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I'm in a suit a few days a week and usually wear a Stowa Marine original with it, but have lately been thinking I could use an inexpensive alternative mix it up a little bit. I would probably only wear it once a week or every other week, so do not want to spend too much. I'm down to two choices:

Hamilton Intramatic in silver:



or the Seiko Cocktail time:




I have a Seiko Sumo, so am familiar with Seiko already. Here are the pro's and con's as I see them:

Seiko: plus - Beautiful dial and comes with a second hand; negative - a little big for a dress watch. I'm also a little down on the movement currently as my Sumo is back to losing 1 second per hour only one month after I had it regulated.

Hamilton: plus - better movement (ETA 2892), really like the vintage look to it and nice size for a dress watch; negative - no second hand; dial not as visually stunning as Cocktail time.

Help me make my decision.
 

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Re: Intramatic or Cocktail Time

Any idea how to post a poll?
It's an option when you start a thread.

As for which of the two, the Hammy has the date at 6:00 (better IMHO) and a classic style. But the Cocktail Time punches above its weight, almost a GS-like attention to detail. The movement is nothing special, but at least it has a second hand ;-)
 

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I'm not a fan of "dress watches" per se, so my objective (if I were in your shoes) would be to get something "dressy" and versatile. I think the Cocktail is quite a bit more versatile. It looks better, too, in my opinion.
 

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I think it all comes down to you liking a seconds hand or not. I think the cocktail watch is better bang and better looking because I like the seconds hand. The intramatic is a classic, looks good too but really plain. Vote goes to seiko cocktail.
 

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Re: Intramatic or Cocktail Time

You need to create the poll at the time of starting the thread, using the Create a Poll option in the options list at the bottom of the page. You can't go back and add a poll to your first post once the thread has been started.

Regarding a choice between the two, I can speak with experience from owning an Intra-matic and say that it's a very nicely scaled watch (38mm version) for dress use in terms of both width an thickness. The strap is also a perfect match to it, as it's a thin, dress style, strap with no padding and no stitching. In comparison the Seiko will look less dressy because it's larger and has a sportier strap, but I have to admit I like the dial better than the Intra-matic. It's a tough choice between the two, so you really need to decide on the criteria that are most important to you and then the decision will be clear.
 

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I would get the 065 but it does have one failing IMO - the strap is like an iron bar. I would still go for the 065 even knowing that I may well have to replace the strap to make it habitable.
 

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The name "Cocktail Time" is just perfect, I think the watch is better suited to a nice night out more than a day at the office. A little too'frills' on that dial to my taste. And it is thicker. Nice watch though.
The Intrmatic is about a good a "works in a suit" watch as they get. Subtle, classy, thin, low profile, all business. The plain navy suit of the watch world - ie always appropriate. Do you really NEED a seconds hand anyway?
 

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Both good looking watches but I'd choose the cocktail time without hesitation. It's on my wishlist. Then again, I can't deal with mechanicals without a second hand. Either one you choose, you probably should change out the strap for something nicer.
 

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don't know about you, but for me a no second hand is a big time deal breaker, and one without exceptions.
 

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don't know about you, but for me a no second hand is a big time deal breaker, and one without exceptions.
I could never handle it on a daily wearer (currently an Oris Aquis and a Stowa MO), but think I might be able to handle it on a pure dress watch. Not entirely sure, though.
 

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Re: Intramatic or Cocktail Time

It's an option when you start a thread.

As for which of the two, the Hammy has the date at 6:00 (better IMHO) and a classic style. But the Cocktail Time punches above its weight, almost a GS-like attention to detail. The movement is nothing special, but at least it has a second hand ;-)

I've not handled a Cocktail time before, but you have me intrigued by commenting on the GS-like attention to detail. I've not heard that before. Can you elaborate?
 

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The name "Cocktail Time" is just perfect, I think the watch is better suited to a nice night out more than a day at the office. A little too'frills' on that dial to my taste. And it is thicker. Nice watch though.
The Intrmatic is about a good a "works in a suit" watch as they get. Subtle, classy, thin, low profile, all business. The plain navy suit of the watch world - ie always appropriate. Do you really NEED a seconds hand anyway?
This may be why I was leaning towards the Intramatic before this poll. I've got daily wearers and am looking for something dressy to pair with my navy suit, blue shirt and tie of the day. As an attorney, my suit game is pretty conservative. Solid navy; solid charcoal, solid mid-grey and navy pinstripe.
 

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Both watches are very nice, albeit rather different. The Seiko's dial rules!
personally, I would go for the Hamilton in this case, coz I can't stand a scratched crystal, and I'm quite sure I would scratch it pretty quickly on that Seiko.
 

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Cocktail Time is more of a casual watch that can be dressy, where as Hamilton is a dress watch. Seiko is tall and 40mm.
My experience with 3 6R15 Seiko movements has been mixed - usually accuracy within 15-20 seconds rather than 5, so keep that in mind.
If going Seiko route, plan on buying replacement straps at the same time - stock strap looks ok, but not very comfortable and setup with reverse deployment buckle is just plain weird.

Seiko has 1 thing and 1 thing only going for it here - dial is pretty cool. Without the dial, Hamilton wins easily.
 
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I've had my eye on that sexy blue dial on the cocktail time for a while, but i think the 40mm case without much of a bezel would wear pretty large for a dress watch.

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Re: Intramatic or Cocktail Time

Cocktail Time is more of a casual watch that can be dressy, where as Hamilton is a dress watch. Seiko is tall and 40mm.
My experience with 3 6R15 Seiko movements has been mixed - usually accuracy within 15-20 seconds rather than 5, so keep that in mind.
If going Seiko route, plan on buying replacement straps at the same time - stock strap looks ok, but not very comfortable and setup with reverse deployment buckle is just plain weird.

Seiko has 1 thing and 1 thing only going for it here - dial is pretty cool. Without the dial, Hamilton wins easily.
Thank you. This was a very helpful way of looking at the two watches. Decisions, decisions.
 
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