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March 20, 2013

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jonnybardo

Well said, Ulysses. I find myself being a bit less frugal in outlook, but with a similar desire to find watches that combine value and quality, and that aren't flashy but understated...to a degree.

But I think you hit the nail on the head with the rarity of finding that balance of quality and value. I would only add aesthetics as well, although I suppose that is part of quality.

This is why, to me, the Seiko MarineMaster 600m represents the ultimate watch. Its quality is as good as 99% of more expensive watches--Spring Drive movement and very fine build and finishing--but it maxes out the price at around $4K - versus the more expensive, but perhaps even inferior quality Rolex and Breitling and Panerai. So the MM600 is, in my mind, the best combination in the $4K+ range.

In the range slightly below that ($2K-4K) you have Omega Seamaster, and then below that ($1K-2K) you have the Orient Saturation Diver, and then around $500 you have the Sumo and Orient Revolver. In the $300-500 range you have the Orient Beast and M-Force, Seiko Velatura, and a few Citizens. Of all $150-300 watches, at least divers, there may be no better combination than the Seiko Black Monster. All of these represent, in my opinion, that rare combination of quality and value.

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