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Topic: Frugal Seamaster 300 Alternative

As much as i love the Omega Seamster 300 (even if it never appears in SPECTRE), I am not in a position to purchase one yet, so was looking for alternatives - i could buy a rip off omega from Alibaba for $35, but felt an alternative was a better option and came across this - Seiko Sports 5 SNZH55 - not made anymore, but can still be picked up for around US$100 new on eBay and amazon.

Ha a nice weight, self winding, decent crystal and that vintage dive feel - i think it looks smart on a NATO as well.

The nice thing about the Seiko 5's is that there are lads of user interchangeable parts, so getting a better bezel will be easy

http://s18.postimg.cc/fwhkk31cl/IMG_0541.jpg

http://s18.postimg.cc/g7z0wuhsl/IMG_0542.jpg

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Those Seikos are great watches.  Probably the best "bang for buck" when it comes to a quality watch that won't break the bank.

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I'd say, with that strap, you've found a decent quality watch with all the style at a fraction of the cost! Nice find!  ajb007/martini

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and there is a Seiko/bond Pedigree with some of the Roger Moore Films too!

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The SKX007 range is a good alternative too.  Also look out for the 4R36 movement - slightly better made and most watches using this calibre come with transparent case backs too.

Perhaps an Aqua Terra alternative is more your thing? 

http://www.seiyajapan.com/products/seik … ge-sary059

Not CASC standards, but not bad for that price.

1:Sf,  2:SP,  3:TSWLM, 4:CR, 5:OHMSS

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Hello Tennyson,

I aplaud you for your choice.
Going the Seiko route is definitely better than the usual Omega/Rolex fake route that so many go.

These Seikos, particularly the SKX007 range give an incredible bang for the buck and are not slavishly copying classic elements from the well-known Toolwatches.

And, The Commander, it's COSC  ajb007/shifty

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Higgins wrote:

And, The Commander, it's COSC  ajb007/shifty

Yes, brain freeze this morning - of course I wasn't referring to Community Amateur Sport Clubs, but Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres

http://www.cosc.ch/chronometre.php?lang=en

Disappointed to only get a  ajb007/shifty  - was hoping for at least a
http://s27.postimg.cc/b1f0f3qxr/higgins.jpg

1:Sf,  2:SP,  3:TSWLM, 4:CR, 5:OHMSS

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Tennyson wrote:

As much as i love the Omega Seamster 300 (even if it never appears in SPECTRE), I am not in a position to purchase one yet, so was looking for alternatives - i could buy a rip off omega from Alibaba for $35, but felt an alternative was a better option and came across this - Seiko Sports 5 SNZH55 - not made anymore, but can still be picked up for around US$100 new on eBay and amazon.

Ha a nice weight, self winding, decent crystal and that vintage dive feel - i think it looks smart on a NATO as well.

The nice thing about the Seiko 5's is that there are lads of user interchangeable parts, so getting a better bezel will be easy

http://s18.postimg.cc/fwhkk31cl/IMG_0541.jpg

http://s18.postimg.cc/g7z0wuhsl/IMG_0542.jpg

Looks like your choice became even better if this is in fact the watch he wears:

http://s24.postimg.cc/o21z0hgk1/Screenshot_13.jpg

That got me to look into the Snzh57:

http://s27.postimg.cc/eqz9d65hb/Screenshot_14.jpg

Unfortunately, the gold tint is on the bezel insert too. I know it is common to make mods to Seiko watches, but have never got one done. I was thinking of buying the Snzh57 and changing out the bezel insert with the Snzh55's, or maybe an even closer 0, 1, 2, 3... bezel insert. Not good at doing mods myself, so I was gonna get a company to do it for me. Seiko said they wont do it, so I am wondering if anyone knows any good online sources to get a decent mod done. And, if anyone knows of a good place to get quality bezel inserts.

Also, thought I would try and revitalize this thread as the "Spectre watch alternative" thread. If anyone knows of any other good, frugal options for this watch or the AT, I would love to see other options as well.

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Saw this in Macy's the other day but didn't get a model number as it was in the case and I was in a rush. Switch out for a NATO strap and it's pretty close...


http://s3.postimg.cc/bzpr8l25r/image.jpg

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This looks quite a decent alternative.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81RcLv6HtlL._UL1500_.jpg

Around £100, there is a metal band version for a bit more.

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genericguy wrote:

This looks quite a decent alternative.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81RcLv6HtlL._UL1500_.jpg

Around £100, there is a metal band version for a bit more.

Link?

