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I need a non-Rolex sports watch.

  1. Perrier Aug 29, 2023

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    That's a beautiful watch.
     
  2. Vizard Aug 29, 2023

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    I appreciate that watch, but I am not keen on the look.

    What are people's opinions on the Vacheron Fiftysix?

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  3. CPRwatch Aug 29, 2023

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    This would be my recommendation , several reiterations also available.
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  4. HamDoctor Aug 29, 2023

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    Really like it. For some reason strongly reminds me of the A. Lange & Söhne "Odysseus" with the blue dial, which is another watch that might be to your liking. But it's playing "hard to get" (as in, you need to be a Lange customer with a distinguished history of ... buying stuff from them).

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  5. Vizard Aug 30, 2023

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    I see the similarity, obvs. But prefer the VC.

    The only thing I don't like about it is the 40.5mm size.

    There are some nice, used, Overseas in 37mm about but I am not sure about the fussy design or the bangle...sorry bracelet. ;)
     
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  6. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Aug 30, 2023

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    This ^
     
  7. neilp Aug 30, 2023

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    I also sold my Rolexes for similar reasons. This is what I consider fills that role: [​IMG]

    Mine is an older version but has been a reliable, accurate, and bullet proof travel companion for many years now. And since my Rolex sell-off it gets more wrist time!
     
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  8. NGO1 Aug 30, 2023

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    Another vote for Barakuda
     
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  9. Faz Aug 30, 2023

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    I’m surprised no IWC suggestions were made
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  10. timjohn Aug 30, 2023

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  11. MikeMan2727 Aug 30, 2023

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    I had a chance to try it on and was not impressed by the quality and finishing. It feels "cheap" compared to the other VC offerings. I recommend trying it at a store if you are interested in buying.

    Since you like JLC, this is my vote:

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    The set also comes with a steel bracelet.
     
  12. Vizard Aug 31, 2023

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    Interesting ref VC quality. I will try one.

    I like the Polaris and would prefer a JLC, but they are 42mm no? Too big for me.
     
  13. Eve Aug 31, 2023

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    yes these are 42mm.
    i own a Polaris Date in black colour, and i must say they look larger (due to slim bezel) than how they sit on the wrist. they have very short lugs that curve down, they have a relatively slim profile and there is no crown at 3 o'clock digging into the wrist. So the wearing comfort is much better than some smaller watches. its actually funny that many complain about the size..
     
  14. MikeMan2727 Aug 31, 2023

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    You beat me to it. I was worried about the 42mm size but it fits my relatively small wrist (6.75" ~17cm) very nicely. The lug to lug is only 48mm, similar to my Milgauss and vintage Ed White.
     
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  15. Vizard Aug 31, 2023

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    I'll try a Polaris, it would be nice if they did a 37/38mm version...
     
  16. Eve Aug 31, 2023

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    I doubt they will do it anytime soon. It seems there is the whole collection based on this 42mm case. I wonder if they just reduced the size if it would work for this model. Technically it shouldnt be an issue, since the movements inside are relatively small.
     
  17. MikeMan2727 Aug 31, 2023

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    I think this is because the original vintage Polaris was a 42mm case.
     
  18. Vizard Sep 1, 2023

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    It also fits with the recent trend for big watches.

    I saw a Patek Nautilus in a shop window yesterday (reserved) in 35.4mm. It looked very good to be fair, much better than I was expecting. I am not sure I want to make available the requisite £45k to buy one however!
     
  19. HamDoctor Sep 1, 2023

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    Decisions, decisions :)

    But still, not so long ago a Nautilus for "only" £45k would have been considered a steal, or was this a preowned one? Even then... I'm glad to see a modicum of sanity return to watch prices at the "liked-by-instagrammers high-end segment of horology".
     
  20. ErichKeane Sep 1, 2023

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    What about the newer Railmaster? It is an understated beauty that is small/comfortable enough to wear everywhere, has a screw down crown with 150m WR, and is available on a bracelet or really nice strap. I got the strap one for <1/2 price from an AD on Chrono24, and the bracelet models aren't much more!

    Only "downside" is that it is a 'just time' watch, so no date/etc complications. I love it for weekends where the date isn't particularly relevant to me, and I can't be as 'careful' to keep my watch safe (thanks to chasing a toddler around).