(Part 2) Best products from r/Watches
We found 615 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 products ranked 21-40. You can also go back to the previous section.
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21. Timex Unisex T2N651 Weekender 38mm Olive Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
- Adjustable olive green 20 millimeter nylon slip-thru strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference. The case finish is polished
- Cream dial with full Arabic numerals; 24-hour military time
- Silver-tone 38 millimeter brass case with mineral glass crystal
- Indiglo light-up watch dial
- Water resistant to 30 meters (100 feet): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or bathing
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22. GGI 7 pcs Spring Bar Tool - Stainless Steel - Watch Repair Tool Kit for Watch Band Replacement and Pin Tool Set
- The most Established jewelry cleaner brand in the United States | Get the best diamond cleaner on the market from the global market leader in jewelry and silver care.
- Make your diamonds sparkle like new | This high-performance formula uses micro-fine cleansers and polishing agents combined with a polymer base to bring out that glistening, new diamond look.
- Reduces the appearance of fine scratches | With this specially formulated solution, the visibility of fine scrapes and blemishes in settings is greatly diminished over time.
- Easy, thorough cleansing | The soft-bristled brush is uniquely engineered for ease of cleansing behind diamonds and other precious stones and their mountings without stripping away delicate finishes on precious metals or damaging gemstones.
- Conveniently Portable | Throw it in your makeup bag to keep your diamonds dazzling everywhere you go. It’ll become just another one of your necessary travel accessories.
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23. Seiko SSB031 Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Watch
- Quartz movement
- Case diameter: 40 mm
- Chronograph, stainless steel case case
- Water-resistant to 100 meters(330 feet)
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24. Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Date, AT0200-05E
- Military-inspired stainless steel watch with round dial, red contrasting second hand, and rugged green canvas band
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display. Operating temperature range is -10°C to +60°C/14°F to 140°F
- Charges in natural sunlight or indoor light;Case Size 39mm
- Features include protective mineral crystal dial window, date window, three subdials, luminous hands, and buckle closure and
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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25. Seiko Men's SNE039 Stainless Steel Solar Watch
- Solar-powered classic watch with sunray dial featuring logo under 12 o'clock, sword-shape hands, and date window at 3 o'clock
- 37 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window
- Quartz movement with analog display
- Stainless steel link bracelet with push-button clasp
- Water-resistant to 3 bar, 30 meters (100 feet
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26. Seiko Men's SNK789 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with White Dial
- Classic stainless steel bracelet watch with exhibition back featuring matte white dial and day/date window
- 36 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
- Automatic self-wind movement with analog display
- Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp
- Water resistant to 30m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving.
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27. Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Day/Date, BM8475-26E
Round watch featuring luminous hands, Arabic/stick indices, and day/date window at 3 o'clock42 mm stainless steel case with mineral black dial windowJapanese quartz movement with analog displayFaux-leather band with contrast stitching and buckle closureWater resistant to 10 bar (333 ft): In general,...
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28. Seiko Men's SNN241 Stainless Steel Watch with Brown Leather Band
- Versatile stainless steel watch featuring brown dial with two subdials and date window at 6 o'clock
- 42.6-mm stainless steel case with hardlex dial window
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Contrast-stitched leather band with buckle closure
- Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving
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29. Hamilton Men's H70555533 Khaki Field Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Brown Leather Band
- Round watch featuring black dial with GMT scale on inner ring, luminous hands/markers, and date window at 3 o'clock42 mm stainless-steel case with antireflective-sapphire dial window
- Automatic self-wind movement with analog display
- Leather band with contrast stitching and buckle closure
- Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving.
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30. Seiko 5 SNZH55 Automatic Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch
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31. Bergeon 6767-F Watch Spring Bar Tool - Long Stainless Steel Handle with Replaceable Screw In Fine Tool End
Replaceable TipsSwiss MadeStainless SteelFine Fork
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32. Bulova Men's 98H51 Stainless Steel Dress Watch With Croco Leather Band
- Round watch in polished rose gold tone featuring white textured dial with date window and slim stick hands/indices
- 37 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window,Case Diameter: 37 mm,Case Thickness: 5.9 mm,Water Resistance: 30M
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Croco-embossed leather band with buckle closure and Brown leather strap.
- 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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33. Casio Men's AE1200WHD-1A Stainless Steel Digital Watch
- 100 M Water Resistance
- World Time (31 different Time Zones, and 48-cities) w/ Daylight Saving on/off & home city/world time city swapping
- 1/100-second stopwatch (Measuing capacity: 23:59'59.99")
- Countdown Timer (Measuring Unit: 1/10 Second)
- 5 Daily or One-Time alarms
- Hourly Time Signal
- 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
- LED light w/ Selectable illumination duration & afterglow
- Resin Glass
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34. Seiko Men's SNK795 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Black Dial
- Classic stainless steel bracelet watch with exhibition back featuring matte black dial and day/date window
- 37 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window
- Automatic self-wind movement with analog display
- Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp
- This model has minimal water resistance rating (30m). It should not be worn swimming or diving. Only suitable for getting caught in the rain, splashes of water, etc. It should never be exposed to any type of pressure.
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35. Seiko Men's SNDC33 Classic Black Leather Black Chronograph Dial Watch
Case diameter : 40 mmRound watch featuring luminous hands, Arabic numeral indices, date window at 3 o'clock, and three chronograph subdials39 mm stainless steel case with hardlex dial windowJapanese quartz movement with analog displayCalfskin band with buckle closureWater resistant to 100 m (330 ft)...
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36. Orient Men's FDB08005W "Esteem" Stainless Steel Watch with Brown Leather Band
- Genuine leather band
- Open heart dial
- Silver hour markers and hands
- Durable mineral crystal protects watch from scratches
- Water resistant to 165 feet (50 M): suitable for swimming and showering
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37. Orient Men's FDB08004B Esteem Open Heart Dial Watch
- Genuine leather band
- Open heart dial
- Silver hour markers and hands
- Durable mineral crystal protects watch from scratches
- Water resistant to 165 feet (50 M): suitable for swimming and showering
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38. Timex Men's T2N700 Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph Brown Leather Strap Watch
- Adjustable tan 20mm genuine leather strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference
- Black dial with date window at 3 o'clock; full Arabic numerals; 2 retrograde subdials
- 4-hour chronograph measures to 1/5th second; second time zone
- Black 43mm stainless steel case with mineral glass crystal; Indiglo light-up watch dial
- Water-resistant to 100m (330 ft): In general, suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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39. JUNKERS - Men's Watches - Junkers Bauhaus - Ref. 6070-5
- Hesalite crystal
- Swiss quartz movement
- diameter: 40 mm X 10 mm
- Made in Germany
- 2 years warranty
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40. Orient Men's CEM65001B "Silver Mako" Automatic Dive Watch
- Enjoy the classic appeal of an automatic timepiece with this Orient watch, constructed in polished stainless steel and designed with a sleek black dial.
- Powered automatically with the movement of the wearer's arm, this watch functions without a battery.
- Protective mineral crystal dial window
- Date window at three o'clock position
- Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M)
Hi r/watches! Most of the women who have written to this sub for engagement watch advice either have very different budgets or SOs with very different styles than mine, so I was wondering if I could ask for your guidance/approval! I sort of doubt whether I have the guts to propose myself, but regardless the idea is to have the perfect watch on hand when the time comes (he's told me just to ask) -- plus, I'm going to see his best friend and also his brother over the course of the next month, so I'd like to have a solid idea of what I'm aiming for to run it by them!
