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    Default wrist watch websites - french, swiss, german marques

    Can somebody please direct me to suitable websites? My attempts on the internet have been ineffectual. I am searching for a design, make and marque. I have seen several in magazines (French names) but can not recall them. They may even be made in Switzerland.

    1. white/cream face
    2. analogue - automatique
    3. may or may not have multiple dials
    4. black or blue hands
    5. rectangular face (though not averse to round)
    6. readable in poor light
    7. 'brown' leather strap

    There are more makers than I considered possible. I want this to be a lifetime watch, and budget and marque are hard to estimate at this stage.

    Form, function and quality dominate over price.

    Thanks for any assistance in directing me to suggested marques, sites, groups etc.
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    The problem is there are hundreds probably so if someone gives you a name it will only be their favorites. Your combination is very common really. How about-breitling, hamilton, Seiko,Sinn,JLC,Lange just for starters

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    www.stowa.com I have the Marine automatic. It is a great watch of simple design.
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    Steinhart watches

    http://www.steinhartwatches.de/index...d=67&Sel_ID=26

    I have a diver and it's a great automatic watch with a ETA 2824-2 Swiss Made

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    Are you looking for a watch forum? If so, The Rolex Forums and Watch U Seek are my two favorites.

    If you're looking for us to recommend you a brand, you need to specify your price range.
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    Was just going to recommend that one

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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    Quote Originally Posted by ari95 View Post
    www.stowa.com I have the Marine automatic. It is a great watch of simple design.
    Great, classic design. I might put that on my wish list.
    Is this your homework, Larry?

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    timezone.com is the B&B or basenotes of the watch world, except possibly more so.
    They have almost thirty separate active brand forums, amongst others, and two very busy sales forums.
    All my horological referencing begins here.

    watchnet.com is another reliable, versatile site, albeit smaller scale.

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    thank you all Gentlemen. I will look at these links.
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    seiko (grand?), orient (star?), archimedes, stowa antea, nomos tangente, A. Lange, Longines, IWC, Panerai.

    In order of increasing expense.

    There are literally hundreds more, but those are likely the easiest to come bye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chickpea View Post
    seiko (grand?), orient (star?), archimedes, stowa antea, nomos tangente, A. Lange, Longines, IWC, Panerai.

    In order of increasing expense.

    There are literally hundreds more, but those are likely the easiest to come bye.
    How are Panerais and Longines more expensive than Langes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mretzloff View Post
    How are Panerais and Longines more expensive than Langes?
    my mistake. I had them originally in a different order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ari95 View Post
    www.stowa.com I have the Marine automatic. It is a great watch of simple design.
    You beat me to it. I own two Anteas (and love them), but if I were to buy a third, it would be a Marine.

    EDITED to add: Ooo, I'd not seen the new Partitio!
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    Meistersinger?





    Still pretty affordable, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chickpea View Post
    my mistake. I had them originally in a different order.
    No problem. I was just curious.
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    i saw on ebay a 30s Stowa. Very nice style, kind of the rectangle 'style' in mind (a round watch is also necessary ). I wish Stowa had that style again. Of current Stowa, the Antec is nice with bauhaus inspiration. (though after reading FLtiger, I do concede the maritime is gaining preference) I do like the hands on the marine romeon. much to look for.

    btw, can a Stowa be read in the dark? or is it complete blackout?

    I notice a feature (chrono cosc) for 177 euro for the Stowa....what is the purpose of that, and does it alter the appearance of the dial? must I avoid water and magnets with them?

    price range....I'd say Stowa to twice that at the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushranger View Post
    i saw on ebay a 30s Stowa. Very nice style, kind of the rectangle 'style' in mind (a round watch is also necessary ). I wish Stowa had that style again. Of current Stowa, the Antec is nice with bauhaus inspiration. I do like the hands on the marine. much to look for.

    btw, can a Stowa be read in the dark? or is it complete blackout?

    I notice a feature (chrono) for 177 euro for the Stowa....what is the purpose of that, and does it alter the appearance of the dial? must I avoid water and magnets with them?

    price range....I'd say Stowa to twice that at the most.
    If by "chrono" you mean "chronograph", then that's a feature used to time things. Basically, any watch with a timing feature is a chronograph.

    You need to avoid water depending on how deep the watch is rated for. No watch is water proof, some are "water resistant". If a watch is rated to, say 100 feet, that doesn't necessarily mean it will resist water at 100 feet. Over time watches also lose their ability to resist water.

    Magnets are bad for a watch, however, unless you work in an environment where many magnets are present, most magnets won't damage your watch.
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    thanks Matthew. magnets and water will not be a problem. Yes, I was just interested in the cosc chronograph feature for purpose and appearance and if a a marine or antea Stowa can be read in dim or dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushranger View Post
    thanks Matthew. magnets and water will not be a problem. Yes, I was just interested in the cosc chronograph feature for purpose and appearance and if a a marine or antea Stowa can be read in dim or dark.
    I do not know if they can be read in the dark. Lume (or luminous phosphorescen) needs to be in the watch for it to be read in the dark. See if the watch has that.

