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Hopefully this is the right forum.

I'm not a big watch fanatic but I definitely appreciate the form. For my bday a few years back, my wife got me a LUM-TEC C4 which I LOVE. Sadly, it's getting repaired so I'm watchless right now, which makes me pine for other ones...

I love using an automatic so I'm trying to see what other options I might have out there. My biggest restriction is wrist size. Because of my small wrist, I'm limited in the choices and the 38mm C4 fits me great. Anything bigger just looks like I'm wearing my dad's watch.

What other ones should I be looking at below US$2000? Used and boutique is OK w/ me, doesn't have to be US made, just good quality and rep.

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Given a $2000 budget, including pre-loved, you can get just about anything.

Care to elaborate a bit more what you're looking for? Need something a bit dressier?

Could you live with "normal" lume, or are you too spoiled now? (It has happened fast with me!)

Need some way to narrow down the list a bit.
 

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It doesn't have to reach the $2K threshhold, it can be lower.

I have a black watch, looking for something not as stark. Stainless steel, w/ possibly white background. Not necessarily dressier, but definitely more so than my black one. I like metal bands but leather works too. If I could use both, even better.

I could live w/ the normal lume but the current ones are too big now.
 

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some of the higher end Seiko's would qualify (Ananta et-al)

perhaps a Ball (I seem to recall some of them fall into the 1.5 - 2k bracket)

an Alpina or one of the Stowa Marines would look good.
 

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New Longines Conquest/Hydro Conquest, just about any Seiko auto, preowned Breitling, Omega or Rolex (yes i do love those swiss automatics :biggrin: ). You have a huge selection to pick from <$2000.
 

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I invite you to click on the Sponsor's box at the top of the page. Several deal in used watches and many are in the 38mm range, many of THOSE are more like $1000 or less, all are of high quality, and most are already serviced and checked over, and in some cases even spruced-up and light scratches buffed out..
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions

Additional clarifications. I'd lean to more of a simple style. Some of the Breitlings are little busy. I do REALLY like the Oysters but to be honest, I have trouble figuring out how to find a trustworthy vintage seller.

Stowa looks really nice but seems they are sold mostly via EU, is that correct?

Also, it seems that I might have some 'different' results if I ask for recs under $1K first.

Seiko and Citizen are nice, I especially like the Eco Drive. However, I think I'll start w/ the boutique ones to start. I found a few after a little searching. Wow, there's a lot under $1K that are REALLY nice. Any input on the brands below?


Archimede
http://www.gnomonwatches.com/product-detail.asp?pid=610&did=947

Christopher Ward (like)
http://www.christopherward-usa.com/watch-type/type-men/view-auto-s/c50cosc-swk.html
http://www.christopherward-usa.com/watch-type/type-men/view-auto-s/c5swk.html
http://www.christopherward-usa.com/review/product/list/id/1135/category/210/

Maratac (I like this one)
http://countycomm.com/mechanicalwatches.html

http://cadencewatch.com/4bit-ecomatic

Bernhardt
https://www.bernhardtwatch.com/index.php?id=34
 

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Also, it seems that I might have some 'different' results if I ask for recs under $1K first.
Yes, I think the real sweet spot in the market is the $1500-2500 range. You can get high quality pieces new, and most of the great names are available pre-owned.

If you want <$1000, you're looking at Hamilton, Tissot, Seiko, and most/all of the microbrands (RedSea, LumTec, etc)
 

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If you're going to mention Seiko, then Citizen should be there as well. I've owned several of both and found my Eco Drives to be slightly
more accurate.
 
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