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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooster View Post
    Archimede Outdoor? Explorer-ish enough imo.

    I was about to suggest this one, too.

    For something more on a dressy side, perhaps Longines Conquest Classic?



    For less in-your-face alternatives to 556A, B&R V2-92 and Oris Swiss Hunter Team come to mind:




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    That Oris looks lovely, and I do have a soft spot for Oris. Has anyone seen one in the flesh? The B&R is also nice.

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    I didn't see the Oris in flesh but I remember seeing its dial colour described somewhere as grey rather than black, just so you're aware.

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    Actually the Archimede is very interesting especially at its price point. I think I prefer it to the Sinn, Is there a UK stockist?

    So my revised shortlist, in price order, based on everyones suggestions, plus my requirements

    39mm or smaller
    On a bracelet
    Black dial
    Arabic numerals

    Explorer 114270*
    Omega Railmaster (older 36mm version)*
    Oris Swiss Hunter Team
    Archimede Outdoor
    Smiths Everest

    *are outside my current price range and I would need to find them used.

    The Archimede intrigues me and I'm going to look into it a bit more. I will probably end up with the Smiths (assuming I can get one) as it will scratch an itch and then see from there.

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    There was an Archimede Outdoor on the Sales forum not that long ago, l was quite tempted myself, not sure if it eventually sold but it might be worth doing a search and contacting the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthered View Post
    There was an Archimede Outdoor on the Sales forum not that long ago, l was quite tempted myself, not sure if it eventually sold but it might be worth doing a search and contacting the OP.
    Thanks for the tip. I'll check when I get access.

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    BTW, when on a similar quest a while ago, one of the watches I ended up with was this one:


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    Quote Originally Posted by rodia77 View Post
    BTW, when on a similar quest a while ago, one of the watches I ended up with was this one:

    Which Model is that?

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    H76565135. It's discontinued and rather difficult to find in Europe at a reasonable price -- what I did is buy H76565835 and H76565125, and swapped the straps.

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    We've been all round the houses, a path I've travelled too, with this and that suggestion for an Explorer substitute. It doesn't have to be an Explorer, it applies to whatever model you seek, simply buy the original. Until you do, you won't know whether it's really what you want. Our hobby magnifies small differences of detail, and as we know, that's where the devil lies. By the time you've bought, sold and traded this or that substitute, you might have as well saved hard and bought what you wanted in the first place. The advantage with an Explorer is that if after an exhaustive chase you find it's not for you, you won't take a bath.

    Best of luck to the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkpw View Post
    ...Best of luck to the OP.
    :) My next thread may be titles "Tips for buying a second hand Explorer."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    :) My next thread may be titles "Tips for buying a second hand Explorer."
    1. Post WTB for the model you want
    2. Check SC daily for Explorer sales posts
    3. Occasionally bump the WTB
    4. Check SC again and find a newly listed Explorer has just sold
    5. Grumble
    6. Goto 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    1. Post WTB for the model you want
    2. Check SC daily for Explorer sales posts
    3. Occasionally bump the WTB
    4. Check SC again and find a newly listed Explorer has just sold
    5. Grumble
    6. Goto 2
    Looks good to me, maybe with an extra grumble or two.

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    You could always buy an Alpha Explorer and see how you get on with the style and size, under a £100 so you'll not take a great hit if you decide to move it on.

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    Armida have some explorer homages, the seconds hand looks a bit silly imo, and (again imo) itís a shame the day date one isnít 36mm... as I quite like that one!


    https://www.armidawatches.com/collec...=0&sort=normal


    https://www.armidawatches.com/collec...=0&sort=normal

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    So to add to my confusion now I'm interested in the Unimatic U2-C - https://www.unimaticwatches.com/u2-c/
    I found an earlier thread that described it as marmite watch but I like the vintage industrial look. With a limited run and not available until December it's likely my patience will run out before I make a decision. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthered View Post
    You could always buy an Alpha Explorer and see how you get on with the style and size, under a £100 so you'll not take a great hit if you decide to move it on.

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    Ive had a few of these, dark and white dials.

    They're OK for the money I think.

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    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    Build your own or order one of these from Tiger Concept - they now have a plexi crystal, drilled lugs case and nice build from $130ish
    http://www.tiger-concept.com/10160P-watch.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post


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    Thread closed... there is no alternative to this

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    This is on the SC at £625-ish, which feels like a good watch for the money.



    Eddie's 1016 is lovely, and there's one on the SC FT at the moment.

    Our hobby magnifies small differences of detail, and as we know, that's where the devil lies
    A nice line from the man with the Meades avatar. I sold this model watch a couple of times before Damasko introduced 5-minute hash marks on the 30-minute counter. That's a small thing to change, but it exorcised the devil.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Qatar-wol View Post
    This is on the SC at £625-ish, which feels like a good watch for the money.

    One thing I love about this watch is that Oris bothered to put in a new date wheel so that the date window is in exactly the right place. There aren't many watches that can say as much since they grew beyond 35mm. This has the same very satisfying positioning as the date window on, say, a mid-60s 35mm Seamaster or Seiko.

    Shame about the red tip on the seconds hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qatar-wol View Post
    This is on the SC at £625-ish, which feels like a good watch for the money.
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    I'll keep an eye out for it when I have access. Which model is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post


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    Winner, winner...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    I'll keep an eye out for it when I have access. Which model is that?
    It's a Oris Big Crown Propilot date, £1160 new, and you should be able to find an independent dealer and walk in with cash, get 20-25% off. If you wanted it new. It's a good watch - Oris are an excellent value proposition.

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