Here's the breakdown: I have told him to absolutely never spend more than 3K, but for a really lovely watch, I'd be open to stretching a little beyond that (I have ~2.5 saved now). He's in tech (well, we're grad students for now, but eventually) so definitely a desk job type. He dresses fairly nicely for his field-- on a normal day, he wears a causal collared shirt with jeans or khakis-- and is about 6'2" with a slender but not super-skinny build, probably about 175 or 180 lbs (1.9 m/80 kg). Lower-maintenance watches would probably be better suited to him, like ideally no date, because I lack confidence that it won't just trick him into thinking there are 31sts in months where they don't belong. However, I want this to actually be a nice gift that will last and potentially eventually go to one of the many children we plan to have, and I'm sure he will bring it in to have it maintained.
I am strongly inclined to go with a leather band over a bracelet. Style-wise, [he seems to like this sacrilegious watch I bought him for Christmas before I discovered this sub] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HG08YEG/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=3BSX9GDNHBET8&amp;coliid=I3H27771YTNYAK). He's said these are his favorite grad-school-priced watches 1  (https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNDC33-Classic-Leather-Chronograph/dp/B004JY6X90?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=3BSX9GDNHBET8&amp;coliid=I2YQVOOD2BMDOD&amp;ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl)  (https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Eco-Drive-BM8475-26E-Stainless-Leather/dp/B005MKGOOY?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=3BSX9GDNHBET8&amp;coliid=I3SE95ENY1DIU9&amp;ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl).
I think that Nomos' watches looks very sleek and sophisticated (and he likes colorful watch hands), and the Tagente seems to be a favorite on here for weddings and engagements. Personally, I think that some of the TAG Heuer Carrera 1964 Chronographs are beyond stunning, but I'm not sure I have the know-how to handle a grey market purchase. Is there anything else that might be worth considering in this price range/based on the styles he likes? Would you be OK with getting a simple, sleek watch like a Nomos Tangente Gangreserve or Tangomat as an engagement present? (I know most girls seem to want something glittery, but I'm much more on the simple side of things -- is that OK in the watch world?) Is there a reasonable place to look for one of those beautiful Carerras (or my understanding is that a Chronograph might not even be appropriate for this type of occasion?)
I really appreciate the resources you've put together here because I've already learned so much. Thank you for any thoughts or guidance you have -- I am kind of in shock that I'm doing this but also really excited!
Three completely different watches I'll recommend for you because I'm not really sure of your style or what you want and I'm not sure you are either. All of these are from good brands and have good movements at a good value and you can't go wrong with any of them.
Tissot Le Locle
Great movement from a good brand, available in several color combinations. Don't own one yet but I plan on it. Fantastic watch and a beautiful piece.
Hamilton Field Khaki Auto 42mm
Another fantastic piece. Very very versatile, not really sure if it's your style as its more of a military design but it's built like a tank and has a very iconic history. The Hamilton field Khaki was commonly worn in WW2 and a couple other wars. Same great movement as the Tissot, highly recommended.
Obris Morgan Explorer II
Going a completely different direction is a divers watch. Also very versatile and sporty at the same time. This one is from a smaller brand but it has a very respectable movement in it and the brand has been highly regarded in what they have put out. While it is the cheapest that doesn't mean it's the worst by any means it's just the best value of the three. It comes with a Miyota 9015 which is just as good if not better as the ETA 2824 which the other two have and a sapphire crystal. It's a great value if you like the looks of it I would highly recommend it.
While I wouldn't recommend the Versace or really any fashion brand at all it's your choice in the end. If you like it but it, wear it, and love it but I would highly recommend any of the three above. There's plenty of options out there but these three should give you a good variety. If I had $1100 to spend on watch(es) I would buy these three in a heart beat because with these three you would have a watch for every possible occasion in your life. Obviously you're not going to buy all three but any of these three are versatile enough to wear pretty much anywhere. Best of luck!
Holben's for European brands like Colareb, Fluco, Di-modell, Bonetto Cinturini, Eulit, etc. Colareb leather is super soft and comfortable, but lack any kind of splash resistance. Fluco does some really good suede. Di-modell has some great water-resistance leather options. Bonetto Cinturini is one of the most recommended for rubber straps, along with Watchgecko, which actually get their straps made by Bonetto Cinturini. Eulit is the most recommended for perlon.
Some of Hirsch's entry-level models are in your budget.
Barton is a great affordable option and comes with convenient quick-release spring bars.
Panatime has a lot of stuff, but the highlight is probably that they carry RIOS1931, which is a nice german brand.
Cheapestnatostraps is probably the most budget option, but their QC and lack of consistency is kind of iffy in my experience.
watch band center has a huge selection, though I don't really have any experience with them.
Crown and Buckle is pretty popular, though I only have experience with their natos, so I can't really comment on the quality of their leather
Clockwork Synergy is a budget option with quick-release spring bars like Barton. Clockwork Synergy's leather is really soft, but it's also weirdly spongy, which I don't like, though that's more of a personal preference on my part, maybe you'd like it.
B&R bands is mostly out of your budget, but worth a mention for their quality. The only knock against them that I have is their aggressive taper might not suit certain watches.
Etsy is a great place to get custom handmade straps made to your specifications; some of the strapmakers on etsy offer premium leathers like alligator or shell cordovan at cheaper prices than the big box strapmakers.
if you need a spring bar tool, I recommend the Bergeon 6767-F with the fine forked tip. Cheaper spring bar tools with the wider forked tips might not be small enough to remove the bracelet on your Citizen.
That MVMT at 45mm is a Frisbee. If you have thin wrists like me - it's WAY big.
Of course, most modern watches are huge. For some reason, fashion trends have gone towards men's watches the size of a football stadium over the last few years.
The Rossling @ 40mm is more like it. Still big, but I have a couple 40mm watches that look good even on my smaller wrists.
The Rodina is a nice-looking watch. Nomos 'homage'. I love a Nomos myself. They're affordable. I think they use a Seagull Chinese automatic movement. At 38mm, that's probably right in your sweet spot (I really like 35-38mm watches for myself).
I found a review of that one on Watchuseek:
Parnis is another brand similar to the Rodina that make the simple Nomos bauhaus-style watches. I imagine the quality of the two is comparable.
Junkers is another company to look at. I've never had one, but they seem to be popular around these parts. They start a bit higher than your budget, but not outrageously so.
In your price range, it might be a good idea to stick with a quartz watch. It doesn't sound like a mechanical movement is a big selling point to you. Less expensive Chinese auto movements are going to be hit-and-miss, while a quality Swiss or Japanese quartz movement is going to be maintenence-free except for a battery change every few years.
Hope that helps! Good luck in your search. Stop back and show us what you decided on!
I'm looking for a watch with a few specific characteristics, and don't really know where to look. I usually buy the cheapest casio watch I can find at walmart and they work just fine, but there are a few features I'm looking for and I'd rather just get something that fits the bill, so, in order of importance:
Comfort: most of these watches seem to have rubber/silicone bands which I find very uncomfortable and stiflingly hot. I'll also mention I have very, very thin wrists. I've found metal and leather bands more comfortable, and have never tried cloth.
Features: I need a good light, and I brew gongfu tea often and need to time brews, so accurate, big and easy to see second counting is helpful, but not like, dire.
As far as calendars go, if I can get the date and day of the week, I'm happy. Not expecting any fancy calendrical complications in my price range, which brings me to:
Looking for something under or about $100. https://www.amazon.com/Casio-AE1200WHD-1A-Stainless-Steel-Digital/dp/B0094B79CI I was considering this one, but it seems like it has some complications I just don't need. I prefer analog, but this doesn't matter too much. I like minimalist styling but also like when things have a very distinctive style or features (the world map above being an example).
I get that this is ridiculously general, but anything helps.
Edit: as far as styling goes, just saw this post https://old.reddit.com/r/Watches/comments/9mfe4w/junghans_an_unexpected_gift/ and I love this very bare, old-pocket-watch looking face
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've been tempted to get that exact Seiko, but a couple of things have stopped me: the nylon band is not that good, and the watch itself is really small. I am used to old automatics in the 36mm range but somehow that seiko feels much smaller and lighter. On the other hand, the sandblasted finish and glass on the back make it really attractive and different. One thing I noticed is that different sellers list different prices for that model according to color. Blue tends to be the most available and lower price, while black is higher and more scarce. I have no idea why. There are green and khaki version too, if I am not mistaken. So I suggest you check in a couple different places.
