Watches You Could be Buying Instead of a SwatchPain #2

Just to be clear, I'm not anti - #blancswatch but after coming across the #seiko Autobot Chronograph earlier this morning, I'm firmly of the opinion that there is better value to be had at the $USD400.鈦扳伆 price point that still captures some of the #limitededition vibe - the Autobot only has 300 pieces worldwide, yet is infinitely more accessible than the #antarctic from #swatch.

So next up, the #seiko5sports Laurel 110th Seiko Wristwatchmaking Anniversary edition.

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The original 1913 Laurel

The 110th #anniversary of #seiko making watches is a big deal as you'd imagine, and there is a Laurel model across all of Seiko's current collections dubbed the #craftsmanship line:

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Top L-R: #presage SPB401, Presage SPB413, Presage SSK015 (#gmt)

Bottom L-R: #prospex #alpinist SPB409 (I really want one of these!), Prospect SFJ009 #speedtimer, #astron SSJ019, and the Seiko 5 Sports SRPK41.

And it is the SPRK41 that I would recommend. Limited to 6000 pieces world wide, this is the first of the #skx-like "new" Seiko 5's that I like, and actually captures the feel of the "old" Seiko 5 style.

(Each of the above models are limited to between 800-6000 pieces).

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Why do I like this new 5?

Just look at it.

Cream #dial? Nice. #fieldwatch style 24 hour inner markers? Love it. #crown at 3 o'clock! Thank goodness! Are the hands blued? Probably not... But it could be worse. Likewise, the cal.4R36 is what it is...

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And that #bracelet looks amazing, and I bet it will rip every hair from my arm. Luckily the SPRK41 comes with an additional leather strap:

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(See above on the leather).

And all this, for the same price as a #blancswatch.

More info here and here.

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I'll plug #islander

Here's a few of my favorites, but there are plenty of options made of metal with quality movements inside

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seattlegirrlie

I'll plug #islander

Here's a few of my favorites, but there are plenty of options made of metal with quality movements inside

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I really should get a #northport. #islander is a cool brand and Marc seems pretty cool. However, to stick to my original point there has to be a limited edition-like factor to my selection of a "watch you could be buying instead of a SwatchPain*馃槣

This would be my first choice!

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Fredwatch50

This would be my first choice!

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Way ahead of you!馃槣

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An even more rare than the Swatchcombos but way more capable option is any Scurfa watch. They have a 100 limited edition titanium launch on Tuesday. Exceptional watches with real dive pedigree for the same price as the Blancswatch

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I'd like to Seiko see reissue lots and lots of the old school 5s (the little ones) with quartz movements instead of the 7s26.

But . . . a lot of people would like Seiko to do a lot of things.