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    36mm watch

    The current lockdown is giving me a lot of time to research a new purchase - the hole to fill is now a 36mm watch as a daily wearer.

    In the past I have owned a Junghans Max Bill and Rolex Sub (new model).

    To be honest, I loved the Sub but it was just too big for my feminine sized wrists...

    So I think 36mm is my limit unfortunately. I really liked the Junghans and although it was 36mm, the face really took all the size so it wore much bigger.

    Style wise, I am looking for a nice dress style watch, possibly on a leather strap but open to other styles.

    Budget is open, as much as it can be in these times!

    Anyone got any suggestions?


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    Smith's PRS25

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    Tudor bb36.

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    Maybe not fitting the dress category, but when I think about 36mm watches the Omega 90ís Dynamic stands out as one of the best to me.

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    36mm and dress watch I would say vintage and the World is your oyster. Tons of beautiful vintage watches at reasonable cost this size and in wonderful condition, Omega, Longines, IWC, endless really. Gold cases offer even better VFM and are often not much higher priced than their steel equivalent.

    If strictly wanting new look up some of the Longines Heritage range, they have some really nice releases over the last few years.

    For instance... https://www.longines.co.uk/watch-heritage-l1-611-8-52-4



    35mm 18ct Gold and just over £3.5k I think it's an absolute stunner for the money.
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    Rolex Explorer or Omega Dynamic 3

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    Grand Seiko quartz : SBGX range, which are 37mm but will be fine.

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    you'll get a nice vintage Rolex OP - dress watch on leather or a steel bracelet for £1,500 to £2k

    lots around and they are really attractive and collectable

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    Not very original but I would say a Datejust. Lots of options and works well with a leather strap or bracelet IMO

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    Air ministry?

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    Thanks for all the suggestions - I will research them further and see what is about.

    In terms of a new watch, I am quite taken with the blue dialled Datejust

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    Itís been said already but 36mm datejust is a classic you canít go wrong with


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    Should I be looking at the modern version or vintage?

    My preference is for a fluted bezel with jubilee bracelet


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    Quote Originally Posted by lawler View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions - I will research them further and see what is about.

    In terms of a new watch, I am quite taken with the blue dialled Datejust

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    The new, about to be released Cartier Santos Dumont XL hand wounded has certainly peaked my interest and at just around the 34mm mark but appears to wear a little larger could be a contender.

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    Iíd buy either an Explorer or an OP 36. Dressy enough but loads of strap options to keep changing it up.

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    Vintage 1960s chronograph like an A271 has a ton of character and 37mm, dressy and sporty. Not going to post a picture of mine again, here is one on internet.


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    I'd go with an OP

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    Oris Big Crown 36mm

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    Iíve been very happy with my DJ, modern version with the new movement. I went smooth bezel and oyster bracelet because I felt it was more of a daily wearer.

    Iíd also second a BB36.

    515FBCDD-30CD-451E-8FA5-D7A3D66580E2 by Berty234, on Flickr

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    Might be worth having a scroll through this thread.

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...6mm-and-under)

    My vote would be for Tudor's BB36, though I may be a touch biased...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColDaspin View Post
    Grand Seiko quartz : SBGX range, which are 37mm but will be fine.
    This would be my suggestion too. If quartz is an issue just research the Grand Seiko 9F movement - the tech and engineering that goes into them is astonishing.

    The 36mm Explorer is an obvious choice but I had a 114270 and I ended up getting rid of it because I got bored. However I'm not bored with the ostensibly asthetically similar Grand Seiko SBGX061 and the difference is the dial - the cut and finish of the Grand Seiko indicies is sublime and it prevents the watch from feeling bland unlike the Rolex.

    If it has to be mechanical I'd be going Datejust on jubilee. If money is no object, Day Date on leather.
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    Datejust. The end.
    But, if you can live with something a little smaller, hows about the 34mm Air-King with the engine turned bezel? One of my favourite watches looks wise, but sadly just a little too small for me as a daily wearer I recon. The blue dialled version is beautiful.
    Picture shamelessly stolen from the web.



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    36mm Omega Aqua Terra or Railmaster.

    or one of these at 37mm


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    Iíd go IWC xii or a Railmaster 36




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    I am leaning towards a vintage Datejust with either a black or blue face.

    Is there any particular reference I should be looking at?