How would you feel about an eco drive? I think this blue dial would look nice in a different band.
For automatics check Orient too. The Tri star are the most affordable and have a retro look. I like this one, the faceted glass may be strange at first but is a detail I've really liked after having one. Check the Orient bambino too. I recently saw this deal on the Orient Esteem, some people do not like the open heart but it is different and for me it makes the watch feel alive. I am not sure I would choose it because I check the date a lot, unfortunately. Another great deal I think is the Orient Full Date. Those hands and textured dial are really attractive in person and I always liked having the full day. The red tip on the seconds hand is a nice touch. Btw if you read the one star review you will see it is very positive and probably a mistake that it was rated so low. My final recommendation is the Orient Marshall, it has more of a sport look and the inner bezel can be used to time events. Check this video explaining it, I believe that is the exact same version.
Orient was a separate company but is part of seiko now, btw.
sea-gull mi182sk This one is my favorite. it was the first one that I ordered. Then I thought "I need something cleaner too"
So I got the skagen skw6103. Then I was like, "but what if I don't wanna dress up but I don't want something too busy. I do like the gears though..."
so i got the orient esteem. And I was pretty sure I was done.
Then I saw wooden watches. They're kinda goofy and kitschy, but this one by wonbee looked alright, and it was only $20. So I got a fun goofy watch. It's cheap, I know that. but I think its neat.
Yep. last week I was watchless. now I have a collection. I love every one of them. They're not super pricey or fancy, but I love them. The look of each of them is "me" in its own way. I couldn't be happier. but I spent too much money getting here. So now the hobby is on hold for a while. Maybe my next prospect will be a "fancy pants" watch. One I have to save up a few thousand of walking around money to purchase. That'll put the hobby to bed for a while.
no it won't.
Thanks to user ultra7k for the guide, updated a bit
Seiko Chronograph SSB031 and variants
Price: $139.00 for SSB031
Movement: Seiko 6T63 Meca-Quartz (more on this below)
Link: 6T63 Database
Description: This line of watches has been out now for a few years but can still be had on the internet, or eBay. I believe some sale links are found on the database as well, though some models can be hard to find. A cheap Speedmaster alternative that isn't a direct homage. The Seiko Meca-Quartz is being used recently in a lot of microbrand chronographs, and sold at a much higher cost than the SSB lineup. The 6T63 movement (also known as VK series when used in a non-Seiko branded watch) features an automatic like chronograph movement. The watch itself has a non signed, non screw-down crown, and raised pushers at 2 and 5 o'clock. These pushers have significant tactile feedback that is hefty and nice for a watch at this price range. The chronograph hand also immediately snaps back upon reset, rather than rotating the remainder of the distance. Battery life is expected 3 years.
So what is meca-quartz? Link to a quick guide
What this means is the watch will be a quartz watch, however the chronograph hand will sweep at 1/5 seconds intervals, rather than tick. This means you get an automatic like sweep, with quartz accuracy for a way lower cost than an automatic chronograph, and you don't having to worry about keeping your watch wound. This particular line of watches has a wide variety of dials with different combinations to choose from. The cheap feeling metal band can be a downside, but that can easily be swapped out for something nicer. Overall, you get the best of both worlds, quartz and automatic for a very nice price. Refer to the database linked above to see the different combination of faces and model numbers that make use of the 6T63 movement and where they can be obtained.
This Invicta diver works great on the steel band it comes with, and I personally think a weathered brown leather strap would look great too.
It's a pretty clear "homage" to the Rolex submariner, but for the price you're getting a pretty good quality automatic movement in a watch that looks great with anything from jeans + t shirt to business casual.
If you want something more minimal and are willing to ditch the steel bracelet, then this Timex is a great option. I've got one that's still ticking on its original battery after about 10 years. They're bone simple bulletproof watches that look good with any outfit.
First of all, skeleton watches when not done correctly are absolutely ghastly. Look at any number of Stauers, Akribos, invictas and friends for reference.
Secondly, a good skeleton will generally be manual wind instead of automatic, as to not obscure the beauty of the movement. Some of the big names have skeletons with micro rotors, but you're looking at 5 figures.
Something that might appeal to you is an open heart style watch. Something like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005HZU7LK might be a good fit for you and can be found around your budget. Some companies that make affordable open heart watches are Orient, Bulova and Sea-Gull. These are reputable manufacturers. There are dozens of poorly made Chinese brands who make open heart, but QC is a crapshoot.
Hope this helps.
Looking for a watch similar to the Fossil Decker chronograph, or the Casio Edifice. I'm looking at a watch for flying but general usage day to day as well. I like the look of a tachymeter (the overall busy look) and a big face. I do have really small wrists but I prefer the look of a 44mm watch over a 42mm.
Quartz movement, Chronograph are the requirements. Preferably under $CAD 200.
I love the look of the Seiko SSB031 link but it's too small at 40mm. I like to have a larger dial so I can see it easier, and it's helpful to have a visible second hand, can be pretty useful during instrument flying.
I don't know what the price is supposed to be, as it says 9999.99 right now, but that looks a lot like a Hamilton Khaki Field to me, but a bit more simplified.
The Hamiltons have a little more going on on the dial usually, but you can get a Khaki Field brand new for well under 500 USD. The dial isn't as simple on the Hamiltons as what you posted, but they're similar in design, have decent automatic movements, and are pretty decent mid-level watches IMO.
If you'd be okay with something with a date window...
Day / Date
Aviation / Pilot (with day/date) Khaki Aviation
Not quite what you're looking for, but a much cheaper option with a similar style would be the Seiko 5 SNK809, which can be had for around $60 brand new.
Seiko 5 SNK809
I just bought a Seiko 5 Sports SNZF17K1, a step or two up from the SNK809 in Seiko 5's and I love it so far. But it doesn't look anything like what you want...
Seiko's 5 and 5 sport series are great, fairly inexpensive, automatic watches.
I've seen some reallllllly cool Soviet and Russian watches that are really simple like what you want, but I honestly don't know what to tell you to look for as far as those go.
Good points. I'd love your further thoughts on a companion for the Bambino. I'm partial to beige and cream dials, like a calendar, and prefer simplicity but am open to a good looking not too flashy chronograph, like this 38 mm Seiko Seiko Men's SNDC31 Classic Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch with Brown Leather Band https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JY0KP8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_WF44ybGASF23T. On the other hand (as it were) I really like blue and green dials and have been drawn to the green dial Bambino (like I need two dress watches, never dressing up), and also to blue dial solar Seiko and Citizens. All that said, I'm very open to other ideas and really appreciate your time, insight and encouraging way of communicating. Edit I also like this brown on brown, looks like I'm laying out a mini collection! Seiko Men's SNN241 Stainless Steel Watch with Brown Leather Band https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0044XDZII/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ON44ybTNQB826
Both the watches are capable of having a NATO band on them. Personally, I think that the classic silver T2H281 would look best with a wider variety of NATO bands. It's also kind of the watch I like more in general of the two, so I could be a little biased.
You are going to want to buy a tool to remove the spring bars in the band/strap which hold the strap to the lugs of the watch. Different watches have different lug width. Both of the watches you were looking at where 18 mm lug width, so you are going to want to order an 18 mm NATO band to accompany, along with your spring bar tool.
AND since I am being extra nice today I went ahead and showed you what a NATO strap entails and how to put it on.
Step One: remove the strap with the spring bar tool.
Step Two: notice the spring bar within the strap, remove this and place back in between watch lugs.
