mm case diameter and a great looking watch

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            #95
            Originally posted by Gradstudent78 View Post
            If I was going to buy a new watch this is the one I would get:
            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._dp_o_pd_S_ttl
            Hamilton Men's H32455557 JazzMaster Viewmatic Silver Dial Brown Strap Watch
            37 mm case diameter and a great looking watch

            Beautiful watch for sure but more than I wanted to spend on my introductory watch. Maybe some day.....

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              #96
              The Orient Bambino was my first watch purchase outside of a simple Timex Weekender. Cream dial with blue hands.

              http://orientwatchusa.com/collection...assic/er2400cn

              Then my second purchase was this watch from Seiko:

              https://www.massdrop.com/buy/seiko-snzh-watch

              Wasn't a fan of it when I received it. So I swapped out the dial and changed the strap. So now it looks like this:

              https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...e4fdca8a44.jpg

              I wear it all the time now, instead of collecting dust before the swaps.

              Then, yesterday, I picked up the Orient Pepsi watch on steep discount (~$60) from Amazon, and Chase cash back.

              http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00

              And I will be changing the cheap rubber band with a red/blue nato strap, so it'll look like:

              http://i.imgur.com/ZqMsULx.jpg

              I couldn't pull the trigger when it was 50% off, but I really want this one from Orient as well:

              http://orientwatchusa.com/collection...utive/fa06003y

              And lastly, I'm going to buy a watch from Christopher Ward. Not sure which color combination, but their watches all look pretty amazing for the price:

              http://www.christopherward.com/watches/dive.html

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                #97
                I really like that Blue...



                My wife got a Christopher Ward (before I did!) and swapped the leather with metal with the help of my bro-in-law. Really nice and looks well put together.

                I have a Rangeman as my casual/sport
                I have the Seiko 007 with brown leather for my brown/khaki days

                I have the Orient Bambino Black strap with black dial on my formal/black/gray days

                I can't say I am in love with watches per se but I do appreciate them more as an accessory that adds substance to one's style.

                whatever you pick, I'm sur eyou will like it. Remember, analysis paralysis. Find something you connect with, you can afford and enjoy it.

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                  #98
                  [MENTION=12469]Hyvasuomi79[/MENTION] I do not own either of the watches you linked in your post. However based on your earlier comments of wanting a watch that was/is a little slimmer, I think you will be happy with your new purchase. I look forward to hearing/reading all about it.

                  [MENTION=12337]as9934[/MENTION] Great info on the vintage Omega. I am looking for a watch like this myself. I am just scared/nervous to make the purchase off eBay since I don't know what I'm getting. Would be nice to see the watch in person.

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                    #99
                    Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                    I am just scared/nervous to make the purchase off eBay since I don't know what I'm getting. Would be nice to see the watch in person.
                    I struggle with this as well, and I've thought about making a thread on WUS to the point. I would love a 6139 "white helmet":



                    But I'm afraid of spending a couple hundred only to find out it looks horrible on my wrist. 6139 Pogues are pretty common, so I can imagine running across one in the wild, but I feel like my chances of seeing a helmet in person are pretty slim unless I really scour local shops or attend a local meetup. I'm not really confident enough to play the catch and release game yet.

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                      Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                      [MENTION=12469]Hyvasuomi79[/MENTION] I do not own either of the watches you linked in your post. However based on your earlier comments of wanting a watch that was/is a little slimmer, I think you will be happy with your new purchase. I look forward to hearing/reading all about it.

                      [MENTION=12337]as9934[/MENTION] Great info on the vintage Omega. I am looking for a watch like this myself. I am just scared/nervous to make the purchase off eBay since I don't know what I'm getting. Would be nice to see the watch in person.
                      Thanks again. Excited to finally get to use it and put on the leather strap. Christmas day ☺

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                        Vintage Omega

                        Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                        [MENTION=12469]Hyvasuomi79[/MENTION] I do not own either of the watches you linked in your post. However based on your earlier comments of wanting a watch that was/is a little slimmer, I think you will be happy with your new purchase. I look forward to hearing/reading all about it.

                        [MENTION=12337]as9934[/MENTION] Great info on the vintage Omega. I am looking for a watch like this myself. I am just scared/nervous to make the purchase off eBay since I don't know what I'm getting. Would be nice to see the watch in person.
                        Hi Doc Dave,

                        I purchased a vintage (but refinished) Omega Constellation pie pan off of a reputable on-line dealer about a year ago. I decided to go the refinished route since I didn't know enough about vintage watches. As I started to learn more, I discovered a sub forum dedicated to vintage Omegas. There is one thread where they discuss genuine buys off ebay. Additionally, people consistently get advice on the authenticity of specific Omega vintage watches they are interested in purchasing. Many expert members offer their advice on the specific watches.

