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Post by deepcdvr » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:20 pm

Ok - I have to wear a suit most days now. In order to fit in with the DC crowd, I spent a few grand on a new wardrobe - decent looking suits that actually fit me, but long story short, zero of my watches fit comfortably under the cuff. I’d like to try a decent (cheap) dress watch. I don’t want to drop a couple grand on one for the trial run; looking for something in the sub 500 range. Bracelet would be a plus, but not having one is not a deal killer.

Any thoughts? Prefer used since I don’t usually buy new. I’ve looked at a few omegas on recon and I’ve occasionally seen some under 5 bills, but they’re like 34mm... The SARB’s look ok - anyone ever had one? Any other suggestions?


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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:25 pm

toxicavenger wrote:Monta Triumph
Isn’t that about double his budget?
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Post by BBK357 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:33 pm

I was thinking Hamilton or Seiko CockTail time


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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:44 pm

A little above your budget, but absolutely gorgeous and uncommon.

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Post by 5661nicholas » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:49 pm

I have had a few SARB'S, all excellent watches, lokk good on strap or bracelet, can be tricky to get the roght fot on bracelet. I would suggest anything from the Presage line, lots of color options available, strap & bracelet options. If you decide you are really liking wearing a dress watch, flip it for little to no loss and upgrade. Good luck, keep us posted.

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Omega / Tudor / Rolex / Sinn / Hamilton / Seiko / Citizen / G Shock

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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:56 pm

Damn I like that first one, Joe.
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Post by Torrid » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:15 pm

I feel like SARB is a safe bet. Actually wore mine today.

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Post by Ruggs » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:47 pm

SARB is definitely a safe bet. The SARX watches are a noticeable step up for 700ish.

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Post by hobbit712 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:44 am

Orient Star?

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Post by deepcdvr » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:54 am

wow - you guys have some great suggestions here...
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Post by 59yukon01 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:12 am

What kind of skinny cuffs are you wearing that say a Shogun couldn't fit under?

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Post by JBZ » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:35 am

Don't know if I have much to add. The SARB looks like it would good, and Hamilton carries a large number of dress watches as Chris suggested. If you want something a little less dressy that would fit the bill, might be worth looking at the Hamilton khaki field line. Lots of styles come with a bracelet in various sizes from 38 to 44. They can usually be had on the grey market for at or under your budget, and definitely thin enough to fit under a cuff. The 38mm in particular gives a nice Rolex Explorer vibe if you like that look.

It's hard to go back to a suit after being casual for a number of years. DC is one of the few places where everyone still wears them.
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JBZ wrote:Don't know if I have much to add. The SARB looks like it would good, and Hamilton carries a large number of dress watches as Chris suggested. If you want something a little less dressy that would fit the bill, might be worth looking at the Hamilton khaki field line. Lots of styles come with a bracelet in various sizes from 38 to 44. They can usually be had on the grey market for at or under your budget, and definitely thin enough to fit under a cuff. The 38mm in particular gives a nice Rolex Explorer vibe if you like that look.

It's hard to go back to a suit after being casual for a number of years. DC is one of the few places where everyone still wears them.
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Post by deepcdvr » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:59 am

59yukon01 wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:12 am
What kind of skinny cuffs are you wearing that say a Shogun couldn't fit under?
Pftt.... It's not the skinniness of the cuff, it's the MASSIVENESS of the python squeezed inside! :lol:
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Post by Joeprez » Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:00 am

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Damn I like that first one, Joe.
I'm honestly thinking of grabbing one... seems to be a great way to "try" a Grand Seiko (to see if I would actually wear that kind of watch).
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Post by Joeprez » Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:02 am

deepcdvr wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:59 am
59yukon01 wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:12 am
What kind of skinny cuffs are you wearing that say a Shogun couldn't fit under?
Pftt.... It's not the skinniness of the cuff, it's the MASSIVENESS of the python squeezed inside! :lol:
When I used to wear a suit, I would go to the tailor to move the button of my left hand cuff to fit my watches... cheaper than a new watch.

Unless you want a new watch :cheers:
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Post by deepcdvr » Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:06 am

JBZ wrote:
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It's hard to go back to a suit after being casual for a number of years. DC is one of the few places where everyone still wears them.
I wore some sort of uniform for 30 years, then shifted to the SOF support 'uniform' of tactical pants and polo shirts for 8 years after I retired and became a GS. Now I have a program manager job and have to wear a damn suit and tie at least two weeks out of the month. Wasn't a big deal when I wore off the rack stuff I bought when I retired - and was about 15 lbs heavier - but tailored suits are the norm in my paygrade in DC. To be honest, a well fitting suit is worth the price, but my marinemaster just won't fit.
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