Step Three: The watch should now look like this after the spring bars are put back on, lay out the NATO strap next to it exactly like so.
Step Four: Weave through the watch spring bars like so, and then weave the main band through the metal bar I am holding in order to secure the watch to the NATO band.
Step Five: End result with complimentary wrist shot, showing the spring bar tool and leather band I removed (which I happen to often wear). Loop excess strap through the bars on the NATO strap like pictured.
Good luck my friend, Cheers!
I think the watch you linked is a Kent Wang, right? Reviews on those are only so-so anyways, as seems par for the course with KW stuff. There's better ways to spend $400.
Do you care if your watch is quartz or mechanical? If this is your first piece, I'd recommend sticking quartz. They're cheaper and lower maintenance and down the road if you feel like you've got the bug you can upgrade to mechanical, but in the short term I don't think it's really worth it, especially if you just want a nice stylish piece.
For some nice, clean low priced pieces that are a good value and have a smart design, check out the Timex Weekender, Braun Men's watch, Rider Bauhaus, Orient Bambino, or pretty much any Seiko 5.
Those last few are mechanical rather than quartz. At this price point it doesn't matter a whole heck of a lot, just get something you like the look of.
Is this going to be a dressy watch for formal/special occasions? Or are you looking for a daily wear watch?
formerlatter, then perhaps a hard-wearing quartz is a good idea. If you want something special, but that you'll have to take care of, then your budget could easily allow you a dressier mechanical watch (auto or hand wound).
In fact, fuck it, here's a list of shit I dug up. I love internet-window-shopping:
Young-looking Seiko automatic diver
Another (larger) Hamilton Khaki
Khaki Pilot (very diver/aviator-esque look)
A Tissot auto chrono
A fairly dressy Hamilton
A nice and clean sporty Tissot
A rather large but eye-catching Hamilton
Yes, I know I went kinda overboard on the Hamiltons, but I was working off the impression your watch example and fondness for divers gave me.
EDIT: got my former/latter mixed up. I blame Mr. Walker's magnificent amber restorative.
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.
Honestly, I think what you get depends a great deal on your guys. You know them, we don't. That said, I'd be just as happy with this as I would be with the Seiko. Is the Seiko the "better" brand? Perhaps. But in that price-range, I feel like you would be just as well served by some of Casio's and Timex's offerings. I would also echo /u/Alex7302 and recommend Orient as an alternative brand to consider. I love mine.
Best of luck with your decision, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
Nice pickup, I'm in the market for a affordable Bauhaus-styled watch.
I believe this watch has a 20mm lug width, so here we go.
For NATO straps, I think a blue and white stripe one will suffice, but you can look here to see what you might fancy. $13 here.
If you want something similar to a NATO but more 'dressy', you can buy a perlon strap. Search for Eulit on eBay.
By 'link', I don't know if you mean like a metal bracelet, but if you want to achieve something like this (not my photo), then you can buy something similar here for $10. If you want, you can spend more to get better quality, but this one gets the job/look accomplished.
For leather, I think any kind and color goes well. Recommended bands are Hadley Roma, Panatime, and Hirsch if you want to spend a bit more.
Don't forget a spring bar tool to switch out the straps, option 1 and option 2.
Hope this helps and welcome to the watch world! Post pics once you find something.
Hello! I know everyone has their own tastes, and this may very well have been exactly what you wanted. If you knew exactly what this watch was, and still felt okay spending what you did on it, then I'm happy for you and you can stop reading!
However, just in case you are not aware, I'd like to let you know to that TH watches are very cheaply made. Basically, anything like this, GUCCI, or a major fashion brand take very cheap parts, slap their name on it, and sell it at a crazy inflated price. Cartier is the only exception coming to mind right now.
Anyway, so with how much you spent on this watch, let me show you some alternatives that are much, much better.
[Here] (http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Chronograph-Stainless-Leather-SSB097/dp/B00G4EJRNM/ref=sr_1_72?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450830780&amp;sr=1-72&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;keywords=chronograph&amp;refinements=p_36%3A8000-11500), [here] (http://www.amazon.com/Casio-EF-547D-7A-Edifice-Stainless-Multi-Function/dp/B0183GMPCI/ref=sr_1_121?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450831046&amp;sr=1-121&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;keywords=chronograph&amp;refinements=p_36%3A8000-11000), [here] (http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SSB031-Chronograph-Stainless-Steel/dp/B007554XQU/ref=sr_1_4?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450830693&amp;sr=1-4&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;keywords=chronograph), and [here] (http://www.amazon.com/Lucien-Piccard-LP-11570-02S-Chronograph-Leather/dp/B009EDUTUU/ref=sr_1_11?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450830716&amp;sr=1-11&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;keywords=chronograph&amp;refinements=p_36%3A8000-11500).
Each of these have a better movement, better steel, better craftsmanship, and feel much better than the TH does. Again, I hope this post helps you. Still though, it's good to see that you are getting into watches, and I hope you add some quality pieces to your collection!
Any questions, please ask!
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.
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
Edited for spelling and link fails
The SNE057 looks pretty damn close, but that it's solar and the stock bracelet is different. That lug shape is pretty unique and rules out most of the 5 series, I believe. It's such a nice touch though. It reminds me of the lugs on the Omega Aqua Terra. I'll keep looking and edit this post if I find anything.
edit: Here's an SNE057 with a blue face that has the right bracelet but square chapter ring markings rather than triangle.
edit 2: SNE039 is a lot closer. Black dial and correct bracelet and chapter ring markings are on the money, but the "solar" marking at 6 o'clock is still not matching.
edit 3: That's all I've got. Perhaps someone here can tell you the non-solar equivalent to the SNE039. Best of luck.
EDIT 4: Success!!! The Seiko SGF719
For the money, I'd go with the solar version though...
Edit 5: Hopefully the last - The SGGA49 looks identical to the SGF719, but cheaper, for some reason.
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.
Posting another one of my favorite cheap but stylish watches I've added to my rotation. I purchased the OD Weekender a few weeks back and something about it just didn't float my boat. After scouring the web for a decent Nato strap seller, I purchased this strap along with two others from The Nato Strap Co. and immediately fell in love with my Timex's new look.
Though I love the Weekender's high looks/price ratio above everything else, I especially like how easy and readily it accepts new Nato straps. I look forward to purchasing and photographing more in the future.
Thanks for taking a look!
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
Someone is offering to buy me a watch for Christmas, they haven't put a limit on the price but i want it to be under $250.
I currently have 4 watches, all pretty cheap. A Stührling, Timex, Casio, and Bering.
I have pretty much exclusively looking at Seiko and Orient because I have seem them raved about on this sub at this price.
The Orient Esteem watches look very interesting and more stylish that what I currently have.     
I was also looking at these  
As for the Seikos, I really enjoy the look of the day window on this  And the others that I quite like are   
Quick edit: I forgot I had this Rodina page  bookmarked!
I know this is a really long post with a lot of different watches, but I just want to get something reliable and not similar to what I currently have (to a degree). Thanks ahead of time!
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!
Interesting, you can't even tell it's solar powered. I'll see what other suggestions I get before I buy it but it's looking good, thanks!
EDIT: I found this EcoDrive. It's looking like a winner! Thanks again! :)
The black one you linked is the first "Swiss" automatic I ever purchased, and I absolutely love it.
You mention that you want a 38mm face, but the one you linked is 42mm (which I have, and recommend). The 42mm really isn't a large watch, I personally think the 38 would be to small, but I don't know how large your wrist is.
Either way, it is a fantastic every day kind of piece, the leather is really comfortable and nice looking, and the face doesn't seem out of place with casual wear or slightly dressed up.
So do you want a diver or a business casual dress watch? The two watches you posted are VERY different in terms of where they work. Regardless, I would shy away from the Invicta. Here
is a higher quality diver, the Orient Mako, that is virtually the same. Same dimensions and everything.
