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    Thin Sportswatches (chronometers/dive watches etc)

    I guess dive watches will always be a bit thicker but now I am collecting a number of watches I want something other than my old 1995 seamster to wear everyday. Would appreciate it if its a little narrower....

    But has to be a sports watch.

    Any ideas?

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    The Black Bay 58 springs to mind? I just got a blue one and very impressed with it. The case is less than 12mm thick.

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    Most modern dive watches are quite thick, it seems to be the current trend.
    Older vintage divers are smaller and thinner. The Monnin cased divers, CWC, Heuer 844, J Bianchi (and many others) are the most comfortable diver I own. The modern re issues of these watches are true to the original size and are just as nice to wear.

    Chronographs tend to be thicker due to the movement (you are cramming more stuff in the case), especially if powered by a 7750 or one of the module movements both of which are commonly used.

    I am afraid the disposable income / watch funds available has an influence on how thin a watch purchased will be. At the lower, mid tier of watch making, use of ETAs means watches tend to be thick, when you head north price wise, some in house movements are thinner (apart from Omegas) but they cost more.

    Some watch makers are smart when it comes to design and they hide the bulkiness of their watches using scalloped cases etc. Seiko are very good at this. Others, such as Tudor donít and the bulkiness is part of its design language.

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    look at reissues - oris, yema etc. they are thinner than most Omega dress watches.

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    Zenith Rainbow Elite 670

    39mm; 9mm thick. Model 02.0473.670


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    Chopard Alpine Eagle 41mm

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    Depends whether youíre prepared to include other types of sports watches eg flieger and others without a rotating bezel. Plenty of options then.

    Also: quartz, though thatís often unpopular.

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    What budget?
    Tissot PRX Powermatic under £1k
    Blancpain Leman / 2100 series around £3-4k

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    Check out the Orion Calamity, if youíre willing to go with a micro brand.

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    Concord Mariner SL - 40mm stainless steel case, 7.85 mm thick

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    Sinn U50 just over 11mm. There are a number of sinns that arenít too thick. Website has all the useful info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Zenith Rainbow Elite 670

    39mm; 9mm thick. Model 02.0473.670

    Wow. I can't help but think Zenith are really underrated. All their stuff looks good. Yet no one seems to get excited by it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt74 View Post
    Sinn U50 just over 11mm. There are a number of sinns that arenít too thick. Website has all the useful info.
    It drives me crazy how long their lug lengths are!

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    The Breitling Aerospace is a good every day watch. Ticks the sports box in terms of looks and is thin at around 10mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegamotorcyclist View Post
    Wow. I can't help but think Zenith are really underrated. All their stuff looks good. Yet no one seems to get excited by it?
    I wore that watch every day for 18 years until I turned up here and go distracted.

    I bought it in preference to a Sub as I thought it technically superior due to the thinner case, plus Rolex was an old mans brand to me then.

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    Depending on the budget, brand, style, this comes to mind:

    - All the range of nth sub watches
    - Sinn 104
    - Tudor bb58
    - If open to field watches, the Hamilton khaki automatic is fairly thin, the mechanical version even more so
    - If open to pilot watches, the Damasko ds30 is quite thin as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegamotorcyclist View Post
    Wow. I can't help but think Zenith are really underrated. All their stuff looks good. Yet no one seems to get excited by it?
    Agree with you there. Current pick would be the Zenith Chronomaster Sport for example - lovely short lugs latest Zenith chrono movement. Or other models can be picked up for half retail.

    Different league - VC Overseas 4500v - 11mm thickness, 120m wrt with steel / rubber / leather quick change straps.

    Or something from Casio for less expense.

    I didn’t see a budget?
    Last edited by MartynJC (UK); 21st June 2021 at 09:58.

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    It depends if you want something that looks like a diver and has a diving bezel, and how deep you need to go. Watches like the original Vacheron Constantin Overseas were specifically designed to be incredibly thin while having a depth rating of 150m. The more recent Omega Aqua Terras are also reasonably thin and are good for 150m. A Datejust 41 is good for 100m. So it depends on your understanding of the term ‘sports watch’ and how you mean to use it.



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    IWC pilot watches (not the big pilot) were thinner than I was expecting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Zenith Rainbow Elite 670

    39mm; 9mm thick. Model 02.0473.670

    Agree totally, I once owned a black dialled version, great watch

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    As discussed on another thread, the new Sealander watches from CW have an appealing combination of features and specs that may fit the bill....

    https://www.christopherward.com/spor...-T00K0-B0.html

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    Not a diver, but a thin sportswatch is the Bulgari Octo Finissimo. You didn't mention a budget so I guess anything goes
    https://timeandtidewatches.com/hands...watch-of-2020/

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    I guess those that hate names will diss the CW watch but that Sealander does luck to be good value.
    But also worth a consideration would be the Smiths Everest/Comando.
    I would happily have all three.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wigdog View Post
    Not a diver, but a thin sportswatch is the Bulgari Octo Finissimo. You didn't mention a budget so I guess anything goes
    https://timeandtidewatches.com/hands...watch-of-2020/
    Bvlgari used to make some excellent divers using the ETA2892, so quite thin. I had a Diagono Pro Scuba DP42SSD (sold it on here). Beautifully made but quite hard to find.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Zenith Rainbow Elite 670

    39mm; 9mm thick. Model 02.0473.670

    Is there an error in that model number? I can't find any details about it

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    Thin Sportswatches (chronometers/dive watches etc)

    I picked up a Breitling SuperOcean 44 special recently. Itís a 1000m diver, but is really surprisingly thin for the specs.

    Bad photo, can measure it tonight:




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    Last edited by notenoughwrists; 24th June 2021 at 09:37.

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    So many Brietling's look really lovely don't they. But there is something about the brand I can't get my head around

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegamotorcyclist View Post
    Is there an error in that model number? I can't find any details about it
    No, but itís an old model so not available anymore. Donít think that many would have been produced.

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    I second the Zenith and BVLGARI




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    Same watch with different hands and dial, never seen that version before. Nice.

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    Check out Nove Trident 200m diver, 6.8mm thick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim M View Post
    Love that mango dial - I nearly bought one from Chronomaster a good few years back and now they have gone well out of reasonable reach!

    On a similar note what about the Zenith Class Sport El Primero hand wind chronograph:


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    longines legend diver wears quite thin , i have a non date version but the new blue dialed one looks nice.


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    Here's my Eterna Kontiki. 39mm diameter and 9.3mm thick. A decent semi-budget option maybe?


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    Mentioned a bit further up. Nove Trident.
    Quartz is 6.8mm 200m diver ant the automatic version is iirc about 11 mm

    https://nove.com/products/nove-trident-e001-02


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    That Longines pushes all the right buttons for me.

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    Omega 2254.50 sword hands . A real classic and slim for under a cuff
    At a very good value point the Glycine sub combat is slimline as well

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