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I thought wow, that's a nice watch...so anyway how can I kick it up a notch from this? Is some sort of Breitling an option? A Tudor Black Bay perhaps? An Aqua Terra? What are your suggestions? Bear in mind I'm looking for a classic looking, sporty (but not too heavy and toolish) 3 hand watch that comes on a leather or rubber strap and is 40-44mm, my sweet spot being 41/42mm. I'm looking to buy new with a good discount. I don't want to get into silly money, that is above 5k. I'm not a big fan of IWC. Cheers.
 

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I thought wow, that's a nice watch...so anyway how can I kick it up a notch from this? Is some sort of Breitling an option? A Tudor Black Bay perhaps? An Aqua Terra? What are your suggestions? Bear in mind I'm looking for a classic looking, sporty (but not too heavy and toolish) 3 hand watch that comes on a leather or rubber strap and is 40-44mm, my sweet spot being 41/42mm. I'm looking to buy new with a good discount. I don't want to get into silly money, that is above 5k. I'm not a big fan of IWC. Cheers.
i vote black bay, but you'd have to pick-up a rubber strap. the breitling heritage super ocean is another to check out. they're both very classy divers.
 

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I'd go with the Aqua Terra myself, it's the kind of watch you'll be able to wear every day and perfectly transitions through all circumstances. More elegant than a Black Bay and hence more appropriate for work/dress occasions, but casual enough to wear anytime. You also get to enjoy a caseback exhibition of the movement, which is more unique than the Tudor.

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Remember to buy a watch YOU like as you will be wearing it. The watches suggested above are all great and technically one could argue "up a notch" from the aquaracer. I was going to purchase a SMP 2220.80 as I wanted a blue faced diver to alternate with my Sub C. I ended up trying on the Tag Heuer Aquaracer WAN2111 and just loved the look of it better. The Omega is a superior watch in some respects but this is what sang to me and I wouldn't have it any other way!
 

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Get the Tudor Black Bay, it's a beautiful, distinctive watch, that has a wonderful warmth to it. Whatever you do, don't buy the watch suggested above that is thicker proportionately than a hockey puck (the 42mm PO).




The blue 41.5mm Aqua Terra is also a nice versatile watch. I suggest giving both of these a try, and let your heart decide.
 
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Get the Tudor Black Bay, it's a beautiful, distinctive watch, that has a wonderful warmth to it. Whatever you do, don't buy the watch suggested above that is thicker proportionately than a hockey puck (the 42mm PO).
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And exactly what is wrong with hockey pucks?


 

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I thought wow, that's a nice watch...so anyway how can I kick it up a notch from this? Is some sort of Breitling an option? A Tudor Black Bay perhaps? An Aqua Terra? What are your suggestions? Bear in mind I'm looking for a classic looking, sporty (but not too heavy and toolish) 3 hand watch that comes on a leather or rubber strap and is 40-44mm, my sweet spot being 41/42mm. I'm looking to buy new with a good discount. I don't want to get into silly money, that is above 5k. I'm not a big fan of IWC. Cheers.

You got a keeper there buddy :) she's right on the assessment of the Tag IMO... I have had a few SOH 46s and a LOT of other watches and I will say there is something special about the SOH 46 on mesh. I've had black, silver, and blue dial and seen all the other dials in person and the black is where it's at by far. Be sure to buy on bracelet then put a leather or rubber on afterwards just so you'll have the metal for the long haul as well. Your other options are good too, but that SOH is special for sure, they come in all kinds of sizes too from 38-46mm.






 

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I'm not a big fan of the Black Bay - too retro looking, and I don't like the indices on the Aqua Terra. I'm set on either an Aquaracer, a Carrera or a Super Ocean 42 at this stage....
 

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You got a keeper there buddy :) she's right on the assessment of the Tag IMO... I have had a few SOH 46s and a LOT of other watches and I will say there is something special about the SOH 46 on mesh. I've had black, silver, and blue dial and seen all the other dials in person and the black is where it's at by far. Be sure to buy on bracelet then put a leather or rubber on afterwards just so you'll have the metal for the long haul as well. Your other options are good too, but that SOH is special for sure, they come in all kinds of sizes too from 38-46mm.







I think these are the nicest watches Breitling has ever made.
 
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the Brietling SOH 42 would get my vote.
 
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Breitling would be my pick. I think the Seamaster has gotten a bit boring and the PO is too heavy and thick and pricey.

Personally for under 5k, I think the Speedmaster Professional is probably the best pick, it has everything going for it, sure you said 3 hand, but have you considered the speedy pro? It looks amazing in person.
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The Aqua terra is quite nice as well and the 38.5mm AT is a classic. Its a tad too shiny and dressy for me though but it will work for you if you like that. I am also not a fan of the large arrow tip on the minute hand since I keep confusing it for a GMT hand and start searching for the minute hand DOH!!!

Breilting is an excellent recommendation. I personally dont like the Mesh bracelet much and its too blingy and thick for me, but the SOH is quite nice. If you want something a bit more sporty the regular Super Ocean is quite nice as well.
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The other Breitling that I really like and strongly recommend is the Avenger GMT. Its one of the slimmest Breiltings made and has a superb look overall, much less blingy and very nice looking, comes on leather and rubber
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Another brand well worth a look is Bremont. They have quite a few selections under 5k and make some very solid watches that are build amazingly well. If you can find the Terranova, its a big hunky sports watch but weighs only 110 gms since its made from titanium. It is a limited edition though keep that in mind.
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I also quite like the new Model 1 as well and it has a clean look while being lighter than regular stainless steel and very durable.
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ALso since Tudor was mentioned, the Pelagos is well worth a look and is super light on rubber and has a techie unique look.
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Under $5k there are a lot of good choices.

Personally, I am a fan of Tudor. Either the Black Bay or Pelagos. I think their quality is excellent and they have a dependable movement that can be serviced almost anywhere. Plus I think their lineup will only continue to improve over the next few years.

Omega is good too. In your price range you are looking at a SMP or used PO or AT.
 
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