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I'm looking for a 38-41mm hand-wound dress watch (or semi-dress) that has a display case-back and a decently decorated movement. Right now, the leading contender is the Stowa Marine (Arabic, Black), but I'm also drooling over a Grand Seiko that's out of my price range and slightly (just slightly) too small at 36mm.

I'm sure I must be missing many great watches out there. What do you guys think?
 

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Grab Montblanc ultrathin heritage chronometrie for well under $2K and you are set
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I think anyone who can get a Grand Seiko should. Nothing else is as good and 1mm is a silly thing to turn it down for.

Failing that, Nomos is the obvious answer. Anything hand wound from them is a great watch, and except the Club is available in your price range.

I do like the Montblanc Heritage Ultra Thin too...

Or how about vintage? IWC Caliber 89 dress watches are amazing value. Or 1960s JLC manual winds? The vintage watches won't come with a display back though...
 

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I think anyone who can get a Grand Seiko should. Nothing else is as good and 1mm is a silly thing to turn it down for.

Failing that, Nomos is the obvious answer. Anything hand wound from them is a great watch, and except the Club is available in your price range.

I do like the Montblanc Heritage Ultra Thin too...

Or how about vintage? IWC Caliber 89 dress watches are amazing value. Or 1960s JLC manual winds? The vintage watches won't come with a display back though...
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I think anyone who can get a Grand Seiko should. Nothing else is as good and 1mm is a silly thing to turn it down for.
I said that was out of my price range.

Failing that, Nomos is the obvious answer. Anything hand wound from them is a great watch, and except the Club is available in your price range.
While I appreciate Nomos, I've never really liked their style. Though the Orion 38 is pretty nice.
 

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I'd go with a USED older Rolex or Tudor hand wound . My hand wound Tudor Air-Tiger gets a boat load of wrist time. One of my favorite watches. Also, you can find a clean Rolex hand winding below 2,000

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I'm looking for a 38-41mm hand-wound dress watch (or semi-dress) that has a display case-back and a decently decorated movement. Right now, the leading contender is the Stowa Marine (Arabic, Black), but I'm also drooling over a Grand Seiko that's out of my price range and slightly (just slightly) too small at 36mm.

I'm sure I must be missing many great watches out there. What do you guys think?
I also like the Hamilton Marine, maybe you will too. https://blog.perpetuelle.com/watches/hamilton-khaki-navy-pioneer-watch-video/

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The Armand Nicolet L10 could be a solid option. 40mm diameter, and I think 8mm thick. Exhibition caseback, a few different dial options, simple and elegant. I'm chasing one.


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