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Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by mvlow » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:48 pm

Quartz watch recommendations.

I am looking for a quality quartz watch for my collection (not Christopher Ward), that has some history to the brand and costs no more than $1,000. I've scoured the interweb for new and used quartz watches that match my criteria and think I may have found the one, but would like to hear any other suggestions that I may have missed. I have a G-shock as a beater, so I am not interested in another G-shock. All of my other watches are mechanical/auto, and at this point want to add a nice quartz to round out my colllection.

Here is the watch I am currently considering. Thoughts/suggestions?


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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by StrappedUp » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:04 pm

Are you set on a diver?

Outside of dive watches, you can probably find a GS quartz around the top end of your budget if you're willing to look at pre-owned. It doesn't get much better!

And Seiko have a truckload of quartz history.
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by mvlow » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:48 pm

StrappedUp wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:04 pm
Are you set on a diver?

Outside of dive watches, you can probably find a GS quartz around the top end of your budget if you're willing to look at pre-owned. It doesn't get much better!

And Seiko have a truckload of quartz history.
I'm not set on a diver, although I typically lean towards them. I would definitely consider a Grand Seiko quartz, but any I've seen anywhere close to my budget are in pretty tatty condition. It seems that to get a decent example, I would have to raise my budget quite a bit.
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:15 pm

A suggestion: Longines Conquest (or Hydroconquest if you prefer a diver)

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£860

Check them out on the Longines Website.
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Post by johnnysharp2 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:21 pm

Hamilton do some nice 'X Wind' Aviation types around that price if they are your thing - they are mine.

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Post by treyford » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:24 pm

Malcom,
Have you looked at Longines VHP Range, they have a few nice ones that I have been keeping my eye on. There is a GMT version that has a retain cost of approx £980. This is a review from Fratello Watches
https://www.fratellowatches.com/longines-conquest-vhp-
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by mvlow » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:03 pm

Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:15 pm
A suggestion: Longines Conquest (or Hydroconquest if you prefer a diver)

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£860

Check them out on the Longines Website.
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:24 pm
Malcom,
Have you looked at Longines VHP Range, they have a few nice ones that I have been keeping my eye on. There is a GMT version that has a retain cost of approx £980. This is a review from Fratello Watches
https://www.fratellowatches.com/longines-conquest-vhp-
I've looked at the Longines VHP and it is definitely a consideration. The GMT in the USA seems to retail around $1,600, so above my price range. It's a nice looking watch.
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by mvlow » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:04 pm

johnnysharp2 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:21 pm
Hamilton do some nice 'X Wind' Aviation types around that price if they are your thing - they are mine.

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I have a Hamilton Khaki Field, which I really like. The x-wind is a great watch, but maybe a little busy for my taste.
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by StrapMeister » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:57 pm

How about something like these - Seiko GIUGIARO's
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by Alex r » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:04 pm

If size is not an issue you could get a pre owned midsize Omega SMP A round your budget
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by TigerChris » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:11 pm

Longines VHP would be my suggestion around that price range. I've tried on both the chrono and 3 hander but not the GMT. They wear very well and look fantastic

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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by StrappedUp » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:48 pm

At the lower end of the price spectrum, how about a rugged 41mm field GMT quartz that doesn't require a battery change?

This Citizen Promaster BJ7100-82E fits the bill ...

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I've only just come across this myself for the first time. Rather tempting travel "beater" at around 220GBP!
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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:56 pm

An interesting search Malcolm.

Taking a lead from the CWC RN you've already picked out there is an alternate British Military issue piece, featured / recommended by WatchPro in a Britain's best watch company entrepreneurs article published today, in the guise of the Elliot Brown Holton Professional.

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An alternative Military issue piece from your side of the pond is the 41mm Marathon TSAR Quartz Military (Canadian brand, Swiss Made) available from Long Island Watch. Also available as a cheaper 36mm 'Medium' piece.

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Final suggestion from me, is a Special Projects version of the Elliot Brown Canford, commissioned by Navy Wings to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Sea Harrier, an aircraft I know you have an affinity with.

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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by McDaWisel » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:14 pm

I have to concur with a previous suggestion, the Longines VHP is superb. The non-GMT models come in around your budget, around 650 Euro - 800 Euro on chrono24 with paperwork and warranty. GMT is over budget.

Second option - This might not be your style, but every so often a nice Breitling Aerospace comes in around the budget. They will be old watches - probably seem a few things, but if you are patient you will find a nice example. Those a real workhorses, worn a lot by pilots and a really good quartz movement.

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Re: Quartz watch suggestions (not Christopher Ward)

Post by Andyshall » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:34 pm

I currently have two quartz watches I could recommend for your consideration both of which I picked up second hand around the top end of your price range. The Sinn UX and Grand Seiko SBGX59 can I believe both still be found at this point with a little luck and patience. I would also consider a second hand Aerospace as mentioned above.
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