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Help me find a dive watch (<40mm, day/date, handwinding auto, <$1k)

April 19, 2013 05:28PM
Folks,

I'm pretty new here. I tried to settle into Watchuseek, but it seems the "community" there isn't much of a community. I was drawn to PMWF because it takes an equal mix of humility and humor to refer to ourselves as "poor."

Introduction
So to introduce myself, I'm 31, a father of two, a bean counter by trade (with a degree in English Lit), living in Southern California and riding my randonneur bike as much as I can.
This year marks a lot of landmarks: I'm into my 30s, own my first home and am celebrating 10 years of bliss (marriage) in two and a half months. I'd like to celebrate it with a new watch.

My Watch History
I had a childhood of neat digitals (Casios - offhand, I recall a World Time model and a Thermometer model and 1 Timex bike computer.wristwatch). Junk watches through my teenage years, then a Seiko 5 (a white dial with a sort of grid pattern) that was great, then got dropped, put in a drawer and misplaced, then a Citizen 8700 perpetual calendar (love the features, but not the dial), then a Seiko SRP025 (too big, no date, no handwind), an a SARB017 Alpinist (don't love the green, no date, learned I love the handwind).

The Criteria
So...I'm now looking for a dive watch. I'd give Seiko the edge since my father wore Seiko, but they don't seem to have what I want. Specifically:
- <= 40mm
- day/date (the days all run together as I get older and busier)
- automatic with handwind
- black or grey dial
- <$1k USD
- new or used is fine; in fact I tent to/prefer to buy things used and save bread when I can

The best I've tried so far was twice my budget: the Ball Skindiver. I almost rationalized it, but my wife's informed me of some changes at work and I don't feel great spending that dough at the moment. I guess my maturity has not kicked in yet and the name makes me laugh, too. That could be a problem.

So any advice for me?

Thanks in advance!
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Help me find a dive watch (<40mm, day/date, handwinding auto, <$1k)

Rawland1589April 19, 2013 05:28PM

Would You consider the Hamilton Khaki King Scuba diver... Jpeg Attachments

Paul J Costa291April 20, 2013 01:02PM

Re: Would You consider the Hamilton Khaki King Scuba diver...

Rawland174April 21, 2013 06:48AM

check here URL

solex190April 19, 2013 08:42PM

Thanks, but pretty much everything there's too big! (n/t)

Rawland103April 19, 2013 09:26PM

For less than $200, there is plenty of Seiko 5's that would fit the bill. (n/t) Jpeg Attachments

JP1528April 19, 2013 08:38PM

One with the 4R36 movement would be cool, but I haven't seen one I've fallen for. (n/t)

Rawland124April 19, 2013 09:22PM

For just under $1K forget about the day and go Longines Hydroconquest Jpeg Attachments

JP202April 19, 2013 08:31PM

I'm pretty set on the Day/Date bit. The Dude abides! (n/t)

Rawland87April 19, 2013 09:21PM

Couple more suggestionsSmile URL

jeremd676192April 19, 2013 07:32PM

I think looking for day/date and a smaller size is making this harder for me Jpeg Attachments

Rawland141April 19, 2013 07:45PM

If the Skindiver is an ideal watch for you it may be best to save and buy what your heart truly seeks. (n/t)

jeremd676122April 19, 2013 07:57PM

My humble advise. Japan Made Watch or Movement Jpeg Attachments

LeeMorgan221April 19, 2013 07:10PM

Re: My humble advise. Japan Made Watch or Movement

Rawland127April 19, 2013 07:15PM

Welcome Rawland!Cheers! Image Attachments URL

jeremd676130April 19, 2013 06:31PM

Re: Welcome Rawland!Cheers!

Rawland86April 19, 2013 07:03PM

At the high end of your price range there are some nice used TAG Heuer Aquaracers selling on the forums. URL

jeremd676128April 19, 2013 07:13PM

Tags look "goofy" to me...maybe I'm just Crazy! Loco! (n/t)

Rawland91April 19, 2013 07:19PM

Nope not crazy, everyone is entitled to their own opinions & styleCool (n/t)

jeremd67670April 19, 2013 07:25PM



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