It's hard to tell by your post but it seems you want this for the purpose of being able to dress it up more than dress it down. If you are willing to save another hundred dollars I think you could do well with the Hamilton Khaki Field. Can be either dressed up or down quite easily and goes well on a NATO.
Otherwise, dress watches like a Rodina or Orient Bambino might be more up your alley. Good luck!
The SARB033 is very much worth the price IMO. It has a sapphire crystal and uses Seiko's 6R15 movement, based on the venerable 7S26, but has hand-winding and hacking. Fit and finish should also be superior to Seiko 5s, but YMMV depending on the Seiko 5 model.
If saving for another month is out of the question or you just absolutely must have a watch within your target budget right now, there are a few Seiko 5 alternatives. Note that the 5s all have day/date complications as opposed to the date only on the SARB033.
There's the SNK795, which shares the same design as the SNK793 you posted, just in black with a red seconds hand. It's about $100-110 depending on seller.
This SNK605 comes a bit closer in terms of the design of the hands, but is still a far cry from the SARB033. The dial is textured instead of flat black and Amazon seems to have some discrepancy over whether the dial is dark brown or black. Jomashop's picture shows a black textured dial and the price is much lower than on Amazon so I would go with them if you pick this model.
My last suggestion before I have to run is the SNKK71. It has a refined look reminiscent of the SARB033 while keeping it's own identity. Again, priced lower on Jomashop than Amazon, but not by much.
The Orient Bambino is another watch to consider. ~$130-200 depending on who you get it from. The ER24004B version is the one with the tapered hands, but may be slightly more difficult to find now.
For reference, here's Watch Sleuth's Seiko 5 Finder. It's pretty nice for comparing the different Seiko 5 models and maybe you'll find something you like. FWIW, I would personally save up for the SARB033 instead of settling or a Seiko 5 if that's what you really have your eyes set on style-wise. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with any Seiko 5 IMO.
I'd recommend one of Orient's divers:
There are several color options and they are great for the money. In house movements, decent bracelets and in my opinion, great looking. I have the ray raven and love it.
If you want to spend a little more, the Bernhardt Binnacle Diver is another great option. I also own one of these and I can tell you the biggest difference compared to the Orients is in the bracelet. It has to be one of the best ones on the market in that price range.
Hello! Off the top just a quick thank you to r/Watches for being so helpful and welcoming. I purchased my first watch in 2015, a Fossil chronograph, which served me well considering I knew nothing about watches when I bought it. Since then I have developed an interest, which this sub helped to kindle.
I received this watch, the Seiko SNN241 Chronograph, from my dad and step-mom as a belated graduation gift in August. Since then I have worn it almost daily. I quite like the date window, which my previous watch did not have. Another unique note is that the second hand is actually the bottom dial; the "main" second hand is used for the stopwatch function.
Have a great weekend folks!
Here are some things to consider before buying and installing a strap :)
I am a huge fan of amazon for basic tools and even some straps. For NATOs I like to use www.natostrapsco.com as they have competitive pricing, great CS, free (USPS) shipping, and almost always have an extra 10-15% code on their facebook page. Their leather NATOs are very nice as well.
Here's a pic of a new strap I put on my Pulsar:
I was need some help deciding on a entry-level skeleton watch.
I did some digging in the side bar but could not find (with the exception of one or two) any good skeleton watches. I've always had a fascination with those style of watches and would like it to be my style of choice for my first watch.
Edit: To give you a better idea, I was wanting a skeleton watch with the characteristics of a dress watch. Slim, shallow, not bulky, dark leather strap, black, mechanical, and with the face missing to see the functioning guts. Imagine this: Citizen Eco-Drive Men's BM8475-26E Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Strap https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MKGOOY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_o6hYxb55G7QEW , but with a skeleton face.
This watch would be something that I would wear everyday, with or without dress clothes. And something I thought would be really neat if it was also to be a diver. Sometimes I can be in rather unfavorable conditions (ie water), so for it to be water proof would just be unbelievable.
Thank you guys for your time.
I think you could find good citizen Eco Drive that has similar function as PRC200 : http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Chronograph-Canvas/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=sr_1_6?s=watches&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1335766853&amp;sr=1-6
Or a Seiko Kinetic
Another option for quartz since you were looking at PRC200, is Orient TT0Z001B Limited Edition STI Ion Plated chronograph.
The Orient used to give out 50% off coupon but they don't do that anymore just 30%.. so $440 retail, 50% would have been $220.
For what you get, I think it's good deal at $170. 5 left until sold out. 4 left.
If you want an automatic mechanical watch, I would suggest Orient Mako, Seiko 5 series, or Sea-Gull watch.
I have that Seiko SNZG13 and it's great on my wrist. I think for smaller wrist, you should look at 38mm~42mm. I have a 43mm watch and the lugs hover over my wrist. I have two 41mm watches that I wear most frequently and those are Orient and Seiko SNZG13.
I'm getting this Sea-Gull next. For the price this is a beautiful piece with classic roman numeral dial with blue hands. I have a cheap Parnis with ST-25 but the movement is just dead accurate. More so accurate than my Orient and Seiko 7s26. I'd say accuracy is Sea-Gull>Orient>7s26 in this order with Seiko being most elusive sometimes. Plus with Sea-Gull automatic, you get the movement that you can hand wind as well as hack. So all in all the Sea-Gull may be your best bet at EXACTLY $120. You'll get a penny back.
Hope it helped.
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.
Hey! So I've been lurking around here for a while, not sure what the fuss was about but after a bit of review videos, going through top>all, I think I'm starting to catch the hype about watches, and kinda wanna dip my feet in to start off.
I did my research and was going to pull the trigger on a Seiko 5, but thought about chronograph watches for a second. While I do enjoy the look of a chronograph, I also have use for them as a result of a couple of my hobbies, but realistically its more of a want than a need.
This subreddit seemed really enthusiastic (I wonder why) about watches, so, I figured it'd be best to ask here for opinions and go through my options for a chronograph before I pull the trigger on the Seiko.
A couple of chronographs that I've found and liked so far:
The Seiko chronograph, sndd87
Not usually a fan of Timex but this one caught my eye: Timex Men's T2P380 Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Band https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYUSIXK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_bX1OybPPVHCHZ
Seiko ssb031: Seiko SSB031 Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007554XQU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_SV1OybPJEQN4C
My budget is really around $50-$150, and I'm open to used options as well. (Is buying/selling low end pieces a thing in the watch world?). I'd really appreciate any input you guys can give.
Last note, I'd rather just get the Seiko 5 if any other option is a bad quality chronograph that's mainly designed for looks. I'd want for it to work properly, but I'm kind of expecting my budget to not be in the proper range for that.
I'm just getting into watches again and this is my first automatic. I've been enjoying reading this subreddit and watching a lot of Youtube watch channels and picked up that the Seiko 5 line is a great entry level watch. Most people recommend the 809, but I didn't want to go for that one as I've already got my eye on a few other higher-end Flieger-type watches, so I wanted to find something different in the Seiko 5 line and this one caught my eye: https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK789-Analog-Automatic-Silver/dp/B0018N0HL0. I've had it a week and it's been great. It's surprisingly high quality and looks even better in person than it does in pictures. I just put it on a NATO yesterday and that's been a nice change, too, although the bracelet it comes with is not bad, IMO.
Citizen, Seiko, and Orient would probably be your best best in that price range, here are some examples you might like, all on the smaller side
the biggest one is 43mm, which would probably look fine, I wear a 42mm and have small writs as well and it looks good. good luck
Hello, I really like this watch and the price but would like a different color. I’m looking for a similar color scheme as this watch , more of a dark watch with blue trims or highlights while still having luminescence. Is there any watches that fit this description or should I just settle for something. Any help would be incredibly appreciated
Edit: even a version of this where the orange spots are blue would be amazing
You are going to have a really hard time finding a watch that matches that description in that price range. Nothing I'm gonna tell you in this post is anything that any other member of this sub wouldn't know by heart because there are so few things worth looking at in that range. At ~150 you're almost guaranteed not to find something with sapphire. You looking for analog or digital? There's this - it's not simple/clean, but comes from a decent brand.
