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Got about 850 to spend looking at different options. So far the Hamilton Maestro seems to be out in front but still looking.

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Any Seiko SARB will be great, or the Seiko Premier 6R20:



Those are a few incarnations of the SARB, but there are a lot more. SARBs can be from 400-600.




Those are some examples of the Premier and the SARC (SARC comes last), the Premier being the world model and the SARC being the Japanese model. They use a 6R20 which is the best movement you can get before you get to Nomos (above $1000 though). You can find the Premier 6R20 for about $600 if you look around. The SARC can be $900 up into the low $1000ish range.


There is a great variety of Orients (probably better off with the higher end Orient Star line since you can afford it) under $1000. I've seen this one go for $800ish as I recall.



I'd also check out Mido, Tissot, Hamilton and some Orises.
 

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I guess it would depend on what kind of watch you want, dress, sport, pilot, dive, etc.

Also, does $850 budget mean you want to spend it all or ?

One of the best autos I have owned on the cheap side is the Seiko skx173... takes a beating, reliable, accurate (for a cheap auto).

For a nicer piece I say Hamilton. I had a Viewmatic that was worth twice what I paid, within cosc accurate, slick sexy look but also went with jeans or a suit, compliments all day long, etc. The maesto is an awesome piece as well.
 

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I don't have one yet but I'm seriously considering a Stowa. They're made in Germany, have solid ETA movements, are great looking and some of them sneak under $850 USD. Drawback? There's a waiting list to get one.
 

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Lucky you ... in fact that's the budget that I'd like to spend too :)

I wanted a Swiss automatic, bought this Tissot PR 100 for about $400

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and thought I'd be happy and stop there. Then I got bitten by the WUS mosquito, and therefore spend more time reading and looking at watches. Then this one showed up on my radar:

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The price for this blue Tissot PRC 200 Chronograph is also about $400. I've trying to tell myself that I already have a nice automatic and should be happy with it. I've been resisting so far ... but not sure how long I can keep resisting :)

What I am afraid of is if I buy this PRC 200, another one might pop up on my radar ....
 

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Less than $1000 I keep coming back to Christopher Ward. And with their C5 Malverns now on sale, $850 should just fit a C5 and C60 trident - so dress and diver right there
 

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The price for this blue Tissot PRC 200 Chronograph is also about $400. I've trying to tell myself that I already have a nice automatic and should be happy with it. I've been resisting so far ... but not sure how long I can keep resisting :)

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You have a nice automatic...now you need to buy a nice quartz...so go ahead and buy the PRC200 :)
 

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I'd try to find something with a 7750 in it. $850 is on the low side for a mechanical chronograph, but I love that movement and I love chronographs.
 

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Got about 850 to spend looking at different options. So far the Hamilton Maestro seems to be out in front but still looking.

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Check out Mido. You don't pay for brand recognition and all that trash marketing with celebrities, astronauts, sports stars and prodigies.

I think Mido is well respected among watch enthusiasts. You get ETA powered movements, some great and classic designs and a lot of their movements are COSC certified at an unbeatable price.
 
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