Best products from r/Watches
We found 1,504 comments on r/Watches discussing the most recommended products. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 5,990 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.
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1. Seiko Men's SNK809 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Black Canvas Strap
- To the start the watch initially, swing from side to side in a horizontal arc about 30 seconds.
- 37 mm stainless steel case and Hardlex mineral dial window and Precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display
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2. Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black
- 200 M Water Resistance
- Diver inspired Rotating bezel with anti reverse, Screw down crown
- Date display Regular timekeeping Analog: 3 hands (Hour, minute, second)
- Hands and hour markers with large fluorescent areas for easy reading
- Stainless Steel Case w/ Black Resin Band
- Mineral Glass
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3. Citizen Eco-Drive Chandler Field Watch for Men, BM8180-03E
LIGHT-POWERED ECO-DRIVE: Converts any light, whether natural or artificial, into energy. Energy is stored in a permanently rechargeable power cell. The watch recharges continuously in any light to run forever, with no battery changes required ever.FOR YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE: This Citizen silver-toned...
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4. Bulova Men's 96B104 Stainless Steel Dress Watch
- Round watch featuring logoed white dial with stick indices and date window at 3 o'clock
- 37 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Croc-textured calfskin band with buckle closure
- Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming
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5. Casio Men's G-Shock Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black (Model: GWM5610-1)
- 200 M Water Resistance
- G-Shock Watch featuring Shock resistance - Tough Solar Power with battery indicator, and power-saving function. Approximate battery life: 10 months on full charge (without further exposure to light).
- Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping-Automatically Receives time calibration radio signals from all 6 Atomic clocks around the world which keep the displayed time accurate
- Electro-Luminescent Backlight with Afterglow ensures easy reading during day or night
- World Time w/ 29 Time Zones (48 Cities + Coordinated universal time) / Daylight Saving On/Off
- 10/100 Second Stopwatch
- Countdown Timer / 5 Daily Alarms (w/ 1 Snooze Alarm)
- Auto-calendar out until the year 2099, the watch does not have to be adjusted for the number days in month even leap year until 2099
- Mineral Crystal
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6. SEIKO MECHANICAL × Shinobu Ishigaki SARB065 Men's---(Japan Import-No Warranty)
- - Case Material: Stainless Steel (polished)
- - Case Shape: Round
- - Case Colour: Silver
- - Bezel made of: Stainless Steel (polished)
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7. Casio Men's G-Shock Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black, 20 (Model: DW5600E-1V)
- Black resin sport watch featuring shock resistance, comfortable resin strap, and multi-function rectangular dial
- Quartz digital movement with accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per month
- To prevent accidental adjusting of settings,the top left button on this watch is designed to be pushed in further.
- Functions include multi-function alarm, 1/100-second stopwatch, countdown timer, hourly time signal, auto calendar, and 12- and 24-hour formats
- Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving
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8. Seiko Men's Automatic Analogue Watch with Rubber Strap SKX007K
- Quality Japanese Automatic movement; Functions without a battery; Powers automatically with the movement of your arm
- Hardlex crystal
- Case diameter: 42 mm
- Stainless-steel case; Black dial; Date-and-day functions
- Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving
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9. Seiko 5 Men's SNK793 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Dial
Classic stainless steel bracelet watch with exhibition back featuring blue sunray dial and day/date windowAge Group : Adult ; 36 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial windowAutomatic movement with analog display. Assembled product dimensions (L x W x H):5.00 x 3.80 x 3.10 inchesSilver-tone brace...
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10. Tissot Men's TIST0194301603101 Heritage Visodate Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Brown Leather Band
Classic stainless steel watch featuring white dial with simple baton indices and day/date window at three o'clock40 mm stainless steel case with anti-reflective sapphire dial windowSwiss automatic movement with analog displayLeather calfskin band with leather-deployment-buckle closureWater resistant...
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11. Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Date, BM8240-03E
- Round solar-powered watch featuring black dial with stick/Arabic markers and magnified day/date window at 3 o'clock
- 36 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display , Duration time - Approx 6 months , At least 4 days from two second interval movement to stop
- Genuine leather band with buckle closure
- Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming
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12. Seiko Men's SNK807 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Canvas Band
- Round watch featuring blue dial with day/date windows at 3 o'clock, luminous sword-shape hands, and textured off-center crown
- 37 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window
- Automatic self-wind movement with analog display. Case Back: Skeleton
- Canvas band with buckle closure. Case thickness: 11 mm
- Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming
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13. Seiko Men's Japanese-Automatic Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 20 (Model: SARB033)
Automatic Movement with 50-hour power reserveSapphire CrystalJapanese-automatic MovementCase Diameter: 38. 4mmWater resistant to 100m (330ft): in general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not diving
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14. Seiko Men's SKX007K2 Diver's Automatic Watch
Quality Japanese Automatic movement; Functions without a battery; Powers automatically with the movement of your armHardlex crystalCase diameter: 42 mmStainless-steel case; Black dial; Date-and-day functionsWater resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving
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15. Seiko Men's SNK803 Seiko 5 Automatic Watch with Beige Canvas Strap
- Round watch featuring beige dial with day/date windows, sword-shape hands, and exhibition case back
- 37 mm stainless steel case and Hardlex mineral crystal dial window
- Precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display
- Features include luminosity, sweeping second hand, and canvas strap with buckle closure; Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft)
- Refer to the secondary images for the instructions on how to start the watch and on setting the day/date to English
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16. Seiko Men's Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Brown, 20 (Model: SARB017)
- Automatic Movement with 50-hour power reserve
- Sapphire Crystal and Inner Rotating Compass Ring
- Japanese-automatic Movement
- Case Diameter: 39.5mm
- Water resistant 200m (660ft): in general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not diving
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17. Seiko Men's SNK805 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Green Canvas
Military-inspired timepiece featuring green dial, luminous accents, and day/date functions.Case dimensions: 37mm,Strap length: 7 inchAutomatic movement with analog display; Hardlex crystalFeatures green nylon strap with buckle closure. When setting the minute hand of a quartz watch, advance it to a ...
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18. Timex Men’s T49905 Expedition Field Chronograph Black/Brown Leather Strap Watch
- Adjustable brown 20 millimeter genuine leather strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference. On natural lighting the Strap color might appear lighter that current image
- Black dial with date window at 4 o'clock; Arabic numerals in increments of 5 up to 60
- 30-minute chronograph measures to 1/20th second
- Black 43 millimeter brass case with mineral glass crystal; Indiglo light-up watch dial
- Water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet): In general, suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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19. Seiko Men's SNZG15 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Nylon Strap
Round watch featuring logoed dial with Arabic numeral indices, luminous hands, and day/date window at 3 o'clock42 mm stainless steel case with hardlex dial windowAutomatic self-wind movement with analog displayNylon band with buckle closureWater resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for ...
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20. Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk Dual Time Watch with Date, BJ7000-52E
- Stainless steel watch featuring date window at three o’clock position, dual-time display, and pilot's slide rule inner chapter ring operated by crown at 8 o'clock position
- 42 millimeters stainless steel case with mineral dial window
- Eco-Drive Technology, Never Needs a Battery
- Also features low-charge warning, luminous hands/markers, and Silver-tone band with foldover push-button clasp
- Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft): In general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving.
- Blue Angels is part of the Promaster Nighthawk collection.
Five top value watches
This is my opinionated list of the five best value watches on the market, based on personal experience. I own all five, so I do have first hand experience of them. These watches cover a wide range of styles and there are no homages amongst them.
From left to right these are:
The Timex Expedition is a no-brainer at $45. It has fresh clean styling, lovely skeletonized hands and a really nice cut-away detail for the hour markers in the chapter ring. The Indiglo back light and 10 year battery life are just icing on the cake. Yes, it's a quartz movement and has a mineral crystal but it's unbeatable at the price. I wear this watch regularly despite owning watches that cost vastly more. Good review over at Worn & Wound.
The Seiko Black Monster the undisputed top dog in value-for-money mechanical watches and a gateway drug for many. It simply has it all: fantastic build quality, excellent bracelet, best-in-industry lume and a lovely face. This is quite simply the most pleasant to read watch I own. That it's also one of the cheapest is amazing. The only real downside is that it has a Hardlex crystal rather than sapphire but in practice this isn't a problem as the bezel stands proud of it, protecting it nicely. $205 from Amazon.
The Magrette Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD is a much lesser known piece from the boutique New Zealand brand. This is one of those watches that is just impossible to capture in photos due to its jet black, but very glossy, PVD finish. In the flesh it looks like something that costs 10x more. The movement is a hand-wound Chinese Seagull item, but users generally report that it is reliable, and it looks great through the display back. It sports 500m water resistance, sapphire crystal and comes with a rubber strap also. $500 direct from Magrette.
The Seiko Cocktail Time is easily the best value dress watch that I know of. It's stunning looking in the flesh mostly thanks to the way that the sunburst face and chisel hands reflect the light. The blued second hand is a lovely touch also. I have it here on a Hirsch leather strap but the one it comes with suits it nicely too. Bizarrely, many online retailers use a shot of this watch that completely fails to capture its characteristics e.g. compare this review with the product page on Amazon. $440 from Amazon.
Finally, the Hamilton Intra-Matic. This is really a first-rate re-issue from Hamilton. It's a gorgeous slender piece (10mm), with really refined detailing. It's subtle and understated, but has a nice ETA 2892-2 movement, sapphire crystal and a very nice pebbled leather strap that suits the aesthetic beautifully. It dresses up or down quite comfortably. Check out the Worn & Wound review. The stainless steel silver-faced one in 38mm size is definitely the one to go for IMHO. ~$600 from Amazon
EDIT: Fixed Magrette model name, thanks /u/KORNSTAR
I'd say buy 2 or 3 for $50 to $100 each. I bought 3 watches (for less than $100 total) before I finally figured out what I like wearing. My first watch was a chronograph on a steel bracelet. I learned very quickly what I do and don't like in chronographs (this one had many features I disliked), and I figured out that, like you, I dislike steel bracelets. I still have that one, but I don't wear it. After that I figured out that I like divers, so I ordered one of those. It turned out I didn't know enough about watches and bought something that didn't fit at all. I figured out where I went wrong, and bought a third watch. It is the one that /u/fragilestories recommended, the Casio mdv106. I wear this watch daily. I think it was nice to have a few and wear each for a while, and doing that let me get the perfect watch. Now that I know what I like, I know that when I spend $200 to $300 on my next watch it will be great. I am planning to upgrade to the Seiko SKX007, which will be my first mechanical watch. I guarantee that I will wear it every day once I have it.
Think about what you want to use your watch for. Will you look at it in class when writing the date on your papers? Get a date window. Want to time things? You need a chronograph. Figure out what features you will use and go from their. Or go for what you think looks the coolest, even if it has different features than you would use.
Also, look through this sub and think about what looks you like. Do you like numbers? Roman numerals? Symbols? What colors do you like? What straps do you like (these are pretty easy to change, but you will have to add straps into your budget if you want something other than what the watch comes with).
Here are 3 watches that will give you a good variety. These 3 will let you rotate watches, change your style, and figure out what features you like and don't like. The three together fit your price point (or are very close).
I love diver's watches,and would start with this: Casio mdv106:
I like some chronographs, especially the ones symmetrical across the right and left faces. The Timex weekender is great:
Maybe you'll find you don't like any complications on your watch (I personally do not like date windows. I think watches look better without them. However, I do use it every day on my watch, so I have a begrudging appreciation for them). Here's another Timex without anything but an hour, minute, and second hand:
Tl:dr You won't know what you like until you've worn a few different watches. A $150 budget is enough to buy several watches, so do that and pick a favorite.
YES! Be careful for a lot of things with vintage watches.
If you go vintage, you will want to make sure it is the correct (original) watch you think you are getting. This is difficult sometimes since they don't always have the original box or paperwork (In which case you need to have people who are experts let you know if it is original. Can be a PITB). There are some cool vintage watches in your price range, but vintage watches may need a service (cleaning, oiling, gasket change) done to them before they should be worn.
Here's 3 routes you could go that I think would work:
Don't do #3 though. Seriously. It's a bad joke.
EDIT: Just saw the collection. I have no idea what he would want next. I would talk to him and ask now that you have more of an interest in watches yourself. He doesn't have a diver, but that might not be his style (so maybe, as long as he isn't against the diver style). He has a lot of black and stainless. I like that combo myself, but he might want to change it up. He might even want a nicer beater like a G-shock which would be great since many fall into your budget. I would talk to him and listen to what he likes or wants next if it is something specific or a certain style in particular.
EDIT 2: Suggesting talking to him since, if he is like me, he may have certain things about watch design he can't stand and would never want on a watch, but then see something that breaks his rule. We are a weird creature, people. Can't explain why we like what we like and don't what we don't sometimes. I'm sure he'll be happy his mother is taking an interest in his interests and cares enough to do this for a gift! All the best!
I’ve been lurking on this sub for about a year now (username checks out) but this is my first post. My wife gave me the box as a wedding gift when we got married last month, so I figured it’s about time to share my collection. As you can probably tell, I’m not really a fan of bracelets, so I’ve been experimenting with nato and perlon straps. For reference, I have 6.75” wrists. And sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures, collecting watches is my new hobby, not photography! Below is a little story about each watch.
I’m 28 years old and I was never a watch guy until I saw a picture of someone wearing this watch last year. I knew nothing about watches when I purchased it, but for $50 I decided to pick one up. I love the clean dial and I think the black case goes well with the light brown band, but the loud ticking was a bit annoying. This was my only watch for about two months, but after spending a lot of time on this sub I decided to venture into the world of automatics. This is now my “beater” watch, and since the box only holds four watches, this one has been relegated to the nightstand drawer.
After reading r/watches high praise for Seiko 5s, I purchased one as my first automatic. I went with the blue dial because the Timex was black, and I really enjoy the color, especially in the sunlight. The stock band was pretty crappy, but I love this watch now that I switched over to a leather nato.
After purchasing the Seiko I was getting more and more interested in watches, and fell in love with Fliegers. I wanted a Stowa but couldn’t justify the price. After seeing a picture of a Tisell posted on this sub, I knew this would be my next watch. This is now my go to watch for work. The band is surprisingly good and the domed sapphire crystal really makes this watch stand out. My only complaints are the power reserve and lume could be better.
Spending more and more time on this sub, I knew I was getting hooked. The Rolex Polar Explorer II is one of my dream watches but I can’t quite afford one yet, so I had to find another white dial watch to hold me over. Again, based on this sub’s love of Orient, I decided on the Mako USA, and I’ve been extremely happy with the purchase. I wore this watch at my wedding and bought my groomsmen black and blue Makos for their gifts. Everyone was extremely pleased!
This is my most recent pickup, and what I’ve told myself is going to be my last watch for a while (yeah, right). The rest of my collection is made up of pretty simple/basic designs so I needed something a little louder. At first the dial looks a bit cluttered, but it’s actually very easy to read. I prefer mechanical watches, but if I’m going to go quartz, the Ecodrive is pretty cool tech… I guess it’s time for me to learn how to use a slide rule!
So I've worn watches since I was a kid, but only recently got into mechanicals and I've been fascinated ever since. I've always been a one-watch guy, but that "one" has gone through a ton of evolution before finally reaching here.
