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    Next Watch ? Affordable Original Design..suggestions and pics

    Itching fir a new one, suggestions would be very welcome, am open to any watch type, preferably automatic. Sorry for stating the obvious but by original design i mean no homages (I love them but just got one) and by affordable i mean ~ £500.

    Be great to see pics of suggestions if poss...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ...buffering... View Post
    Itching fir a new one, suggestions would be very welcome, am open to any watch type, preferably automatic. Sorry for stating the obvious but by original design i mean no homages (I love them but just got one) and by affordable i mean ~ £500.

    Be great to see pics of suggestions if poss...


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    Affordable + Automatic = Seiko 5. Can't go wrong.

    These are a classic, a bit small but a lovely little watch..

    https://www.creationwatches.com/prod...atch-1896.html

    Cheers,

    Plug

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    Love these, possibly too small.

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    Master Sinnlover's Avatar
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    A tuna of some kind should be in your budget especially second hand. (Would be Quartz though but they are very good Quartz watches)
    If you want to go for ‘very original’ styling then the Hamilton Ventura is also in that price bracket. Nothing looks like a Ventura (for good reason)

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    I've just purchased a Certina DS PH200M reissue.... excellent value for money at circa £560.

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    Certina is a great call. How about Halios Seaforth? Aevig's Thor looks very nice if you want retro style without aping something else altogether.
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    I'm following with interest...!

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    Obvious choices include Seiko and Orient - maybe citizen if you like the style / quartz.
    Jump onto kickstarter and filter by watches - that's always good for a few hours.
    xeric do some very original looking watches - marmite though.
    Zinvo blade
    basically take a look on watches.com (new watchissmo site) - they aren't haute horology but there are some very out there designs to counterpoint the more traditional seiko / orient suggestions.

    Also there is the whole boctok amphibia sub culture, you could fill your boots for £500, i'd ignore vostok europe though, seem rather overpriced to me.
    There are other russian / eastern bloc watch manufacturers.

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    Have you seen lorier watches? They are around $400. I think their falcon model looks great. They are fairly pricey considering they have a Seiko nh35 movement but if I had the money to spend I would definitely be picking one up.

    I am new to the forum and am not sure how to add an image but here is a link to the watch I am talking about

    https://www.lorierwatches.com/products/falcon

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    Wow thanks for responses. Loving the vostock (bostocks?) Amphibia plus some others on googe search and they seem quite cheap too !! There must be catch? Quality any good ?

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    ‘BOCTOK’ is close to the original Cyrillic, but pronounced Vostok. They are robust and reliable, easy to modify and very popular on the forum. Experts such as Lampoc and others can tell you all about them.

    In terms of quality, they are generally well made and with some good design features only found in much more expensive dive watches. That said, don’t expect high end finishing and make sure you take a look at the ‘wobbly crown’ on Youtube before buying. Another clever design feature but not to everyone’s taste. Time keeping is probably in the +/-10spd range so similar to Seiko 5.

    I have a vintage one that I recommissioned myself with some help from the forum and I swim and snorkel with it a lot - absolutely love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    I've just purchased a Certina DS PH200M reissue.... excellent value for money at circa £560.
    Lovely looking watch, and I have a few Certinas and think they are great quality for the price.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Seen some really retro vostock amphibians on ebay/amazon. Wasnt planning on another diver but i might have to, loads of choices

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    Whilst their watches are great value, I personally would not want to be spending money in Russia at the moment.....

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    Secondhand Oris TT1 Diver?


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    seiko turtle?

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    McManus? great quality as it has more jewels........more than rolex.......

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    Farer have some very nice, distinctive designs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColDaspin View Post
    Farer have some very nice, distinctive designs.
    But you'd need to go quartz or 2nd hand to keep under 500.

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    I actually met Charlie Fowler, the founder of Alkin watches last week, and had a look at his Model One in depth.
    This is definitely one of the best value individually designed watches I have come across.
    Really nice bloke too. I will be getting one o the PVD ones with a lume dial after Christmas.
    Dave

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    Vostok would be my call as well, you can buy shed loads of bezels and swap them every day :-)

    Scottie

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    Thanks for all these suggestions, really loving that Certina and Oris diver ...but I've fallen down a vostok / meranom rabbit hole. Am planning an amphibian mod in 2019 as it all seems like good fun for not much £. Decided on case style 100 with new bezel, nato and possibly a dial change. (I can't source the dial I REALLY like tho).



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    Quote Originally Posted by ...buffering... View Post
    Thanks for all these suggestions, really loving that Certina and Oris diver ...but I've fallen down a vostok / meranom rabbit hole. Am planning an amphibian mod in 2019 as it all seems like good fun for not much £. Decided on case style 100 with new bezel, nato and possibly a dial change. (I can't source the dial I REALLY like tho).



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    I am sorry to tell you its a one way rabbit hole, snag is they are so cheap where do you stop!!!
    Fancy the 24 hour bezel (with all the countries around the outside) next

    Scottie

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    I know they have their fans on here, but I really can’t see the attraction with Vostocks. I sorted a few out for a guy last year , after working out how they come apart etc it wasn’t too difficult, but there’s really no quality about them. Seikos are far far better watches.

    Best way to spend £500 is on something second hand......and try looking beyond divers!

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    Tissot seastar? Or is that too similar to a DSSD?

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    EC Andersson should be within you budget.




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    Maen Hudson Auto is available in 38 or 42mm. At €499, they are within budget.

    https://www.maenwatches.com

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    Love that Maen, not heard of them before.

    Also liking the baltic aquascaphe
    https://baltic-watches.com/en/aquascaphes/aquascaphe

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    Quote Originally Posted by ...buffering... View Post
    (I can't source the dial I REALLY like tho).
    Meranom can supply any dial (but not SE), you just have to put it in the notes when you order this:

    https://meranom.com/en/amphibian-cla...atch-dial.html

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    +1 for the Certina DS Action

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    Meranom can supply any dial (but not SE), you just have to put it in the notes when you order this:

    https://meranom.com/en/amphibian-cla...atch-dial.html
    Hi . Already emailed them with a pic of the dial, single word email reply "NO" which i found quite funny.

    Pic below is the one I'm after.

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    Have been told on another thread its a 120359 SE sandwich dial.

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    Timefactors Smiths Everest 36mm?
    https://www.timefactors.com/prs25new36mm.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaurav_tzuk View Post
    Tissot seastar? Or is that too similar to a DSSD?
    Can’t see the resemblance to a DSSD myself, but it is a pretty generic-looking diver imo...

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by ...buffering... View Post
    Have been told on another thread its a 120359 SE sandwich dial.
    Hence not available!


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    Quote Originally Posted by marcus.furius View Post
    Do you know the model number of that? It’s dial is way less fussy than the current DS action I can find, hands look better too.

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    Actually.... is it this?

    https://www.certina.com/watch/ds-action1/C0328511105702

    The ones I was looking at are on Jura.

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    Aevig valkyr or thor
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobetobes View Post
    Actually.... is it this?

    https://www.certina.com/watch/ds-action1/C0328511105702

    The ones I was looking at are on Jura.
    That's the onw

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    One of these as a beater perhaps? Proper retro as featured in The Big Lebowski!
    IMG_4733.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by inthered View Post
    Wow, they look awesome and £299 tempted but think i might have settled on this Baltic Bicompax...blue dial with gold.

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