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Best Explorer one homage?

Post by deepcdvr » Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:11 pm

I’ve been wanting to try out an explorer 1 on oyster type bracelet, but don’t have 5k to blow …

What’s the best low-priced homage example? There are a lot of options and thought I’d see what you guys have to suggest?

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by hoppyjr » Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:25 pm

$5k would be a steal.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by deepcdvr » Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:28 pm

hoppyjr wrote:
Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:25 pm
$5k would be a steal.
Lol - even more of a reason to try out a rep first..
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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by Dynamite_Kid19 » Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:30 pm

Straight up is the Tissell as it has a similar adjustable clasp. Steinhart is better quality. Overall for a similar feel I'd go Christopher Ward C63 Sealander or Traska Summiteer.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by rain_maker » Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:30 pm

Mk II Vantage if you can find one. Or an older Railmaster.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by smalls » Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:46 pm

I always come back to the Sinn 556i to scratch the itch. 200m water resistance and highly legible. Also the sweet spot at 38.5mm.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by hoppyjr » Thu Jun 02, 2022 7:34 pm

If you can find a preowned Smiths Everest, that would be my choice.

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Post by Chocodove » Thu Jun 02, 2022 7:43 pm

smalls wrote:I always come back to the Sinn 556i to scratch the itch. 200m water resistance and highly legible. Also the sweet spot at 38.5mm.
Agree, but I think the 556a is closer.

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Post by Selym » Thu Jun 02, 2022 8:02 pm

Didn't Zeno Watch do one a while back?

Here it is:

Zeno-Watch Basel Explorer 6704

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by toxicavenger » Thu Jun 02, 2022 8:06 pm

Armida A6 and I think Borealis has a version.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by flyskate » Thu Jun 02, 2022 8:34 pm

hoppyjr wrote:
Thu Jun 02, 2022 7:34 pm
If you can find a preowned Smiths Everest, that would be my choice.
I agree, the smiths Everest is the closest to an explorer you can get. IMHO
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Post by Seppia » Thu Jun 02, 2022 10:47 pm

hoppyjr wrote:
Thu Jun 02, 2022 7:34 pm
If you can find a preowned Smiths Everest, that would be my choice.
+1
The non gilt dial

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Jun 03, 2022 5:31 am

Not a homage, but the IWC Mark XV is a great option.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by JBZ » Fri Jun 03, 2022 5:58 am

I'd say the Smith's Everest if you're looking for the one that is most like the Explorer in size and appearance (36mm and 3-6-9 dial). Other choices would be the Tudor Heritage Ranger, but it's 41mm (and a vintage ranger comes in at only 34mm and would cost you more than a 14270 or 114270 - plus there are a ton of fakes and frankens out there).

Still another would be a Rolex Air King with a 3-6-9 dial, but those are kind of pricey now, too.

You could look at the Tudor Black Bay 36mm (or even the 41mm if you want something larger). The Black Bay has a more modern feel like a 14270 or 114270. The Everest is more like a 1016.

And the suggestion of the Seiko Alpinist is a good one, but the size is larger than the traditional Explorer, and it has a date to the extent that matters to you.

I've never been particular enamored with the Sinn 556 - something about the design seems off to me. It may be hands or the size of the markers. Plus it's just too matte looking for my taste (case and dial). But if you like the style it's certainly an option - tough as nails like most Sinns.
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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jun 03, 2022 6:20 am

While not an homage, a nice alternative to the Explorer is the Tudor Black Bay 26 or 41.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by justsellbrgs » Fri Jun 03, 2022 7:43 am

TRASKA SUMMITEER is totally kick ass.... newer version is very nice. check specs on hardening used...

https://www.traskawatch.com/summiteer/p/charcoal-black
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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by toxicavenger » Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:26 am

Oh and is you want an exact copy I am sure Alpha or San Martin makes one. Lol

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by deepcdvr » Fri Jun 03, 2022 9:05 am

damn - excellent recommendations! A lot to think about.

I've had all those Sinns and really like them, but to be honest I'm not a fan of the H-link bracelet, or to be more specific, i like the oyster more..

I've tried to like the Alpanist but jut can't for some reason?

Black Bay or Ranger are not for me either...

I do like the SARB..

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by AtomicTom » Fri Jun 03, 2022 10:56 am

Looks like the guys already havre you covered on this Paul. ;)

Man oh man, just looking around, it does seem like there are a lot
in all different price ranges. :o ..Just adding a few more onto the
list sir.

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by JBZ » Fri Jun 03, 2022 11:15 am

deepcdvr wrote:
Fri Jun 03, 2022 9:05 am
damn - excellent recommendations! A lot to think about.

I've had all those Sinns and really like them, but to be honest I'm not a fan of the H-link bracelet, or to be more specific, i like the oyster more..

I've tried to like the Alpanist but jut can't for some reason?

Black Bay or Ranger are not for me either...

I do like the SARB..

Thanks guys -
If you really want to see if you like the style, I think it's hard to beat the Smith's Everest. The problem is it's impossible to get one at MSRP given Timefactors' weird selling habits. They come up for sale on Recon fairly regularly, but always at more than MSRP (though still affordable), and they always get snatched up quickly.
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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by deepcdvr » Fri Jun 03, 2022 11:20 am

AtomicTom wrote:
Fri Jun 03, 2022 10:56 am
Looks like the guys already havre you covered on this Paul. ;)

Man oh man, just looking around, it does seem like there are a lot
in all different price ranges. :o ..Just adding a few more onto the
list sir.


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Thanks Tom - hadn't thought of the Bernhart - wonder if those are still available after the passing of the owner..
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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by deepcdvr » Fri Jun 03, 2022 11:22 am

JBZ wrote:
Fri Jun 03, 2022 11:15 am
deepcdvr wrote:
Fri Jun 03, 2022 9:05 am
damn - excellent recommendations! A lot to think about.

I've had all those Sinns and really like them, but to be honest I'm not a fan of the H-link bracelet, or to be more specific, i like the oyster more..

I've tried to like the Alpanist but jut can't for some reason?

Black Bay or Ranger are not for me either...

I do like the SARB..

Thanks guys -
If you really want to see if you like the style, I think it's hard to beat the Smith's Everest. The problem is it's impossible to get one at MSRP given Timefactors' weird selling habits. They come up for sale on Recon fairly regularly, but always at more than MSRP (though still affordable), and they always get snatched up quickly.
I've been looking out for the Everest and yes, they are more expensive now.. Look like quality pieces, though

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Re: Best Explorer one homage?

Post by tmw » Fri Jun 03, 2022 11:23 am

Save your pennies. Whaever cheap watch you get it will be too expensive.

The 36mm explorer or the 39mm explorer are two of the best damn watches ever.

They are both one watch collections to themselves.

But if you have to go for it....try the tudor. 36 or 39. At least you can flip and not lose.
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