For the longest time I wore super cheap Casio models: F91W etc., progressing to other sporty digital plastic stuff like the Timex Ironman.
Wanting something classier looking, but still not knowing anything about watches, my next move was to a snazzy-looking Guess piece, which lasted me a good while until a tragic end involving an unscrewed crown and a dip in a pool. D:
Looking for a replacement is when I found this sub and fell headlong into horology. Pored over all the buying guides trying to figure out what I liked; picked up a Timex Expedition to tide me over while I did my research.
Right off the bat, I knew it had to be:
Okay, so automatic chronographs. Christopher Ward seemed like a well-regarded entry-level brand; browsing their collection, I found and was initially smitten by the C700 Grande Rapide (pic from here, it doesn't seem to be listed on the CW site anymore). "Valjoux 7750" -- hmm, what's that? Thus I discovered a somewhat surprising fact - auto chrono movements are few and far between.
Suddenly presented with so many other 7750s, the luster wore off a bit. The ubiquitous 12-6-9 dial with boxy day/date cutout that I saw on almost every watch I looked at just wasn't doing it for me anymore, though I did find and fall in love with the IWC Portuguese -- sexiest watch ever, particularly in blue/silver, but a little too dressy for my style. Not to mention way more than I wanted to pay -- although Hamilton does a credible homage in the Maestro, for a lot less dosh -- but they put the date cutout back in. The Carrera 1887, while not a Valjoux, fell into the same bucket.
Speedys seemed a lot more my style -- more tool than bling -- but the Pro wasn't automatic, the Reduced sub-dials just looked way too small and far apart, and the DSOTM was a bit too large for my smallish wrists (and again, mucho dinero). Although the cal. 9300 is a stellar piece of work; maybe someday!
Throughout my search, one other name kept coming up: El Primero. Arguably the first, in my mind the coolest (hi-beat, integrated, column-wheel), certainly the only one still standing from the original three movements that launched in 1969 -- the other two being the Seiko 6139 and the Chronomatic from an alliance of Heuer, Breitling, and a few others.
I was initially looking at the classic A386-style dials; hadn't even heard of the Rainbow series, but when I saw this one while idly browsing listings on WUS I immediately fell in love.
Hope you enjoyed the read! I feel like I could talk about chronographs forever now...
Sorry in advance, the images are out of order and repeat.
Was in India when I bought the Titan. Had instant Buyer's remorse because my heart was actually dedicated to the other Titan of the same edge series found here . Only the one shown here has silver accents, but the one I wanted in the show room was all black (shiny black instead of silver. So the watch was thin as a razor's edge all blacked out. Never could find an image of that exact watch anywhere on the internet nor have I come across the watch since.) Anyways the one I have looks great for interviews in a grey suit and considering it was a gift (bought) by my grandmother, I wasn't going to complain. This is my [titan watch] (http://www.amazon.com/Titan-1518SL01-Ultra-3-5mm-Watch/dp/B007NM72UE/ref=sr_1_106?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;s=watches&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398352723&amp;sr=1-106) and it's the nicest watch I own and thus have only worn it 7 times... :-s The strap on this watch is such nice quality. I'm half considering to sell this watch off because I just don't wear it enough!
The [citizen Ecodrive] (http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8240-03E-Eco-Drive-Stainless-Leather/dp/B000EQS1D8/ref=pd_sbs_watch_1?ie=UTF8&amp;refRID=0AG5MCX6N98YERK52EHT) I bought at duty free when I was on an Alaska cruise. This was/is my daily watch until I got the Luch just a month ago. Durable, extremly light, simple design and has date and day which I find to be extremely useful. Never have to worry about winding/charge/ battery because the whole face is a solarpanal. for $100 2 years ago, I thought it was a bargain. Wore it every single day, absolutely love it. The strap is getting well worn down, any suggestions would be appreciated. Was thinking about going for a dark/deep brown leather strap of sort.
Lastly, my Luch russian watch, mechanical hand wound from the 70's I got recently from my girlfriend as a late valentine's gift. Was stalking a simple design JUST like this on e-bay forever and I wanted to buy a mechanical watch to add to my collection. Saw this on the listing and absolutely fell in love. With a price $60 shipping from Ukrain, I thought it very reasonable. Never did see the exact same watch listed again (especially not in this quality). I don't even know the precise model of this watch. I expected to get ripped off and get a non functional partially broken mechanical watch but it works like a charm and keeps time well (as far as I can tell). Though I'm not sure how many turns I'm supposed to wind it so I know I under-wind the watch thus have to keep up with it more frequently. Still new to mechanical watch care/ maintenance. However, this is my daily watch now, unless I'm getting dirty or wet, I use my Citizen.
That's all I got, these 3 watches. Hopefully my collection will grow over time. Cheers.
I'm 16 now, and I hope to continue collecting in the future. I've listed my watches in the order I got them, and why I got them (if there's a reason). I'll also include an Amazon link if you'd like to check it out, and the photos were taken in front of my windows, which I haven't cleaned in a while, so ignore that \^-\^
Sekonda 'Party Time' (3363.27)
I got this 5 years ago (when I was 11) in Heathrow because I thought it looked nice. My tastes have changed a lot. The battery died, but I thought I might as well show it in the collection!
Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Grey
This subreddit doesn't seem to like smart watches much, and I get it. The battery dies within a day, and I hardly use it nowadays. I got this for my birthday, sometime in April this year, and it got me used to having a watch on my wrist at all times. It's on a cheap metal bracelet, which I wouldn't recommend getting.
Citizen BF0580-57L (non Eco-Drive)
My first real watch! I got this from the US site, because I won an American gift card in a contest some time ago. I needed a watch for exams, since I started my GCSEs and they banned smart watches (for good reason). I don't wear it as often as I used to, but it was with me throughout most of my exams so I love it nonetheless.
I got this after starting my first 'job', which was tutoring maths for primary school kids. Nothing really more to say about it, but it's a nice casual watch which I still wear pretty often if I'm just going out for groceries or to run errands.
Honestly, I just needed a dress watch that I could wear with a suit (for prom in this case) during formal occasions. The strap it came with was horrible and tacky, so I replaced it with a Hirsch Osiris which feels amazing and looks great.
I had some extra money on my Amazon account, so I decided to buy a watch I could wear during the summer (since I was going abroad and it would be really humid), and I saw great feedback on the Weekender so I bought it and an extra NATO strap.
Seiko Presage SSA083J1
The one watch I keep wearing; I absolutely love it. I got it after getting my GCSE grades (5 As, 8 A*s and an A\^), and I wear it with me everywhere. It's a bit inaccurate, so I'd like to get it adjusted soon (does anyone know a good place in South London?), but I expected that with an automatic.
I'm taking a break from buying more watches for now, but I'd like to buy a Diver or Field watch some time in the future
Thanks for reading!
i think either are fine watches, and perfectly worthy gifts, but in my honest opinion neither strike me as "last forever family heirloom" material. The Citizen is not what I would call a timeless design and is likely to look dated at some point. The Shinola is a little more classic but... it's a cheap quartz movement in a well-designed but somewhat cheaply made case. And while there's absolutely no shame in wearing or enjoying either of these watches, neither seems like the kind of thing that will be treasured for generations either.
In the end, though, the best gifts are the ones given with thought and consideration for what the recipient might like. You love your husband, and I bet you know what he'd like. Follow your heart, engrave something thoughtful on it, and I'm sure he'll love it.
For my tastes, in this price range, if you want something stylish I'd look at a visodate, or if you want something a little plainer, try something military-inspired like this junkers or Hamilton field watch. For something a little dressier, also consider a SARB033. Also, I believe all of those watches are available in either black or white if that's a preference.
The designs of those watches are all much more classic and likely to age a bit more gracefully.
Looking to get a new watch. I have a Samsung S2 classic and it just looks tacky with the band that it has. I'm going to get a new band for it, but I also want to expand and start a collection.
I want a nice, affordable watch that will look great on a brown leather NATO band.
This is what I've been looking at : Citizen Men's BM7100-59E https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JKBEUM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=PPVS3DXW0J9G&amp;coliid=IGA2E46UICJEF
Seiko Men's SNK809 Seiko 5 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002SSUQFG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=PPVS3DXW0J9G&amp;coliid=I2PP7FGN84SUI
Seiko 5 Men's SNK793 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Dial https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002SSUQF6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=PPVS3DXW0J9G&amp;coliid=ILBIE2U2GC6P9
Seiko SNN231P2 Chronograph Men's Black Dial https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003UBHXG0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=PPVS3DXW0J9G&amp;coliid=I2Z4C0XJ5GGBL
I've also been looking at the Timex Weekender and from I've read that isn't a bad choice for the price, but a lot of people say it can be loud. It is a simple watch, and that is what I really want though I do like the chronograph look and function.
If anyone has had any experiences with the watches I listed I'd love to hear or other suggestions that would be great. I'd just like something that will look nice on a leather nato. The price range I'm looking at is about $50-200 bucks.
Right now I'm just looking for casual watches to wear. My great-grandfather had a nice gold Caravelle that Id like to take off it's expanding bracelet and put on a simple black leather band if I need something somewhat classy-ish.
There was a post I saw the other night listing decent starter watches, I'm just having a hard time deciding. I just don't want to blow money on a mistake because I know next to nothing about watches and maybe there's something I'm not thinking of that someone more experienced than me could pass along to a noob.
Thanks for taking the time reading this and I appreciate any help given.
Thanks. I think I have pretty much given up on automatics for now, at least for a daily wear watch. I did some maths: based on my age, life expectancy statistics published by my government, the fact that I seem to get maybe 2.5 years out of a cheap $15 Casio digital before the plastic lugs break, and allowing for 2 unexpected re-purchases due to loss, theft, house fire, whatever, if I just keep buying Casios for the rest of my life I'm looking at $320. If I get an automatic and service it only every 10 years (which I understand is less often than ideal), and the services only ever cost $100 (which I understand is on the cheaper side), then an automatic is going to cost me a lot more than $320 over my life (unless I die 20 years early than expected, which I hopefully won't!). Even the services alone would cost more than the Casios, and that's ignoring the cost of the watch in the first place!
So if I'm going to switch from cheap Casios, it'll be for something quartz. To make a fair comparison I need to expect to buy 3 nicer watches (the first one, plus the two contingencies for loss/theft/fire). My budget is then $107 per watch and each watch needs to be able to last on average 17 years. That $107 needs to cover the watch and things like battery replacement, it's total cost of ownership. This is difficult, but not impossible: this Eco-drive I would trust to do it, if I treated it carefully, and it is a nice looking watch. I also admire the technology in it: I love that if it doesn't get light for a long time, it shuts down the mechanical part that drives the hands and date to save power, but keeps the quartz oscillator running in a lower power mode. Once it comes out of storage, it wakes the mechanics up and runs them fast/slow for a while until it drifts back into sync with the quartz. That's really sexy (for me).
However, I use my Casio's stopwatch very regularly, to keep track of e.g. how long the French press coffee I make at work every day has been brewing, or how long it's been since I started a drier running at the laundromat. Being able to just start a stopwatch going is much more convenient than remembering the time I started it and doing arithmetic every time I look at my watch. That Citizen, lovely as it is, would force me to use my memory and do arithmetic. It's not like I'm lazy or stupid, but the reason I wear a watch at all in this day and age is for convenience, and the Citizen would simply be less convenient than my Casios.
Now, if I could find a $107 watch that I could trust to last 17 years which has either a chronograph or a rotating diver's bezel, I think the switch would not cause me to lose too much convenience. Well, I'd lose the perpetual calendar that all digis come with, but that would annoy me 7 times a year, instead of many times per week, so I could live with it. But that is a real challenge, getting that much watch for that price. I'm also worried that analogue chronographs are just inherently impractical: there will be times of day where the hour/minute hand obscure my view of the chronograph hands and I won't be able to read it, which is the kind of thing that would really bug me (obvious placement of form over functionality in a utilitarian device drives me crazy).
It's insane how hard it is to beat a dirt cheap digital watch in terms of time-keeping bang per buck. The only upgrade that seems to make sense for me is to get a G-shock, which I can imagine lasting 17 years and can definitely come under my budget, even with battery changes. However, again, I use my stopwatch all the time, and the stopwatch reset button on G-shocks is almost always deeply recessed to lie flush with the case, making it very hard to operate. If I have to struggle with the edge of my fingernail or a pen to use my stopwatch, I may as well just use my damn cell phone.
Yes, I'm probably drastically over-thinking things, but I kind of enjoy taking a hyper-rational approach to little things like this (yeah, yeah, I'd be a lot of fun at parties. If I went to them). It means that if/when I actually buy a nice watch, I can be totally secure that I made the right choice for my situation, so I can't really regret my decision if I see a different really sexy watch later down the line.
Sorry for the gigantic reply. I've been thinking about this a lot lately.
There are so many great options under $500! As you noted, Swiss Made is pretty much out of the question at this price point, but that's okay. The brands that you are mainly going to be looking at here are the Japanese brands: Seiko and Orient. Here are my favorites from cheapest to most expensive, including links to where you can buy them.
Hope this helped. I would also recommend checking out some watch reviews on Worn and Wound. They specialize in affordable mechanical watches so there are plenty of pieces on there under $500. I could have mentioned some but there are too many good ones to name really. Take a look, maybe something might catch your eye!
I want to recommend the $40 Casio MDV106. I have one as my knock-around watch. My only reservation is the crystal. It's cheap something, and has scratched up fairly easily. And with your lifestyle that may be a deal breaker. It's fine for a $40 watch, but could possibly be too scratched up for you. It's a great watch otherwise. https://www.amazon.com/Casio-MDV106-1AV-Stainless-Steel-Watch/dp/B009KYJAJY
I don't know if the olive green is Army specific, or if it is also relevant to Marines – but the Victorinox INOX in green would be pretty cool: http://www.jomashop.com/victorinox-watch-241683-1.html
A cool Seiko, that's probably top of budget if SKX007 is the baseline, is the SBDN023. It's the new solar Tuna. There are a few color ways, but I'm linking the one that matches the SKX007 color which also seems to be the cheapest. Very cool watch. Wish I had a reason to own it. http://www.shoppinginjapan.net/lowercase-sbdn023
Another cool top of budget Seiko could be the SUN019. It's a horse of a watch, another I wish I had an excuse to own. Kinetic, which should be OK, but do google around and see if they stand up to physical abuse. https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Prospex-SUN019-Kinetic-Divers/dp/B00MCB9CJK
And as far as quartz divers go, Citizen's EcoDrive gives you a bunch of options.
And here's a few more Seikos for good measure:
At your budget I would concentrate on the brands; TImex and Casio. Both of these brands make inexpensive, but good quality watches. Anything you get from either of these brands will likely be a good watch, it's just a matter of finding the style and features you like. You will have a large number of models to choose from.
You are not likely to find a good automatic for under $50, so you might want to stick to quartz watches. (You can get a very nice quartz watch for under $50.) If you want to swim with it, look for a watch with 100m water resistance (200m is obviously better, but unnecessary unless you scuba dive).
A few ideas...Casio MRWS310H-9BV solar powered, and 100m water resistant.
Casio Dive watches, the best divers you will find for under $50 or under $20
Timex Weekender a great inexpensive watch. It is very versatile and looks good on a variety of straps.
I think the models you chose are this (burgundy) and this (black).
