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choice of a 2000 usd dress watch.

  • 1. Raymond Weil Maestro 2846-STC-00209

    Votes: 4 8.3%
  • 2. Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture FC-710MC4H6

    Votes: 33 68.8%
  • 3. Ball Trainmaster Officer NM3038D-LJ-GY

    Votes: 7 14.6%
  • 4. Sinn 6110 Technik

    Votes: 6 12.5%
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i was thinking to get a Dress Watch with a leather strap. Narrowed down to these:

The below mentioned watches are all Approx. 2,000 usd.

1. Raymond Weil Maestro 2846-STC-00209
41.5mm
Modified Swiss Sellita SW200

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2. Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture FC-710MC4H6
42mm
Calibre FC-710

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3. Ball Trainmaster Officer NM3038D-LJ-GY
44mm
ETA 6498-1

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4. Sinn 6110 Technik
44mm
Unitas 6498-1

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If you don't mind the date subdial, and the 42mm size, then the Frederique Constant FC-710 is an excellent choice, with a fantastic value for money.
 

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I'm guessing everyone else also did the dress watch = white dial thing?

There are a lot of dress watches with black / blue dials, but IMO watches with white dial appear visually dressier.
 

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i do prefer black dials. white dials make to look old.
 

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There are a lot of dress watches with black / blue dials, but IMO watches with white dial appear visually dressier.
I don't think they're really dress watches then. I like having the strict white dial with black leather rule even if I don't follow it.
 

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None of these are dress watches

#1: Two of them are way too big. A proper dress watch should be a conservative understated time piece. Even taking into account the modern big-watch trend, anything above 42 mm is pushing it when it comes to "dress watches." A dress watch should preferably be 36 mm to 40 mm.

#2: These dials are too cluttered and some of them are too sporty for a dress watch. Again, think simplicity.

Here is my vote, and it will cost you $800-$900, and you will still have enough money left over to take your wife out on a romantic weekend getaway. Picture borrowed from The Baily Blog

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Now that is a real dress watch. Conservative, classic, understated, refined, and a design that will stand the test of time. It comes in two sizes, 38 mm (classic size) and 42 mm (for big-watch freaks)
 

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None of these are dress watches

#1: Two of them are way too big. A proper dress watch should be a conservative understated time piece. Even taking into account the modern big-watch trend, anything above 42 mm is pushing it when it comes to "dress watches." A dress watch should preferably be 36 mm to 40 mm.

#2: These dials are too cluttered and some of them are too sporty for a dress watch. Again, think simplicity.

Here is my vote, and it will cost you $800-$900, and you will still have enough money left over to take your wife out on a romantic weekend getaway. Picture borrowed from The Baily Blog

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Now that is a real dress watch. Conservative, classic, understated, refined, and a design that will stand the test of time. It comes in two sizes, 38 mm (classic size) and 42 mm (for big-watch freaks)
I have quite a big wrist + forearm. Trying to get something in the 44mm range. And I m also looking for the small seconds thing.

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In that case, either the Ball or the Federique Constant. Bigger than I'd like, but their dials look more classic and both look like they'll age well. I specially like the way the Ball looks more than the rest.
 

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In that case, either the Ball or the Federique Constant. Bigger than I'd like, but their dials look more classic and both look like they'll age well. I specially like the way the Ball looks more than the rest.
Likewise, but the Ball is 44mm - too big IMO. Freddy C for me thanks - in-house movement - get em while they're still affordable, I say.
 

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Of those listed, the FC. 44mm is too big for a dress watch. Even 42mm is really pushing it. In my opinion a dress watch should be 40mm or less.
 

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If this intended to be a dress watch, the FC is the best choice. If it is some sort of a daily wearer, I might opt for the Sinn or Ball.
 

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The FC is by far and away the superior watch among the 4 you show.
 

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I voted FC-710, but since I own one, I guess I was slightly swayed.......LOL

Last night I went to a very dressy wedding at the Ritz Carlton. Suits required, many were in Tuxedo. And I wore my FC-710. I got lot's of compliments about it at the dinner table. It is a beautfiul, dressy, beautifully finished watch and the in-house movement in this price range is a veritable bargain! Here it is on my wrist (but not from last night).

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I voted FC-710, but since I own one, I guess I was slightly swayed.......LOL

Last night I went to a very dressy wedding at the Ritz Carlton. Suits required, many were in Tuxedo. And I wore my FC-710. I got lot's of compliments about it at the dinner table. It is a beautfiul, dressy, beautifully finished watch and the in-house movement in this price range is a veritable bargain! Here it is on my wrist (but not from last night).

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I'm getting more and more swayed by FC - and looking for a wedding watch. That could be it. Absolutely beautiful.
 

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I'm getting more and more swayed by FC - and looking for a wedding watch. That could be it. Absolutely beautiful.
It has truly gotten the most wrist time of all the watches in collection (not that my collection is that large), but it is just such a beautiful watch and I find myself staring at the beautiful guilloche dial many times every day. I highly recommend getting one.
 

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Might be pushing off topic, but for $2000, I'd be looking on the second-hand market for something better. The odd scratch here and there won't matter.
 

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Might be pushing off topic, but for $2000, I'd be looking on the second-hand market for something better. The odd scratch here and there won't matter.
if i m to thinking to get a preowned watch, i will request a poll for one. thanks.
 
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