Scratching the Explorer itch!

I’m a big fan of the Rolex Explorer’s look, but even though my first “serious” watch is a Steinhart OVM39 (which, as much as I love it, is a pretty shameless Milsub homage), I’ve been reluctant to consider the Steinhart Adventure as a way of scratching that Explorer itch, because it just felt a bit too blatant and on-the-nose. After a bit of research, I thought I’d settled on the 36mm Traska Summiteer as the answer (I especially love the sword hands, which I much prefer to the Mercedes set on both the Explorer and the Adventure), and I’d been gradually putting money aside while I wait for it to be listed as available again. But there’s just something about the Adventure that I keep coming back to — I don’t know if it’s the stretched, modern-looking numerals, the flat dial, the applied indices, but whatever the reason, I keep going back and looking longingly at pictures of the Steinhart Adventure. Does anyone have any first-hand experience with either (or both!) that might help me decide? 😅

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Let me just throw the Atticus Daedalus in here to stir the pot a bit.

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I don’t have experience with that specific Steinhart model, but I do own their 904L premium model. Essentially it’s an explorer dial with a rotating bezel. The steinhart will serve you well. They are very well made watches. I’ve even seen videos with people who own a Rolex say that they wear their Steinhart when they want the look and feel without worrying about wearing their more expensive watch. That being said, you could also try these options from Long Island Watch and Lorier. I own watches from all 3 brands. In terms of quality, I would say Steinhart, Lorier, Long Island. They also descend in price too. With that in mind, I believe the Lorier has an acrylic crystal, whereas the Steinhart and Islander have sapphire. Me personally, I like to have a variety of brands. I would pick a non-Steinhart watch as my next option or sell your current steinhart to fund the adventure model. 
 

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Davemcc

Let me just throw the Atticus Daedalus in here to stir the pot a bit.

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$650? I have no horse in this race, but:

Why not just get the Sinn 556 then? At around $1400

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Davemcc

Let me just throw the Atticus Daedalus in here to stir the pot a bit.

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That's a nice one, I don't think I've heard of them before – thanks!

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Donster_125

I don’t have experience with that specific Steinhart model, but I do own their 904L premium model. Essentially it’s an explorer dial with a rotating bezel. The steinhart will serve you well. They are very well made watches. I’ve even seen videos with people who own a Rolex say that they wear their Steinhart when they want the look and feel without worrying about wearing their more expensive watch. That being said, you could also try these options from Long Island Watch and Lorier. I own watches from all 3 brands. In terms of quality, I would say Steinhart, Lorier, Long Island. They also descend in price too. With that in mind, I believe the Lorier has an acrylic crystal, whereas the Steinhart and Islander have sapphire. Me personally, I like to have a variety of brands. I would pick a non-Steinhart watch as my next option or sell your current steinhart to fund the adventure model. 
 

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Oof, I like those options! I knew about the limited edition Rangemaster, but the Manhasset is a new one to me — I've signed up for an email when the black dial comes back in stock. I was quite keen on the Lorier Falcon, too, but I'm not sure how I feel about the acrylic crystal. Maybe I'll look into it a bit more.

I'm not so bothered about a variety of brands as a principle, but it'd definitely be nice if it happened. I don't know if I'd have consciously considered it, thanks! 🙂

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coldkey

$650? I have no horse in this race, but:

Why not just get the Sinn 556 then? At around $1400

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It's a great watch, but I'm not sure I quite ready for it just yet 😅

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I know its not what you asked for but, if You want something that looks like the Explorer without being a blatant copy. then the long island x Urban gentry rangemaster is inn my opinion a great option, unfortunately thay are all sold out, but i have seen som on Ebay for a premium, or wait for a restock  

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NorwegianWatchGuy
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I know its not what you asked for but, if You want something that looks like the Explorer without being a blatant copy. then the long island x Urban gentry rangemaster is inn my opinion a great option, unfortunately thay are all sold out, but i have seen som on Ebay for a premium, or wait for a restock  

Yeah, because it's a Tudor Ranger copy instead. They just had the bad/good luck to drop it on the same year that Tudor decided to bring the Ranger back. 

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I’m biased but my vote is the Tudor Ranger.  It’s a different price range than the ones you mentioned, but well worth it. 
 

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NorwegianWatchGuy
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I know its not what you asked for but, if You want something that looks like the Explorer without being a blatant copy. then the long island x Urban gentry rangemaster is inn my opinion a great option, unfortunately thay are all sold out, but i have seen som on Ebay for a premium, or wait for a restock  

I was so annoyed I only learned about it like two weeks after it sold out! 😭 Such a great looking watch!

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BigIona

I’m biased but my vote is the Tudor Ranger.  It’s a different price range than the ones you mentioned, but well worth it. 
 

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I'd love it, but I think I might need to work up to that one (or whatever the equivalent is by the time I get there 😅)

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The Sealander from CW is a good option too. Comes in both 36 and 39. Has a little bit more of its own character than a direct homage. CW packs a lot of value in their offerings.  

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rkovars

The Sealander from CW is a good option too. Comes in both 36 and 39. Has a little bit more of its own character than a direct homage. CW packs a lot of value in their offerings.  