                        Forum members also sell their watches. If you are truly interested this site may be an interesting place to spend some time.

                        Main subforum:

                        https://omegaforums.net/forums/vinta...and-advice.23/

                        Thread discussing genuine ebay watches:

                        https://omegaforums.net/threads/reco...nquiries.1790/


                        You may already have seen those sites, but if you haven't enjoy.

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                          Originally posted by as9934 View Post

                          Frederique Constant Slimline
                          ($375 @ Jomashop)
                          A super thin watch that has an in-house automatic movement. Very classy.
                          Just a slight nitpick... but just wanted to clarify....

                          FC slimline autos generally run close to almost 1000 and their in house movement is even more....

                          If you see any for under 500-600, they are most likely the 200 model that runs quartz.

                          Their 300 level model will start to be automatic but that should run less than 1000 while their 700 model will actually be their in house running I'm guessing upwards to 2000.

                          Just didn't want anyone to purchase the quartz model thinking their getting an automatic movement......

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                            [MENTION=11958]NJ Bears Fan[/MENTION] thanks for the links. I was not aware and I'll definitely check it out. How do you like your refurbished watch by the way? Any issues/complaints? Anything you'd have done differently now that you know more?

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                              Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                              [MENTION=11958]NJ Bears Fan[/MENTION] thanks for the links. I was not aware and I'll definitely check it out. How do you like your refurbished watch by the way? Any issues/complaints? Anything you'd have done differently now that you know more?
                              No real complaints. I don't have large wrists but it took a while to get use to the 34mm dial. Setting the date on my particular watch is more of a pain than the quick set features on all my other watches. It's also not quite as accurate as my other automatics. For the most part, this refinished watch performs like a new watch in the 8 months or so I have owned it. I wear it probably once a week. I purchased it off of Tim Mackrain a well known watch maker who specialized in vintage Omega's. He goes by Omega Addict on-line and ebay.

                              Looking back, I may have reconsidered purchasing a refinished watch. As I have learned- a refinished watch no matter how well it has been done puts you in a strange middle zone. What I mean is that from the enthusiast/collector's perspective its not a vintage watch. The dial often has been refinished which means it has been repainted. The case has been polished which causes a loss of some of the sharp details. Some re-finishers may replace the hands, the crown, or the crystal.

                              From a non-collector perspective, these watches are much more delicate- no water resistance at all. Need perhaps more servicing than a modern automatic. They also don't have the "wow" factor a modern Omega may have. So neither enthusiasts or average "Joe" appreciates the watch. Only the owner. This can be a factor down the road if you want to sell.

                              One day, I may just get a well maintained vintage watch that hasn't been refinished. Not sure if I am ready yet. I would look for a watch that has not had the dial refinished since that obviously is the most important part of determining the value of the watch. The second most important thing is how much the case has been polished. If you are interested in a refinished watch check out Omega Addict. He is a watch maker and fully discloses what he's done to each watch. So you know what you're getting- which is more than most ebay/internet sellers provide.


                              A couple of other reading sources. This is a blog written by a frequent participant of many watch forums. It's frequently referenced. Perhaps too much info:

                              http://omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.com/

                              Off of this blog, I have archive this document which discusses what to look for in vintage Omega Constellations. The "Conny" especially the "pie-pan" is perhaps the most popular of vintage Omega's. This is a quick read and really gives practical advice on things to look for in a vintage Conny.

                              http://www.mediafire.com/view/?0gkvwpzw4on3vbx

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                                [MENTION=11958]NJ Bears Fan[/MENTION] again a very helpful post. Your comment about the size of the watch has me thinking though. I have the Seiko SNK series watch and at 37mm I find the watch to be too smile for my wrist. So dropping down to a 34mm watch would definitely be too small for me. Which is a shame too since the vintage watches that I have taken a quick look at all seem to be 37mm or smaller. That could be the thing that holds me back from making a purchase.

                                Your outline on the pros and cons of a refinished watch is pretty much what I expected/have read. Purists are not keen, and non-collectors just go 'meh'. Again, not sure where I fall on this. Probably down the middle.

                                Great links at the bottom of your post. I'll give them a look. Cheers.

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