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We are going to get my father in law a watch for his birthday coming up. Budget is $1000, ideally a new watch. Looking for something that's a versatile wearer in the vein of a Sinn 556i or Rolex Explorer. 40mm MAX, ideally 37-39mm range. Leather OR stainless steel band is ok. Auto preferred, quartz is ok as well.
 

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Seiko Presage SRP436. Under $500. Sapphire crystal, hacks/handwinds.
 
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A Sinn 556 series should fall in that price bracket.
 
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Citizen Grand Signature Classic. Within your price range, great fit and finish and a really, really accurate, in-house auto movement.
 

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Christopher Ward C61, 38mm



Very similar to an Submariner, great quality and service, $700 on bracelet, also available on strap.
 
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Seiko SARB 017 alpinist.

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I like The Archimede Outdoor suggestion. Similar aesthetics as the Sinn and the Explorer. $780 from watchmann.

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There's a few nice JDM Seiko models on Seiyajapan as well, all under $500.
 

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I think a ball fireman racer watch fits your description. It's 40mm, automatic and versatile. Can be worn casually and easily can be dressed up. The price I think is just around your budget.




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Sinn 566 is $1090 on strap. It is the only choice in my opinion. Anything else you get you will basically just be throwing away money.
 

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Sinn 566 extremely versatile, great recommendation.

If you don't want to spend the whole budget, could go for the Steinhart Ocean 1, very versatile also.

 

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It's 1330 on bracelet, 1090 on leather
 

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Sinn 566 is $1090 on strap. It is the only choice in my opinion. Anything else you get you will basically just be throwing away money.
I present to you, 2 of the best watches $1,000 can buy.

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A sarb021? Similar to the sarb035 but better finished. Under 40mm, I believe; and well under budget.

Damasko has some nice rugged watches that evoke the spirit of the explorer too

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Epos Passion is a tenable option in the Explorer vein...
 
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