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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    Hi, I'm planning on buying a mm300 in januari. A watch that I've wanted for the last 3 years, but just to play with fire, are there any alternatives I should look in to in the same price range? I mean... I love it, but am I too one eyed? Am I overlooking some other model?

    Conditions are the following:
    New price below or equal to the mm300 (EUR 2000 / 1600)
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    Not too big (over 44mm) and not too small (under 42mm)
    Not titanium.

    If the answer is no, and the mm300 has no real rival, then I'm all for that response :)
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    Thoughts on this?


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    Both great watches but stay on course and try the MM300 first, it sounds like you need to get it out of your system.
    And it's hard to get her out of your mind once you have laid your eyes on that lady...


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    Quote Originally Posted by yonsson View Post
    Thoughts on this?
    As much as I like Orient, I find the power reserve & the day near 9 not a good choice. Go for the MM300 .

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    The power reserve indicator adds clutter to the dial. OK if you like that addition but not a clean balanced look which the Seiko offers.

    The Seiko has a one piece case ( as far as I am aware ) the Orient I think is a two piece case.

    May not matter to you but I would prefer the Seiko case. No logical reason I just like the idea ( if not the actuality ) of a one piece case.

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    The only one that comes to mind is the TAG Aquaracer calibre 5 automatic

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    Sinn U1? Great watch But quite different from the MM300

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh B View Post
    The only one that comes to mind is the TAG Aquaracer calibre 5 automatic
    Haven't even thought of that model. It's a little too dressy for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by momentum View Post
    Sinn U1? Great watch But quite different from the MM300
    It sure is. Perhaps a little too tooly for me though. I've also been looking at the Sinn UX as a possibility. I just think it's a little too .... quartz for me : /

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    How about a Damasko chrono?

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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by WingTsun View Post
    Not IMO. There is only one MM300. Go for it. You'll just be wondering "what if?" otherwise.
    ^^ this. I'm wearing mine now. I came home looking forward to putting on the GS from the other thread but changed my mind. The MM300 is that good.

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    rest assured there are no alternatives to the MM, or i can't think of any in that price range

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    Go for the MM300!!!

    Go for the MM300!!! It is amazing!

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    Totally different style but what about Doxa?

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    SBDX003 on the left. Only 500 made though and impossible to find. I think someone on the forum has one.

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    A used one will be in your price range:



    No competition I believe...

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    The MM300 is a beautiful thing...but the OS300 definitely is worth a look, and at a fraction of the price.


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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    Some great thoughts here!
    A Doxa would be nice, but I've never had a a Doxa, so that feels like a bit of a gamble.

    Sbdx003 is very nice, but pretty much impossible to find @ a reasonable price. + I don't really care for gold accents.

    Omega, I fear is nothing for me. If it can be found around the corner, then it doesn't matter how good it is.

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    Orient 300 should wear bigger and heavier than mm300.

    I would suggest sumo, costs only 1/3 of MM300 with basically 80% of the features...OR a sumo in MM300's dial and hands..


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    I would take a Steelfish over the MM300 any day. These are built like a tank, but still look good on the wrist and no cheap rattly Seiko bracelet either.




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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by seikomatic View Post
    I would suggest sumo, costs only 1/3 of MM300 with basically 80% of the features...
    I love the sumo, but I already have one :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Captainhowdy View Post
    I would take a Steelfish over the MM300 any day.
    They sure are nice, bit the hight worries me. Tried one @ an AD, but didn't get convinced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonsson View Post

    Omega, I fear is nothing for me. If it can be found around the corner, then it doesn't matter how good it is.
    Which is, of course, why you are going to buy that very exclusive brand that nobody has ever heard of and can only be found in one shop in all of Scandinavia: Seiko...

    its pretty clear you are decided on the mm300 and nothing else will do!

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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    Well, that is kind of true, but looking into alternatives is always a good thing.

