Best value watches
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There are tons of companies making excellent watches that offer high value per dollar to the buyer. This doesn't always mean the watch itself is “cheap”; more that it greatly outperforms its price. Examples include watches like the Orient Bambino, Seiko SARB033, Nomos Tangente, and more.
What are some of the best values in watches today?
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Archaeocat
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Sep 30, 2018
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I own this watch and love it. It's very classic in design, yet not in the sub 36mm range that a lot of vintage watches are. Depending on what strap you put on it, it can be very casual or dressy. It hand winds and the crown is easy to grip. It hacks and is very accurate.
Sep 30, 2018
A community member
Mar 24, 2018
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I'm super happy with my Orient bambino
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However for the money I think the Steinhart is exceptional, keeps excellent time, the bezel clicks more solidly than my seamaster professional and it just looks far more expensive than it actually is. So many things I like about this watch. Only complaint is the lack of applied indices or even logo just to give it some depth
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Mar 24, 2018
Waldhoff
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Feb 17, 2018
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The Waldhoff Multimatic, powered by a Miyota 9100 movement (power reserve, calendar) with Sapphire crystal. Made in Germany $449 USD
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Feb 17, 2018
Waldhoff
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Mar 24, 2018
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Thanks for the feedback! Got your point about the index, some people like it, some dislike it, we will have to find something less controversial on the next one. Cheers
Mar 24, 2018
Waldhoff
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May 23, 2018
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Hello, sorry for the delay. It is still available on Indiegogo https://bit.ly/2fSU8Yb
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May 23, 2018
Firefly59
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Jan 10, 2018
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This is my first Orient watch, Sun&Moon Version3 with hand winding and hacking and I couldn't be happier with it. The detail in the dial is one of my favorite features.
Jan 10, 2018
static.overdub
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Nov 30, 2017
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No love for Edox? Clean & simple Swiss autos for $250-300 right now on Ashford, with some more elaborate models for a bit more.. I've been happy with my $120 quartz Les Vauberts from a few years ago.
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Nov 30, 2017
Chrisnie
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Aug 2, 2017
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I know I'll probably get strangled for this one, but apart from the usual suspects you guys already mentioned, I'd like to add Invicta to the mix, specifically their Pro Diver line. Yes, I know, it's a sub-ripoff, but then again, Invicta isn't exactly subtle in its branding.
As said, value depends on taste, but if you like divers and can get over the similarities to the Sub, the stigma of the brand and the weak tritium, it's one heck of a bargain: Mine costs 69€ on amazon, has a hackable, windable movement with a custom rotor and a screw-down crown. And it runs at - 7s/day.
Just be prepared for some QC issues, just as with Vostok.
Aug 2, 2017
wanderlust
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Jul 31, 2017
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One of my recently acquired watches is the unimatic modello due. ~500$ great craftsmanship, i switched it with a nato strap, looks great. miyota movt. great customer service ( i emailed them cause i wanted the green color which was out of stock on their website, and they helped me locate a retailer in paris who had one watch left! i ordered and i had it in New york overnight! no joke!) they are all limited editions. mine is 146 of 150. sorry this color is out of stock everywhere! but there are newer versions, other color out there
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Jul 31, 2017
Mediocre
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Nov 27, 2016
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This sounds like the beginning of an auto vs. quartz discussion lol
For automatics, Orient and Seiko are hard to beat. Some great deals can be found from certain micro brands though.
Value is based on what you are looking for and what you have to work with
I believe a great argument could be made for solar watches, as they do not require constant wear to ensure accuracy, batteries last MUCH longer than a traditional quartz, and they can even be designed for high accuracy designs if you want to pay for it!
Nov 27, 2016
JebKermin
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Sep 24, 2018
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I definitely want to add a Bulova to my collection in the near future.
Sep 24, 2018
Consumer34
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Jun 9, 2019
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Great looking watch and the sweep on it is fantastic.
Jun 9, 2019
Danbo_de_Piano
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Nov 24, 2016
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Zeppelin (makes solid watches w a good dollar.vs design, quaity, etc ratio.
Nov 24, 2016
A community member
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Nov 2, 2016
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One of the best watches is don kylne. They offer so muck more than what would you expect for 400$: First of all, its an automatic watch with an open case back with a beautiful rotator, it has a classic design that no watch looks like. It has sapphire glass, and a butterfly clasp which is realy good for this price.
Nov 2, 2016
Danbo_de_Piano
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Nov 11, 2016
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agreed. elegant and unique designs. reliable movements. great value, only wish production numbers were higher so a used one could be snagged up more easily. 400 is good for a new watch but i believe at about 180-225 used in good shape they would be much better value
Nov 11, 2016
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