About the color, the burgundy is interesting and at your age you will have no problem with it, unless we are talking about very formal occassions, but if you want to look sharp I think a neutral color like black or white dial would work better. Perhaps silver and navy would work too.
Both are chronographs around 42 mm wide and 11 mm thick.
Functionally, both are more of a sport watch. The burgundy is a 60 min chrono, so you can time up to 60 min only. The subdial at 3 o'clock tells time in a 24 hr format and I think the makers only include that to make the dial look busy. The black one also goes up to 60 min only, the subdial at 12 o'clock indicates fractions of a second in a format I am not sure I understand. If you are interested in the chrono function (which I use a lot almost everyday), I think you would be better with the ability to time hours.
Seiko is a good brand and I'm sure will last 5 years or longer. I think you will be fine with any of the two.
If I had your budget and wanted a chrono, I would go with a casio. Here is one model and here is another that I think you may like. Both are chronos with a black dial that count up to 12 hours. Price is lower than the Seikos but you loose the date. I would say that quality will be similar to the seikos too and size will not be much different. I would personally choose the second. My only complaint about Casio at this price is that the metal bracelets can be noisy and pull the hair in your arms. This chrono has a clean look that is quite versatile.
If you don't care about the chrono and just want a versatile watch with a busy dial, there are options with leather straps that would look better in formal wear and save some money for a future watch upgrade.
This one uses the subdials to display an anual calendar, meaning you will rarely have to readjust the date (like on february 29 only). It also comes in black and I think it would not look out of place if you wear it with a suit.
The most versatile and elegant watches are simple and thin like this.
Hope this helps.
Recommendation Request : "thank you" gift for a friend. He geeks out on mechanical watches on a deep technical level, but he he can't quite spare the cash to treat himself right now. He just did me a big favor and I want to show my appreciation.
Price: $200, maybe stretch to $250 for a perfect match.
Features: The only nonnegotiables would be selfwinding automatic, and a see-through caseback.
Style: simple, classic, elegant. Style references at higher price points would include :
Browsing the Buying Guide, the Seiko 5 SNK809 is almost perfect, but the dial is too busy - more like a field watch than the classic/elegant designs I'm looking for.
Orient Symphony ticks all the boxes on paper, but if I'm going to top out my price range, I wonder if I can't find a prettier movement.
I feel like there must a be a Seiko 5 that fits the bill, but I haven't seen it, yet. I'd also be open to buying used to get him a little more for my money, but I don't really know where to start shopping secondhand in this price range. Thanks for any advice!
the black on black might be a tough one, but I know Timex fairfields come in an all black look. don't get hung up on the strap, that can be changed easily to whatever you want. Timex is cheap, but they are quite reliable and people love them. they do tick rather loud though.
you can also find something from Tissot which is a VERY well respected brand. their everytime lineup is very minimal and the quality here is amazing.
this Bulova is also a really nice minimal dress watch with that "ultra thin" vibe.
and while it doesn't look the same as these others, the orient capital is a REALLY nice quartz dress watch for $100. that domed crystal is a thing of beauty.
Hey guys, looking for recommendations. I already have a couple watches in mind but I'd like to know your advice and watches suggestions. It would be my first automatic, I want to make a great gift to me for graduating my phd, so I want something approximately between 300-1000$ cad. Here are the watches I'm looking at right now:
I have a certain preference for: Orient Bambino, Seiko cocktail time and the seiko presage... If you have any watches in mind that you think I'd like, your help is appreciated! And just so you know, my wrist is around 75mm. I like moderate-big watches (for example, I have the Casio MDV-106 which is 44mm and I like it, maybe I'd like a slightly smaller watch though).
Also, I like the curved glass of the Feice.
>a good first everyday watch that would be fine in situations such as interviews
Formal and semi-formal situations? I'd go with a simple dress watch.
For budget and great looking, consider a Timex Easy Reader, $30, it's a white dial watch with leather strap, great for what you're going for.
What's your budget? Around the hundreds, I'd go with an Orient Bambino, it goes for around $120-$150. It's very classic, minimalist, has a dome crystal, and is not very distracting. It's an automatic too. There's 4 versions of the Bambino. I personally like version 1, and version 2 with blue hands.
A little higher, Timex has been doing some great reissues. The Timex Marlin, $200, is pretty understated but eye catching. It's a manual wind movement watch with a call back design. This will probably be my next watch.
Lastly, Tissot has some great automatic's. The Tissot Visodate, $400, is a fantastic watch for the price.
All these watches can be had for much cheaper if you're open to looking at the gray market (watch exchange forums, ebay, etc.). I hope this helps, at the very least to show what's out there. Cheers and best wishes!
Good start. My first watch was a Protrek 3000 (black) and then bought your cream dial Bambino along with an Orange Monster. At this point if you wanna fill that third cushion with a watch, I would recommend a G-Shock.
The G-Shock GWM5610-1 with classic square look costs $95 on Amazon and the other colorful options are more expensive but really beautiful.
If you don't want a G-Shock, I would recommend you hold on to your money and just look and learn about watches. You might find that you'll gain interest in specific watch designs and your interest might come and go without you having to spend anything. When I first started this hobby, I got really into open heart watches. I came so close to buying one at one point. Eventually I got sick of looking at them and was glad I never got one. Don't buy on impulse. Buy a watch like you're buying a vacation package, not candy. Eventually you might end up spending as much as an overseas vacation on a single watch. Spend very wisely.
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Hey r/watches! This is my concise collection of budget watches. I’ve been collecting for about a year now and have been having a great time with the hobby. As a student, I can’t really afford anything expensive, so I’ve been looking for budget pieces with good value. Here are my pieces:
Sea-Gull 1963 : Got this from Long Island Watch and it has been great. I initially had a problem with a pusher falling out, but I emailed Marc and he sent me a replacement right away. The customer service at Long Island Watch is phenomenal; Marc responded within a few hours of my email the day after Christmas. He even offered to upgrade me to the sapphire version, though I declined because I prefer the acrylic.
Nodus Trieste : This is a great diver from a new microbrand out of California. I got the STP 1-11 version, though the version with the Seiko movement is probably a better value. I love how this watch resembles the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, but avoids being an homage. The unique umbrella hands are also a great touch. The watch runs well within the promised +/- 5 sec a day, losing about 5 sec per week. I haven’t seen any on this sub, so let me know if you want a review.
Seiko SNK807 : This was my first automatic and I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. The lack of hacking and handwinding is kind of a bummer, but for under $60 I can’t complain at all. I put a high dome on it and polished the bezel a little bit ago in order to keep things interesting.
The straps on the Nodus and the Seagull are from cheapestnatostraps.com. I really like the NATO on the Nodus, but I’d stay away from the leather NATOs. The strap on the Seiko is from Barton , and I 10/10 would recommend.
So this is my first ever automatic, I picked it up at Indiegogo actually, and was a little hesitant at first about spending money north of $100 on an unknown brand, but after doing some research on the movement, I went ahead and pulled the trigger!
I'm actually pretty glad I did. I don't own any automatics, and my only other real watch is a hand-me-down PRC 200 from back when Michael Owen was still relevant (I love it to bits, but it needs a good servicing really), so this was a really exciting buy for me.
It's a 26000 bph movement iirc, so the sweep isn't Rolex-esque but it's infinitely nicer than my jumpy quartz, so i'm still ecstatic about the change.
This thing's really caused me to get bit by the automatic bug though, so much so that i've already lined up my next purchase (The SNZG15).
Tl;dr Excitable student buys first automatic watch from unknown French brand on Indiegogo, he lives happily ever after.
I posted this in the last thread, but nobody was able to help me. Hopefully someone can this time, because my family wants gift ideas, and this would be a great one.
I'm a college student that has a limited budget ($150 or under), and has wanted to get a watch for a while now. It turns out that I'm pretty particular with what style I want, I tend to like a minimalist type of design. I wanted a leather band, and the date. I also wanted something that was kind of dressy, yet something I could wear on almost any occasion.
Anyway, I finally narrowed it down to one that I like, and two that are close. The Seiko SGEH14P1 is the one I prefer the most, followed by the Seiko SUR023P2, and the Seiko SARB065.
My question is, does anyone have any advice about these watches? Or suggestions of similar watches that you like? I don't want to be disappointed with this purchase, it will be a while until I can afford another watch. Also, where is the best place to buy, Is amazon ok? Because the amazon page seems kinda sketchy, and I don't want to buy a knock off, or something that's broken. Also it seems hard to find it anywhere else.
Thank's for all the help!
If you want a chrono, a Seiko SSB031, mecha-quartz is a good value for $125. You get a smooth sweeping chrono hand, which is nice to have on a quartz watch. If that doesn't fit your style, you can look up different SSB models to find one you like.
If you want a field watch, Citizen Men's BM8180-03E is a nice quartz watch for $90. You can get a Timex Expedition for cheaper, but I think the Citizen is a better value for the price point. The Timex Waterbury is a nice watch for $100-$150, and I really like the look of the watch (might be overpriced for what you get but I just really like the look).
And also check out some G-Shocks. They don't get much love here, but I honestly think if you just care for a watch you can use, and don't care about looks, a DW-5600E is the best watch you can get in your price range.
I like automatic watches. I've also got a wife, child, and house to pay for. I also love to beat the shit out of my stuff because it just sort of happens.
Enter the SNK803. Automatic. Tough. Most importantly, easily replaced if I destroy it. But, I don't like the matte finish of the case. I DID have a dremel tool. Do I have an autozone? Yes I do. Do they carry mother's mag & aluminum polish? Every day. So I polished it up. Not mirror, a shiny satin finish. But now I need a quality strap. So I ordered a John Allen Woodward Alligator for $1,100...NO! What goes best with a satin finish and a beige face? Simple leather! This is a Ritche Genuine Leather NATO strap for a timex weekender. Happens to come in 18mm. And you know it's high quality leather. How? Says so. Genuine is right in the name. Only the best straps come WITH a tool to remove the pins.
Now I've got a watch that looks great, keeps great time, is a tiny mechanical wonder, and looks just as good at work as it does hiking. With a grand total of maybe $60 and an hour of work in it.
Hey. It's my 25th birthday and my brother wanted to get me a nice watch around the 500 cad budget. I wanted some opinions.
Some that I considered:
I know it's a designer brand but I really really like the design of it!
Kenneth Cole kc3981:
Bulova precisionist (2 tone)
But I also loooove the NTH nacken in blue with it's ceramic glossy bezel and embedded lume and snowflake hands (I just wish the indeces were like outlined in silver or something, would have been a dream) - but that watch is on preorder right now.
(Link for the curious:
Also the tissel marine diver in black is really really nice too, but that's also a hard one to order and receive quickly.
So, these are watches that I considered plus some that I like, I'd appreciate any opinions or advice :) also I don't mind homage watches (clearly), so yea.
And I already own an orient Bambino v4 (in grey and gold that's wonderful).
I'm looking to buy a watch for myself, but I've never worn one before and I know nothing about them. I want something simplistic for everyday use that will be low-maintenance and last at least a few years. I am an early 20s male and my wrist is about 7''. I want a gray/black/silver analogue watch with a date display and a non-metal band. Budget is under $100.
Through my searching, the best I've found so far is this Citizen. This Casio is okay, but has a bit too much going on for me. I like the look of this black Citizen, but it seems like it would be unreadable. Watches that I like the look of but are too expensive are almost anything by Tayroc and this Tissot PR100.
Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.
Edit: Thanks to the help of /u/timmythetoole and /u/WordOfMadness, I've decided on the Seiko SNK793. While browsing through watches, the idea of a blue dial has grown on me (it would match my eyes), so I chose this over the SNK795. I think I'll use it with the metal band for a while to see if I can get used to it, and swap it out for a leather band if I have to. Thanks guys!
You'll probably love that watch, it's very lightweight, so after a short while, you'll forget it's on your arm.
I really like this style of watch. It's a manual wind, which is old school, but I like the skeleton/ open heart style.
This is a bit flashier, so you might not want to wear it to too formal of an event.
An everyday watch that is rather plain. There's also a chronograph version, too, if you feel like timing stuff.
Here' an eco-drive, titanium watch that barely meets your dress watch budget. Some people would wear something like this as a dress watch, but I'm not sure if you would...
I didn't even know Seiko Kinetics got that cheap, and I'm not sure if that's too big for you, but it looks good.
Personally, if it's quartz, I don't really care for it, but this Seiko is nice. The thing about quartz is that it just won't last, but at $60, you can replace it.
If you don't like any of these, I think they're a good start and could lead you to find something that you'll love. That's one thing about watches, you should make sure you love it, especially if it's an automatic. Some one put a lot of time into it. Now, these Seikos, Orients and Bulovas aren't hand made, and might not have original movements (well Orient does) but they're artwork. You don't just throw art on your wall, you pick something meaningful. The guy who throws art on his wall is the same guy who throws an ugly watch on his wrist, or an expensive watch that has no business being as expensive as it is.
Hamilton's khaki line is tough to beat in terms of fit and finish for the price, but some other options are:
I personally think the Khaki is the best all-around value/best looking, but you may fancy another one more so. Either way, take your time and find something you love. Hope you find what you're lookin for!
Seiko SARB017 Alpinist
Movement: 6R15 automatic, hand-winding, hacking
Link: Amazon Seiya
Similar models: SARB013 in cream and SARB015 in black.
Description: Another great Seiko in this price range, and a sub favourite. The green sunburst dial with gold markings is just stunning. The inner rotating compass bezel is more stylish than useful but, like the cathedral hands, just fits with the coherent overall theme - it's not called the Alpinist for nothing. 50 hour power reserve, great lume, 200m WR, sapphire crystal, and all the build quality and accuracy you expect from Seiko in this price range. Looks good on a bracelet but, to my mind, best on a brown leather strap. The latest in a line with a strong history as well - there are some really nice vintage Alpinist models out there.
I think that the BEST value at the entry level for watches is the Seiko SKX Diver and an aftermarket Super Oyster Bracelet.
It will cost closer to $300 all in, but you're getting a more durable, water resistant, and much cooler watch.
I like the Seiko Alpinist better on leather, but it will cost a little more and you will need to replace the leather straps pretty quickly if you are wearing it everyday.
I have a JLC Grande Date and a Breitling Navitimer on leather. They are some of the best leather straps available, but they still wear out fast. I know you say you want a leather strap, but I'd strongly recommend a steel bracelet like the one I linked if you want something nice that will last.
I like your style. I was in your exact position only a few months ago.
That being said. I landed on the Nomos Orion Weiss /w Sapphire Case Back ^ ^^^^everybody ^^^^circlejerk and I can tell you that it is exactly what I was looking for.
I have a soft spot for subsidiary seconds and a 3/4s plate. Honestly I don't know why it took me so long to pull the trigger on it.
I understand it's manual wind, but this is not a bad thing. It allows for a thinner case design, making it a purpose built timepiece rather than a confused one that is trying too hard to tick all the boxes.
I'm going to order the Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1V ^ when I feel like it so that I have one for sports and one for casual.
You'd be surprised how perfectly 35mm sits on a 7.5" wrist. It's an incredibly versatile watch and you get your moneys' worth, best value in the industry IMHO.
My recommendation would be the Nomos Orion (your color preference) 35mm /w sapphire back and supplement the purchase with the Gshock.