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This link looks fine:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rotary-Watches- … an+avenger

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Here for a nice nato:
http://www.monkeyswag.com/straps/nato-m … -bond.html

http://www.monkeyswag.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/403x483/be941ee1fb459b2bf1796ba617fb7047/m/o/mod-harley-close.jpg

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This is from the same line as the Rotary mentioned above, but without the orange lume and with a metal bracelet, which I swapped with a (non-SA) NATO strap:


http://s29.postimg.cc/uljpqwtxv/DSC_0059.jpg

Apologies for the poor photography. It was taken with my phone with the flash on and I have no idea why it's gone sideways.

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Looks good. Nice to have a metal bracelet to change it up but I do like the colours on the leather strap one.

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James Boldman wrote:
genericguy wrote:

This looks quite a decent alternative.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81RcLv6HtlL._UL1500_.jpg

Around £100, there is a metal band version for a bit more.

Link?

I like that! It's got a real PO look to it too.

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CR/QoS, TLD, DN, GE, TSWLM, LTK, TND, TWiNE, TMWTGG, TB
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Tennyson wrote:

As much as i love the Omega Seamster 300 (even if it never appears in SPECTRE), I am not in a position to purchase one yet, so was looking for alternatives - i could buy a rip off omega from Alibaba for $35, but felt an alternative was a better option and came across this - Seiko Sports 5 SNZH55 - not made anymore, but can still be picked up for around US$100 new on eBay and amazon.

Ha a nice weight, self winding, decent crystal and that vintage dive feel - i think it looks smart on a NATO as well.

The nice thing about the Seiko 5's is that there are lads of user interchangeable parts, so getting a better bezel will be easy

http://s18.postimg.cc/fwhkk31cl/IMG_0541.jpg

http://s18.postimg.cc/g7z0wuhsl/IMG_0542.jpg

That is a really good looking watch, with some real nods to the SM300 in its style. Plus Seiko's are great solid little workhorse watches. Had mine near 25 years  ajb007/smile

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Liked the way it looked, so I bought one myself and bought a NATO strap for it, also.

http://s18.postimg.cc/7y3epm6hx/WP_20150826_003.jpg

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Great alternatives - I haven't seen that rotary watch before!

I was just about to start a post on this!!

There's the Zeno Sea Hunter but these are super rare right now:

http://s29.postimg.cc/upl13makj/zenofaceangle.jpg

Here are a couple of excellent watches that have that "modern/vintage" feel:

Ticino Sea Viper - the one with the vintage-style lume - http://sizzlinwatches.com/proddetail.ph … iver-watch - though this reminds me more of a Rolex Explorer dial - nice domed sapphire crystal and high end Miyota 9015 movement for only $240 USD

http://s8.postimg.cc/i8rlfizpt/ticino_sea_viper_001.jpg

Steinhart Military Ocean Vintage - Swiss made, super solid vintage Rolex homage - purportedly too big for folks with smaller wrists due to the lug to lug length and a little on the pricier side (but obviously much less than the Omega itself) - http://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/OCEAN … y,909.html

http://s30.postimg.cc/jb8kvnv0d/1118799226_O1_milivin_01.jpg

OR you can do what I did and get in touch with Yobokies and Dagaz for a modded Seiko 007 and then purchase some vintage patina watch lume from watchlume.com and slap it on yourself (not the cleanest looking lume job but it gets the point across).  Got kinda expensive fast but turned out fantastic, if you ask me, especially when the light hits it right and the bezel and hands shine (something you can't see in the pictures). 

http://s18.postimg.cc/tzfen9tc5/DSCF7910.jpg

http://s17.postimg.cc/frm4yy6h7/DSCF7923.jpg

I am actually looking to sell this, so if anybody in the CONUS is interested, feel free to PM me.  It's a tad big for me (I'm used to wearing a Zeno Explorer).

For all of you out there with the Bond budget to afford the real thing...cherish it on our behalf.  We thank you in advance   ajb007/smile

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http://s29.postimg.cc/g3hk2rcr7/image.jpg
How about this one then it's a Steinhart
http://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/OCEAN … y,909.html

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Steinhart make great watches!!
I love mine.  ajb007/cool

http://s23.postimg.cc/5dgplq9zb/image.jpg

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Not looked at Steinharts before but very tempted by that Ocean One Vintage.

Ebay has the metal bracelet Rotary for £100 now
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111751754179? … EBIDX%3AIT

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Anyone ever buy anything from this website or heard positive things? Omega and Rolex watches are out of my price range right now so I'm looking for alternates.

http://www.perfectwatches.cn/

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I like Aevig's watches and think their Retro Diver has a nice classic look without looking like an homage piece to another brand.

http://aevig.com/product-category/huldra-retro-diver/

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Here is my Seiko Sumo SBDC001 on a few different straps.. Absolutely amazing fit and finish for the price. It's JDM only, and with Yen being so weak right now, it's under $400 USD.. Good movement as well.

http://i.imgur.com/lubiUHL.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8pm4a12.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ASkADvO.jpg