    There is a saying, that goes something like: In belief, there is doubt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainhowdy View Post
    I would take a Steelfish over the MM300 any day. These are built like a tank, but still look good on the wrist and no cheap rattly Seiko bracelet either.

    Do they come with sunglasses as standard?

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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    Honestly, neither the orient 300, nor the sumo come close to matching the mm300 for build quality and everyday wearability. As an added bonus, the watch is a direct relative of the original 6159 from 1968.

    Last edited by lenny; 14th November 2012 at 14:43.

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    As others have said the MM300 is a fantastic watch & one I think I'll always have in the collection.

    A Doxa & a U Series Sinn are also fine watches, but as wells as, not instead of IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yonsson View Post
    Well, that is kind of true, but looking into alternatives is always a good thing.

    There is a saying, that goes something like: In belief, there is doubt...
    I love WIS logic! ;)

    Seriously, its what you want, its a terrific watch and you can shift it easily enough if you change your mind. Go for it!

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    I've only just noticed the MM300 has no crown guard.
    That seems a bit odd for a 'tool watch'.

    I'd recommend a Doxa as an alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WingTsun View Post
    That's because that part of the crown screws into the case itself, negating the need for a crown guard. If you had both you wouldn't be able to turn the crown.
    And the crown is at 4.

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    If you are looking at a Japanese alternative, the alternative is the Orient or Orient Star 300m Diver which is no bad thing. Having owned both, they are two well made Japanese Divers with manual winding and hacking facilities (new Orient variant only) but at slightly different price points.

    If you are looking at something non Japanese then there is obviously more choice, but you cannot go wrong with the Orient or Seiko. My choice is the SBDX001.
    Last edited by j111dja; 14th November 2012 at 16:38.

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    Pricing downwards I can't think of anything close to the Seiko MM300. Best save your money to get one used

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh B View Post
    Which is, of course, why you are going to buy that very exclusive brand that nobody has ever heard of and can only be found in one shop in all of Scandinavia: Seiko...

    its pretty clear you are decided on the mm300 and nothing else will do!
    Aye, the brand can be found everywhere. The MM300 cannot, however. That's a significant difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassplayer View Post
    Aye, the brand can be found everywhere. The MM300 cannot, however. That's a significant difference.
    Yes, in WIS logic its all the difference in the world. In people logic less so ;)

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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    Having had a Halios Laguna and been very impressed with the design/quality/timekeeping and overall package I'd throw that in as a wildcard. If you can find one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    Having had a Halios Laguna and been very impressed with the design/quality/timekeeping and overall package I'd throw that in as a wildcard. If you can find one!
    There is one on SC right now, so that wouldn't be a problem. I have read and seen (youtube) reviews of it, and I have no doubts it's a great model. I'm sure it will have a place in my watch box at some point.

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    Whydo you try to find an alternative ?

    The MM is "pure & unique"

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikomatic View Post
    Orient 300 should wear bigger and heavier than mm300.

    I would suggest sumo, costs only 1/3 of MM300 with basically 80% of the features...OR a sumo in MM300's dial and hands..

    Where can I get this mod dome in the UK?

    Hector

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    Seiko mm300 alternatives?

    It would have to be the Sinn U1 for me. After buying several watches online and being disappointed in the flesh, I reckon the U1 is one of the few watches out there I would risk buying blind again. Don't get me wrong the MM300 looks like a nice watch but not special enough for me to make another blind purchase. It just doesn't stand out enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beta2 View Post
    Where can I get this mod dome in the UK?

    Hector
    Not sure as I knew that parts are scare and came from Netherlands..

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    I second the Breitling Steelfish, a second-hand one in immaculate condition should easily fit in your budget. I am wearing mine today actually (older 42mm version with blue dial). I don't think you will get better bang for your buck in that price bracket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dowsing View Post


    SBDX003 on the left. Only 500 made though and impossible to find. I think someone on the forum has one.
    Correct, there are a few users here. Here's mine:


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    I ordered a new mm300 last night. Now the wait begins.

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