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    Buying First Watch - Dress Chronograph

    I've never owned a nice watch before, so I'm looking for some advice on purchasing my first dress watch. I want something versatile that can be worn with a suit but also with a blazer and some chinos. I know that dress watches are supposed to be simple (and the Orient Bambino is on the shortlist), but I'm really drawn to chronographs. I read a Dappered article from 2014; however, many of the watches aren't available anymore, so I'm looking for some recommendations beyond what I've found so far. I'd spend at most $200, but would love to spend less since I'm just starting out. Here's what I've found so far:

    Jack Mason Nautical Chronograph: https://www.bespokepost.com/store/ja...ch-light-brown
    This looks gorgeous, but it's kind of expensive. Anything that looks similar?

    Orient Monterey: http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orien...p/tt0v004y.htm
    Do people think that the beige face would make the watch too casual?

    Seiko Neo Classic: http://www.jomashop.com/seiko-watch-...FhUaAoik8P8HAQ
    Do people think that this looks a little busy?

    Seiko SNDC31: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JY0KP8...=1TYRMX6DG243M
    I'm really leaning towards this one.

    Any others I should also consider?

    #2
    Check Nrodstrom rack for Jack Mason. $275 is a little steep but if you like it, do it.

    Orient Monterry...not too casual. It is a pretty nice watch and a good value.

    The NeoClassic is pretty but at 435mm is a little big for a "dress" watch in my opinion.

    I own the SNDC31. I actually wore it on my wedding day. Dresses up on the stock croc but can be dressed down with a more casual leather strap as well. I get alot of use out of this one. Looks better in real life than that amazon computer render.


    as for other models, there are tons of these out there but you ahve a good pool there. Seiko has some of the best chrono "bang for buck" offerings.

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      #3
      I think that the SNDC31 is probably the best choice if you're planning on wearing it with a suit. It is the most dressy/formal of the options you listed, but more importantly it's the smallest. The other choices, particularly, the Seiko Neo Classic are pretty large. 40mm or smaller fits easily under a dress shirt sleeve; up to 42mm can fit if the watch isn't too bulky; by the time you get up to 45 mm like the Neo Classic, you're talking large sport watch.

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        #4
        A couple of pics I had in my imgur...

        SNDC13 on a more casual burgundy horween strap for "everyday wear"
        http://i.imgur.com/3gusQT9.jpg

        SNDC31 on stock croc. Casio EF503 on the left, Seiko SPC079 on the right.
        http://i.imgur.com/g3DsgVS.jpg

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          #5
          I don't have any problem with a dress chronograph, but it definitely has to be the right kind of chronograph. I like the looks of the Seiko Neo Classic, but as [MENTION=15111]TMann[/MENTION] said 45mm is too big for a dress watch. All the other options you listed could work, but the SNDC31 is pretty tough to beat for the price.

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            #6
            This is a bit of a silly question, because I think already know the answer, but can metal bracelets on a watch be replaced with a leather strap? How easy is it to change leather straps?

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              #7
              Originally posted by MaitreTea View Post
              This is a bit of a silly question, because I think already know the answer, but can metal bracelets on a watch be replaced with a leather strap? How easy is it to change leather straps?
              Yes, you just have to make sure that the width of the leather strap is the same as the metal bracelet you will be replacing. It should take less than 5 minutes to change, they even make a nice little tool for you to use.

              https://www.walmart.com/ip/Insten-Re...&wl13=&veh=sem

              I have done it using a small flat head screwdriver too, I would recommend getting a tool though, much less of a chance you scratch up your nice new watch that way. If you get on youtube there are tutorials for how to use it

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                #8
                Originally posted by MaitreTea View Post
                This is a bit of a silly question, because I think already know the answer, but can metal bracelets on a watch be replaced with a leather strap? How easy is it to change leather straps?
                yes, going from metal to leather is easy as long as you match the lug width. Finding a metal bracelet to match up with your watch that came on leather is more difficult. often impossible. I usually recommend to people that if the watch comes with a bracelet option, get it. Even if you pull it for leather right away you always have the option plus it helps resale. Unless you hate the bracelet design and dont see yourself ever wearing it and you never plan on reselling it.

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                  #9
                  https://www.bespokepost.com/store/ar...FVu4wAodX_ADPw

                  Just over your budget but maybe you could find it on sale.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Loafer28 View Post
                    https://www.bespokepost.com/store/ar...FVu4wAodX_ADPw

                    Just over your budget but maybe you could find it on sale.
                    Spirit is a pretty watch. very classic. I dont know that i have ever seen it on sale though. goes pretty good at that price. I think the main page has a couple of skagen and kenneth cole options that are surprisingly good looking and cheaper. Skagen is slim and fits neatly under a cuff.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Loafer28 View Post
                      https://www.bespokepost.com/store/ar...FVu4wAodX_ADPw

                      Just over your budget but maybe you could find it on sale.
                      Second the Spirit of St Louis - Huckberry occasionally has them on sale

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Winters View Post
                        Second the Spirit of St Louis - Huckberry occasionally has them on sale
                        https://www.bespokepost.com/store/ar...FZaEaQodYvIHPg

                        Or this one...$5 less

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Loafer28 View Post
                          I like the sub dial spacing on that one even better.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Loafer28 View Post
                            Also, I think that this one is smaller than the Spirit of St. Louis.

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                              #15
                              +1 for Skagen I own several and they are great. The Holst has been featured on this site a number of times. It's a beautiful dress chrono for a very reasonable price.

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