What you got for <$1000?

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What you got for <$1000?

Post by sierra11b » Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:54 am

Putting this here because time is of the essence.

Friend is a watch guy like us but never posts on the forums.

The general manager of his steakhouse came to me asking to find a watch with a $1k budget for his 50th bday which is less than two weeks away.

Would really like to get him an SBBN015 or a vintage bullhead. Maybe a 1971 seiko? Let me know what you have!

Might reach out to our favorite seiko AD to see what he has on Monday, but thought it would be a good idea to try here first.

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Re: What you got for <$1000?

Post by matt.wu » Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:30 am

IMO there is a lot of value in Longines at that price point. Especially if used is an option.
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Re: What you got for <$1000?

Post by sierra11b » Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:44 am

matt.wu wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:30 am
IMO there is a lot of value in Longines at that price point. Especially if used is an option.
For sure.

Doubt i could find a legend diver for that price. It would have to be decent size as he has 8.5” wrists. Long lugs would work in that case.

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Post by djh1201 » Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:56 am

sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:44 am
matt.wu wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:30 am
IMO there is a lot of value in Longines at that price point. Especially if used is an option.
For sure.

Doubt i could find a legend diver for that price. It would have to be decent size as he has 8.5” wrists. Long lugs would work in that case.
HydroConquest 43mm might be a good option.

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Re: What you got for <$1000?

Post by matt.wu » Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:01 am

djh1201 wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:56 am
sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:44 am
matt.wu wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:30 am
IMO there is a lot of value in Longines at that price point. Especially if used is an option.
For sure.

Doubt i could find a legend diver for that price. It would have to be decent size as he has 8.5” wrists. Long lugs would work in that case.
HydroConquest 43mm might be a good option.
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Post by logan2z » Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:28 am

You didn't say what type of watch he's looking for. Diver? Pilot? Something else?

+1 for me on Longines, great watches at reasonable prices.

If he's looking for a pilot watch, I'd look at something like a Laco Westerland. A 45mm case for his large wrist size, ETA movement (hand wound, there's an automatic version if he prefers), One of the original B-Uhr manufacturers if he cares about such things. $1350.

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Post by Joeprez » Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:37 am

Another options is Hamilton. Any Khaki Field would be nice.

I know a bronze watch is not for everyone, but the new bronze Khaki manual is less than $1,000.

Seiko SPB143 can also be bought for less than $1,000.


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Post by r.palace » Sat Jul 17, 2021 12:04 pm

Longines, Oris, Seiko are all good options
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Post by Steve O. » Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:16 pm

Alpina diver and pilot models are good values, especially on the secondary market.

Birth year Seikos are generally easy to find. However, when you get into early '70's divers and chronos, which of course are going to be the larger models, the prices rise quickly.
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Post by charger02 » Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:57 pm

Don't get used or vintage. That's more trouble than its worth especially if its a gift. I would hit up SeiyaJapan or Gnomon and get a nice Seiko Tuna. Decent battery life, durable, and a piece that is original

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Post by Chocodove » Sat Jul 17, 2021 2:45 pm

Mido and Certina are two nice brands that come to mind in that range.
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Post by Selym » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:03 pm

Willard?

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Post by sierra11b » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm

Turns out he wants a Hamilton khaki bronze even knowing it’s 38mm.

Question is now where to get a thin leather (roo leather) nato.

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Post by mattcantwin » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:37 pm

sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm

Turns out he wants a Hamilton khaki bronze even knowing it’s 38mm.

8 1/2" wrist. :think:
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Post by Mr_Pacman » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:54 pm

If new, I would look at a Seiko Willard. If used is an option (or there might be some new ones kicking around on massive discounts) Eterna Kontiki is hard to beat. Last year, the 1973 Super Kontiki Re-issues were being blown out on Ashford. I've seen new Kontiki 4 hands go for $799 on blowout.

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Post by dnslater » Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:16 pm

I think given his wrist size, a new Tuna would be perfect although a new 300m is a little pricier. Green Willard is right around $1k.

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Post by deepcdvr » Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:44 pm

mattcantwin wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:37 pm
sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm

Turns out he wants a Hamilton khaki bronze even knowing it’s 38mm.

8 1/2" wrist. :think:
Yeah — but that may fit just fine

Better than the other way around :grin:

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Post by SoCal C4S » Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:14 pm

He needs 45mm at least for an 8.5” wrist.

You can find some 44mm Breitlings for just over $1k. I second the Longines Diver if you can find one, but they’re usually around $1200. If he went up to $1500 or $2k, the options really open up…

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Post by Ryeguy » Sat Jul 17, 2021 6:10 pm

sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm
Turns out he wants a Hamilton khaki bronze even knowing it’s 38mm.

Question is now where to get a thin leather (roo leather) nato.
See if Terry has any left in his strap closet. I have one of his ‘roo leather NATO’s and it is great on the Hamilton Khaki.
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Best pic I’ve got of it on the ‘roo, but you get the idea.

FWIW, Squale, Certina, Alpina, and Mido are also great suggestions.
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Post by JBZ » Sat Jul 17, 2021 6:22 pm

The bronze Hamilton khaki already comes on a leather calfskin nato. Is a ‘roo leather nato really that much better?
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Post by toxicavenger » Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:28 pm

JBZ wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 6:22 pm
The bronze Hamilton khaki already comes on a leather calfskin nato. Is a ‘roo leather nato really that much better?
a lot better. and slimmer on the wrist. unfortunately roo leather is not available like it was before.

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Re: What you got for <$1000?

Post by logan2z » Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:43 pm

sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm
Question is now where to get a thin leather (roo leather) nato.
Check out Bas and Lokes. I bought one of their single pass NATOs for my Hamilton Khaki and love it.

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Post by SoCal C4S » Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:05 pm

sierra11b wrote:Turns out he wants a Hamilton khaki bronze even knowing it’s 38mm.

Question is now where to get a thin leather (roo leather) nato.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Watchexchange/ ... ame=iossmf

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Re: What you got for <$1000?

Post by sierra11b » Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:37 pm

logan2z wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:43 pm
sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm
Question is now where to get a thin leather (roo leather) nato.
Check out Bas and Lokes. I bought one of their single pass NATOs for my Hamilton Khaki and love it.

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What a great strap site with tons of length options.

Got him a vintage green two piece which will work well on the bronze.

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Re: What you got for <$1000?

Post by logan2z » Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:43 pm

sierra11b wrote:
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:37 pm
logan2z wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:43 pm
sierra11b wrote:
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:14 pm
Question is now where to get a thin leather (roo leather) nato.
Check out Bas and Lokes. I bought one of their single pass NATOs for my Hamilton Khaki and love it.

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What a great strap site with tons of length options.

Got him a vintage green two piece which will work well on the bronze.
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