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I'd forgotten this watch! I stumbled across the GMT version a while back, both versions ate beautiful — thanks for jogging my memory!

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tiberisnatator

I was so annoyed I only learned about it like two weeks after it sold out! 😭 Such a great looking watch!

I know 😢

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I have looked at some of the alternatives mentioned here over the last few months to scratch what sounds like a similar itch to yours?

Oddly enough I found nothing to edge out that Steinhart. The Trasker is pretty good, as is that islander collaboration but my order of preference stayed the same. The adventure wins IMHO?

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You my friend should consider a Smiths Everest or a Rolex OP style like my recent Seiko Titanium ! The OP is what I wish I could afford without being put out into the street :) 

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wyaTT63

Cool. I just bought on, too. Posted above about 10 posts.

I saw! Good purchase. I couldn’t be happier with mine. I asked for some leather straps for it for Christmas. Hopefully I’ll get lucky. It’s a very versatile and durable watch. 

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r/ChineseWatches - San Martin 36 mm Ranger

Not my picture but maybe the San Martin Ranger 36mm? Has a Seiko NH35 and is under $300. If you're gonna get one, get it with the white lume and not the fauxtina. I'm probably getting one of these for my next daily.

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golfping59
r/ChineseWatches - San Martin 36 mm Ranger

Not my picture but maybe the San Martin Ranger 36mm? Has a Seiko NH35 and is under $300. If you're gonna get one, get it with the white lume and not the fauxtina. I'm probably getting one of these for my next daily.

Wow! Indeed the biggest complaint I have with the Ranger is the excessive fauxtina. This SM completely solves the problem!

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wyaTT63

Why isnt a Baby Alpinist on your list?

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Maybe it should be, thanks for the suggestion!

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ckim4watches

I have the Steinhart Metropole, which is very similar to their adventure. I can't keep that watch off my wrist. It's the 39 mm. Perfect for me. I do recommend their watches. And they're having a sale soon, I think. 

I really like the look of the Meteopole, but I'm a bit boring and I'm not sure how much I'd actually wear the coloured dials as opposed to the black 😅

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Tinfoiled14

You my friend should consider a Smiths Everest or a Rolex OP style like my recent Seiko Titanium ! The OP is what I wish I could afford without being put out into the street :) 

I was looking at the Everest for a while, but it sounds like it's a bit of a struggle to actually pin one down 😅

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golfping59
r/ChineseWatches - San Martin 36 mm Ranger

Not my picture but maybe the San Martin Ranger 36mm? Has a Seiko NH35 and is under $300. If you're gonna get one, get it with the white lume and not the fauxtina. I'm probably getting one of these for my next daily.

The last San Martin I saw a picture of looked like a pretty cheap and nasty knockoff, but that's a beauty! And the 36mm size is a bit of a plus, too... I'm not finding a lot of reasons to say no to this 😅

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tiberisnatator

I was looking at the Everest for a while, but it sounds like it's a bit of a struggle to actually pin one down 😅

so true , Timefactors owner Eddie opens for 20 minutes on an English Sunday ( Australian 2am Monday) I ended up getting mine on the grey market from a fella in the US !

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TheJoker007

Check out the Bernhardt Anchor

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Looking into all these options, I'm really loving the look of the Anchor, but I'm a bit concerned about the dimensions — 50mm lug-to-lug, with male end links? Does it wear as big as that sounds? I'm still right at the start of my watch collection, so I don't have much to compare it with 😅

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tiberisnatator

Looking into all these options, I'm really loving the look of the Anchor, but I'm a bit concerned about the dimensions — 50mm lug-to-lug, with male end links? Does it wear as big as that sounds? I'm still right at the start of my watch collection, so I don't have much to compare it with 😅

I tend to wear watches of all sizes from 36-50mm+ so the size of the Anchor doesn’t bother me. I say give it a try if turns out to be too big you can simply return it or sell it. Good Luck.

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I spotted a good reduction on the San Martin 0107, so I pulled the trigger on that: if I like the smaller size, I'll probably end up getting a Manhasset when they restock; if it feels too small, probably an Anchor or an Adventure. Thanks everyone for helping me weigh up my options!

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tiberisnatator

I spotted a good reduction on the San Martin 0107, so I pulled the trigger on that: if I like the smaller size, I'll probably end up getting a Manhasset when they restock; if it feels too small, probably an Anchor or an Adventure. Thanks everyone for helping me weigh up my options!

Great choice! What configuration did you get it in? 36mm or 38mm? White lume or fauxtina? I just pulled the trigger on a 36mm SM Ranger with the white lume.

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golfping59

Great choice! What configuration did you get it in? 36mm or 38mm? White lume or fauxtina? I just pulled the trigger on a 36mm SM Ranger with the white lume.

36mm, but with the fauxtina — I'm not 100% convinced it'll be a forever watch, I'm pretty sure I'll end up trading it in, or I'd have held out a bit longer for the white lume. But who knows, I might fall in love with it when it gets here, and end up trading it in for a white-lume version of itself rather than for a Manhasset or Adventure! 😅

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Of the two pieces, the Steiny is a closer match to the Explorer than the Traska. I don't think you really could go wrong with the San Martin though.