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Hey Fellas,

First, just want to introduce myself. Long-time lurker, really enjoy reading some of the informed posts on the board.

As for my topic, Im looking for a new dress watch, after years of wearing my Tag Heuer 2000: https://www.watchclick.com/store/it...ce=Froogle&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=ASPURL

My sartorial desires have changed quite a bit in the last few years as Ive been working in a corporate setting and graduated undergrad a few years ago. Id love to upgrade to a leather band and rock the Tag on weekends or in more casual settings. Not looking to go crazy with the choices but as a point of reference I love the LOOK of the IWC Portuguese series...but lets be honest, thats not in my price range. Ive been eyeing this EP Martin Cartridge for a bit (in white or black): https://epmartinusa.com/cartridge/

Obviously square or circular face is an option but I definitely want a leather band and something in the $250-$750 range. Would appreciate any suggestions from you guys. I didnt find too much when doing a thread search.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to contributing!
 

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I would suggest a watch that I just purchased. A Seiko SARB031. It's the first real nice watch that I've owned so I don't have a lot to compare it to but absolutely love it. Also, I believe that you get a lot of watch for the money. The only place I am aware of that sells it is Seiya Japan. Here is a link to the actual watch:

 

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In my opinion some of he Christopher Ward models, and this one in particular, look very similar to the IWC Portuguese. The Pilot design also looks very similar to an IWC watch.



Hope this is of some interest,

Chris.
 

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Hello,
In my opinion some of he Christopher Ward models, and this one in particular, look very similar to the IWC Portuguese. The Pilot design also looks very similar to an IWC watch.

Hope this is of some interest,

Chris.
Anytime I see a watch question, I always chime in with a Christopher Ward suggestion. I've got one and am very happy with it. In fact, I could never see myself paying thousands for a watch when there are so many good CW choices to choose from. So I'll just echo this posters' recommendation.
 

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Hello,
In my opinion some of he Christopher Ward models, and this one in particular, look very similar to the IWC Portuguese. The Pilot design also looks very similar to an IWC watch.

Hope this is of some interest,

Chris.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Chris, lovin the Christopher Ward models. Really diggin the Malvern Chronographs and Pilot series.
 

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Similar situation

I also have a TAG 2000 (vintage late 80's) that I gave myself with my first graduate degree. I've always thought about a more dressy watch, and have inherited my Fathers rectangular silver metal, white face (no name) with black leather band that I've worn on occasion. I currently am thinking about a gold tone, with brown alligator strap something-or-other. Being in academia a watch appropriate to business dress is not really an issue as most in this profession are not too sartorially aware and I see lots of plastic runners watches on colleagues.
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Dlion,

that Seiko is wonderful! A classy, minimalist design, for a great price. Its a shame that the Seiko's made for the US market these days are so complicated and gaudy.
Thank you and I 100% agree. It really is a terrific watch and a great value. I don't understand why Seiko doesn't make watches like this more readily available in America. If I didn't see somebody suggest this watch to another member a couple of months ago I would've never known it existed.
 

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OK...I know that I will catch a lot of grief from you guys, but I cannot resist. I wanted a gold Rolex day date for decades and finally bought one a few years ago. It never leaves my wrist. I know it is considered a sports watch, (and certainly is not small or sleek) but I wear it with a tux, a suit, or a polo shirt. I have always preferred yellow gold, so my stud sets and links are all yellow gold to match my watch and wedding ring.
 

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Good for you!

OK...I know that I will catch a lot of grief from you guys, but I cannot resist. I wanted a gold Rolex day date for decades and finally bought one a few years ago. It never leaves my wrist. I know it is considered a sports watch, (and certainly is not small or sleek) but I wear it with a tux, a suit, or a polo shirt. I have always preferred yellow gold, so my stud sets and links are all yellow gold to match my watch and wedding ring.
Good for you-- Wear what you want. Each of us has our own style and if it makes us happy, so be it.
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Oris makes a great watch, Swiss, automatic. They are also at a great price point..here is one in a leather band. I personally always got for stainless steel watch and band, easier than replacing bands, but they have both kinds available in the Oris lineup:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000XSABHQ?smid=A3OZEBJORB2A8&tag=nextag-watches-mp-delta-20&linkCode=asn

You can also look at Omega and the Seiko posted looks very nice as well. Good luck...I love nice watches and agree that the IWC watches are really wonderful, but I agree, the price point, unless money is a non issue for you can be a deterrent. I currently own 5 watches, two Oris', one Omega, and two dress watches that I inherited and are magnificent but not great timepieces.
 

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Is yours model L4.708.4.72.9?
The one I showed was an L4.709.4.73.2, which is the cheaper quartz version:
https://www.watchfinder.co.uk/Longines/Grande-Classique-Watches/L4.709.4.73.2-c4665-watch.aspx

There are so many similar watches in this range that it is rather confusing as to which one is which and what the differences are :crazy:

It's not mine yet...I haven't quite summoned up the courage. I'll let you know what it is like if I do get one, if you can return the favour if you buy one! :icon_smile:
 

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Dlion,

that Seiko is wonderful! A classy, minimalist design, for a great price. Its a shame that the Seiko's made for the US market these days are so complicated and gaudy.
Gotta agree...really like the Seiko but just wish I could see it in person here in the US! Very classic style and similar to what Im looking for. The EP Martin is still a bit of an obession of mine, not as classic/trad as the others in this thread though.
 

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Oris makes a great watch, Swiss, automatic. They are also at a great price point..here is one in a leather band. I personally always got for stainless steel watch and band, easier than replacing bands, but they have both kinds available in the Oris lineup:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000XSABHQ?smid=A3OZEBJORB2A8&tag=nextag-watches-mp-delta-20&linkCode=asn

You can also look at Omega and the Seiko posted looks very nice as well. Good luck...I love nice watches and agree that the IWC watches are really wonderful, but I agree, the price point, unless money is a non issue for you can be a deterrent. I currently own 5 watches, two Oris', one Omega, and two dress watches that I inherited and are magnificent but not great timepieces.
Thanks, Guitone. I do like some of the Omega and Seiko watches. The Oris, not really my style but Ill check out more of their line, could be some other solid choices. If only I had the 5-10k needed to acquire an IWC, this thread wouldnt be needed :)
 
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