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Total Cost: 1399£ + 50 USD
I have 7.5" Wrists and Nomos Standard band fits perfectly with room to spare.
After searching /r/watches and considering both the Bulova 96B104 and the Orient Class I chose to go with the Bulova. I have a really small 6 inch wrist and needed a nice dress watch that wouldn't look out of proportion on my wrist.
I loved the minimal look of both watches but I wanted to have a seconds hand, plus I preferred 37mm over 38mm so I went with the Bulova. I'm really happy with my choice. I wish I had a better camera to capture how nice the Bulova looks.
The Bulova is a great size for my wrist, it looks proportionally bigger in the picture, here is one that shows a wider perspective, but it still looks more proportional in person.
My only criticism is that the leather strap could be better quality, it just seems a little too thin and delicate. However, its not something that distracts from the watch or is worth overlooking the watch. I may replace the strap later on, but for now I'm going to see if it grows on me.
I agree with LawsListens on this, and we have very similar opinions. I think this is a case where you need to determine what makes it seem cheap to you. For some it is the seemingly random colors on many of the plastic models.
My favorite cheap black model is the Casio F105, but they got it down to blue and grey on black. I think putting these on a nato strap makes them look really sharp, and much less cheap. If you want a silver case look at the Casio A158, or the Royale ( AE1200 ). I have the F105 ( and a couple G-Shocks, but these are way too thick based on what you said ).
There are some nice "Ana-Digi" models that have a small LCD display on an analog watch, and might give you some of what you want, like this AW49, or this AW80. I have never bought any of this, but they seem like a good middle ground.
If you want something a bit more "office acceptable", you probably need to go pure analog, but you are going to give up a number of cool functions that you may use from your digital. If you want something that is inexpensive and tough Casio Duro MDV106, it is a 200m diver, with a stainless steel case, and a screw down crown. These can usually be found for $45-60, but it has some size to it at 44mm. Probably my favorite, under the radar pick is the SNK80x, personally I like the SNK807 ( navy blue ) or the 803 ( beige ), but they are all the same great watch, and usually under $70. I own both of these.
The Casio MDV106-1A dive watch and Infantry NATO strap are linked to their Amazon pages. The Casio was $38, and the strap was $8, both with free shipping, for a grand total of $46.
If I were to do it again I might try a 22mm strap instead of the 20mm one. The fit is just a bit loose and the spring bars could also be a bit stronger I think. The Lume isn't that great, but the actual dial has a really nice clean look, and the red second hand stands out pretty well while reading it. The bezel also rotates which I didn't expect to see in such an inexpensive watch.
All in all, though, this thing looks surprisingly good for the price, and I was getting compliments on it even with the stock rubber strap.
EDIT: As others have pointed out, the actual size of this watch is:
Case Diameter: 44mm
Strap Size: 22mm
As a result, my strap is just a bit small at 20mm since I bought it before the watch arrived.
Everyone on this subreddit recommends to steer clear of fashion watches, but I like to recommend that you get a watch that YOU WILL ENJOY AND LIKE. You will ultimately be the one who will be wearing it anyways, so why not get that Mickey Mouse watch you been eyeing?
But as a fan of horology, I'd recommend these watches that have similar designs to what you linked above.
What about white?
4, with numerals and steel band
Not exactly sure where to find a panda styled chronograph with time indicators at the 12 and 6 area, but here is one from Seagull. I'm personally not a fan of the Seagull brand. Mechanical movement
Little more than 300, but it's a fan favorite among this community. It also comes with an automatic movement
This Seiko 5 - SNZG15 is my first automatic watch. I’ve owned this watch for 2 weeks now but I didn’t want to post it here until I received the dark brown leather NATO I ordered for it. I think it compliments the watch nicely and gives it a more sophisticated look from the cheap strap it comes with. I was torn between this watch and the Seiko SNK809 but after looking it over I chose the SNZG15 because its larger in diameter (42mm vs. 37mm) as well as it is waterproof up to 330ft (100m). If anyone else owns this watch I’d love to see what straps you recommend for it. Thanks!
FYI on Amazon it states that the band width is 20.6mm. This is false. Order a 22mm
So i'm really wanting to treat myself because I just graduated from an unpaid internship to a job and I realized the best way to do that is to buy myself a watch :)
So i'm really interested in the Tissot more than the Alpinist, but I used to be infactuated with the Alpinist a few months ago. However I just discovered this one and I absolutely love the Seastar. I can't tell if im just hyped about it, but really what was going with the Seiko was the fact that it's discontinued and it's a good "investment", or at least will keep some type of value. The Tissot is a swiss brand that has lots of class, and seikos seem to be a little too popular, but obviously for good reason.
Any thoughts on this hard decision??
Tissot : https://www.amazon.com/Tissot-Seastar-Automatic-Chronometer-T120-407-11-041-00/dp/B07D2B9DRV/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1538185145&sr=8-2&keywords=tissot+seastar
Seiko : https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Japanese-Automatic-Stainless-Leather/dp/B000KG93BQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538185257&sr=8-1&keywords=Sarb017
(really don't like the seikos band, makes it a lot more casual than id like it to be)
There are several!
The Christopher Ward C60 Trident 300. It's the quartz version of what I personally feel is one of the best Diver watches on the market.
Casio MDV-106. Another quartz diver, and also pretty inexpensive!
Actually basically any Casio watch. The F91W, the A158W, CA-53W, any of the Edifices, etc.
There are also a tonne of quartz Seikos out there. I can't think of many of the top of my head, but like all Seikos, they're great quality for a decent price.
If we can bend the rules to include Solar watches, that opens up to both more Casios, as well as Citizen's lineup of watches. My personally favourite is the Nighthawk (A pretty cliche choice, I know), but they have watches in so many styles, include dressier ones. Another Neat one is the Altichron which has a manual compass and altitude display.
That's also not including more high end Quartz watches, such as the Seamaster 2541 that Pierce Brosnan wore as James Bond in Goldeneye (I know that piece is no longer available on Omega's website, but it's easy enough to find secondhand).
So basically, I think I'd be okay lol
Most Seamasters are considered divers. I love them as well, but are significantly out of my price range too. Seiko has a few nice divers, most popular being the SKX007, or the SNZH57. Both are great value for price.
Another route you could go is Steinhart. They make a lot of homage divers (some are pretty much straight up replicas of Rolex's), which some people dislike, but again, great value for price.
I've been eyeing this guy for a couple of years now. It almost seemed too good to be true for the price, but now that it's on my wrist, I can see why this has become a cult watch of sorts.
Fit and finish are excellent. The rotor is finished with Geneva waves, which is a nice touch on an otherwise undecorated movement. And the face is just gorgeous. It’s not as blue as it looks in the Amazon listing, but it does have a hint of blue, depending on the light. It comes with a patent-leather strap on a deployant clasp, which is a classy touch.
The only issue I have is its size. Up until now, my largest watch has been my 16610 Submariner, which is a 40mm watch, including its bezel. This is a 40mm watch with a larger face than the sub, so it just seems huge to me. Plus, my dressier watches (Datejust, Vulcain, Omega) are vintage, so they’re smaller (36mm, 35mm and 34mm), which makes this seem quite large. I’m sure I’ll get used to it though.
In any case (pun not intended), it’s a heck of a lot of watch for the price.
Repost from an old comment of mine, but still relevant.
I originally got started with a Citizen Eco-Drive chrono. Mine still runs after 10+ years, and looks great on a black leather strap with white stitching.
It's solar powered, and Citizen's solar tech is crazy good. After a year in a box it starts ticking the moment it comes out, and with regular exposure to light it'll just keep going. No battery changes needed, and it has quartz precision. Like I said, mine is over 10 years old.
That's where I recommend starting – simple, hands-off operation. Only once you've started to develop a budget and a more genuine appreciation should you venture into the land of automatics. Going to college you definitely want to be on time, and you don't want to have to care about setting the watch every time you don't wear it for a few days.
Though I don't own any myself, Timex is a reputable low-cost vendor to consider as well. Their Expedition series is nice, as well as the some what odd Flyback. If you happen to be into pure digitals, then Casio is the king.
I've always been a little hooked on watches, but I only recently started grasping what made some watches worthwhile, and others, well, not so much. In the case of this Seiko (SNK805), I'd been searching for something like it for a while. I'd never owned an automatic, and it was proving pretty hard to find one that wasn't at least several hundreds dollars. I know it's nothing special for a lot of people here, but I'm absolutely floored at the build quality and overall appearance of a watch that cost me less than $65.
The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the strap it shipped with, but that was an easy fix via a $15 leather NATO strap, purchased from Amazon.
All told, I love the watch. But after discovering how awesome automatics are, dear God, do I fear for my wallet's future.
For something that is on the dressier side but still can be worn casually I have these choices (links from amazon for reference)
This is in black https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Japanese-Automatic-Stainless-Casual/dp/B001AE9XRQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1542165206&amp;sr=8-3&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&amp;keywords=sarb&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=41KkNyg6A%2BL&amp;ref=plSrch
My recommendation is to stay away from divers, pilot and chronographs if he wants to wear them on classier occasions. Of course a lot of people love to break the rule, which is totally fine.
But these watches can be worn to work (aren't too flashy, seiko is mostly known to watch enthusiasts anyway), have lot of color choices amd can be worn on classier occasions.
The Timex Fairfield Chrono is a good pick, though at your budget I would recommend the upgrade to either one of the Tissot Everytimes for the sapphire crystal or one of the Citizen AU1080 for sapphire in addition to solar power. For something a little more "sophisticated" looking there's the Tisell Bauhaus or one of the Junkers quartz Bauhaus watches.
Clean dials (Bauhaus, especially) are usually pretty versatile because they blend better with more outfits without clashing, though they can get a little dressy. For more simple dials that aren't too formal:
-Bulova Accutron - Quartz movement, but has a nice sweeping seconds hand similar to that of a mechanical watch instead of the ticking motion of a standard quartz.
You could go another route which is the dressy chronograph. You don't want it to be too big though. Depending on wrist size and your overall build I would say 42mm tops, around 40mm or less is best. For example:
-Seiko SNDC31 and SNDC33 - These two would be my top pick for the dressy chronograph, or the Orient Panda.
You could probably get away with wearing a diver too. Divers are tool watches so I personally wouldn't wear them with anything past maybe business casual (James Bond wears his diver in a tux on a Nato strap no less, but he's fucking James Bond so he gets a pass). Some popular ones are:
-Orient Mako II
-Orient Ray II
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Ehh, for $60 you don't have much to lose with sturhling (look up mushroom brand on here or watchuseek to get a better understanding of why they are so bad, basically they are constantly "on sale" for astounding deals, and pretend to be swiss or German while being made in China)
Honestly I think the only two new watches worth buying (you can get some interesting stuff at flea markets if you are lucky) would be the Casio mdv106 or the venerable Seiko snk809. I have the mdv106 and have beaten it to hell and back and it still looks and runs great. I don't have an snk809 but I have a couple Seiko's and they are all fantastic watches, probably the best you'll find for the price, do a quick search on /r/watches for "snk809" and you'll find plenty of happy owners, just be warned that its a small watch.
Honestly though, if you love the look of the sturhlings then buy it, for $60 it really isn't that bad of a deal
I really am glad to have this, it was this watch (in a different color) that sparked my interest in watches, and I'm glad I get to have the pleasure of owning this piece. I saw this a few months ago, which as well piqued my interest in this sub, and the wonderful world of watchmaking. After this I've been interested in the Seiko 5 SNK793 as a first automatic watch, something I can wear that's a bit dressier.
On a side note, it also seems to have gotten my mother interested, as right after I showed her the Seiko I'll be ordering, she went and ordered herself a Seiko 5 SNK803. So it's nice to pass on the interest.
$180 can definitely get you something decent. Where would you wear it? Are we talking an office setting, something casual with t-shirt and jeans? Something that can get beaten up outdoors or you can rock at the gym?
Lots of ideas out there, but it's like saying "What kind of shoes should I buy for $180?" -- really depends on what you're wearing them for!
A few popular ones:
The Casio "Duro". Known for it's classic design, can be worn on all kind of straps, and Casio is a well-respected manufacturer of quality affordable watches. It's also water resistant to 200m, which means you can take it literally anywhere and it'll operate like a champ.
If you want an upgraded version of the Casio, this Seiko is well-loved in the watch community and, if you spend a few dollars to get it serviced every 5 years or so at a local watch shop, will easily last you the rest of your life. Classic divers watch with a handsome metal band, and will pair well with any outfit short of a black-tie event. It doesn't take a battery either, because it's automatic!
Finally, if you don't care about water resistance and want something that will pair with any kind of "everyday" activities, consider the Braun. It's a great design because it's not flashy or too fancy, but will quietly just WORK with whatever you're wearing: suit, t-shirt, date night, bar night, whatever. Comes in black too.
The Casio MDV106-1AV is a perfect daily use watch and does look like the Rolex Submariner but is a great watch in it's own right. It is quartz rather than automatic but considered by many to be best available budget dive watch. You can purchase the bracelet for it for less than $30.
If you must have an automatic rather than a quartz then the Orient Ray II is a great option that is also similar to the Submariner in terms of design but again a quality time piece in and of itself.
And if you aren't bothered about having the Rolex style looks, the Seiko SNZH55 is designed along the lines of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and also an excellent timepiece.
Doesn't check all of your boxes but hear me out when I say I would get a Seiko SARB033. In my opinion, the SARB has a quality worth every penny and is a fan favorite that will look amazing for your wedding and there on.
More to your requests is orient. Orient has a lot of open heart watches under 300 dollars but I just happened to like this one and if im not mistaken, most of their movements are in-house.
Hope this helps
Hey man, Hamilton is a pretty well respected brand around here, and their Jazzmaster series are all very decent watches with good movements. In fact, they may be a bit more expensive due to the value of their brand!
Have you also considered a Tissot Visodate? They seem to be very popular with the r/watches crowd as of late. Very similar style and similar size as well.
For a smaller wrist, have you considered something slightly smaller at 38mm? The Tissot PR100 automatic might be a good place to start. Food for thought.
Tissot and Hamilton are both owned by the Swatch group, which also owns higher end brands such as Omega.
Good luck on your hunt - remember at the end of the day it's really your decision, and as long as you find something that you are comfortable with, you're golden.
Thank you for your input! Yes I was indeed misguided... I really liked you suggestion of the Timex Fairfield, but I have the impression it'll a tad big with 41mm, but I really appreciated the idea of buy a separate band, it open the options quite a lot. I would like to, be within $200CAD overall:
I found this one which I also like:
How do I which bands will fit?
If you want to just mess with the movement, I would suggest a 7S26 as it's widely used in Seiko's 5 series (most people's first foray into automatic watches) and has good documentation.
If you'd rather buy a watch in case you want to delve into modding, I would suggest the SNK809 due to it's price which is usually ~$55 and has dropped to $41 during sales. It's powered by the 7S26 so the documentation I linked above applies as well.
For just taking apart the movement, you'll need a movement holder (the "vice" you mentioned), set of small screwdrivers, and small tweezers at minimum. For taking apart a watch completely, you'll also need a caseback tool, hand removers with dial protector, and crystal and hand press with dies and tips. I'm probably forgetting some essentials, but you can peruse Esslinger's tools page to get an idea. Finger cots, Rodico, and air blowers are usually nice to keep the movement clean for reassembly. I'm not familiar with the lubricants used, but if you ever decide to clean the parts with an ultrasonic cleaner, you'll want to look into those.
