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I've been lurking around this forum for quite some time, and after searching through many older threads, I decided to join and post my own.

I want to buy a watch. I have a nice Eco-drive, which is my everyday watch, and I love it. However, I would like to dip my toes into the automatic (preferably, skeleton) watch market.

I have around £100/$150 to spend and would like some recommendations as it is a minefield of junk out there on the web.

Things that are important to me include: minimalist, elegant design (think Skagen), and either titanium, steel, aluminium or black colours. Ideally, I'd like a bracelet strap as opposed to a leather/rubber strap.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks!
 

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The $150 might be a problem.
 

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A bit of further explanation would be appreciated, given that Swatch and other brands have automatics in this range.
 

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Head over to the affordables forum and post there. There are actually quite a few automatics in that price range (Seiko and Orient come to mind). For skeletons, maybe the Chinese watch subforum is your best bet
Also, post a few pics of watches you like the style of. That will help narrow it down a bit.
 

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A bit of further explanation would be appreciated, given that Swatch and other brands have automatics in this range.
Sure! The money you are willing to spend is in the very lower end. The quality, design, fit and finish will be quite basic.
My advice is to save a bit more.
 

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Janne, I do realise that.

It isn't a question of saving more - I am specifically aiming at the low-middle end of the market for this purchase. It is simply an entry point into owning a mechanical watch, but at the same time I'd like to get the best bang for my buck as these things can't literally be found for as cheap as £10.
 

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Just picked up a Bulova 96A125 for less than you budget.

It has a nice skeleton dial, exhibition back and feel well made.

Based on my experience, you could do far worse than starting your automatic collection with one of these.
That's sort of along the lines of what I am looking for, though I really would prefer a bracelet strap. Any idea about the movement in these?
 
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