Seeking recommendations on a quartz analog

I’m looking for a quartz analog watch and would love some recommendations. I have tons of mechanical watches but only a few quartz.

My laundry list of requirements:

  1. Quartz

  2. Analog/hands not a digital display

  3. Second hand actually hits the markers, or at least “pretty close”. This is important! 😜(seriously)

  4. Stainless steel case

  5. Date window. Don’t care the position

  6. Somewhat comfortable

  7. Somewhat robust. Not delicate lol

  8. 38.5 to 42mm case size. 39-41 being the sweet spot

  9. Clean dial. Just not overly busy

  10. Seiko or citizen is fine. I don’t care about the country of origin.

  11. More sporty than dressy

  12. Not a chronograph. Just don’t want the extra pushers

  13. Well under a grand. Under $500 even better!

Nice to have:

  • not too thick

  • sync with atomic time via bluetooth or whatever

  • some decent water resistance but doesn’t have to be crazy

I have a Bulova Lunar Pilot (pictured), but it’s just too big on me. Even on my 8 inch wrist. Same with my Casio Duro, just a bit too large.

Thanks for any and all advice and suggestions!

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Well if you have the bank, can't go wrong with a Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz

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I anticipate second hand being the issue here. Without spending thousands I can’t see being positive how the second hand will line up with the markers.

For instance, I’m wearing this right now

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But have no idea if the seconds hand lines up enough to suit somebody else.

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crozza

Well if you have the bank, can't go wrong with a Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz

Alternatively, there are lots of other nicer cheaper Quartz watches, like the Bulova Jet Star, if that'll fit you

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Casio is famous for how good they manage to hit the market each time. I personally recommend one from their Oceanus Line, especially the T200 as their best stainless steel watch with clean dial.

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thekris

I anticipate second hand being the issue here. Without spending thousands I can’t see being positive how the second hand will line up with the markers.

For instance, I’m wearing this right now

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But have no idea if the seconds hand lines up enough to suit somebody else.

Doesn’t have to be exact, but close would be nice. 😜

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heizenberg

Casio is famous for how good they manage to hit the market each time. I personally recommend one from their Oceanus Line, especially the T200 as their best stainless steel watch with clean dial.

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Nice one. Will definitely consider. 👍🏻

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benno1024

Doesn’t have to be exact, but close would be nice. 😜

I edited my response, have a look. If you’re into “vintage” at all, there are some very cool Seiko and Grand Seiko quartz watches out there.

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thekris

I edited my response, have a look. If you’re into “vintage” at all, there are some very cool Seiko and Grand Seiko quartz watches out there.

Those would definitely be contenders. I like the look of some King Seikos I’ve seen as well.

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thekris

I edited my response, have a look. If you’re into “vintage” at all, there are some very cool Seiko and Grand Seiko quartz watches out there.

I do eventually want to look at GS but it’s out of range of my current budget.

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NeoVintage Omega are a possibility, if you're prepared to buy used then your budget will allow for a much bigger range.

I know it's a bit beyond it, but I paid £1300 for my Aqua Terra quartz and it serves me as both dress watch and G-Shock beater. Many quartz Omega's can be had for well under a grand, often below £500 on eBay. 👍🏻

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benno1024

I do eventually want to look at GS but it’s out of range of my current budget.

You can find nice stuff under $1k. The only thing with older watches is they tend to be smaller. The one in my picture above is about 34mm, as is this one on Crono24 for $632

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thekris

I anticipate second hand being the issue here. Without spending thousands I can’t see being positive how the second hand will line up with the markers.

For instance, I’m wearing this right now

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But have no idea if the seconds hand lines up enough to suit somebody else.

Agreed.

To the OP:

I understand the "need" for second hand alignment, but I've even seen some quartz that cost $1K not completely line up. It's a thing.

A sweep second hand/hi frequency/hi heartbeat quartz might be your friend here. YMMV.

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solidyetti

Agreed.

To the OP:

I understand the "need" for second hand alignment, but I've even seen some quartz that cost $1K not completely line up. It's a thing.

A sweep second hand/hi frequency/hi heartbeat quartz might be your friend here. YMMV.

Yeah, it’s not that anything is guaranteed but I’d assume for more than a thousand dollars the chances of getting my that alignment go up. Then again, it might be that I’m just naive. Wouldn’t be the first time.

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heizenberg

Casio is famous for how good they manage to hit the market each time. I personally recommend one from their Oceanus Line, especially the T200 as their best stainless steel watch with clean dial.

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Absolutely incredible watch! Love mine

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The Bulova Jetstar hits most, if not all, of your requirements. The sweep seconds hand and accuracy are next level. The Lunar Pilot is right in there as well. Already mentioned, the Casio Oceanus OCW-S100-1AJF (really any model) . If the seconds hand tick isn't a killer the Echo-Drive series & Timex Expedition are great options. The watch shown below is $300.00 on the manufacturer website: Titanium, sapphire crystal, 100m water resistance and solar powered. My point being you have a lot of sub 1K choices that are awesome. I think the Jetstar fills all of your criteria best.

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The Casio Oceanus is pretty much what I’m looking for. About to pull the trigger on it… 😀

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Take a look at the JetStar series. Between the sunburst dials and the sweeping second hand I think they’re phenomenal.

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Bulova Jet Star.

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I bought the Casio Oceanus on Amazon. Should be here by Wednesday. Thanks everyone for the suggestions! Lots of love for the Jetstar and I might have a look after I sell my oversized Lunar Pilot (which is awesome in every way except the size). Thanks again y’all!