Aside from that, watching some videos and checking out some picture albums like those posted by /u/Slyvix will prove informative regarding workflow. His latest one was particularly enjoyable and includes lots of nice pictures.
I am looking to get my dad a nice dress watch as a father's gift at my upcoming wedding. Due to the cost of the rest of the wedding I'd like to keep the price under $100. He doesn't wear a watch everyday, but he keeps commenting on my collection and how much he likes them. Three options I have come up with are:
Seiko SNK793: He has commented on liking my SNK795 before, and even with a nice leather strap this will be under $100.
Orient Symphony: Orient is my favorite brand, and I know my Dad would really get a kick out of me telling him that. Plus this is a nice watch.
Citizen Eco Drive AW1236--03A: I don't know a ton about Eco Drives but they seem like a great option for someone who doesn't wear a watch every day.
You can go beyond your budget for a little bit and check out the Tissot Visodate. It's the first thing that came to mind when I read your post. Available both in Black and White, double sapphire crystal, automatic Swiss movement, can't be wrong!
The Orient Bambino might also fit your description, and it seems to be gaining lots popularity lately. It also comes in a very comfortable price. It's Automatic and available both in black and white, though it does not have Sapphire. Personally I'm in love with the black, also looks terrific with a Honey Calf strap. It's in the style of mid 20th century dress watches though said to be larger than the average size of these, so take a good look at the sizes.
Also, congrats on your graduation and good luck!
I have $300 to spend on a watch, and I am getting absolutely lost in everything. I currently don't have a watch, I've just started in the corporate world (recent college grad), and am looking for something that I can look professional in, without looking gaudy. All I know is that I like simple and clean (design, not the song), so not really a bunch of complications (though a date complication is definitely a plus), and I'm a 5'9 average build guy.
I mostly wear business casual to work--black shoes, a colored button down of sorts, and slacks. Almost all dark colors.
I've googled around, and here are designs I like:
Emporio Armani Classic Chronograph
Seiko Cocktail Time
Emporio Armani AR2457
I'm conflicted for a few reasons. The easy answer is to get the cocktail and move on with my life--I know it has the best construction, and it's absolutely gorgeous.
However, due to weird religious conflicts, I'm not sure I can buy an automatic watch. I couldn't wear it on Saturdays, when I tend to be at my dressiest, so I was wondering if there were alternatives y'all could recommend!
In terms of the Armanis--I'm aware they're fashion watches, I'm aware they're often made by Fossil and what not, which means decent construction (but not what you're paying for), I used them as an example of appearances that I like.
So! Any thoughts?! =D Thanks in advance to all you kind folks!
Hey I also bought that one! I wore it for a day and decided it felt like a toy. I didn't mention it in my original post because I didn't think it was important, but I've decided against getting the steel Timexes. They're a little too light for me, and the Indiglo is a bit off on them. Definitely check out the Expedition Scout Metal or this one if you wanna give Timex another shot. They have a nice weight and look to them so as not to feel cheap or like faux metal. If not Timex, I've only heard great things about the Seiko 5. I actually plan to get this one next. Good luck!
The Seiko SKX007 is one of the highest regarded under $200 mechanical watch on most watch enthusiast sites followed by the SARB035 if you don't mind spending a bit more.
The Seiko SKX007 is a very versatile watch. It has a proven track record, a pedigree that spans decades and meets all the requirements you stated above. I wear mine every day and love it. It's a little big on small wrists (some people get the SKX013 because it's smaller) but IMO it's the best bang for your buck and will last you 20+ years if you take care of it and get it services once or twice during that time. It will serve you well and you will be hard pressed to find another watch that comes close to it.
As you can see I'm a huge fan of this watch. I wasn't when I first started looking at watches but I use mine ever day, more than I use my cell phone. It's just great.
I bought this watch about 4 months ago or so. I love it. was around $50 USD and it was automatic. I plan on one day getting a Hamilton but for now this will do. I replaced the strap with a leather one and the watch feels like a whole new watch. Feels so different I'm enjoying it. Maybe doesn't really go with my uniform but it's OK. For now I'm happy but i have been eyeing a chrono though ever since i found out about automatic thats all i want so not sure if ill get a quartz chrono or save up. Dat Omega Speedmaster though.
Edit: its this watch with this strap. Make sure its the 18mm if you go for it they have a 20mm and 22mm.
Hey man, as a small wristed fellow I do sympathise with you. If you're looking for some cheap aviation style watches, here are a few I would recommend.
Hope I've been of help, good luck!
Hello, r/watches! I'm entirely new to watches and was hoping for a couple suggestions for versatile dress-watches in the $300-$500 dollar range. Pardon me if my terminology is off.
I work as a programmer and I'd like to add a little bit of "gravitas" to my outfits. I tend to wear jeans/chinos and button downs, but sometimes I will go with jeans/tshirt combo. My shoes are either some nice sneakers or boots. Basically, I want a watch that I can wear anytime that says "Even though I'm a nerd, I have a little good taste."
I took a look at some of the popular watches on this subreddit and the one that really caught my eye was the Seiki sarb033. I love the clean, simple look and coloring of the dial and it seems like a watch you could wear with most any outfit.
I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any good watches that are similar in style and price to this watch.
TL;DR: Want a watch that will lend a bit of class to my simplistic outfits and will help me offset the "young programmer" vibe.
Sorry if this is vague or beating a dead horse!
EDIT: I don't know enough about watches (yet) to care about extra functionality or the difference in movement: I'm going mostly for aesthetic.
Why everybody, I am looking to buy a everyday watch for under $100. I’m really just looking for a watch that will go with everything and I can always wear. So far the ones I’m considering in no particular order
This is nice because it’s cheap, and I could swap straps. However a lot of people complained of how loud it ticks, and it’s not water resistant
Timex Weekender Chronograph
This was my initial choice, but I have since second guessed myself and now am leaning elsewhere. I feel like the case is too thick, and it’s not too water resistant.
Invicta Pro Diver
I’m iffy on the metal band. I do enjoy the actual look of this, just not sure if it’s too classy.
Seiko 5 Automatic
This is the watch that’s in first right now. I would definitely purchase a leather strap for it off top, but some people reported it didn’t keep time well.
That’s my list. Overall, I’m just really looking for advice. I’m not very watch savvy, and would appreciate help by some of you pros. Let me know why these watches are good or bad, and offer some insight. I appreciate it!
You've got a ton of options to choose from. To make the most of your budget, Seiko, Orient, Citizen, and Tissot are some brands to look at. Since you don't like sport watches, if you're just looking for one watch I would recommend the Tissot Visodate which is most of your current budget. You could pair it with a cheap Casio digital for weekend/outdoors wear. But hopefully you'd be able to expand your collection in time.
If you wanted to split your collection a little more evenly financially, there are tons of fantastic options in the $200 range. For automatic dress watches, look at the Orient Bambino range, I would recommend one of their 2nd generation models. Pair that with a Citizen Nighthawk or a G-shock for example and you'd have a highly respectable and seriously versatile two watch collection for your budget.
That isn't to say this is a better option than the Tissot and Casio. There are just a ton of options in your range. Some great value in automatics, and some great tech in quartz if you're looking at the right stuff. Hope you find something that suits you!
Never heard of the Reverie before but I found the swirling dial rather stunning. Having said that, you're paying almost every single cent for the look. Yes it's all stainless steel, sapphire crystal with AR coating, and an entry-level Miyota movement.
For about the same price, you can buy a Seiko Alpinist, which looks somewhat similar to the Sea-Spirit. The size of the Seiko is more in line with the traditional dress watch size (38mm), similar but probably slightly better movement, better water resistance and Seiko's own in-house made crystals are some of the best money can buy.
For me, the Seiko is one of the best looking watch at its price point.
So many ideas after looking though this. So far I have a few watches in mind that I can easily buy and probably will.
I currently own a Maratac Pilot 2013 Large and I had a Vostok Amphibia (which unfortunately broke and I got a refund), and various other quartz beater watches (Weekender, etc). So I am thinking I should maybe just save up some money and buy something nice than what I have. In the future I'm definitely looking into a Stowa Antea, Omega Speedmaster and possibly an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Mid.
Very simple design, very elegant. Easy to wear as a daily beater, can be used to dress up or dress down. Quartz movement, which may be a downside to you. Moderate price range.
Orient Sun and Moon v3
Probably my favorite of the three choices I'm giving you because of the unique Sun and Moon factor. You can easily replace the leather strap with a nato to dress it down and not look tacky. Sapphire crystal allows this to be a daily beater, too.
Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time
While not my favorite for this occasion, this is one of my grail watches. Gorgeous piece, should look far better in person than what Amazon shows (you can search this subreddit for some pictures that will blow your mind.) The color is incredibly unique and will probably get you some compliments by itself. Marginally harder to dress down with, so maybe not quite as versatile as the other two options.
These are just a few suggestions where there are literally HUNDREDS of watches that can fit your needs, from some really nice Timex pieces to stuff far more expensive. I'd advise against most divers because they're not traditionally dressy pieces. One possible exception is this Rotary Ocean Avenger, which is absolutely gorgeous in person, not as huge as most divers, but may be harder to find online, but easily found in jewelry stores. I'll probably be picking one of these up in the future (with my neat ~80% discount as a jewelry store employee), the collection is amazing, but it's still a quartz movement and overall lower quality than other options (unless you go with a Swiss Made Ocean Avenger.)
Hey nice looking watch man! All I know is that it uses a Japanese Miyota quartz movement, a common quartz movement in today's watches. Nixon is mostly associated with skaters. surfers, snowboarders, and other street sports of similar kind. As others have said though, they do not get much love around /r/Watches because they are considered a fashion brand. My first watch was a Nixon Timeteller years ago. It was good, then I lost it. Then I found it again recently.
Watch collecting can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. If you lurk around this sub for a while you'll see lots of different styles in all different price ranges. I love watches, but at the point in my life that I'm at right now (that being a broke college kid), I promised myself to stay in the sub $200 range for the time being. Learn the difference between quartz and mechanical first if you don't already, then here are some commonly referenced budget options out there:
Seiko SNK809 $75
Seiko SKX007K $179
Seiko SKX009K1 $189
Casio F91W $12
Casio MDV106 $45
Casio Calculator Databank $43
Timex Weekender Chrono $50
Timex Expedition Field Chrono $45
Citizen (There are many more, these are just some popular ones)
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver $150 also in blue
Citizen Chronograph $120
Citizen Nighthawk $200
Tissot Everytime $130-$150
Bulova Precisionist $175
Orient Capital $100
Orient Esteem $120-$180
Orient Symphony $100-$200
Orient Bambino $150
Most Tisell Watches
Most Messerschmitt Pilots
Most Aristo Pilots
You can also check /r/WatchExchange for some good deals and interesting pieces. Just be sure to check /r/WatchExchangeFeedback as well.
There are so many more too! It really pulls you in once you scratch the surface. There's something for everybody here. Welcome to the hobby (cough addiction cough)!
Edit I always forget to mention the Vostok Amphibia. It's a Russian dive watch, built like a tank, and there are many bezel/dial combos. Found on Ebay for about $70.
Got my very first watch! It was a difficult decision but I ended up with a Bulova Precisionist 98B257 in all black stainless steel. it has a Japanese quartz with a movement said to keep 10 seconds to the year. The dial is loaded with goodies from Day indicator between 4/5, tachymeter, a chronograph accurate to 1/1000 of a second, water resistant to 300m. Its all black red finish is perfect for my daily work attire, and easily matches my day wear super happy with this purchase! Also a great match to my red on black pc setup. now I cant wait for my Seiko 5 SNK807 too deliver.
Link to topics: https://www.amazon.ca/Bulova-98B257-Precisionist-Black-Watch/dp/B016R92Z5A
Looking for a recommendation, as I'm torn between a few diver watches and time is running out for me to make returns on Amazon:
Love the look, as got a cheap straight end-piece steel bracelet for it that I think looks pretty nice. Appreciate the no-frills features, and the fact that if it gets banged up, the low cost paid ($62 CAD) makes it easy to replace. Don't like the fact that it's almost not worth changing the battery on it due to the overall price paid, and I feel odd buying NATO straps and silicone straps for such a low-cost watch.
Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E
Got it for a nice sale on Amazon ($187 CAD), and have another watch with 20 mm lugs so I can re-use existing straps. Love Eco-Drive and a 5- year warranty. Only dislikes are how cramped the watch face looks, and I'm going to have to get an aftermarket steel band for it as well.
Orient Mako II
My favorite watch for aesthetics, and it's currently on sale for $208 CAD. Wary about getting an automatic, as I've never had one before. Not sure how I feel about their inherent inaccuracy, as well as the inevitable maintenance costs of $80 CAD +. every few years.
If anyone could offer some opinions on these three, I'd really appreciate it!
You don't see many of those around here because people here don't generally like open-heart or skeleton watches because the lower end ones are either bad movements and not really showing off anything remarkable or they just don't look good in most people's opinions.
If you were going to get an automatic I would suggest brands like Tissot, Hamilton, and Orient. Not saying Bulova is a bad brand, they do make good watches but the ones i listed may be some others to look around at so you can find something you might truly love.
I also found this Seiko so maybe this wildcard will be something you'll like! Hopefully that helps! :)
I know it's a little over, but this Orient would be a pretty decent choice.
Don't buy an Invicta or August Steiner as those watches tend to be junk (lower quality than other competitors). For Seiko, there are a few good automatic Seiko 5 watches that are loved by the watch community, but they are not dressy like you wanted, or come with leather bands. Maybe if you're okay with something not dressy, these are pretty cool watches as well:
Hamilton is a really solid brand. The Khaki is technically a military-style field watch, but it is done in a way that is very elegant, which makes it great versatile everyday watch. Personally, I'd save up a bit longer for the mechanical or automatic, but if you feel quartz is better suited to you, then go for it. Macy's is an authorized dealer for Hamilton, so you will get the peace of mind of a manufacturer warranty.
Also, if you wanted to give mechanical a shot without spending too much money, an option would be to try a cheap Seiko SNK809 / 807 / 805 / 803. You can get one for under $100, and it has a similar style to the Hamilton Khaki, plus the day of the week.
I love the Tissot's, they are great quality and starting with a quartz watch is the way to go in my opinion, and if he wants to learn more about watches than he can start getting into automatics. I love how the Vinceros look, but they are fairly cheap chinese watches from a technical standpoint and their branding adds 100$ to their real price, so I would stay away from there, but as a starter watch it is quite nice looking.
Also, I love how these seiko's look, they have a metal bracelet, but it is much easier to buy leather straps than it is to find metal bracelets, so having both would be nice:
https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SGF204-Stainless-Steel-Two-Tone/dp/B00068TK70/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=seiko&amp;qid=1555647975&amp;refinements=p_36%3A-20000&amp;rnid=2661611011&amp;s=apparel&amp;sr=1-2 (they have different colors for this model)
Aw, shucks...I just try to be the person I wish had been there when I got started with my various hobbies and whatnot.
Regarding Tissot, that's a great reason to look into their stuff! There are a ton of people in /r/watches who have them. Here's one of our brand discussion guides from a while back, and here are some of the Tissot watches that have been posted here in the past. There are a lot of great-looking vintage ones in there. I remember when this one was submitted and I started to salivate.
