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Best small and white dial watches under $1000 for men?


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Hello everyone,

I'm trying to find a small mechanical men's watch (between 36-39mm) with a white dial, steel bracelet and a good, reliable, robust movement under $1000. Also, it doesn't need to be new. I am willing to a buy a pre-owned one, if the specifications of the watch are good enough. I already did a big research and found some interesting watches. Some examples are the:

  • Seiko SARB035
  • Archimede OutDoor 39
  • Traska Commuter Glacier White

The thing with these watches, is just that all of them have good components, but there is always something that is missing. For instance the SARB035: I love the looks on this watch (perhaps a little too conservative, but it I could see me wearing it), but it has the Seiko movement 6r15, which, from I heard, is a reliable movement, but only ticks at 21.600 beats per hour, which I believe to be a real shame. When looking at the Archimede OutDoor 39, I think that it looks wonderful and that the materials are incredible, but the only aspect that kind of makes me wonder if it really is a good watch, is the movement. It houses a Sellita SW 200-1 movement, which is supposed to be a clone of the ETA 2824-2, but Archimede doesn't mention its grade. Lastly, I am also questioning me about the Traska Commuter’s movement, namely the Miyota 9019.

With that in mind, here are my questions for you:

  • Which one of these 3 watches do you think that is the most reliable and robust one and something worth of the $1000? Take in mind that the price isn't a big factor here, as long as it doesn't exceed the $1000 price tag. I just need to know which one of them has better quality and durability.
  • Do you have any type of experiences with these brands and specific models?
  • Do you know the grade of the Sellita SW 200-1 movement that the Archimede OutDoor houses?
  • What other watches do you recommend to me, taking in mind the requirements that I stated earlier? Are there also any other watches with these requirements in the pre-owned market that deserve my attention?

Thank you very much for your time, stay safe.

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13 minutes ago, Karrusel said:

 

This can be purchased for around £900 (I did)...

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39mm woc, ETA 2892-A2 (Top), 904L SS case.

Finish is superb, IMHO!

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I'm sure I've passed comment on this before, it is, I agree, superb. 

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16 minutes ago, Karrusel said:

 

This can be purchased for around £900 (I did)...

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39mm woc, ETA 2892-A2 (Top), 904L SS case.

Finish is superb, IMHO!

:thumbsup:

Wow, thank you very much! It seems like an incredible option and it has a very great movement for sure! I will look more into it...

39 minutes ago, Roy said:

The dial on the SARB is cream and not white. This would be and is my choice. 
 

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Yes, you're right! But what do you think about the movement in comparison with other movements housed in $1000 watches?

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1 hour ago, tex said:

Yes, you're right! But what do you think about the movement in comparison with other movements housed in $1000 watches?

Nothing wrong with Seiko movements if they can still tell the time accurately after 20+ years of this treatment without any maintenance whatsoever.

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1 hour ago, tex said:

Yes, you're right! But what do you think about the movement in comparison with other movements housed in $1000 watches?

They will all tell the time accurately and be reliable.
To be honest I buy what I like the look of, the movement is secondary really at this price plus I like Seiko more than the other brands you have listed.



 

 

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46 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

Why ?

Just because it doesn't look so good in my opinion. I think that it takes the wonderful, elegant sweep of the 28.800 beats per hour away.

1 hour ago, Roy said:

They will all tell the time accurately and be reliable.
To be honest I buy what I like the look of, the movement is secondary really at this price plus I like Seiko more than the other brands you have listed.



 

 

Do you think? So you don't care if a watch houses a SEIKO 6r15 and another one a ETA 2892-A2?

1 hour ago, WRENCH said:

Nothing wrong with Seiko movements if they can still tell the time accurately after 20+ years of this treatment without any maintenance whatsoever.

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Wow, that's remarkable!

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9 hours ago, WRENCH said:

Nothing wrong with Seiko movements if they can still tell the time accurately after 20+ years of this treatment without any maintenance whatsoever.

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I'll go along with that. This (25 years old) appears to tick all of the boxes and cost me considerably less than the $1000 limit...:whistle:

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7s36-5000 'Superior'

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13 hours ago, tex said:

Just because it doesn't look so good in my opinion. I think that it takes the wonderful, elegant sweep of the 28.800 beats per hour away.

28000 is pedestrian. I raise you a lord marvel at 36000vph.

Lord Marvel

White or silver faces, gold or stainless cases, Arabic or batons. Very much under budget, including a service.

Or a Lordmatic if you prefer to be square

Seiko Lord Matic

 

Why get cut up about an upper limit, $1000 is plenty to buy a small collection of watches that fit your high level requirement at this point

Side note: I have a Traska with the 9039 and there are no issues whatsoever

 

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