Looking for a new daily wear/beater...but hesitant about SPBx lineline

Hi all, 

TLDR: Looking for a Seiko SPBx alternative that doesn't compromise on accuracy like the SPB line does. 

First, I wanna thank everyone on this site for being far more positive and receptive to questions and advice-giving than others on other sites tend to be. 

Second (and with that in-mind), I'm wondering if people could share their thoughts on my current conundrum. I recently sold my daily wearer/beater diver (an Orient Mako II that was just too heavy), and now I'm really bummed I don't have that functionality in my collection. Many sing the praises of the Seiko SPBx line; and they're undeniably versatile and aesthetically out of the tool watch world--but their accuracy is almost laughable at -15/+25 seconds

I've had my eye on a few lightly-used Tag Heuer Aqua Racers (the WAY211C) and the Breitling Colt Ocean line (there are a few chronometers), as I'm trying to find something that doesn't compromise accuracy or functionality, while scratching the gada functionality and appearance itches of the sub/bb/spb lines. 

I'm looking for a hearty/strong watch with a bezel, central seconds, and decent WR, that's under $1,500, and I'd prefer if it was automatic (as I've got a black dialed Omega AT 36mm quartz on the way as an engagement present). 

I welcome your thoughts/comments/considerations! 

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At that price point, I feel like the world is your oyster!  Here are a number of smaller brands you might consider:

  • Christopher Ward - I think all their watches have COSC certification, which means they'd have relatively good accuracy.  Also they're bullet proof and lots of options are available
  • Baltic - Maybe not as accurate, but a number of their watches come with Swiss Soprod movements
  • Farer - Amazing color ways and good Sellita movements

Good luck!

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I think the Marathon GSAR falls under your budget, but I know the TSAR(quartz) does. 

CW makes a few watches that might fit your needs, but the base watches are SW200-1 powered, so they have a relatively wide acceptable range of accuracy. They do make chronometers that would fall under your budget though. 

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Are there any other brands or items that you not consider? How far off the beaten track would you like to go: would you consider bronze case, or quartz movement?

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Maybe a Zodiac Super Sea Wolf (would be my first choice) or Doxa Sub 200. Also, they might be aesthetically astray from what you are looking for, but I think the Serica 5303 checks all those boxes.

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chronotriggered

Are there any other brands or items that you not consider? How far off the beaten track would you like to go: would you consider bronze case, or quartz movement?

I would prefer a SS case and an automatic movement. I’m open to being surprised by a watch “off the beaten path,” but would prefer something with a proven track record (like a Caravelle Devil Diver) rather than microbrands (bc, though I know there’s value or quality to be had, I like that things have stood the rest of time)

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roberto

Maybe a Zodiac Super Sea Wolf (would be my first choice) or Doxa Sub 200. Also, they might be aesthetically astray from what you are looking for, but I think the Serica 5303 checks all those boxes.

I always forget about Zodiac. I think it’s because I rarely see them in the metal/at a store. 

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KyleC93

I would prefer a SS case and an automatic movement. I’m open to being surprised by a watch “off the beaten path,” but would prefer something with a proven track record (like a Caravelle Devil Diver) rather than microbrands (bc, though I know there’s value or quality to be had, I like that things have stood the rest of time)

Completely understandable. Perhaps the following may be of interest:

  • Oris Sixty-Five
  • Squale Sub-39 (or most of the collections except the T-183)
  • Ball Fireman NECC
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Perhaps the pro mare from Mühle Glashütte. It's about $2000, but should be obtainable at your budget from sites like chrono.co.uk.

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uhrensohn

Perhaps the pro mare from Mühle Glashütte. It's about $2000, but should be obtainable at your budget from sites like chrono.co.uk.

I thought about this one but I wanted to stay on budget. These are pretty nice, and if you wanted to stray off your set path then the Rescue Timer is a really good looking watch.

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What about a Longines like the LLD or Hydroconquest, or something less mainstream like an Aquadive?

That said, I don't really get the accuracy thing for a watch in a collection.  Aren't you going to have to set it when you want to wear it, anyway?   I guess that's my way of saying that I think your should get an SPB and not worry about it.

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Take a look at Formex - they have a lot of COSC certified movements and their finishing is terrific and styling is relatively unique.

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Maybe tale a look at the Mido Ocean Star lines. They have a heritage and GMT option. 

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roberto

Maybe a Zodiac Super Sea Wolf (would be my first choice) or Doxa Sub 200. Also, they might be aesthetically astray from what you are looking for, but I think the Serica 5303 checks all those boxes.

Back here because I just learned that Squale has a COSC certified watch now (more info). And that was a good reminder that Squale in general are a good option. I see mention once above.

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  1. That's a specified range within which you can expect your watch to fall.
  2.  You can get a watch regulated for $50.
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roberto

Back here because I just learned that Squale has a COSC certified watch now (more info). And that was a good reminder that Squale in general are a good option. I see mention once above.

Their 1521 that is COSC certified? It’s really nice but might be above the price-range. Squale are decent though… trust the shark.