And while I don't personally own a Tissot, I do have a lack of dressy watches in my collection and I personally love this one. It's a timeless style, with a bit of retro goodness. I'm adding it to my Amazon wish list to taunt myself.
Good luck with your search, and feel free to message one of us if you have any questions going forward!
If you don't care about the chronograph functions of the watch and just want something that looks more or less like that Shinola, your best bet is to buy a Seiko SKX007 and then modify the bezel insert, which is actually really easy to do. The Seiko SKX007 is one of the most iconic and cleanly designed watches ever made. It wears small and compact on the wrist compared to a lot of monstrously large watches from fashion brands, and it is an absolute tank that you can wear for years and years like an old friend. You can remove the rubber strap and outfit it with a classy NATO strap or even leather and it looks great as well. And since it's a dive watch, you can wear it swimming without a care in the world.
The bezel modification is easy - Buy this part from Dagaz and then with a hairdryer, heat up the black bezel insert that's on the watch. With a pair of thin pliers (i used my leatherman) the bezel should just come off and leave most of the glue still there. In any case the new ring will have paper you can peel off to reveal glue, and you just stick that sucker on there. It's super easy. Took me five minutes, and the original black ring is still usable.
For bonus points, go buy a double-domed crystal from CT Horology and swap it out. That will actually require a watchmaker/repair shop to do it for you. The place I went to charged me 25 dollars. You have no idea how much nicer it improves the look. The original flat crystal is fine, functional, looks great, but the domed sapphire is a whole new level, and doesn't impact the water resistance of the watch (if installed correctly).
The price of the Seiko, the bezel insert, the crystal, and the installation of same, is all under $400, and it really doesn't take any work to get it to look that way.
If you care about the chronograph functions of the watch, then I dunno. That green/black look is hard to come by. Even on the Rolex GMT Hulk there isn't a chrono.
The Seiko SKX007 is widely considered one of the greatest values in the dive watch category. This article over at Hodinkee explains this much more eloquently than I could ever hope to. This watch has received plenty of love and attention on r/watches, and for good reason. For it's quality and value, you can't get much better than the SKX007. But what about those of you who prefer a watch with a smaller case?
Well have no fear friends, the 38mm SKX013 is made just for you. This is nearly identical to the 007 (same movement, with slightly different aesthetics). And so I was thrilled when my father recommended this to me after expressing interest in the 007 (he's a life-long watch collector who also owns an 013). Read this execllent review over at WUS that convinced me even further that the 013 was the right choice.
"But I'm not a fan of jubilee bracelets!" That's a valid concern - but I can tell you from experience that the jubilee bracelet is EXTREMELY comfortable. If you're in the anti-jubilee camp, the 007 and 013 are available with rubber straps as well. And if you like Pepsi bevels, check out the 009 and .
I'm sure some will laugh at this suggestion, since this is recommended by someone no matter the question, but have you looked at the [SKX007] (https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SKX007K-Divers-Automatic-Watch/dp/B000B5MI3Q)?
I love minimalist watches and also love this dive watch. It doesn't hit all of your buttons, but it is reasonably rugged and good for getting wet. And, somewhat minimalist in design. There are a variety of (water-friendly) straps and bracelets available for it. And... there are lots of folks who would help you modify it: [a sterile black dial] (http://www.dagazwatch.com/apps/webstore/products/show/5239183), [a plain black bezel insert] (http://www.dagazwatch.com/apps/webstore/products/show/47551), [even some more minimalist hands] (http://www.dagazwatch.com/apps/webstore/products/show/3415547).
I don't know anything about [these guys] (https://www.artificehoroworks.com/shop/stealth/), but they advertise a "stealth SXK007" that's admittedly out of your price range (but well below the Nomos).
Another out of the box minimalist option: [Casio black-on-black G-Shock] (https://www.amazon.com/Casio-DW5600MS-1CR-G-Force-Military-Concept/dp/B001QFYDEC/). You're unlikely to find a more rugged waterproof watch.
I think you know what brand this sub loves... But not without reason! In that range you really have to look at Seiko. There are a few watches you could buy, the Sarb033 is at the top of the spectrum. However I personally own and love it and It's a beautiful watch with good bang per buck, you do get something for your money! If your dad is into divers there are a few options as well. Either the turtle or the diver icon of Seiko, the SKX. Both really good watches as well. I hope I could help you and your dad.
Really tough watch, which is good for a gym setting, not too flashy (because if you're thinking too much about how your watch looks at the gym, you're not working out properly), rubber strap is better than nylon or leather because of sweat. Plus, it's something that can easily be worn outside of the gym as well, just a great watch overall.
Having said this, I really urge you to look at a digital like this G-Shock. Provides a lot of functions that might be useful in the gym that you won't get with a watch like the easy reader or the Seiko I showed, they're tough as nails (I've had one for about 10 years now and is still in great condition), and they look right in a gym.
Price: $38.38 + free shipping on Amazon
Size: 45mm case, 12mm height, 22mm Lugs. (the size specs on the Amazon page are wrong, it measures 45mm, not the 40mm that is listed.)
Description: This is a great looking, and high quality every day beater, diver watch. it looks great in person, and for the price, you get a lot. 200M water resistance, screw down crown, screw down case back, uni-directional bezel. and a date window. Im very happy with this watch, and am happy to add it to this list as a great value for under $50
Congrats. I'm getting married on Friday, and I'm struggling with the same thing. I have a Hamilton, Tissot or a Movado (vintage, non-Museum) that might be appropriate. Still not sure what to do. I might also go watch-less because time is not supposed to be of concern during this kinda event.
The rule of thumb is the watch should be low-profile and simple. Something like this would be perfect, and you could get some use out of it afterward, too.
The Invicta is more of a sports watch, so it's definitely not appropriate. It's also huge at 44mm. It might be cool if you were a college kid out at a night club trying to get laid, but that's obviously not the case anymore. :) Don't let this watch ruin your life.
Armitron is a very low-end brand. You're better off going with a dress Timex from Wal-Mart. (Timex is respected around here because they offer decent products for prices anyone can afford and don't try to be more than they are).
Or for something with a blue face, that might do. A lot of non-watch people like Skagens, too, so you might want to get one of those.
I hope that helps.
Of course, the rules aren't all that important these days. I know a dude who wore Chuck Taylors to his wedding. Nothing wrong with that; it's the lovey-dovey shit that counts.
Hi guys, looking for something similar to the Timex Men’s T49905 Expedition Rugged Field Chronograph Black/Brown Leather Strap Watch here
I like the black/dark case and face. Chronograph would be great but not a necessity. Band could be leather or NATO. I would like something that is durable and rugged as I plan to use it for camping, canoeing, etc. but also could go well in a casual setting.
Budget is $100-200, although I do like $50 price tag on this one, some of the reviews raise concerns about the durability and quality of the watch. If any one can offer any similar recs or has experience with this watch it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Closer Shot of Face
First step towards owning a collection of watches and I'm very happy with my purchase! It fits perfectly on my wrist and looks great.
I purchased the Seiko 5 off of Amazon: Here
I also bought a leather strap for the watch, but I couldn't find a 16.8mm one so I decided to get a 18mm one and people said something about the leather being able to stretch or something to that extent. If anyone has any experience with band swapping on the SNK809, any help would be appreciative.
Thank you all for inspiring me to get into watches!
Thanks. Very good sketching BTW.
If you want an affordable one, check this one out.
It's also a chronograph like you wanted
This one is less cluttered and has Power Reserve which in my opinion lot more useful function.
And of course, Famously reliable and affordable Seiko 5 Automatic
Here's one more. It's a lot like Hamilton Pilot but without the triangle at 12. And also it's a hand winding old school mechanical movement. But it's a beautiful piece. Plus you get to fully enjoy movement on the back.
If you are fine with branching out to digital, there are some really cool options for less than 50 bucks. Cheap casio digitals are quite popular, and can cost as little as 10 dollars.
You can also get an entry G-Shock for about that much. It doesn't have solar or radio-controlled time but it is definitely a great watch. Perfect if you want something for swimming, work out, etc., and also just pretty cool in their own right.
G Shock DW5600
Context, budget, and desired features
I am a mid thirties dad, with a desk job in the maintenance field. I work with my hands very frequently, am outdoors a lot and I normally dress casually. I will wear colored shirts once in a while, and often wear jeans or khaki shorts. I have a fossil watch with a bracelet that I got as a gift about 10 years ogo and quickly stopped wearing it after I got a cell phone. I'm sick and tired of pulling my phone out and being chained to it. I tried a smart watch, but I'd much rather live a simpler life with my EDC. I would like a watch for every single day, in the future, I could see getting a piece with more bling for dressier occasions. My budget is up to $300, but I'd rather be around $200, so that I'm not too hurt if it gets broken or lost.
As of now I am gravitating to non battery operated due to the cost of battery replacement with a water resistant model costing $70 to keep the guarantee. I realize that I can do it myself most likely, but I want a quality piece, and don't want to mess it up.
I don't mind solar.
Romantically I want a auto, but would prefer one with a winder also.
I'm worried that I would forget to wind a mechanical.
My wrist is around 8 1/4 inch. I prefer a 38-42 mm.
A simple face that is not busy
Brushed, not polished body
I'm not sure how bracelets work, I don't mind as long as it can be switched out to a nato.
*A black body would be nice, but I'm concerned about the looks of scratches showing though.
What I have looked at
Timex Men's T49961 "Expedition Scout"
I like the looks of this watch a lot, but the overall quality is lacking.
SEIKO 5 SNZG15J1
The only thing that I don't like about this piece is that the numbers are not placed at the outside edge near the bezel.
Citizen Eco-Drive BM8475-26E
I'm not a fan of the large numbers and the painted body will not likely hold up.
Citizen Men's BM8180-03E Eco-Drive
I really love this piece other than the polished body
Hamilton Khaki field HML-H69419363
This is a front runner other than being on the small side of my preference and me forgetting to wind it.
Hamilton Khaki Field Auto #H70555533
This I like, although I would need to buy used.
Are there any other that you can recommend? The only place that I've really looked is Amazon. I cant seem to find a better retailer.
So I'm a bit of a newbie to watches and I figure a good way to start my collection is with a Citizen Eco-Drive, however, I'm really not liking the strap in terms of aesthetics or in terms of functionality. With the leathery underside, I'm concerned that it'll get sticky when wet like my current no name Walmart watch with a faux leather strap.
With this in mind, I've decided to look into getting an aftermarket metal bracelet for it, but my question is: how do I know what's decent and where should I buy it from?
I've heard that solid links are better than folded links, so I'd like to find a solid one, but what else is there aside from making sure it fits my watch? I see a couple "solid link" bracelets on Amazon for $20, but can I trust those to be any good? I'd prefer to spend around $100 or less, but is that a reasonable price for a quality bracelet?
My first automatic watch arrived this weekend, and I couldn't be more pleased! I decided on the SNK807 due to affordability and popularity in this community. Plus I have a tiny wrist as you can tell, and I think its 37mm case fits great! I bought 5 NATO straps from cheapestnatostraps.com and 2 perlon straps from Wrist Candy Watch Club.
I like them, they seem to wear comfortably and don't feel cheap, even though they were only about $6 a piece. My only complaint is that one of the straps I was sent is not what I ordered. Hopefully I can get in touch with them and sort it out.
NATO regimental strap Australia - blue, red and white
NATO regimental strap - navy and white. This one I accidentally got in 16mm, my own fault - d'oh!
NATO regimental strap Le Mans - light blue, black, and orange.
Eton NATO strap.
NATO regimental strap - gray, black, and white. I believe this is the one I received, this is the one I ordered.
I also purchased a spring bar tool from them and would not recommend it - the end was incredibly sharp and drew blood when I accidentally poked myself with it while changing out the original strap. I'm sure it would come more easily to someone who is more familiar with changing straps, but as a beginner, it was a very unpleasant experience.
When these arrived I was somewhat disappointed - my expectations of perlons was that they are more cloth-like, while these feel very plasticky. This just be the nature of perlons, and I was unaware of it, it's my first time hands on with them. I started wearing the blue one yesterday and it has seemed to soften up quite a bit, so they may just need some time on my wrist! I like the fact that they're adjustable, but one improvement I think they could make is to add something to stop the loop, because without the watch they can easily slide down and off the end of the band.
I will probably end up buying a leather strap for it as well, I've seen some pictures of the SNK80x on leather and I think it looks really handsome. Any suggestions?
I'm super excited to finally own an automatic, and glad I stumbled upon this subreddit! My wallet might not be as happy, I'm already lusting after a diver, probably going to pick up an SKX013 next!
Movement: Automatic, 7S26
Size: 42mm w/o crown
Link: Amazon product page
A "forum favourite" and excellent watch for any new collector is the SKX007. The SKX line of Seiko dive watches are widely loved for their classic looks, workhorse durability, and appealing price point. The watch is available on a rubber strap or steel "jubilee-style" bracelet, and there are dozens of aftermarket bracelet options to suit anyone's desire.
The watch has the look of a classic dive watch with its black rotating bezel and luminous markers. A version with a "pepsi" red/blue bezel is offered (SKX009) and is also quite popular. The watch has a hardlex (mineral) crystal and is rated to 200m, which is more than enough for all-weather wear and casual swimming / recreational snorkeling.
There isn't much else to say here, but please feel free to add comments with your experiences with / love for the SKX007. It is a rugged, classic, reliable watch and is so well-loved for good reason. Anyone looking for a sub-$250 watch would be mistaken not to consider the SKX007.
It's good to think about the investment, but don't worry that you'll be wearing them for eternity. There's selling and trading any time you want. But more than that - one day, you will have some money to spend. Maybe not a lot, and maybe not every day, but I promise, it'll come.
A Vertigo Diver One V2 (about $250) - the blue I think is particularly cool.
A Timex flieger (<$40US) - first watch I ever bought. I totally still wear it.
The Bambino ($150)- a fine little dress watch, modern and sleek.
A black-on-black diver, such as the Orient Ray Raven ($200) - this is a fine watch that also is a little different.
The perfectly lovely Seiko 5 (also comes in black, blue, beige) ($55), and/or a titanium Seiko ($88). A lot of watches that cost a hundred times as much as these will deliver less to you. I'm tempted to say "most," even.
If you follow this sub-reddit, I think you'll notice a trend of what is considered good and nice.
Most people here will recommend an automatic over a quartz, but quartz has it's place for certain applications. I actually prefer hand wound mechanical watches over the other two.
For formal, most people will tell you to look at Seiko Presage line to start your watch obsession.
Other choices are usually from Orient, Tissot, Tissel etc.
For everyday diver, Seiko SKX007/SKX009/SKX013 based on your wrist size
For a tool watch, Hamilton Khaki line is very popular.
For a first nice but really inexpensive, Casio Duro.
Check the sidebar for FAQ, lot of good info there.
Now, that is the common recommendations. If your taste leans more to bling, there are plenty to choose from - heck you can get a Rolex with a diamond bezel, but those don't get too much screen time around here.
Recommend me a watch as a new pilot in the airline industry:
Most pilots have some kind of watch on, I'm trying to graduate from wrist bracelets go a grown up watch. I used to rock the Citizen Eco 37mm that I really liked, the size was just right and the style was simple and classic. Never worn a steel clasp wrist but would consider it if I could find the right one.