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    These are some of my 36-37mm watches

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    [QUOTE=Holsterman;5368991]

    Thatís a stunner. Got a WTB for one of those or an XV. Classic IWC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENES View Post
    36mm Omega Aqua Terra or Railmaster.

    or one of these at 37mm

    Beautiful

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    I'm a little biased though these get my vote. Plenty of dial options and brushed and polished cases so may find something that appeals.

    https://anordain.com/collections/model-2

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    I forgot about the MkXII...good suggestion. Also, the white/silver faced Longines Conquest is a bit more dressy and was one of my favourites for a 36mm watch.
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    I see a lot of really great suggestions but I didn't see the JLC Reverso mentioned. It is not a round case but a rectangular shape. It is a classic and it comes in different sizes and different dial options also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawler View Post
    I really liked the Junghans and although it was 36mm, the face really took all the size so it wore much bigger.
    The Max Bill auto is 38mm. And having had one myself, would agree that it wears very large. It felt quite high on the wrist, too, despite being only 10mm thick.

    The Max Bill manual is 34mm, and I wish I had bought that instead.

    I'm not aware of there having been a 36mm Max Bill....

    I've just checked their site, and they now do a 34mm auto as well. The quartz is also 38mm, though 2mm thinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostgear View Post
    Iíd go IWC xii or a Railmaster 36




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    +1 (amazing how one of your own photos ends up on another forum 2 years later!)


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGent View Post
    +1 (amazing how one of your own photos ends up on another forum 2 years later!)


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    Not when it's a good photo.

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    Not many dress watches proposed so far.

    For me, it would be hard to look past the SBGX009, the JDM Grand Seiko 9F quartz with amazing fit and finish.

    Pictures here, centre, beside the larger SBGW231 and 235...


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    Quote Originally Posted by stefmcd View Post
    Not when it's a good photo.

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    Hereís a few more for inspiration (watch sadly now sold...)






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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Iíd buy either an Explorer or an OP 36. Dressy enough but loads of strap options to keep changing it up.
    Iíd agree. Also worth looking at previous gen 36mm Railmaster.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetlee View Post
    If strictly wanting new look up some of the Longines Heritage range, they have some really nice releases over the last few years.

    For instance...



    35mm 18ct Gold and just over £3.5k I think it's an absolute stunner for the money.
    My vote would go on this Longines, same case size, stainless case, much lower cost:


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    I'd say a 36mm Railmaster as previously mentioned, or a Aqua Terra 2500 36mm, quite rare in white/blue but equally lovely in black


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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post

    That’s a stunner. Got a WTB for one of those or an XV. Classic IWC.
    Thanks, but it's covered in scratches and dings. JLC movement also. I like it, very low-key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbains0708 View Post
    Itís been said already but 36mm datejust is a classic you canít go wrong with


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    I ventured into the 36mm range last year, I normally wear my 14060m or Moonie and was unsure.

    I now have a 36mm TT datejust and love it

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    The newer 36mm datejusts also feel much heftier watches with the modern bracelets than the old ones. I'd still go with either 5 digit old one with white buckley dial or hidden clasp new one from 2016 or so.

    Or you could go with Omega:
    - 168.024 / 166.010
    - 168.022

    I'd get nice condition 166.010 and have a local good guy watchmaker service it!

    Here is its more expensive chronometer cousin:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holsterman View Post
    Thanks, but it's covered in scratches and dings. JLC movement also. I like it, very low-key.
    I donít blame you. The JLC movement is part of the attraction. As for scratches and dings, well thatís inevitable for a watch thatís 22 years old or so.

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    If budget is flexible then 1016 Explorer has to be the hands down winner!

    How about a 36mm Nomos Club?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyd30 View Post
    My vote would go on this Longines, same case size, stainless case, much lower cost:

    If the OP (or anyone else) wants the black dial, 30% off here:

    https://www.lumbers.co.uk/longines-c...age-watch.html

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    SBGW231 from Grand Seiko. 37mm, hand wound, 70 hours power reserve, you will struggle to find a better dress watch for the money.


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    I'd go vintage. Something like this (35mm):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostgear View Post
    I’d go IWC xii or a Railmaster 36




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    Good luck finding one of those.

    I had the 39mm and it was always just slightly too big so I went on the hunt for a 36mm. I gave up and went for an Explorer 114270 instead.

    I still think the Railmaster would have been perfect.
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    Did someone mention vintage?

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