In your price range, your best bet is to go with a G-Shock. They're well known for their durability, and there are about a bajillion options to choose from in terms of looks. They have some cool features (radio sync time) but don't necessarily match your aesthetic, as they're kind of busy.
The Citizen Eco-Drive is also highly regarded for its accuracy for the price. I can't speak to its durability though. It's got a mineral crystal. Looks like a pretty decent watch for your specifications.
As for the Timex Expedition...well...you get what you pay for. This is hard - your options would open up radically if you would double your price range you could pick up a Hamilton Khaki or something a little nicer by Victorinox. There's always the tried-and-true, nobody-on-this-sub-ever-shuts-up-about-it Seiko 5, which also has a billion options, and is cheap, but I don't know if they're military durable.
I don't think it's terribly big but it's far too thick for your hand IMO. I'd look for thinner options if you want an automatic watch with lume (the stuff that makes the dial glow).
Unfortunately, you can't really get an automatic for that low unless you look at used options. BUT, I'd give the Seiko 5 lineup a glance.
Here's a watch that perfectly fits all of your specifications, That is: Under $100, Automatic, has Lume on the hands, and it should fit your wrist size.
I'd return it and keep looking around. The watch gave you a good idea of what wrist sizes you should be looking at. All of the watches above are between 36mm and 39mm respectively.
Look through the Seiko 5 lineup. Alternatively, look around the used market or try to hunt for deals when they come up. Massdrop always has watches for sale so it's worth a shot there. There's also /r/Watchexchange to buy watches from other redditors. You can't do much with $100 but if you try something good will usually come along.
Got it about a month ago, I don't wear it all the time cause I forget, but when I do wear it, boy do I feel proud! I love the bauhaus style and I'm obsessing over which watch(es) to get next! This watch has just enough on it to not feel too bare, but it isn't cluttered like some other faces (which I have nothing against, there's a time and a place for every look). It is quite readable and I love that the hands glow in the dark. In my childhood the one thing I remember about my dad's watch was that it had glow in the dark hands (I know, very classy, but hey that's what my kid brain liked), so it's kind of the most important feature to me now as a bit of a nostalgia trip.
Link to the watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006DDHQOQ/
So I love this classic design. Seiko reissued this design for their “solar” watch. Here is an amazon link
Myself, I purchased this new at Costco for $99 when it was released (thinking around 2009) and I love it. It hold its charge and keeps great time. It has been in rotation as a daily work watch. It is so classy and nearly perfect IMO.
It is such a classic. Grand Seiko actually used the same design for one of their versions: SBGT037 9F83-0AH0
Whoa thanks /u/tross13!
I didn't expect you to deliver in such a short notice. I appreciate you took the time and effort to do this.This is so cool, people like you make this subreddit shine. I too got the Seiko bug.Got my first one two weeks ago. Since everyone seems to go for the very popular SNK007 (for a good reason, this watch is truly amazing) i wanted something a little different and went for the SNZ55 . I couldn't be happier. What everyone says is true : Seiko delivers a lot a bang for the buck. Thanks again OP!!
If you dig the open heart look on the dial, I think this is way cleaner looking than any of the Seiko watches you've been looking at. I feel like if you're going to have that open heart on the dial, the rest of the dial shouldn't be so busy.
If Roman numerals are more important to you than the open heart, Orient again has very clean looking models in your price range. Just search "Orient watch Roman Numerals".
> Or is Amazon just crossing out a really high price to make it look like a good deal?
Yes, yes it is. That's a very common tactic to sell cheap watches, chinese companies are especially guilty of this.
If you like the bold black look you could try to save a bit more and go for a Citizen. With the Citizen you'd get a nice and well-made watch from a good company that will run for the next ten years without even changing the battery.
what size are your wrists? do you prefer larger or smaller watches?
for an every day watch, I'd stick to black dials, probably NOT a strictly dress watch...but since you want to be able to dress up a bit with it, probably not a field watch or diver either.
maybe something like these:
37mm seiko solar
43mm seiko solar in dark blue
37mm titanium seiko non-solar quartz
and its hard to say how a cheaper bracelet will hold up over time. they get kinda sloppy over time and get scuffed up super easily. Leather on the other hand, will last quite a while as long as you take care of it (oil it every once in a while and keep it out of water). something like a perlon is cheap enough to replace every couple of years if need be...but they can be both casual and dressy IMO, they are tough, and water resistant. might be a good option. you can also buy multiple colors and swap them out in a couple seconds since they just slip through the opening between the case and spring bars.
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.
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.
Enjoying breakfast and a cup of coffee with my buddy today in Downtown LA and spotted his daily beater. Asked him if I could take a pic and post it here, so I dressed the shot up a bit. :)
Details on the watch:
Info on Eco-Drive:
> One pivotal technological breakthrough was the development of a light-driven watch. CITIZEN pioneered this engineering innovation well ahead of other watch manufacturers as early as 1976, which led to the launch of the highly acclaimed Eco-Drive in 1995. Utilizing electrical power converted from virtually any light source, this extraordinary innovation changed forever the way watches could be powered. Eco-Drive eliminated the need to ever replace batteries, which made it especially beneficial to areas where such specialist batteries were not obtainable. This leveled the field for citizens of virtually every country to be able to experience unrestricted joy of wearing and using a CITIZEN watch.
He got it for around $200. Found it on Amazon for about $170.
I got this watch from my grandmother for Christmas, and while I love the thought and I like the face of the watch just fine, the faux leather strap really doesn't do it for me.
I'm curious what you guys might recommend for this face? Would a bright orange NATO strap look stupid because the color of the oranges might be just a bit off? What about a black strap with an orange stripe? Or something completely different. Would love to hear your suggestions.
Happy to help!
Generally, most bracelets on watches can be easily swapped out unless they're integrated into the case or have an uncommon size or shape. Keep in mind though, you will need a spring bar tool to swap bracelets/bands. Takes a bit of getting used to, but it's quite easy once you figure it out. If you don't want to do it yourself, it's an easy and cheap fix at a local watch-maker.
I see this one recommended often, but I've been doing okay with the free ones that often come bundled with straps.
Fulfilled by amazon isn't the same as sold by Amazon - a citizen sold by Amazon will have a 5 year citizen warranty. Sold by a third party and fulfilled by amazon means you're stuck with a seller warranty if they aren't an authorized dealer.
This may not be a big deal -- jomashop for example has a well respected warranty. But the old rule still applies - buy the seller first, then buy the watch.
For the watch you linked, you can buy from amazon for an extra six bucks - I think it's worth the expense :)
The Nautica brand is fine. They are known for their clothing, but their watches are made by the Timex group, whose name might be a little more prolific in the world of horology.
Some other alternatives I think may pique your interest and give bit of variety based off the Nautica would be:
Hopefully that helps and let me know what you think, I'll be happy to help you look for more!
These 2 Citizens should fit the bill:
THIS is a search I did on Amazon for Citizens under $150. There are plenty here that would fit your requirements.
Also, if you find one with something other than a leather band, switching it is super easy. Clockwork Synergy have a line of band that are great quality and easily interchangeable.