I'm flying with captains that are older than me so it could be a nice ice breaker when they see me reach for controls etc. My wrist is small however so I don't know what would be a good fit. Budget is around $300 I'd like it to show at least the date, stopwatch function would be cool too but not important.
some links to what style I prefer:
really like this seiko
wow so simple and elegant
also what I don't prefer:
For a miyota movement and a nice dial design it's not TERRIBLE, but you can do better and have one an established, reliable company for cheaper.
Here's an attractive and versatile automatic Seiko 5, 36mm, for <$100 on Amazon. Throw a leather strap on it and you have a nice dress watch:
Here's a more casual and popular Seiko, the SNK field watch, for <$45:
It sounds like a dive watch would be good for you because they are all very water resistant (I'm assuming you probably get your watches wet a lot), they have time lapse bezels to time your cooking, are usually tough and easy to read. So with that being said, here are some options across different price points and styles
I have looked at this watch as well. I loved it at first but now I just kind of like it. I don't currently own a Seiko but the first one I buy which might very well be my next watch will be the Seiko SARB033. If you haven't looked at it take a look, I think it fits all of your requirements if you like the looks of it. Very versatile watch, could work as a daily driver for sure but also can be dressed up, similar to the Rolex Date just but definitely unique in it's own ways. I love it.
If you're spending that much, I'd make sure it's a mechanical watch. Some might disagree, but I wouldn't get anything quartz for more than about $100 unless you need it for some sort of specific use.
Now, that aside: Tissot is a good first choice, since they make quality pieces at accessible prices. The differences between the pieces you mentioned might just be movements, since I think at least a couple of those are quartz and some might be mechanical.
In that price range, my favorite is the Tissot Visodate. It's got the sort of style I think you might be looking for, while still not being too formal (i.e. appropriate for a college student that's going to have dinner with a professor and go to a party later that night).
Make sure you check out the buyer's guides in the sidebar - they're there for a reason, they're very helpful for people to get to know both what they might like and what they might ultimately end up buying.
Citizen Men's BM8240-03E Eco-Drive
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Size: 36 mm diameter, 8mm thick
Description: A classy looking Eco-Drive for a great price. Citizen has a great reputation for quality watches. This particular one is my 3rd, and they are all fantastic. They're comfortable, keep great time, and use no battery. What more could you want?
Hi my dudes.
I asked earlier about the G-shock for a field watch but it is too big for my wrist plus I am not so sure about the style anymore. I'm looking for a watch that I will work outside with. I dug a lil about field watches and found some that I am interested. If any of you have an opinion on them (except saying they are cheap watches...I don't want to invest lots of money on a watch what will get in the mud, snow, hit on trees etc):
Seiko 5 SNK805 (I love the brand but for a rough condition field watch I guess it is not optimal)
Timex Expedition Rugged Core
Timex Expedition Scout
Casio AQS810 (I don't like the bracelet but still looks really sturdy)
Timex Expedition field Chronograph (I love the look but I'm not so sure about it's sturdiness)
That being said, if you have better ideas don't hesitate to share your knowledge with me!
Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E
Movement: Eco-Drive E100/quartz
Size: 37mm (without crown)
Link: Amazon page
A great choice for someone looking for a durable, military-style watch without having to worry about batteries. The stock band it comes with leaves something to be desired, but it looks great and is very comfortable on a NATO/Zulu strap (18mm). The lume is nice and bright, even with other lights around it, and without a strong charge source (I work in a bar and even with the dim lights I notice it glowing hours later).
If I had to change anything about it I would change out the mineral face for sapphire, as mine has managed to collect a small scratch in the year I've owned it, but it's not a deal-breaker for me.
I'm guessing you don't mind nor necessarily know whether or not he would prefer a quartz or mechanical?
In any case, Citizen and Seiko are always a good bet for quality. I know most of the Citizen watches can look sportier but there are some quartz that are still classy looking such as this eco drive (meaning he doesn't have to get the battery changed).
If you are willing to go a little bit above 200$, here's a quartz Tissot white dial with a gold bezel and brown leather you asked for in the other comment. It's over your budget but Tissot is a good brand and is definitely going to be better built and have a better movement than a Daniel Wellington.
ELI5 quartz watch: vibration of a quartz crystal measures watch, most common modern type. Automatic watch uses kinetic movement (such as wrist moving back and forth while walking) to power a spring which keeps the watch moving, with a power reserve for when it's sitting (like in a case, or you're at a desk).
Chronograph is just a fancy term for stopwatch, but otherwise minimalist is pretty easy to work around. No shame in being a noob, we all were at one point.
On the pricier side, the Seiko Alpinist is a fairly minimalist. Rotating compass on the inside, brown leather strap, green background. Automatic movement with 60-hour reserve.
Slightly less pricey is the Seiko Prospex SRPA21, or the "Pepsi" diver. Diver watch, pretty good entry watch, also an Automatic movement as well.
In the 100-250 range, you could look at any Citizen Eco-Drive watch as well. There's too many variations to list out, but my favorite would be this stainless steel CA0621-05L. Chronograph feature, eco-drive is a quartz solar-powered movement unique to citizen, but other companies do solar powered quartz as well (namely Seiko with the Solar line).
Gotta agree with the other comments in here, the argument could be made for basically anything in life.
Anyhow I still try: How'bout spending that 400 into something you can liquidate easily later on? I'm not talking about profit, but it might make the purchasing easier if you know that you can sell it later for even $300? And if you really like it a lot, then you'll be just happy forever.
In that case the Junkers you linked might not be the easiest watch to sell, the automatic version could move faster but it's quite a lot more expensive. Just as an example, there are watches like Seiko Cocktail time which are in your price point and would be really easy to resell.
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I've got one that I bought for $57 in 2014. The band got a lot of wrist cheese and I had to clean it off. It's still sort of interspersed with yellow between the fibers. I'm generally a clean, non-oily guy. It's also just looking a bit aged, despite my not wearing the watch much
So imagine this watch after a few years, having to replace the band with something else. I think a cheap bracelet Seiko 5 is a better idea, for this reason.
Except that the SNK809 is really just good looking, essentially perfect, a bit of an archetype. Way better than the SNKL23.
Obviously there are other Seiko 5's and I'm sure you've scoured the listings. Another watch I like is this Citizen Eco-Drive: https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Eco-Drive-Stainless-display-BM8180-03E/dp/B000EQS1JW/
although it's a quartz and certainly doesn't compare to an automatic, i've had a strange afinity for this bulova for the longest time:
i even think a seiko like this, especially on a brown/reddish leather croc strap would look awesome:
also, very simple and kind of boring, but i think the nordstrom line of timex are great. quartz, yes, but they have a bigger face and a much cleaner, more sleek look:
and, finally, although known for being somewhat flimsy and not a lot of street cred in the realm of horologists, skagen has a lot of what you're looking for--mostly leather strap, clean face and well priced:
Wow, nice PP watch. That's pretty much the ideal dress watch imo.
I suppose the watch will have to do, even though it doesn't fit the bill for the typical dress watch. I'm in college and I don't have to suit up that often. Only once in a while, so I don't think I want to spend money on a nice dress watch right now. It's unnecessary if my current watch is still okay/acceptable.
I have to dress up semi-formally every week. (Just shirt/tie/khaki or slacks.) Does semi-formal attire mean your watch can be less dressy? That would mean my watch works with semi-formal wear as well. (Seems a bit obvious, now that I write that out.)
Side note: I just bought a Seiko 5 to be my everyday, casual watch. My Bulova will be my dress watch for now, as my father bought it for me.
Thanks for the input!
You're on r/watches, so answer is going to be Seiko. I tend to agree in this case. Fossil is known for making oversized, overpriced, mediocre fashion watches. Seiko has been a quality watch and clock manufacturer since forever. The citizen is nice too, but I'm not a huge fan of the dial setup.
If you're willing to save up longer and are interested in mechanical watches, the Seiko SARB033 would be a really fantastic option, and offers a lot of value at its price.
At a lower price point, the Seiko SNE039 is an affordable quartz solar watch that scratches the same itch.
I'd suggest this citizen as well.
I mean, buy what you like, it's your money and your watch. But if I was going for that style, I'd pick from these. I can't say enough good things about the Seiko SAR series though.
Timex has some watches, specifically the Expedition model, that fit in that price range, are 40mm dials, and have some darker models, but doesn't have lume, instead you push the crown down and it lights up. The bands are nylon or leather. They go for around $40 USD. The Weekender might work too. They're very good watches, but be warned that Timex watches tend to tick loudly.
Then there's the Casio dive watches (the MDV106 gets recommended a lot, but mostly because of it's appearance, there are other models that you might prefer over it, just search for "casio dive"), it has lume (e: the lume on these watches is apparently not that great, thanks /u/mojojojoborras) and is about $10-35 USD. It has a plastic band. It's very big though (44mm, I'm told the size on amazon is wrong), and some don't have arabic numerals.
Then there's the Seiko 5 SNZG17K1 if you want an automatic watch, it is 42 mm black watch face and with lume and a dark grey metal band. Amazon has it for $169 USD. Since it's automatic you will likely need to set the time each morning (unless you buy a watch winder).
I can vouch for Timex and Casio being solid brands, and have an Expedition myself that works great (with a new strap at least), and Seiko is a brand that a lot of people here recommend very often.
To build on what Coffeeshopman said, if you're going to invest a hundred dollars, it may as well be a hundred well spent. The brands they listed are all Japanese and offer a good value of reasonably well made watches at lower price points. Citizen may interest you in particular as their Eco-Drive watches run off of batteries which are recharged from sunlight and artificial light, requiring very little maintenance.
Furthermore, you may need to investigate what kind of watch you want ( e.g., quartz vs. automatic, which is to say, battery-operated vs. self-winding mechanical gear operated) and what features you would like (some watches you linked have a chronograph / stopwatch for measuring elapsed time). There are pros and cons to these things, but most people on this subreddit heavily favor automatic watches.
Based on these ideas and your aesthetic guidelines, I've pasted a number of links below. I hope they are of some use to you. You will note that Casio is absent. This is merely because they are better known for watches that are more sporty in design and which are typically digital.
That is a really beautiful watch, great buy. I'm considering purchasing it especially because my friend has a Skagen and I like really like it. Anyways, I came across this similar Bulova which I'm thinking I might actually like it more. Any opinions over which one I should buy?
This G-Shock is "the classic" most well known G-Shock and fits smaller wrists very well. Most G-shocks are big, but any one where the band comes up closer to the body than in yours (where the strap / case kind of flow together in this long way) will fit your wrist better.
Depending on what your price range is, the G-Shock is the best "tough" watch out there for the most part. Pro-Treks too but they're usually bigger. Suunto is good too but a little spendier and also usually bigger.
PS - your thread will probably get locked because we have a sticky for recommendations.
This is my first watch and I don't want to spend over 200. I have really small wrists slightly over 6 cm around so I assume I should stick to a lower case size like 38 mm (?) Anyways here are the watches I'm currently looking at and would love some options from you veterans.
Watches I'm currently looking at:
Skagen Mother of Pearl
Plan to use the watch everyday, so something casual but not too dressy as to the point that it looks like it doesn't belong.
Quickly looking through this sub I see that Seiko gets a lot of love and Skagen is labeled as a fashion brand. I think Skagen has the best design of the watches I listened then followed by the Movado because it's so clean. However, I don't know the quality of any of these products. I believe these are all automatic so I won't have to manually wind any of these, correct?
I'd go with the Mako to wear on a day-by-day basis. It's a surprisingly good beater. It's durable, keeps excellent time, -- mine has settled down at about +4 a day -- and it looks fantastic with anything less formal than a suit. (As I recall, you can get a Mako off Amazon for about $125 or so.)
I'd use the balance to get a solar-powered quartz dress watch. Something like this is good, because you're not going to be wearing it on a daily basis anyway, and it's a huge hassle to keep resetting a mechanical.
I'm getting married soon, and I'm thinking about purchasing a semi-nice watch to wear on the date and mark the occasion! This wouldn't be a gift; it would just be for myself - and I'm still a student, so I can't afford all that much. Recommendations outside of the newest buying guide for a dress watch in the sub-$1000 range would be appreciated!
Right now, I'm looking strongly at two options:
Tissot Visodate - Pretty classic.
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece - I don't know anything about Maurice Lacroix, but I really really love the look of this watch. Given that it's twice the price as the Tissot for what I believe is still an ETA movement, though, I'm not entirely sure I can justify it.
Thanks very much for your help!
What do you think of this Citizen (keeping in mind that the band can easily and cheaply be swapped out for something like silicone or leather)? It's a flieger style, which is clean and classic. 100M water resistance means no worrying about water in the kitchen. That's a pretty good value from a very well respected brand.
edit: Here's a better price
I'm glad to see someone on here that isn't automatically suggesting some flieger styled auto. Yeah they're awesome and have a history of being a pilot watch, but honestly something quartz is much better suited for actual flying. I'd recommend something like a Citizen Nighthawk or a Seiko SNA411. Recommending an automatic old school flieger to an actual pilot is sort of like recommending an M1 Garand to a modern infantryman.
So I grabbed this weekender years ago as a whatever happens happens watch https://smile.amazon.com/Timex-Unisex-T2N651-Weekender-Slip-Thru/dp/B004VR9HP2/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1491660639&amp;sr=1-1&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;psd=1&amp;keywords=timex+weekender
and its been GREAT but I think now its time to upgrade. Id like to spend less than $400 and i'm staying away from movement charged automatics. I had a seiko 5 and was setting it all the time. Im leaning towards https://smile.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8180-03E-Eco-Drive-Analog-Japanese/dp/B000EQS1JW/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1491660895&amp;sr=1-1&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;psd=1&amp;keywords=citizen+eco+drive but seeing as how this will be my new daily driver Im open to spending more for a much better watch (within reason). Thank you guys a million fold for any suggestions and for this sub in general. Its awesome
I will echo a couple of the comments on this thread: those are pretty different watches, and I would go mechanical if it were me.
A couple of good suggestions in your price range that are of similar style to what you posted:
Note that a couple of those come with canvas straps. Straps are very easily switched out however. And they are a bit cheaper than what you're looking at currently. Both Seiko watches also have open case backs which are a nice plus imo.
Best of luck with whatever watch you go with!
I'm looking for a "beater" watch, and I found this amazing Casio MDV106 "Duro". The only thing I don't like about it is the rubber strap, so decided to go with a NATO, canvas or a perlon. I've never had any of these types of strap before.
Although the perlon looks nicer than the NATO and the canvas (imo), I feel like it's also less durable. Which one should I choose?
I'm planning to order the watch from Amazon, so getting the strap from there too would be very comfortable. What are the most reputable perlon / NATO / canvas brands on Amazon in the ~15$ price range?
Thank you in advance, any suggestions are welcome :)
Haha, thanks. I found this and this just now. I feel like I saw these earlier when I was originally looking at Seiko 5s and just forgot about it, but I think it will do for now.
