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I need a non-Rolex sports watch.

  1. Vizard Aug 27, 2023

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    Hello All.

    I sold my small collection of Rolexes a couple of years ago, because I was becoming frustrated with the explosion in popularity of the brand. Also, I predicted that the value of them would fall so, if I was going to sell, that was the time to do it.

    I bought a couple of JLCs as dress watches, and they do that job very well on their leather straps. I really like them.

    The problem is, I now don't have a steel sports watch to wear on the beach / to the gym / for casual. Over the summer, I nearly trashed the ostrich skin strap on one of the JLCs by getting sweat and sun cream on it. I need something I can run under the tap and wipe off with a cloth.

    IDEALLY I would like a vintage or neo-vintage bracelet watch that is to some degree water resistant. I won't be diving the Titanic in it, but I'll wear it in the pool.

    Watches I have considered so far:

    37mm JLC Memovox (not sure about the alarm complication though).
    Vacheron Constantin Fifty-Six on a bracelet (seems to tick a lot of boxes).
    AP Royal Oak (But try as I might I still can't love that 70s vibe).
    Patek Nautilus (even if I saved for one, again that 70s vibe...).
    37mm JLC Master Control on bracelet (I have one on a strap already though).
    Omega Moon Watch (more functionality than I need).
    Zenith Defy (still a bit 70s isn't it...)

    Any options that I may have overlooked?
     
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  2. gbesq Aug 27, 2023

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    JLC Polaris? Or how about an Omega Seamaster 300m Heritage Model. 41mm, cutting edge tech, but vintage vibe, fine for swimming and a great flat link bracelet with on the fly micro-adjustment.
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  3. daderaz Aug 27, 2023

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    How about the AP Offshore Diver?
     
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  4. Evitzee Aug 27, 2023

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    Parmigiani Tonda PF and Czapek Antarctique are very interesting sports watches with fresh styling and high grade movements. No 70's vibe.
     
  5. Dan S Aug 27, 2023

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    I'm not sure that the vintage jumbo Memovox models (if that's what you are referring to in the OP) were really made to be water-resistant.
     
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  6. jspdl Aug 27, 2023

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    Might not quite be at the level of the options you mentioned lol, but does the 2551.80.00 or 2531.80 count as Neo-vintage (and tick the other boxes)?

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  7. HamDoctor Aug 27, 2023

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    Even if it's a bit obvious, but since no one mentioned it yet:

    Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe[​IMG]
     
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  8. Watch my Whisky Aug 27, 2023

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    Patek Philippe Nautilus
     
  9. Davidt Aug 27, 2023

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    Seamaster 2254.50?

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  10. spacemission Aug 27, 2023

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  12. edwardcarnby Aug 27, 2023

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    What about the Vacheron Constantin Overseas? Looks like could be within your budget.
     
  13. watchyouwant ΩF Clairvoyant Aug 27, 2023

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    Tudor Pelagos Crown at 9. Whatever you do, the Pelagos can handle twice as much. Best and affordable Ploprof ever.
     
  14. timjohn Aug 27, 2023

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    IWC Mk XII (in platinum if you want to get fancy)
     
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  15. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Aug 27, 2023

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    Moonwatch or an SKX. Or the older JLC divers are amazing.

    I mean an SKX is the ultimate IDGAF sports watch. The more beat up it gets the better it looks. There is a freedom in them and classic great looks in a go do anything piece. Plus watch nerds will always respect.

    also see a 42mm 2500 planet ocean or 300 MC
     
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  16. Davidt Aug 28, 2023

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    Or any of the various Seiko SBP’s
     
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  17. Vizard Aug 28, 2023

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    Thanks for the replies chaps, and sorry for the delay in replying. For some reason notification emails are not coming through.

    Some interesting suggestions. The IWC was not one I had considered.
     
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  18. spacemission Aug 28, 2023

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    Or this one.

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  19. foxtrot Aug 28, 2023

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    IF YOU CAN FIND THIS ONE....GAME OVER... Blancpain-Fifty-Fathoms-Barakuda-5008B_1130_006.jpg
     
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  20. Chewbacca Aug 29, 2023

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    Might be a little low brow for your brand mentions but Heuer is still a solid watch for the money with some serious history behind it. I’m digging their new Professional 200 line and I might grab this titanium version myself at about $3k
     
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