Searching for a budget "vintage" dress watch

Is there an interesting 36-38mm vintage looking dress watch to seek? Want something like new 38mm bambino but on the price range of the older 40mm bambinos.  
Love the look of the Vario Empire watches (350 Euros) which is a bit over my price range.

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Timex Marlin?

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This is a 34mm Timex Marlin hand wind that is a reissue of the 1965 Marlin.

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Seiko SUP880 solar two hand watch. You can find this in quartz for less than $200.

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Citizen Stiletto two hand dress watch. There are a number of different models in the Stiletto line that are all good dress watch options.

If you are looking for something automatic, you might look at the Bulova Sutton Open Heart.

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Ditto on the Timex Marlin, though they generally only come in 34mm and 40mm. You should be able to find them at discount. The only 38mm versions I know have a full set of numerals and are in collaboration with Todd Snyder. I think they are beautiful. Only the black one is available here for $260.

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Have you looked at vintage Orient watches? Orient has an awesome back catalog with some great vintage pieces. They are way lower priced than Seiko. 

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I picked up this orient on chrono24. Not sure if you could call it vintage. It’s from 1984 so hopefully it’s not classed as vintage as that’s when I was born. 

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There were a few of these or similar when I got it. 

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Check out Poljot24. 

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Or try Escapement Time: I love mine in 36mm. Under 100 bucks, impressively finished hands, 4 ticks per second (thanks to the Seiko VK31 mecaquartz).

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Did you consider actual vintage watches? The sizes will be a little smaller but for non-sports watches you can, with a non negligible amount of patience to be fair, find some absolutely amazing deals!! Obviously out of your budget but even Omega Constellation models can be had for under 1000€ in pretty decent condition, and those were flagship watches back then. I imagine there are some amazing deals to be found for other brands as well, for far less money!!

If you don't mind quartz you have even more to choose from. I once held a Seiko Twin Quartz from the late 70s (probably) and man... that was one hell of a watch for less than 150€. From the super nice dial, razor sharp indices and funky case finish. What. A. Watch. It kept totally useable time too, at least that's what I was told by the owner, about 15s per month fast. 

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Vostok Classica 175-235€


 

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Just another suggestion

I like the sunburst dial with the 60s design 

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Matt84

I picked up this orient on chrono24. Not sure if you could call it vintage. It’s from 1984 so hopefully it’s not classed as vintage as that’s when I was born. 

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There were a few of these or similar when I got it. 

Very interesting! I very much like modern Orients but have no knowledge of any vintage models. Time to start researching!

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There are some Omega constellation watches out there that should suit, look at the late 60s stainless steel variants. A lot of vang for your buck.

Below is an example but being day date complication it may be a but pricey

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Chronosteve

There are some Omega constellation watches out there that should suit, look at the late 60s stainless steel variants. A lot of vang for your buck.

Below is an example but being day date complication it may be a but pricey

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The Constellation is perhaps a little out of reach but some of the Seamaster and particularly the Geneve models can possibly be found for around 300€. But I agree, some really nice watches for the money!

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MegaBob

The Constellation is perhaps a little out of reach but some of the Seamaster and particularly the Geneve models can possibly be found for around 300€. But I agree, some really nice watches for the money!

True 👍🏿 

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Some Parnis watches spring to mind, e.g. 

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They are in the $75-90 range.

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From the all of these watches, I have to say the most beautiful is Timex Marlin.