Part of me also wants a watch with a Nato strap because I occasionally handle corrosive solutions at work, so leather might not be the best idea for an every day watch. Stainless steel would probably be fine, though I have a feeling the band on the Seiko 5s is a little on the cheap side... either way, I think I will get one of those for now, and if I enjoy wearing a watch every day, I'll get a SARB for the special occasions :)
I'm looking to buy a dress watch which goes well in more casual clothing too. Silver Case, white dial & black leather band is my preference. An example of the style I like:
DW dress watch
Bulova Dress Watch
I'm loving the look of the Bulova one, are these any good? If not I would love some recommendations from you lovely people!
Thanks a lot
The prices are a bit inflated at the moment because it was recently discontinued. But the seiko sarb033 is pound for pound one of the best most versatile watches under 500$
Often time you'll hear people talk about the rolex explorer as "the perfect 1 watch collection" what this basically means is it can function in any circumstance. The sarb checks the same boxes. Simple black dial, sub 40mm so can work as a dress piece, 100m water resist and a metal bracelet so you can dress it down and go swimming. At first I didn't like it because it was too simple. But the simplicity of it is it's greatest strength. Pretty much the only watch you'd ever need.
You'll want something very conservative and dressy, IMO. Nothing pretentious, blingy, or large. With black tuxes, you can't go wrong with a light dial, black leather strap, indicators instead of numerals. In your price range, this Bulova may fit the bill. If you can find something like this without a date complication, even better. Good luck and congratulations!
How long is a piece of string?
Do you want an old Hamilton / Elgin / Benrus / Seiko / Wittnauer that looks simple and classy and comes with an automatic or a manual wind and can be picked up in working condition on ebay all day long for $50-$100?
Do you want a generic Omega / Rolex / Tag Heuer that will get smirked at by watch snobs but impress dumb and materialistic young women?
I really like the elegance of the classic Vacheron Constantin watches, but I can't justify the expense.
My current watch is the Casio G-Shock 5600E. It's super-durable, costs $42 on Amazon, and it's one of a small handful of watches certified by NASA for spaceflight.
If you just want something simple, affordable and new, with a traditional automatic movement, the Seiko 5 series might not be a bad choice.
You have a world of options. Your budget and taste and desired features will help you narrow it down.
EDIT: Inadvertently parroted most of liberalguy123's guide to the right. Just go ahead and read that.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Quartz might be what you're looking for. Apparently 38mm, and there's one on the subreddit's front page too.
I've got an automatic Khaki King, and am quite pleased with it. In terms of value for money it's not quite at Seiko levels but probably as close as you'll get in the Swatch family.
One of Citizen's Eco-Drive watches would also be a good candidate. The strap it comes with is not so great, but the technology in the case is excellent. You'd be surprised how much a watch's look changes when you put a nice strap on it.
Edit: Added imgur mirror for last link.
Congrats on your promotion buddy!
If you really want to stick to your budget, one of the best budget watches that will last a long time, have an automatic movement, numbered dial and a beautiful but small face is the SNK807. You could also use the remainder of your budget and purchase a nice metal bracelet to complete your criteria and end up with something like this.Other than that I would suggest purchasing this Invicta however there are no numbers on the actual dial. Happy hunting!
Assuming the Movado is the 1881 automatic I suggest something other than a dress watch or sports watch unless he is the type of person to only like one or two styles of watches. Like the other poster stated the Bambino is a great watch for $150 but compared to the $1000 watch in the same dressy category it wouldn't be fair.
Personally I would go for a more casual/fun watch at that price range. A dressy watch would have to compete with the Movado and Omega for wrist real estate but a casual watch he can wear for yard work or whenever wearing the other watches would be too risky.
Classic Square G-Shock- Auto updates time in the northen hemisphere every night-95$
If you still want a dressy automatic Orient and the Seiko 5s are your best best.
For dressy Quartz check out the Citizen watches.
Here are some options.
I'm 17 years old, so pretty similar in age. I just bought myself about 2 weeks ago a Seiko SNK809 and put a cheap leather strap on it which altogether cost me $70. Here is a picture of it. From the photo, the strap looks black but it really is dark brown. I put some wax on the leather to waterproof it right when I got it and holds up pretty good. The metal case scratches pretty easily but it's it still looks ok. The watch looses about 15 seconds a day.
If you are looking at something more accurate, get a Quartz, such as a Timex weekender for $50.
I mean, it's not a bad watch at all. If you're really into it, go ahead and get it. That being said, I would personally do a bit more looking around. Timex has great budget watches, specific their weekender collection. The Seiko 5 is very often recommend in your price range as well as the Casio MDV106-1AV.
Remember though, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you are super into the Skagen, go for it.
How large are his wrists? Casio makes a quartz dive watch that's kind of sporty but it's 44mm in diameter so it might look big if he has smaller wrists. Another option would be the Timex Expedition Scout. The scout comes in a ton of different colors so if you look around on Amazon I'm sure you could find something that works. I hope this is helpful and good luck!
First, I got my Seiko 5, a new leather strap, and the tool to change it for around $100 and I love it. Seiko makes some dependable watches that are easy on the wallet.
Orient is also a good choice, although you may need to hunt for a discount on websites other than Orient's in order to get within your price range. I personally love the Orient Esteem and am getting the one with Arabic Numerals for Christmas.
Thats just my preference though. /r/Watches has a great buying guide that should be able to help you find what's right for you.
Thanks. I ended up wanting (still wanting) the Excalibur, which I couldn't find new anywhere in the US, so I ended up spending $35 on the Casio Men's MDV106-1AV during an Amazon Black Friday sales blip (it's back up to $44). At that price it's not worth replacing the seals when they need replacing in 3 years. A solid, disposable watch.
Stem is a little rough, look is basic but classic, I like the weight, it actually isn't too big as I'd initially feared, and in the season's cold weather the band is perfectly comfortable. (But it will probably be too hot come summer.)
Timekeeping is fine - in 18 days it's gained three seconds.
Price: 350 - 450
Water resistance: 200m
Description: Amazing looking watch with a eye-catching, yet classy green sunburst dial with a polished silver body providing a nice contrast. Classic field watch from Seiko released in honor of pioneers who explored the mountains. The numbers are in gold, with gold hours, minutes, and seconds hands filled with lume. It has an inner dial that functions as an approximate compass when aligned with the sun. There is the day, white on black background at the 3 o ' clock position.
The stock leather strap is a bit stiff out of the box, but it softens up and forms to your wrist after a couple of weeks. I rubbed in a bit of 99% aloe vera to speed up the softening process. It worked and added a nice patina too. I absolutely love this watch. AMA.
Hello! My boyfriend is moving away, and I'm trying to get him a parting/birthday gift. I really love the look of a blue face + brown leather band, but the Citizen face that I wanted isn't available anywhere. My question is, can I buy this watch and replace the silver with a leather band? Or should I play it safe and just buy one without modifying- I was thinking this. Thanks!!!
Well, if you need it submersible, leather is going to be a problem, as leather generally doesn't like water. If you want a "pretty accurate" watch, you want a quartz watch, and not a mechanical one (while we love mechanical watches here, they're generally not terribly accurate).
Perhaps someone else has better suggestions.
The Bauhaus style watches appear to wear very big even if their measurements aren't physically big. Take the Braithwait for example - they are 40mm but check out the dial, it stretches across almost the entire 40mm width, with hardly any bezel, and minimal detail on an otherwise spartan dial. That is going to appear very big on the wrist.
My tip is, when looking at these styles, try to keep it back closer towards the 37mm mark if that is what he is used to wearing.
Check out this one as an example. I have recommended it elsewhere as a good budget minimalist watch but by a happy coincidence it works out to be that perfect size. 98H51 is similar version with a two-tone case and a bit of detail on the dial.
I've got to second conrad. For under several hundred dollars you'll probably have to make some compromises. But with the Rodina you DO get a sapphire crystal, display caseback w/well-finished movement, signed crown, blued hands, hand-winding movement, and the nice option of being able to sell it to me (or most any other forum member, it seems) if it's not satisfactory.
Pretty extensive WUS thread on them here:
The only other option for a true bauhaus watch for cheap that I can think of would be to buy vintage (search ebay for "kano"), but those would certainly be much less reliable than a modern mechanical or quartz. I've also seen some Raketas that are reminiscent of bauhaus design.
Anyway, good luck and be sure to let us know what you come up with!
Edit: It seems that a lot of people source their Rodinas from here:
The description is excellent...
>Hand-winding renders a pleasant noise in a way similar to Harley Davison
Edit2: Here are some more (quartz) options.
(black hands, no seconds) http://www.amazon.com/Stuhrling-Original-216A-33153-Classic-Belmont/dp/B004BJCOGY
(blue hands, roman numerals, weird "S" on seconds hand) http://www.amazon.com/Stuhrling-Prestige-307L-33152-Kingston-Quartz/dp/B007V5ARF0/ref=pd_sbs_watch_8
Breytenbach: (AR coated sapphire crystal on this one)
Claude Bernard: http://www.amazon.com/Bernard-70149-BR-Classic-Leather/dp/B006IQK0K0/ref=pd_sbs_watch_1
I'll do my best to describe my tastes, but please do tell me if my choices in watches are bad (I may have poor taste):
I like simple, easy-to-read watches (not too many complications) with clean designs.
Not a fan of nylon or straps, with slight preference of leather over metal straps.
Besides The Citizen and Skagen, other watches I think are pretty neat are:
Examples of watches that I'm not quite a fan of are:
Spurred on by this thread on r/FMF a few days ago, I purchased the Seiko 5 in blue off of Amazon. The blue, green, and cream models were on sale for $50, and using the 20% off newsletter promotion it came out to $40.
Special thanks to /u/JoCoLaRedux for pointing me to this Hadley-Roma brown leather watch strap. It appears he’s wearing it with the cream face, which also looks great.
I know Seiko 5s aren't much to brag about, but I had a fun time learning to use the spring bar tool today and thought I'd share. I think my collection of automatics is off to a good start!
Congratulations! That's awesome. My wife (was fiance at the time) bought me my first automatic as an engagement gift. It was not, however, equivalent to the cost of the engagement ring. Seiko 5 SNK809. She also bought me a PS4 and that still didn't get close to 10% of the ring. I'd never complain, best money I've ever spent.
I do not know the conversion rate to USD, but I would recommend a Seioko SKX007K. If the Submariner is the quintessential diver for the rich, then the SKX007K is the quintessential one for common folk. Some come with a rubber strap that I recommend changing, however it is very comfortable, you just might not like the look of it.
Can you give us specific functions you may want? There are several aviation-specific watches, such as those offered by the company Citizen:
There are also other Citizen chronographs that aren't pilot-watch-specific. Some of them will cost less than $200, but at this point, I'd consider a G-Shock Aviation series. Specifically, the GA-1000-8A (I like the colors, but it comes in several other flavors).
EDIT: I see you were looking at the G-Shock already. It's pretty cool looking - and durable.
If it was a showdown between Seiko and Citizen, I'd say Citizen only because they've been doing it longer. I think? Either way. $101 EcoDrive with a WR100 rating. This could be your only watch.
Furthermore, the red second hand will help you with taking heart rates because it's really easy to see. Also had an arrow on its end. You could always get a rubber band elsewhere. I think you'd prefer rubber over steel because it won't slide on your wrist (you won't get distracted when you're using your hands to do important stuff" and you won't get fluids in between the links. With the watch I showed you and a rubber strap, you could wash the whole thing under a tap without worry .
Vintage Seiko Blue Bell-Matic - $150?
I bought this model from this seller about a year ago. I wear it a lot, but I need a better band for it.
Seiko Rose Gold Kinetic Chronograph - $558
I saw this watch in San Juan on my honeymoon. My wedding band is titanium with a stripe of rose gold, and the watch matched perfectly. I should have bought it.
Graf Zeppelin Hand Wind Chronograph - $800
Or the Junkers with the power reserve indicator for $550. Decisions, decisions.
Tissot Retro Visodate Automatic - $488
Or the rose gold Le Locle for $400.
Grand total = $1996
Update: I just read the rules again and realized that my Bell-Matic is in violation. However, I'm attached to it and cannot manage for the next ten years without it. So screw you all. :-D
You're basically looking for a dress watch from the looks of it. I set some filters and tried to find you a watch under $150. Also threw some expedition watches into the mix. I hope you don't mind that most of them are from Bulova. Their dress watches look pretty great.
I don't have the hugest wrists so the SNK809 sits really well on mine, but if you're looking for something a bit larger within the same Seiko 5 family I'd recommend the SNZG15 at 42mm. Similar design and looks pretty slick in it's own way as well.
A nice leather strap on it would probably change up the feeling of it to more refined.
What I mean by my previous comment is that if I scratched the crystal I would be very disappointed considering the cost of the watch and repairs.
By wearing my cheap Eco Drive to work (retail, nothing that physical at all) and being pretty careful with it, the crystal still has quite a few scratches over it and I'm quite disappointed in that alone.
I would hate myself for scratching a watch that costs at least 10x as much and again I have no "fancy parties" or anything to go to so I have no reason to own such a watch. I though I had already made that clear lol, but I hope you can understand now.
I thought G-Shocks were the tool watches :P
Also here's the final nail in the coffin for our original discussion, Rolex supposedly just changed from a two year warranty which is what we were discussing is such a ridiculously low number for such a high priced mechanical watch ... well the $50 Seiko 5 has a 3 year warranty and everyone knows it's mechanical
I know Rolex increased theirs recently, but that's besides the point, for apparently a long time, a $50 mechanical watch had a better warranty than one costing well over $1000.
I bet there's other cheap mechanical watches with even better warranties out there too, but I'm done looking, I made my point.
Seiko 5 is the only mechanical option here, but I'll skip hyperlinks because others already mentioned Seiko 5.
Here are my top quartz choices that you should consider:
I see alot of people mentioning Skagens, so I figured I would post some Bulovas!
Here depending on what you're looking for.
They're the nicest ones I have found for the price, but I'd recommend checking out the other models listed on Amazon.
Probably the SARB033. I'd buy a leather strap (not a nato) for dress settings and use the provided steel strap for business settings. I feel that the watch face is versatile enough to fit both business and dress settings. The watch hands are a little too dressy but i think it'll work in a workplace setting.
I honestly think that a Quartz watch would be better in the long run but I'm a fan of Automatics so there's that.
If not the SARB, then I'd probably get a [Hamilton Khaki King](http://www.jomashop.com/hamilton-mens-watch-h64455533.html?utm_source=googleproduct&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=googleproductsearch&amp;pt_source=googleads&amp;pt_medium=cpc&amp;pt_campaign=(ROI). I think it's versatile enough for most business and dress settings as it is. But i like a little variation so i wouldn't splurge on the Hamilton if it means i can't get a second band for it.
Have you looked at the G-Shock series at all? I understand you're into a minimal approach but as someone who has used multiple G-Shocks in combat that they're pretty much the most reliable watches I've used thus far.
My personal favorite G-Shock G5600KG-3CR. I also I have a DW5600E-1V thats lasted for a long time.
While the W lines are not bad at all, they're a bit more flimsy than the G-Shock series. I owned a F91W (in the super fashionable silver) and the band clasp became unusable after multiple pulls on it by accident (again all while deployed overseas and out in the field). I switch to a G-Shock with a more reliable rubber band and would prefer it any day.
All in all you're basically going to get what you pay for. Unless you live a very safe and easy life, some sort of desk job I'd imagine, where risk is minimal, the W series watches and lower-lower-end references wont last very long in other circumstances.