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
This youtube video is a good place to start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmhSzISB-2c
Once you start changing straps you may never stop, so I'd suggest getting a decent strap changing tool. Bergeron makes really good stuff, but something like this is fine: https://www.amazon.com/GGI-Spring-Bar-Tool-Set/dp/B005ZEWGSA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1474832095&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=watch+strap+tool
To buy your replacement strap you'll need to know the width between the lugs (where the strap attaches). Measured in millimeters. Amazon is listing your watch lug width as 21mm - most people will suggest to buy a 22mm nato strap and squeeze it in (they usually are even numbers - 18mm, 20mm, 22mm etc). You might need to buy some 21MM spring bars (ebay or amazon) - you don't say how or where the current bracelet is breaking, but its a small expense to buy new spring bars.
Something like this might look cool, but the trick with Natos is that they are pretty cheap, and you can buy three or four for $50 (try cheapestnatostraps dot com) and swap them out depending on your mood.
For quartz watches, it's impossible to not talk about Citizen and Seiko. Both brands are Japanese and make awesome (and affordable) quartz watches. Check out both of their brand guide pages, they make nice stuff. The citizen Eco-Drive watches, when supplied with light, while run for nearly forever.
As for me, I'm sort of in the same boat as you. For my first "real" watch purchase, I got a Seiko SNN241 and love it. The face is much more reflective then it looks in the picture, which is nice. Also, the outer and inner rings have a slightly different sheen to them, which adds a nice stepped look. I couldn't be more happy with it, and it's priced really nicely.
I'm gonna just throw a bunch of stuff here, maybe one of these will be what you're looking for:
For the Quartz, I recommend something kinda fun, but still minimalist like you mentioned.
Elliot Havok a newer brand, but I hear good things. I looked at their return policy, you can return it unused if you don't like the looks of it. If I were looking for a quartz watch, this would be at the top of my list (I have way too many watches at the moment)
a nice quartz. I've seen one on person. They are not super slick, but also very reasonably priced. Again, return it if you're not loving it. But, no date function.
Sasqwatch again, no date function, but a nice sub-$100 watch.
Nixon makes a ton of watches. These are what people call "fashion watches" but still, tons of styles.
Again, no date, but Kimono you cannot beat the quality/price ratio.
[Timex Expedition](Timex Unisex T2N651 Weekender Olive Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004VR9HP2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_5v0JzbTJHHK0Q) you can knock this thing around and it'll keep going.
Skagen makes a great watch.
OK, tapped out on quartz. Give me time to type out a couple of affordable automatic options.
Timex Expedition Scout Chronograph. Also comes in tan and blue faces. I think this is one of the best deals in the budget watch category. The looks are rugged and handsome, the chrono is useful, and the Indiglo backlight rocks.
Here is another version
The Timex Intelligent Quartz Fly-back Chrono is great too.
You're not going to find a good skeleton for less than probably 2K. However, have you seen 'open heart' watches? Something like this Orient Esteem is closer-ish to a skeleton. Orient makes good watches, and it's well well well well within your budget.
Hamilton Khaki Field
Movement:Automatic, ETA 2824-2
Style: Military Field Watch
Size: 38mm without crown,also 42mm and 44mm versions
Link: Official Website, Amazon
Description: A classic and very popular military field watch worthy of any adventure, sapphire crystal and water resistant to 100m. Available in a range of dail colours. Available in 3 sizes and in both hand wound, automatic and even quartz movements, going from the bottom of the price range to even slightly above. Generally accepted as great value for money. A picture
You have to search for the lug width to determine which size band you need. Googling gives me a general consensus of 18mm, but a few listings say 19mm or 17mm, so it'd be best to measure yours when you get it.
Here's the most recent buying guide for watch accessories. Check out the recommendations for watch strap stores.
At the minimum, you'd need a decent spring bar tool for changing the strap, like this.
Finally, no it's perfectly fine having multiple straps for one watch as it really does change up the look.
I also don't know what the minute hand is for.
I understand completely! It's a big world of watches these days. I always recommend picking up a seiko 5. Here's one that's 36mm. I'd also recommend checking out the watches on /r/watchexchange. There are good deals and good people to be found over there. Best of luck!
edit: and of course check out the buying guide here on /r/watches.
I don't think this is what you wanted exactly but… I would recommend all 4. Seiko and citizen are two great watch companies for the price point. My one other recommendation is for the orient mako Black, Blue, Amazon search for other colors. That said to help make a decision you should ask yourself a few questions.
Do you want an automatic or quartz?
What size watch do you want? (How big are your wrists?)
Which one do you like the best?
Two watches come to mind when you mention the speedmaster, Tissot has a nice offering in the Tissot V8 though it is a quartz watch, as well as the Seiko which, both of which look really nice and are kind of homages to the speedmaster. At that price range if you want a really nice finish on a Speedmasteresque watch it's possible to find but the quartz in that range are beautiful and certainly worth consideration. I'm not familiar with automatic speedmasteresque watches in that price range but if that's what you want let me know and I'll look around for you!
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.
I couldn't give it up! I want to be able to pass it on to my kids and have them wear the first watch I bought. I have a strong feeling it will be able to last that long.
Thank you! I knew there was a word for them, but didn't know for sure.
What would you recommend for tool watches? I really like the look of this Citizen BM8475-26E but the crown looks huge and I sort of want a chronograph.
About that price range, yes. Thank you!
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.
As soon as I opened the box and saw the watch in person, I immediately bought a new strap from WatchGecko. It's one of their cheaper vintage straps but I love it. The company is in England so shipping to California took a couple weeks. If you're thinking about changing the strap on your Bambino, I would recommend getting a good quality spring bar tool like the one I bought off Amazon.
It's disappointing to hear that the $150 restriction will need to go, especially because I am pretty convinced that it is possible to make the watch I want for a lot less than that. Digital watch modules are dirt cheap, so 90% of the cost will be the steel and sapphire, and there are <$150 analogue watches that have those.
My $150 budget wasn't arbitrary. I actually did the maths, based on my age, countrie's life expectancy, how long my plastic Casios usually last me, planning for 3 instances of loss/theft over the rest of my life, etc. At about $150 for a watch that can last roughly 17 years, I am basically paying the same as a never ending string of $15 Casios. I'm willing to pay a bit more than that for the convenience of not having to go watch shopping every few years, but not twice as much, that's just not sensible. The watch market just seems really messed up / distorted by people with impractical utility functions.
I have checked out the Citizen Ecodrives, and really do like the technology. The fact that they go into a "sleep mode" when they don't get enough light where they stop moving the hands but keep the quartz oscillator running is super sexy. I did find a chronograph for under $150, so it's an option (all it misses is the calendar and the sapphire). What turned me off was being unable to convince myself that analogue chronographs are a good idea. Looking at that photo, I can envisage times when the chronograph hands are occluded by the minute or hour time, meaning I might be stuck with +/- 2 minutes of uncertainty on the chronograph time unless I wait a long time for the hands to move, and that just feels like such a stupid limitation to have to live with.
Regarding the perpetual calendar thing: it's not that I literally don't have a spare 50 seconds per year. Part of it is that, as explained above, my baseline watch experience is cheap digitals, which just do this for me and I don't have to think about it - paying a bit more to get a nicer watch is not an appealing prospect to me if doing so gives me more work to do. It's not hard work, or a lot of work, it just feels kind of perverse to me, in a philosophical sense. I buy machines to make my life more convenient, not less. Having to reset the calendar most months is an obligation, and a machine should not give me an obligation unless it is removing an equivalent obligation(s) from me. Another part of it is that I just know full well there will be months I'll forget to do it, and it's the kind of error which could conceivably go unnoticed for a week. I just feel like things which are important enough that they need to be right, easy enough to forget that I'm likely to do it once or twice a year, and simple enough to automate using a very small, very cheap, very reliable bit of technology (like a 4 bit digital counter) should be automated.
I fully understand that people in group (iii) (people who appreciate the intricate mechanical engineering and/or fine traditional craftsmanship of mechanical watches) might actually appreciate the necessary interaction with their watch that resetting the date requires. Kind of like feeding a beloved pet, almost.
