Watch Help Please…

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  • Premier Icon BigDummy
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    I know this place is a periodic hotbed of watch enthusiasm, and I’m a bit at sea. So. Watch help please. 🙂

    I would like to buy my girlfriend a watch. Budget tops out at about five hundred quid. She is hard on her weapons and equipment and it needs to be durable. Ideal specs:

    38-40mm dial
    Analogue
    waterproof (20m minimum, 100m for preference)
    Time and date but not too much else going on
    Metal strap

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    For what it is worth, I am currently thinking this one looks quite suitable:

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    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    It’s going to be like that, is it? 🙄 XXX

    LeeW
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    Would your GF be happy wearing something a little masculine? Like the Christopher Ward.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    Yes, absolutely Lee. Don’t want to end up with something massive as she’s quite small, but apart from that, all good.

    stumpy01
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    Under your budget, but I really like the Mondaine watches. Keep telling myself I’ll buy one, one day.

    They do a ‘sport’ version with a metal strap, 100m waterproof and you can get it with just the date or with the day/date.
    EDIT – not sure if it’s a bit big….

    Like this:

    http://www.pretavoir.co.uk/mondaine-sport-i-swiss-railways-sbb-a667-30308-16sbm.html?sf=y&gclid=CPmll_f6gtQCFckV0wodxuYBJQ

    I’ve never used that website to purchase anything before, it was just the first link that came up with a decent picture….

    I know v little about watches…but Mrs DD loves her Mondaine Helvetica watch I got for her at Christmas (it was through hints that landed on me like an elephant). Her brief was “classy, not masculine but not girly” and to be fair, I think they fit that bill really well. Plenty within budget too.

    Steinhart diver all day long for that budget.

    Steinhart watches

    Premier Icon njee20
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    Mondaine watches should have a sweeping second hand which pauses at 12 each minute, it’s how the Swiss railway clocks work, and it’s very pleasing! I’ve got a Mondaine wall clock which doesn’t, and it annoys me!

    Very nice watches though. I doubt your GF will care about the motion of the prototype on which they’re based!

    The Steinhart divers are a great watch for the money, but v heavy and quite masculine so not sure if suitable for a feminine wrist?

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    Good options on both the Mondaine and Steinhart, thanks! (And I certainly don’t mind dipping under budget – that’s always lovely…)

    The size thing does worry me just a touch. 42mm is probably alright though. 🙂

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    but v heavy and quite masculine so not sure if suitable for a feminine wrist?

    She commonly accessorizes with 9mm pistol in a leg holster and a bloody great knife, so while it’s a concern, it’s not too much of one. 🙂

    stumpy01
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    njee20 – Member

    Mondaine watches should have a sweeping second hand which pauses at 12 each minute, it’s how the Swiss railway clocks work, and it’s very pleasing! I’ve got a Mondaine wall clock which doesn’t, and it annoys me!

    They do have a version that does just that…..
    I didn’t realise the significance until you just explained it though!

    Taken from their website:

    The fascinating execution of stop2go, like on the original clock, features the famous red second hand that turns full circle in 58 seconds and then waits at 12 o’clock for the black minute hand to move on, before jumping one marker forwards, starting its next rotation.

    https://www.mondaine.com/watches/official-swiss-railways-watch/stop2go/a512-30358-16sbb.html

    Premier Icon beanum
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    I was going to suggest a Victorinox Inox but this one is cool too and is in budget.

    Victorinox Maverick

    Premier Icon lunge
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    Have a look on Amazon at the Orient watches. Very, very good watches for the money, solid movements, well made and extremely reliable. There are various versions, the Mako or the Ray are the 2 that spring to mind but have a look and you’ll find something. Plenty of change from £500 too I’d imagine.

    plyphon
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    The vintage Steinhart looks nice, but the rest are too much of a Submariner homage for me. There’s paying homage, then there’s simply copying…

    I quite like the Christopher Ward range also. I’m not in the market for another watch right now, but if I was looking for a diver in the sub-£1000 range thats where I would start.

    Premier Icon JAG
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    accessorizes with 9mm pistol in a leg holster and a bloody great knife

    I need a picture please 8)

    Premier Icon peajay
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    Marathon TSAR medium, 36mm, I’ve got the full size one and it’s hard as nails, looks great on nato!
    I’d post a pick but I’ve always failed on this forum at pics!

    Premier Icon nickdavies
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    Mondaine wouldn’t really be up to the job it sounds like it’s intended to be used for, drop me a pm if you are interested though. Most of them don’t do the stop go sweep njee mentions, it’s a cool feature on the ones that do though.

    I’d look at the longines hydroconquest lady or gents if that’s too small. Christopher ward also good at that price point. You might struggle a bit getting a 38-40mm divers these days as you’ll find ladies are smaller and gents are bigger. Oris do a ladies aquis or a 40mm gents which could be ideal. The ladies aquis aren’t great sellers so even though they’re over your budget by quite a way you do see them heavily reduced.

    CountZero
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    but v heavy and quite masculine so not sure if suitable for a feminine wrist?

    I thought, how patronising…

    She commonly accessorizes with 9mm pistol in a leg holster and a bloody great knife, so while it’s a concern, it’s not too much of one.

    Glad you added the clarification! 😀
    I could go for a woman like that!

    but v heavy and quite masculine so not sure if suitable for a feminine wrist?

    I thought, how patronising…

    Wasn’t meant how it sounded! As a slim wristed male I have to choose my watches carefully. A ‘sub’ is way to masculine for my dainty wrists 😉

    wrecker
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    It’s a fair comment. A 9mm pistol is a small weapon assuming a standard mag. A 42mm watch will be big on a little wrist, particularly if she’s using her hands a lot for drills etc. A good, tough 38-40mm tool watch without a huge profile would likely be perfect.
    At that price point and use, I’d have a look at the Hamilton khaki range.
    http://www.alexander-jewellery.co.uk/gents-hamilton-watches-h64455133.html
    http://www.alexander-jewellery.co.uk/gents-hamilton-watches-h70595133.html
    http://www.alexander-jewellery.co.uk/watch-40030.html
    20% off on that site too.
    Mind you at £650, I’d let you have my Damasko DA38, which would likely be absolutely perfect.

    Saccades
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    Casio MSG-300C-1B Ladies Baby-G

    Use the other £400 to get her coke and hookers.

    Premier Icon AlasdairMc
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    The Steinhart Ocean 500 isn’t heavy as it’s titanium, and I have one on my wrist at the moment. It’s a durable watch too

    CountZero
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    There’s always a 1980’s TAG Heuer Series 1000:
    http://www.tagexchange.co.uk/Sold-Mens/TAG-HEUER-1000-SERIES-MENS-WATCH-980.113B.html
    Really small watch by today’s standards, I’ve got skinny wrists and my black version looks small, especially compared to my Seiko SPORK.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    Chaps, you have excelled yourselves! Some brilliant ideas here – thank you all very much 🙂

    Premier Icon njee20
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    They do have a version that does just that…..
    I didn’t realise the significance until you just explained it though!

    I think it’s the more expensive ones that do it, not unreasonably. Like I say, it’s very pleasing!

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