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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2006 09:12 pm
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Here are my top five choices for BEST BANG-FOR-THE-BUCK watches that cost between $100 and $300. See what you think:

1. Seiko Knight (Black or White):

In my opinion the best Seiko Diver for the money. It glows every bit as bright as the monster and is just as comfortable to wear. Plus, it looks just as well with a suit as it does with a sport shirt. It is just a great looking watch that looks far more refined than most others in its price range.

2: Invicta 2729/9938/9937:

Invicta's best watch for the money. Period. Especially when you can get the blue model on sale with a coupon at shopnbc for as little as $209.99. Great bracelet, gold plated Swiss ETA movement, and a 5-year warranty from shopnbc.

3. Trias Backgammon:

This is the best Trias watch going. Put any other name on this Unitas 6497 watch and you'll pay at least twice as much for it. Onion crown, screwed-in exhibition back, decent lumn on the hands, screw-in lugs for the strap, and a solid coin style case. Two-year warranty.

4. Piljot Aviator NewFlight:

This large, hand wind, Russian 3105 movement watch is simply an amazing value. It is drop dead gorgeous in a simplistic sort of way and you get the impression you could hammer nails with it and it would continue running. Plus, it has an incredible run time of 60 plus hours on a full wind. Amazing.

5. Stuhrling Sea Lion:

Ok, it has a questionable Chinese made Lexus movement. But, the darn watch is so damn good looking and well made otherwise I can't help but put it on the list ahead of some others. It has a beautiful dial and one of the nicest bracelets I have ever seen in this price range. This model seems to be made a lot better than my early Stuhrling watches.

NOW WHAT'S ON YOUR TOP FIVE?
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Tissot PRS 516 quartz chrono



Zodiac diver (I really like this one)



Invicta 8926 and 8928

Seiko White Knight

Tissot PRS 200

and if I may, honorable mention- my new Invicta 3075 (paid $329)



 

 

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I like your list. Especially the Zodiac. That is a really nice looking watch. And, I'd mug ya' for that 3075 :D:D. I didn't include the 8926 as the new model has fallen well below $100 now. Otherwise it would be a must have in any list.

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Tough Yet Great Question Michael
In the $100 to $300  Range......

Invicta #8926....


Seiko Knights.....


Poljot Aviators....


Tissot PRS516


Locman.....Super Buy...


And This List Has Dozens of Variations For Me...Ask Again Tomorrow at It Can Change (these were All under $300)
And If Anyone Else Got In on a Oceanaut Spada at $349...May be the Best All Around Watch IMO


Great...Awesome Watches So Far in a Very Tough Price Category...Gotta Get a Zodiac..Man Do I Love that Timepiece




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Mike.......great question........what is the criteria?  New street price or preowned in primo shape......or what we actually paid?

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Tissot makes a lot of darn nice watches. I've only owned one and I sold it. The Lochman's though, I don't have a clue about. I see you and others here posting about them, but I know absolutely ZIP about the watches. :?

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KenC wrote:
Mike.......great question........what is the criteria?  New street price or preowned in primo shape......or what we actually paid?

I was basing it on New Street Price. Or, with coupon price, etc.:)

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This is tough because I got so many great watches that are preowned and in 95% plus condition for less than $300.  For example, Tissot Seastar 1000, Victorinox Swiss Army 9G-600, Invicta 2014, Glycine Airman (actually bougt BNIB for $50 some years ago).................heck I can give you 5 Seikos for under $150.00. :dude:

Jacque Lemans Military.......



Seiko Monsters..............



Tissot PRS516 Automatic...........



Trias Unitas 6498............



Poljot Aviator.........................


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mcwright wrote:
Michael Locman is a very Well Made Watch centered in Italy and started in 1986.They used Briarwood Bezels...still use Wood in Many designs and went to Alluminum and Carbon Fiber cases.The one pictured is their first SS Watch .They are very Cutting Edge..and  Marco Montavani and Ben Feigenbaum are the Pres.of Locman Italy and Locman USA.....They were using CF,MOP and Diamonds way before the Recent Popularity At $250 This 45mm Beast is a Big Bang for the Buck!!! Tissot makes a lot of darn nice watches. I've only owned one and I sold it. The Lochman's though, I don't have a clue about. I see you and others here posting about them, but I know absolutely ZIP about the watches. :?

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Ken, I think your Invicta 2014 would qualify. At the end of its first life, shopnbc was selling them out for 279.95 or so with a free winder.

I like that JL. Today, they would probably put a Miyota in that model.

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(1) In the "disposable" watch category, go with Alpha. Best prices on eBay and through http://www.alpha-watch.com/. My new favorite Alpha is this one, which I call the Alpha Zodiac:





(2) Trawl the sales boards regularly on TimeZone.com and PMWF.com (and others). I scored this Tissot Seastar 1000 in excellent condition and with all packaging. It's a great watch, and I paid only $250. (I love the off-center exhibition window on the case back.)

 

 







(3) Invicta takes a beating for a lot of its watches and business practices, but it does occasionally turn out a watch that hits on all cylinders. For example, the 1948 series (latest iteration) is all Swiss made and doesn't have a clunker in any of the three models available (if you can still find them available, that is).







(4) I also bought the Locman 1970 automatic, and it's a great piece. Definitely an ideal watch for people who love big watches.






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Almost Forgot agout the Alphas DoubleOO

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