    COSC means that the watch was sent to Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, which tests watches for accuracy. Most watch enthusiasts would agree that COSC is nothing but a selling point for watches. Many of the best watch brands never send watches to COSC.
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    here is a post i made up for another site. i never did complete it but should keep you busy for a while, some of the sites may have changed by now, but the links will at the very least get you close.

    enjoy:


    • A. Lange & Söhne
    http://www.alange-soehne.com/en/home/index.php

    • ALL MECA
    http://www.allmeca.com/

    • Alpina
    http://www.alpina-watches.com/corporate/index.asp

    • ANONIMO
    http://www.anonimo.com/

    • AQUANAUTIC
    http://www.aquanautic.com/

    • Aquaswiss
    http://www.aquaswisswatch.com/Scripts/default.asp

    • Audemars Piguet
    http://www.audemarspiguet.com/

    • Baume & Mercier
    http://www.baume-et-mercier.com/country.aspx

    • BEDAT & C°
    http://www.bedat.com/

    • Bell & Ross
    http://www.bellross.com/

    • Bertolucci
    http://www.bertolucci-watches.com/e/home.php

    • Blancpain
    http://www.blancpain.ch/e/

    • Boucheron
    https://www.boucheron.com/intro.html

    • Bovet Fleurier
    http://www.bovet-fleurier.ch/logo_lanceur.html

    • Breguet
    http://www.breguet.ch/welcome.php?withflash=enabled

    • Breitling
    http://www.breitling.com/en/

    • Bulgari
    http://www.bulgari.com/splash.php

    • Bulova
    http://www.bulova.com/

    http://www.cartier.com/

    http://www.chanel.com/

    http://www.chase-durer.com/

    http://www.chaumet.com/

    http://www.chopard.ch/

    http://www.chronoswiss.com/start.php

    http://www.citizenwatch.com/

    http://www.clercwatches.com/

    http://www.concord.ch/#/Main/

    http://corum.ch/

    http://www.danielroth.com/

    http://www.degrisogono.com/index_f.html

    http://www.dewitt.ch/

    http://www.dior.com/pcd/Internationa...ehomeFlash.jsp

    http://www.ebel.com/

    http://www.epos.ch/

    http://www.esq-watch.com/

    http://www.fendi.com/

    http://www.festina.com/

    http://www.fortis-watch.com/

    http://www.fossil.com/webapp/wcs/sto...ogId=10052&N=0

    http://www.fpjourne.com/

    http://www.franckmullerusa.com/

    http://www.fred-paris.com/

    http://www.frederique-constant.com/

    http://www.geraldgenta.com/

    http://www.gevril.ch/

    http://www.girard-perregaux.ch/index_fr.aspx

    http://www.glycine-watch.ch/

    http://www.gucci.com/

    http://www.hamiltonwatch.com/webapp/en-us/

    http://www.hermes.com/

    http://www.haimovwatches.com/

    http://www.hublot.ch/hublot_prod/site/hublot/index.php

    http://www.hugoboss.com/

    http://www.icetekwatch.com/

    http://www.ikepod.com/

    http://www.invictawatch.com/

    https://www.iwc.com/index.asp

    http://www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/

    http://www.jean-mairetgillman.com/intro_eng.html

    http://www.bucherer.ch/en/home.html

    http://www.limes-watches.com/

    http://www.longines.com/

    http://www.panerai.com/s_page.xpd?id...2&id_sezione=1

    http://www.luminox.com/

    http://www.lum-tec.com/

    http://www.montblanc.com/index.php#t...sma_Collection

    http://www.movado.com/

    http://www.omegawatches.com/

    http://www.oris.ch/home.aspx

    http://www.parmigiani.ch/index_content.html

    http://www.patek.com/patek-philippe.html

    http://www.paulpicot.ch/

    http://www.piaget.com/

    http://www.poiray.com/accueil.php

    http://www.rado.ch/Pages/splash.aspx

    http://www.raymond-weil.com/Master/main.asp

    http://www.richardmille.com/

    http://www.rodolphe.ch/

    http://www.rogerdubuis.com/

    http://www.rolex.com/en/#/en/xml/index

    http://www.seikowatches.com/

    http://www.sinn.de/

    http://www.sothis.de/

    http://www.swatch.com/

    http://www.tagheuer.com/

    http://www.technomarine.com/

    http://www.tiffany.com/International...e_starting.php

    http://www.tissot.ch/

    http://www.ulysse-nardin.com/

    http://www.vacheron-constantin.com/

    http://www.versace.com/flash.html

    http://www.waltham.ch/

    http://www.wengerwatch.com/

    http://www.wylervetta.ch/home.htm

    http://www.xemex-swiss.com/html/home.asp

    http://www.zenith-watches.com/index2.html

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