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March 03, 2014

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Angelo

Not to be confused with this handsome and manly Benrus, currently bidding at ninety-nine cents. In fairness----I think Benrus was around before Benarus. Not positive----maybe a little research is in order.

jonnybardo

I find the Benarus Moray a bit boring. Its in the Panerai family, but doesn't hold a candle to your Grand Touring, in my opinion.

Angelo

Ooops...forgot to link to the "real" Benrus.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Benrus-Vintage-Quart-New-/181339875044?pt=Wristwatches&hash=item2a38b2e6e4

herculodge

sometimes boring is a grower, not a shower, to use Jonny's term. Who knows though. I may cool off it in the next few months.

jonnybardo

You might be right with this model, Jeff. Very classy.

Anyhow, here's one used in excellent shape for $585 (compared to the usual $720 + shipping):

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=6738543&rid=0#msg_6738543

herculodge

Jonny, that seller's photos make me WANT that watch. Too bad I'm on buying hiatus but may snatch one in August.

jonnybardo

I hear you. I could see getting a "baby Panerai" at some point, either the Benarus or the Grand Touring or maybe a Magrette (I love the black Moana: http://www.magrette.com/the-timepieces-moana-pacific-professional-all-black.php)

herculodge

Very nice. A Panerai with a reliable Miyota movement. But sold out.

Gary

I prefer the Moray version with the Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12. The Dart has hour markers that are excessively long for my taste. The top picture here shows the one that I prefer:

http://www.benaruswatches.com/moray44.php

Paul

Looking for recommendation for a SEIKO Dive watch on the simple and elegant side, classic looks, for a small wrist (6.5"). Something like SKA371 but for smaller wrists.

jonnybardo

Paul, what's your price limit?

For a 6.5" wrist I wouldn't go larger than 42mm, maybe 40mm would be good.

The classic affordable Seiko diver, and probably most popular, is the SKX007 - it costs around $180. I've seen different case measurements but I'm pretty sure its 42mm without the crown, making it a larger--but wearable--watch for your wrist.

You might want to look at the Orient Mako or Ray; not Seiko, but similar quality - and both are even a bit less than the SKX007 at ~$140-150.

The Seiko Black Monster would also probably fit your wrist, but may be a bit too off-beat, not so "elegant, classic."

If you're willing to spend a few more bucks, look into the Seiko Alpinist SARB059 - just an elegant, beautiful piece. It seems to be OOP but occasionally shows up on the used market for around $400.

herculodge

A simple, elegant Seiko. I'd go with the Seiko Sumo.

jonnybardo

But for a 6.5" wrist? The Sumo was my first thought but is, I think, a bit big for Paul.

herculodge

That would leave the SKX007 or the SRP307.

herculodge

I must find the name of this Citizen Promaster Titanium. I need to have it, the one on the far right: http://forums.watchuseek.com/attachments/f21/918467d1356799152-citizen-eco-drive-diver-choice-8272488375_39c52f2590_c.jpg

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