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Hey guys, I have a tag carrera (CV2010) and I'm looking to pick up a second piece. While I really like the tag's design, I find it a bit too thick for my liking and everyday use. Also, while I do appreciate the intricacies of automatic watches, the novelty factor in itself has sort of worn out for me. For my second watch, I want something that would fulfill the following criteria:

1. High quality quartz movement (something I can pick up and go)
2. Classy enough to go with a suit, sporty enough to go with a t-shirt
3. Durable
4. recognizable but not too loud. (this one is tough)

The only thing that really comes to mind for me at this point is the Omega Seamaster Quartz. What other suggestions do you guys have?
 

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Citizen Chronomaster (a.k.a. The Citizen). Those are outstandingly beautiful temperature compensated watches (accurate to a few seconds a _year_), rather more dressy than casual though.
 

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Breitling Colt Quartz?
 

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Are the Seamaster and Beitling quartz models any thinner than the Tag auto though?
Fair point, at 14.1pm the Colt is a bit of a fatty too.
 

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By recognizable I guess you mean you want a non-WIS to know the brand at a glance? Non-WIS only know Rolex, Timex, and (maybe) G-Shock. Rolex isn't quartz and G-Shock doesn't go with a suit and I don't think you want people to recognize a Timex on you.

Seriously, I agree with JarrodS. Seamaster quartz looks outstanding with a t-shirt or a suit. It's gray and blue, nothing loud about that. James Bond name-dropped it in Casino Royale too, so maybe it's sort of recognizable.
 

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I would recommend the Seiko SBCM023 if you can overlook the slightly smaller size (39mm).
Unfortunately recently discontinued, but you might find some old stock.

 

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By recognizable I guess you mean you want a non-WIS to know the brand at a glance? Non-WIS only know Rolex, Timex, and (maybe) G-Shock. Rolex isn't quartz and G-Shock doesn't go with a suit and I don't think you want people to recognize a Timex on you.

Seriously, I agree with JarrodS. Seamaster quartz looks outstanding with a t-shirt or a suit. It's gray and blue, nothing loud about that. James Bond name-dropped it in Casino Royale too, so maybe it's sort of recognizable.
Bit harsh on the non-WIS'ers there, but I agree that the Seamaster above is a great suggestion. Citizen and Seiko are two other brands that might fit the bill.
 

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Going with Seamaster here. I have the automatic version and there really isn't a massive appearance difference between the two and it works with anything and it's so comfortable on a daily basis.
 

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A bit different approach: I'd suggest a Certina DS Podium Square if you live in an area where you can get Certinas. I just bought one: I wanted a grab-and-go piece and this fits the bill quite nicely. It was actually an impulse buy, but I got a great deal. Now it has really grown on me.

I think it ticks all your boxes:

1. It has a reliable ETA quartz movement.
2. IMO it looks sporty in a sophisticated way, which makes it a versatile piece.
3. It is durable: it has a sapphire crystal, a solid ST bracelet with a security clasp, 10 ATM water resistance and Certina's double security technology.
4. Square shape makes it interesting: I have owned it only for a couple of days and already received many positive comments about it.
5. It is also quite thin, about 10mm. Because the crystal is slightly curved, the watch looks even thinner.

Here's a bit crappy picture of a watch similar to mine. It looks so much better in real life, but I haven't had any time to take any pictures. The watch and the bracelet are brushed, only the bezel and the upper edge of the middle link pieces are polished.

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EDIT: Here's a bit better pic of the chronograph version of the same watch.

 

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As others have suggested the Seamaster fits your requirements to a tee. While it is still sporty, I think the white face lets it go well with a suit.



Bob
 

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Like you, I was looking for a classy/sporty quartzer. I like my autos, but appreciate a good quality quartz with long battery life that I can pick up and go. Needed a watch I could wear to work and casual.

I ended up buying a Tissot PRC200. 200m WR, a 68 month battery with EOL indicator. Sapphire crystal. Less than $300.00.
 

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Check out some Tag quartz models.
My recomendations would be the Link Quartz Watch or a pre-owned aquaracer calibre S (Like the one I just bought lol)
 

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I would recommend the Seiko SBCM023 if you can overlook the slightly smaller size (39mm).
Unfortunately recently discontinued, but you might find some old stock.

+1. It has diminish my desire to buy new watches. :(
 
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