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    Metal Band Watch

    Are there any nice, metal banded watches for under $50? Or am I asking the impossible?

    (Obviously I know what I will be getting — I'd like an Omega someday, but for now I just want something cheaper to hold me over.)

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    http://threads.dappered.com/showthre...atch-Mesh-Band

    I advise you ask whether or not it's still available.

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      #3
      Under $50 is tough, but there are a bunch of Seiko 5s right around the $50-70 range.

      http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNKL23-A...pd_sbs_watch_6

      http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK793-A...ywords=seiko+5

      http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNKK65-A...ywords=seiko+5

      http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNKK93-S...d_sbs_watch_23

      http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNKK55-S...ywords=seiko+5

      http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNKK27-A...ywords=seiko+5

      At this price point, most of the bracelets you get will be relatively low quality, folded-link affairs that feel a little flimsy and pinch your arm hairs a bit.

      Bump the price up a bit and I'd definitely recommend something along the lines of the Casio Edifice EF-503D. For $75-ish you can get a watch with a nice, solid bracelet that's a dead ringer for an Omega Speedmaster. http://www.amazon.com/Casio-EF503D-1...difice+ef-503d

      The options open up a lot when you bump up into the $100-150 range. If you're looking for something to hold you over until you can afford an Omega, my recommendation would be to save up a bit more and get something from Seiko, Orient, Citizen. You could also look at some used Victorinox on eBay - I only mention them because I've always been impressed by the quality of the bracelets on VSA watches.

      If you're feeling adventurous, there are a bunch of Chinese-made mechanical watches that you can find on eBay for $20-40. They vary widely in quality and in my experience, the bracelets range from so-so to complete junk, but YMMV.
      Ben

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        #4
        Wow, thanks. I'll continue looking

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          #5
          http://www.amazon.com/Invicta-Diver-...&keywords=8932

          Probably considered small by most at 37mm without crown, but probably the best solid bracelet in the price range. Every now and then you'll see it for $49. The newer ones don't have a screw down crown. I've had one for almost 3 years now (mine has a screw down crown) and it's probably the most versatile watch I have. The bracelet width is actually 18mm (again, probably considered small by most), not 15mm as Amazon states. Invicta gets bashed a lot, but this watch has served me well.

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            #6
            Second the Casio EF-503D. Picked one up with a black face for 35 off ebay (one light scratch on the face). Just a perfect metal band beater watch. Love it.

            http://threads.dappered.com/showthre...-Speedy-anyone
            Last edited by Margotron; February 11, 2013, 10:16 PM.

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              #7
              Originally posted by bosco View Post
              [url]...but probably the best solid bracelet in the price range ... Invicta gets bashed a lot, but this watch has served me well.
              Their bracelets (at least the one on my 8926 automatic diver) are incredible. Super solid! I have had nothing but a positive experience all the way around with my Invicta. It's certainly an option you may wish to consider.

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