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    Quote Originally Posted by amg1016 View Post
    I purchased an Oris Aquis with blue dial almost exactly a year ago and have received a lot of compliments on it.

    Like you, I was looking for a watch that started to veer into luxury territory but was under $1,500. However, I knew I wanted a diver for the versatility. It looks just as good with a suit as it does with shorts and T or at the beach/lake swimming. Because of that, I pretty much wear it all the time except for doing errands/yardwork on the weekends. I actually sold my Orient Bambino and my Tissot PRC 300 has been collecting dust because of my Oris.

    Oris has an excellent reputation and, based on my research, really punches above its weight as far as features for the price. The best part of the watch may be the bracelet - super comfortable and a lot of reviews compare it to Omega's. The dial is big so if you have a smaller arm/wrist that may be a factor. I like the size but it did take me some getting used to coming from my Tissot. The one knock is that the rotating bezel is not as user friendly as it could be - can be tight at times. But that's my only knock. Otherwise, I've been very happy with my purchase and certainly would buy again.


    If you have more specific questions on it I'd be happy to answer. When I was asking the forum a year ago about the Oris, I didn't get a lot of feedback so assumed not many people had one. Here is the model I have.
    Awesome, thank you. My wrist is about 8.25 inches. The case width would probably be fine. It's a strong contender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .brian. View Post
    Honestly, I know nothing of your financial situation, however, if I were in your shoes, I am not sure I would be purchasing a new watch until I was in the new position for a little bit.

    With that being said, I would also look at pre-owned Ball.


    http://www.watchrecon.com/?query=ball&price_end=1500


    Maybe also Longines.
    Fair point. We've been fine financially up to now because my wife makes a good income. Me getting this job was more a matter of planning for the future and what we want we want to do for the family. Not immediate financial necessity.

    I'm less familiar with Ball. I'll check them out. Is Watch Recon a good source for used watches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedrake View Post
    I would take a look at some of the JDM Seikos at https://www.seiyajapan.com/collections/seiko

    My recommendation would be a Seiko SARG013 if you can find one
    http://www.shoppinginjapan.net/sarg013
    I love me some JDM Seiko. My long-term plan was to get this "do it all" watch, then get a JDM Seiko for both a tool watch and a dress watch. That SARG013 is sweet. I know that there was a blue dial version. Do you know the number off hand? I think I stopped looking for these because of availability, but maybe worth another try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayS View Post
    I'm less familiar with Ball. I'll check them out. Is Watch Recon a good source for used watches?
    Ball is a great brand.

    WatchRecon is a good place to look, but like eBay, you do need to be careful of who you are buying from.

    Of course, you can check WatchUSeek as well.

    Personally, I would go pre-owned. You will have a lot more options at your price point, and honestly, there is nothing wrong with pre-owned as long as you do your research on the seller first.

    Another option that would keep you way under budget, and new if you have your heart set, is Christopher Ward.
    Last edited by .brian.; May 18th, 2017 at 08:03 PM.

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    Something to consider but I went with a Baume et Mercier. You don't see them very much. Simple but classy look. The blue hands pop and i loved the movement.
    http://www.jomashop.com/baume-et-mer...tch-10214.html

    Seems everyone I know has an omega, so I wanted to be a bit different.

    Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayS View Post
    I love me some JDM Seiko. My long-term plan was to get this "do it all" watch, then get a JDM Seiko for both a tool watch and a dress watch. That SARG013 is sweet. I know that there was a blue dial version. Do you know the number off hand? I think I stopped looking for these because of availability, but maybe worth another try.
    DO I KNOW THE MODEL NUMBER!?!?!?! Scoff, of course I do. I've been nerding out over the SARG line for the last couple of days.

    The blue dial is the SARG015, and it looks like that one is going to be tough to find for sale. Also it has a leather band (with deployment clasp, nice) no bracelet. That's why I mentioned the SARG013 first.
    http://www.watchsleuth.com/seikosarf...h/?MOD=SARG015

    That watch sleuth website is fun to look through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayS View Post
    Oh, that'd be sweet. I was hoping to stick with new, but I might bend for that. I'll look around.
    I did a quick and dirty search on Watchrecon and came up with the following:

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/sal...a-4329458.html

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/sol...a-4342314.html

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f30/fso...a-4342442.html

    I have no experience with any of the sellers listed above, but if you're willing to do a bit of research and are ok going used, then it's definitely an option. Cheers.

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    You can set an alert on Lionseek (and probably other sites like Watchrecon) so that it sends you an email whenever a new sales listing for a particular watch pops up on the usual sales forums.
    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocDave View Post
    I did a quick and dirty search on Watchrecon and came up with the following:

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/sal...a-4329458.html

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/sol...a-4342314.html

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f30/fso...a-4342442.html

    I have no experience with any of the sellers listed above, but if you're willing to do a bit of research and are ok going used, then it's definitely an option. Cheers.

    That last one is a beauty. I didn't realize they made a quartz seamster with applied indices. If I didn't have a a custom Omega 2254, I'd be mighty tempted.

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    If you're going to strictly keep to those three (which are all great options), I'd choose the Sinn or the Oris. Both are so versatile. At $1500 you really open yourself up to a ton of options, and in many cases you could buy two watches. If you're lucky, you might be able to snag a used Omega Speedmaster Reduced.

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