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Hey, I've been looking for an analog watch to replace my Casio F-91W for a few months now and haven't found anything to my liking. I have some criteria in my head about what I want and was hoping some of you experts could help me out a bit in finding one.

  • Hand Wound Mechanical Movement
  • less than 39MM diameter
  • Day/Date function
  • Not a dive watch, something simplistic/classy
  • At least 5bar water resistance, preferably more.
  • Price range of around $200 USD or less

I don't think this should be too hard to find but I'm having a bit of trouble. :)

Thanks for the help!
 

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You want '5 bar water resistance' but apparently you dont want any sort of 'dive' watch ..... what style of watch do you want??? Your other option (rather than waiting for one of us to take the time to find something for you) is to enter all of your demands into an eBay search field and see what comes up. You may have to compromise somewhere with your budget.
 

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"I don't think this should be too hard to find ...."

Oh, trust me...it's going to be hard! Compromises will have to be made. And it gets more difficult as you add your requirements. Each one individually offers no problem. BUT...
"Today's watches are big and in-your-face! Today's watches want to emulate the Rolex Submariner. Today's quality watches are gonna cost money!
  • Mechanical
  • <39mm
  • No "divers watches" This is okay! Move on.
  • 5 bars water resistance: No problem. That's the same as 50meters. Just don't go swimming with it on and TRY to resist wearing it in the shower. ( WHY anyone would NEED to wear their watch in the shower has always baffled me!)
  • <$200.0
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Mechanical watches aren't a problem until you realize you have a restrictive budget. Size COULD be a problem as mens fashion since the 90s has dictated a taste for watches over 40mm, with some as large as 56mm. 5bars, (5 meters) of water resistance is akin to the minimum requirement for modern watches.
The big problem is your budget. Working on the assumption you don't want to buy a piece of crap:
Watches with quality swiss automatic movements will start around $800, and even Asian movements will blow past your budget. Seagull is probably the best known of the Chinese movements, but there are many others. Sadly, when shopping for a watch online, the MANUFACTURER of the movement is hardly ever given. If you're lucky, you get :"Swiss made movement", Japanese movement", "Chinese movement" and the ever-so-helpful "mechanical movement"!

Look. We're just hobbyists who like our own brands, and don't know too much else. A lot of the homework you have to do yourself.
First, if at all possible, double your budget. It will make your shopping a lot less stressful. Very few watches out there will last more than a couple years when the price tag is under $200. And as much as I hate to say this, see if you can Google women's watches you like that look masculine. As a rule, they are smaller in diameter than men's watches. Avoid most online stores and places like QVC and other home shopping channels, as they will cater to customers who want BIG watches.
Seriously consider a "previously enjoyed" piece on eBay. Most (if not all) watches from the late 50s thru the 70s will be under your 39mm limit. I love my 1963 Gruen. It measures 30mm side-to-side, 37mm corner-to-corner, and is quite noticeable on the wrist! It has a manually wound movement that was made in Gruen's factory located in Switzerland. Better still...I only paid $150.00 for it!
The Dat/Date thing, I will have to admit to, will be hit-or-miss the farther back in time you go.
Like I said...compromises.
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Hey, I've been looking for an analog watch to replace my Casio F-91W for a few months now and haven't found anything to my liking. I have some criteria in my head about what I want and was hoping some of you experts could help me out a bit in finding one.

  • Hand Wound Mechanical Movement
  • less than 39MM diameter
  • Day/Date function
  • Not a dive watch, something simplistic/classy
  • At least 5bar water resistance, preferably more.
  • Price range of around $200 USD or less

I don't think this should be too hard to find but I'm having a bit of trouble. :)

Thanks for the help!
Not so troublesome if you accept automatic watches like: Seiko SNZC15J1 around $153 or Seiko SNXS73K $114.99 just a couple, they cover everything you are looking for but hand winding, they are automatic. Other choice some chinese watches that usually works and are far below the $100 range
 

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Seiko 5 is your best bet. Look at SNK355K1, SNKL23, or my favorite SNKD97K1. All closer to $100 if you can believe it and will run for years trouble-free. Only quirk - you must rotate them a few times to start, there's no dedicated hand-wind. But there are some vintage ones which are.
 
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