What should I buy next? Actually, I wish... instead, what should my buddy buy next?

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Okay, good buddy of mine pinged me out of the blue today, asking what he should get next.  He already owns the DateJust Turn-O-Graph and the D. Dornblueth & Sohne.

Here are a couple he was originally thinking of as possibilities...

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... but, then, he noticed this morning that his boss was wearing the Panerai, so that's been thrown out of contention, and now he's depressed, because he really liked it.

So, what would you suggest?

Some criteria:

  • Maybe something on the sportier / cross-over side, as his D. Dornblueth & Sohne already fills the dress watch niche
  • Not white dial, as both watches he owns are already white dial
  • Ideally < $10k
  • On the smaller side... so, let's say 40mm or 41mm max dial, with maybe shorter lug-to-lug preferred
  • Going more for stealthy luxury...  like he loves the fact that nobody other than total watch geeks even knows what the Dornblueth is
  • Can be new or used

I don't think I'd be much use to him, because all I'm gonna do is suggest Grand Seiko, and as we all know, all Grand Seiko owners are this...

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So, what will it be?  What must he get???

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How about a G-Shock Casioak?

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Both those choices seem somewhat curveballs to his existing design cues...

Is he looking for something without a white dial that is more tooly testronic than his current two dress watches?

Not sure about B&R - I only have one in the collection and it's fine but it never really gets any wrist time.

How about an Anonimo Epurato - gets him choices of dials and stays in the dress watch code while also being Paneriffic without copying his co-worker...

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As you can see I'm a bit of a fan of Anonimo - they have some other tough designs like the Militaire, Newman and the Nautilo...

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Habring2, they have them at Solana Beach. Chronos are for timing races and car racing is a sport, right? 

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VictorAdameArt

Habring2, they have them at Solana Beach. Chronos are for timing races and car racing is a sport, right? 

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They have the chrono felix SPORT at the store rn.

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horologuitarist

How about a G-Shock Casioak?

Yes!  Without question!

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ChronoGuy

Both those choices seem somewhat curveballs to his existing design cues...

Is he looking for something without a white dial that is more tooly testronic than his current two dress watches?

Not sure about B&R - I only have one in the collection and it's fine but it never really gets any wrist time.

How about an Anonimo Epurato - gets him choices of dials and stays in the dress watch code while also being Paneriffic without copying his co-worker...

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As you can see I'm a bit of a fan of Anonimo - they have some other tough designs like the Militaire, Newman and the Nautilo...

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This is amazing!  After all this time, I thought I would have heard of every single watch manufacturer by now.  I've never heard of Anonimo!  Craziness!

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VictorAdameArt
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They have the chrono felix SPORT at the store rn.

Habring2 is exactly like D. Dornblueth!  Amazing quality and totally under-the-radar.

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Based on his suggestions, it appears that he likes the somewhat square/cushion case shape. Perhaps a gorgeous Santos de Cartier would be up his alley?

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Sporty, black dial with some color, $10k!! 9-8k on Chrono24

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Maybe an IWC Mark XX?

Black/blue/green dial.  Excellent bracelet, excellent movement, very simply design.  Only dorks like me would even pay attention.

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Perhaps a JLC Master Geographic (plugging my watch of course).  This is an older model but can be found for $7-9k.

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This Zenith Chronomaster El Primero revival A384 Shadow.

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First I was thinking the Cartier Santos but everybody knows Cartier. So thinking small square-ish watches from brands that nobody ever heard of... Tutima Saxon One M

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Norquain Freedom GMT, Zenith Defy Skyline (not really under the radar), anOrdaine model 2 (but there is a waiting list) or a G-Shock, really 😂

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So, I've told my buddy to sign up for WC so that he can respond to questions directly, rather than me being the middle man.

Mark, my suggestions...  only because I own these, and trying to justify my life decisions.  

  • GS SBGE257 - Spring drive GMT, sporty, and goes with a bunch of strap options too
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  • GS SBGV238 - Limited edition, two-tone, 9F Quartz, thermo-compensated with +/- 10 seconds per year accuracy
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  • GS SBGJ255 - Hi-beat 36,000 vph, titanium, amazing finishing on the movement, 44GS case, and a strap monster
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  • GS SBGK015 - Who doesn't love Tiffany Blue???
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  • GS SLGA015 - Spring drive Kuroshio Black Current dial, with the new 9RA5 caliber for 5-day power reserve and +/- 10 seconds per month accuracy
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  • Omega Seamaster 300 - Nice vintage-inspired look, with modern co-axial movement
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  • GS SBGE201 - Spring drive GMT, sporty, and the lume looks like something out of the Matrix
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  • SBGJ261 - Hi-beat 36,000 vph Peacock!
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  • GS SBGA463 - Yes...  when you look at the picture of the SLGA015...
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  • GS SLGH005 - The famed White Birch with the 9SA5 caliber, 80-hour power reserve, and Evolution 9 case and comfort
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  • GS SBGC249 - Because who doesn't want a GS that looks like a Casio Edifice???
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  • GS SLGA007 - Lake Suwa!
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  • King Seiko SPB279 - 37mm dial and also a strap monster
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Laine, kudoke, garrick uk are a few independents i can think of. glashutte original or zenith chronographs would fit the bill too.