Black Dial Dress Watch Part II - The Quartz Strikes Back!!

Hello watch community, recently I posted about looking for a beautiful black dial dress watch, 40mm or under, and sub $1000. But through members advice on my last post I realized that since I would be playing drums with this watch on at concerts/gigs and because of shock issues, and around magnetic electric instruments at times that a mechanical watch might not be the best idea. I would hate to buy a really nice watch and always be taking it to be adjusted or fixed all the time. 

Soooooooo, if you're not totally bored of this subject, now I'm looking for something that's a little harder for me to find which is a beautiful lacquer or deep black dial dress watch somewhere btw 37 and 40mm that is Quartz and with a sapphire crystal. I really love the way the Vaer Atlas C3 black watch above looks. It has that Rolex explorer vibe which I kinda dig. Simple yet elegant. 

Something like this but a little bigger would be ideal. I'm not sure I'm confident enough to rock the 36mm watch. I also posted a pic of my cheap HMT watch that I don't really wear, and it's 35mm. It seems a bit too small to me. I have a 7 inch wrist.

So any watch advice is much appreciated, but I know quartz isn't exactly a hot topic so no sweat if you're not interested!

Thanks!

     

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Idk that vaer is hard to beat. That hmt looks really good

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You know for a little more than 1000 (under 2 grand definitely) you should be able to get an Omega Aqua Terra quartz, in 39mm I believe they made these as ref 2517.50

It's a bit out of budget probably but damn, if you can find one in good condition it's an Omega... 

Grand Seiko is another option, make 37mm and 40mm for the price of the Omega, again pre owned. 

With the Dollar where it is the best option might be a Citizen Chronomaster. Those are some serious kickass watches in all colors and sizes. Very well finished, almost on par with GS but cheaper. The base models should be close to budget... with a little luck you can get a really good watch. Perpetual calendar with amazin accuracy... around 1300$ though

https://www.sakurawatches.com/citizen-the-citizen-chronomaster-ab9000-61e

My suggestions are a bit on the higher end, sorry, but they are all more serious quartz with good build quality which should last a very long time (like a mechanical)!

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For your needs I’d look at Victorinox. You can get this quartz Alliance for less than 500. 

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40mm, 100m wr, and it’s Victorinox so reasonably tough. It’s not an I.N.O.X which rivals G-Shock for toughness, but they’re 43mm.This one should be your Drumming. 

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MegaBob

You know for a little more than 1000 (under 2 grand definitely) you should be able to get an Omega Aqua Terra quartz, in 39mm I believe they made these as ref 2517.50

It's a bit out of budget probably but damn, if you can find one in good condition it's an Omega... 

Grand Seiko is another option, make 37mm and 40mm for the price of the Omega, again pre owned. 

With the Dollar where it is the best option might be a Citizen Chronomaster. Those are some serious kickass watches in all colors and sizes. Very well finished, almost on par with GS but cheaper. The base models should be close to budget... with a little luck you can get a really good watch. Perpetual calendar with amazin accuracy... around 1300$ though

https://www.sakurawatches.com/citizen-the-citizen-chronomaster-ab9000-61e

My suggestions are a bit on the higher end, sorry, but they are all more serious quartz with good build quality which should last a very long time (like a mechanical)!

Maaaaaaaaaan, I love that Aqua Terra Quartz! Omega is the only higher end brand that I have always had a soft spot for. But those Aqua Terra Quartz are hard to find in good condition under $2000 so it might need wait cause I'd probably have to sell it to fund a divorce lawyer otherwise ;)

But I love all these suggestions and I like the idea of saving up for a quality quartz watch that stays with me for longer with less need of repair. I'll check out the citizen too! Thanks!

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Matt84

For your needs I’d look at Victorinox. You can get this quartz Alliance for less than 500. 

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40mm, 100m wr, and it’s Victorinox so reasonably tough. It’s not an I.N.O.X which rivals G-Shock for toughness, but they’re 43mm.This one should be your Drumming. 

This is why I made this post!I would not even have seen this watch probably! Looks great and I will check it out, thanks!

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Garlando

This is why I made this post!I would not even have seen this watch probably! Looks great and I will check it out, thanks!

No problem. I’ve got the automatic version and really like it. Good luck with your search. 

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Garlando

Maaaaaaaaaan, I love that Aqua Terra Quartz! Omega is the only higher end brand that I have always had a soft spot for. But those Aqua Terra Quartz are hard to find in good condition under $2000 so it might need wait cause I'd probably have to sell it to fund a divorce lawyer otherwise ;)

But I love all these suggestions and I like the idea of saving up for a quality quartz watch that stays with me for longer with less need of repair. I'll check out the citizen too! Thanks!

Yeah if you go used it would require some patience until a private private seller who babied their watch and wore it on special occasion indoors only comes forward with an Aqua Terra and accepts an offer, well, unless you want to pay some extra £€$. I recently saw a really nice 36mm Seamaster 300M quartz for just over £1000 but it sold quickly. 

The Citizen is great. They make several variants, all of which have high end movements but some of the more expensive solar ones use what they call washi dials (some sort of paper). These are truly unique and look very cool in my opinion, but that would get you closer to 2000$ (for the limited ones even more) and not 1300$. Black is a bit boring with these, the white is my favourite. 
In any case, I think it shows how serious Citizen takes this line because this isn't entirely straight forward to make. I mean look at those floating indices 😎

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I just got that Vaer and I love it. I also play drums and I would say if you are going to gig with it you might want to swap in for a different strap. I like the bracelet it came with but it's very lightweight (in a good way) and I think if I played with it part of me might think it's going to fly off. 

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88MilesPerHour

I just got that Vaer and I love it. I also play drums and I would say if you are going to gig with it you might want to swap in for a different strap. I like the bracelet it came with but it's very lightweight (in a good way) and I think if I played with it part of me might think it's going to fly off. 

thanks fellow drummer! Very curious how that 36mm Vaer wears on the wrist, possible to post a on wrist pic of yours? I have 7inch wrist so wasn’t sure if it would look too small or not, but I love the way it looks!

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Garlando

thanks fellow drummer! Very curious how that 36mm Vaer wears on the wrist, possible to post a on wrist pic of yours? I have 7inch wrist so wasn’t sure if it would look too small or not, but I love the way it looks!

I also have a 7 inch wrist (drummer size?) hang on for pic - just realized I have a slightly different model Vaer, but it's also 36mm...

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88MilesPerHour

I also have a 7 inch wrist (drummer size?) hang on for pic - just realized I have a slightly different model Vaer, but it's also 36mm...

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I like the look of that Vaer! Especially on the jubilee.