I want old things... but new.

Okay - here's the challenge (if you choose to accept it) 

I love vintage watches, small, thin cases, simple dials, elegance...

BUT

I don't want that creeping terror, (you know the one,) like when you're driving your +200k mile Volvo and are just SURE it's going to break down on the highway.

SO 

What are some great "vintage spirit" watches being made right now?

Some preferences (but not requirements):

- 36mm-40mm (love small, but 34mm is just TOO small for me)

- thin lightweight (could even use this as an opportunity to incorporate a QUARTZ into the rotation)

- 20mm lug width (18mm really does look small)

-sub $500 (preferably VERY sub!) 

The easy (and not wrong!) answer is the Orient Bambino 38mm, but what else is out there. Open to homage brands etc. Any ideas??

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Casio, Timex, Sekonda, and Accurist all have vintage ranges now.

All of them are new and none of them come with ghosties that attach themselves to the original dead people watches.

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casiodean

Casio, Timex, Sekonda, and Accurist all have vintage ranges now.

All of them are new and none of them come with ghosties that attach themselves to the original dead people watches.

I had not considered Casio, I always think of them as purely digital. But you're right.

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A vintage Seiko could be the ticket, and within your budget. There are many to choose from, as always buy the best you can get.

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SurferJohn

A vintage Seiko could be the ticket, and within your budget. There are many to choose from, as always buy the best you can get.

Funny - I have a 1970's 7009 that is occupying this spot in my collection now, it's the one I'm trying to "update" - it's beautiful though, I may just end up sticking with it. Just wanted to see if there was something new and shiny out there (also as much as I LOVE vintage seiko, I really miss hand winding)

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Stowa has some interesting hand wind options like the Marine, Flieger, & Antea. The problem is you will need to up your budget a little, go preowned or maybe a little of both.

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SurferJohn

Stowa has some interesting hand wind options like the Marine, Flieger, & Antea. The problem is you will need to up your budget a little, go preowned or maybe a little of both.

Will check 'em out. Thanks, John.

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Armitron and Bulova both have some nice looking vintage style quartz dress watches. You might also look at the Islander Brookville.

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DigitalDivider

Armitron and Bulova both have some nice looking vintage style quartz dress watches. You might also look at the Islander Brookville.

Oh cool I didn't know Islander was doing one. Will look, thanks.

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Tissot has some great vintage looking watches in that price range.

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Shbamn50

Tissot has some great vintage looking watches in that price range.

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Nice. That reminds me I was interested in their Visodate for a while until I realized it's a (relatively) HUGE case at 42mm. Great retro look though.

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JBird7986

Interesting...

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Baltic mr01 and lorier falcon 3 sre currently my 2 watch collection that I would personally recommend as they give me so much joy. Both 20mm lug width and 36mm. One for outdoor and one dressier.

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YusufBest

Baltic mr01 and lorier falcon 3 sre currently my 2 watch collection that I would personally recommend as they give me so much joy. Both 20mm lug width and 36mm. One for outdoor and one dressier.

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Dang those two brands keep hitting it out of the park. I already have a Lorier Neptune and something that's Explorer-y, but I'll take a look at what Baltic has. Thanks.

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Captain Ice Blue from Cincinnati Watch Company. When it is in stock...