It's one of my favorite sessions but that's unrelated - I dig his shirt and REALLY dig his watch. Any ideas?
If anyone wants to try their luck with a better quality shot, or just listen to some amazing music, here
EDIT: Could this be a Junkers Bauhaus?
Price: $60 - $90
Movement: Auto 7s26
Style: Classic / Semi-dressy
Link: [Amazon] (http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK795-Automatic-Stainless-Bracelet/dp/B0058VJWTQ)
[Wrist photo] (http://imgur.com/vxV8h3u,NhI6MwK#0)
[Silly fantasy shot] (http://imgur.com/vxV8h3u,NhI6MwK#1)
A clean, black Seiko 5 with red seconds hand. This one came with a crappy bracelet, but I have a brown leather band arriving soon. Right now it's on a Nato band. It's a perfect mix of casual and dressy without any flash or pretense. As soon as I put it on a leather band it will be my standard work watch. [Here's an internet picture with brown leather] (http://uhrforum.de/attachments/41232d1250715406-seiko-snk795k1-kopy-kam-ich-sah-die-uhr-siegte-dsc_0099.jpg). This particular watch averages +4 seconds per day! I think it looks nice with the old Canonet rangefinder in the photo above :)
I bought it a few weeks ago and it has been working great ever since!
Great deal if you have Amazon prime. If you don't have it, then get it because it is amazing. Ha!
GGI Spring Bar Tool Set - 5in., 7 Pc https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ZEWGSA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_hKk2wb65N82FH
Here are two suggestions, both a bit above your budget but still worth considering. Seiko is a reputable brand, but obviously there are other options.
The 7K2 would be better in my opinion, it is 3mm bigger than your Invicta so it should fit fine, and the reviews on the 7K2 are better than the reviews on the 9K2 as well.
Also, for $10 more you can get an Orient Black Mako diver watch which has better reviews than both of them, just throwing it out there for you in case you're interested! http://www.amazon.com/Orient-CEM65001B-Black-Automatic-Watch/dp/B001EWEQ3A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1416272316&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Orient+Mako
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 $150. Also threw some expedition watches into the mix. I hope you don't mind that most of them are from Bulova. Their dress watches look pretty great.
I see alot of people mentioning Skagens, so I figured I would post some Bulovas!
Here depending on what you're looking for.
They're the nicest ones I have found for the price, but I'd recommend checking out the other models listed on Amazon.
this seiko offers a nice little contrast for the chronograph hand and outer indices
If you're willing to go a bit higher
there's this gorgeous orient esteem that offers a solid automatic movement, an open heart, and gorgeous hands.
There are dozens of Citizen watches within your price range, and yes, they are respectable, innovative, and definitely worth having! One such Citizen is the AT0200-05E Eco Drive Chronograph. It's solar powered like all Eco-Drives and has a chronograph function which is amazingly useful and fun. No one will look down on you for wearing that sucker, and you'll find that many people here on /r/watches own some type of Citizen, myself included.
You can try a Quartz Mondaine. I believe they look nice and they are pretty cheap.
Another alternative would be to buy a Zeno Watch like this - this one is under 500$ and is automatic.
If you really like an automatic, you can also pick this Hamilton which is a little bit over your budget (~72$) but I believe worth every cent.
If you really like Bauhaus watches, but you don't have the money to spend on a Nomos or a Junghans, you can also take a look at those two brands: Zeppelin and Junkers (still I don't think those two are that sturdy). Examples:
Now, you must take in consideration if you work in a kitchen water will deteriorate very quickly any leather strap. A rubber strap won't look so good on a "Bauhaus" watch, so you need to replace your strap with something "metal" - like this.
[Hamilton &amp; Khaki Field 38/42]
Price: $380 - $450
Movement: ETA 2824 Automatic with 80-hour reserve
Movement: Hamilton H-10 Automatic with 80-hour power reserve (Thanks /u/InternMan for the correction)
Style: Sports, Pilot, Outdoors, Field
Size: 38mm or 42mm
Link: Amazon 38mm : [Amazon 42mm] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EQ0BM2/): Joomashop 38mm
Description: Great all around everyday watch. Perfect entry level Swiss piece. The bracelet is very comfortable. Watch is a strap monster with the black dial.
Edit: Pricing, I guess prices have gone up. If it's your first Joomashop you can save $30 sometimes.
Wow. this one is very nice! a tiny hint too large in my opinion, but i love it! also found this one, which i really like http://www.amazon.com/Orient-FDB08004B-Esteem-Heart-Watch/dp/B005HZU7LK/ref=pd_sbs_watch_1?ie=UTF8&amp;refRID=0PANB9TSEV4CS95E5VPG#customerReviews
Thanks for your help.
I've taken the plunge but have gone for a SNK289 instead: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0018N0HL0?psc=1&amp;redirect=true&amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00.
Went for this strap by Hirsch http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009NK6OHG?psc=1&amp;redirect=true&amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
I've got a black face Skagen with black leather strap coming for Christmas which I intend to use for work (black leather shoes/black leather belt.)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skagen-Analogue-Leather-SKW6104-Quartz/dp/B00O13IJ82/ref=sr_1_12?s=watch&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450886945&amp;sr=1-12&amp;keywords=black
Went for the SNK289 as it has a white face and the brown leather strap will go well with my smart casual wear which tends to be brown leather shoes, brown leather belt.
Nice to have some variety.
I don't spend a lot on my watches, so it's probably my nicest one. I've been eyeing Hamiltons, but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I can afford it, but the reason that I can afford it is that I try not to buy things I don't need.
My other watches are:
Seiko 5 Automatic
The Citizen is my nicest watch and I like it. It's worth $130, which is what I paid. It's been ~$200 on Amazon for a while and I haven't bought it because it doesn't seem to be worth that price.
Watches like Seiko's SKX007, SKX013 or SNZH57 are much better quality watches, and would be great for you because they have a very healthy modding community. You can buy all of the bezel inserts you want to use with a SXK007/SNZH57/SKX013 and swap them yourself. You can even change everything to make it look just like a blancpain fifty fathoms.
Thank you for the detailed post on buying guide , $0 to $250. I have hardly used any watches before. Based on the guide I have decided to buy a Quartz watch. My budget is $100. Help me decide a watch from the list below. Thanks.
List: 1) Men's BM8240-03E Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Band
2) Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph Watch
3) Seiko Men's SNDC31 Classic Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch with Brown Leather Band
4) Men's BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Analog Japanese Quartz Green Watch
5) Weekender 40mm Case Slip-Thru Strap Watch
6) Seiko Men's SNDC89P2 Leather Synthetic Analog with Black Dial Watch
I'm looking to buy a watch that I can use everyday -formal,casual setting with minimal maintenance. I haven't used a watch in years so there may be times when I won't use a watch. Based on the buying guide, I feel a Quartz watch may be better suited for me than an Automatic. I can't really finalize a watch from the list. Your advice/recommendations will help!
You're looking for a Bauhaus/minimalist style watch. Most companies will have an option but the Germans invented the Bauhaus style and the Japanese are also very adept at minimalist beauty.
Orient Men's 2nd Gen. Bambino Ver. 3 Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Brown, 21 (Model: FAC0000EW0) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072K5JSF5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_8qGpDb0KX2HKW
Casio (this is quartz):
Casio Collection Unisex Adults Watch LTP-E148L-1AEF https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0786QLW88/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_uNGpDbMSG9TJK
Junkers (pronounced "yoonkers"):
JUNKERS - Men's Watches - Junkers Bauhaus - Ref. 6070-5 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006DDHQOQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_eIGpDb2N1RDRR
Junghans is the sex but the most expensive of these choices:
Junghans Max Bill 2018 Edition Graphic Series Mens Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078XB17FJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_MKGpDbS2KTGN3
These are all solid choices that you can be sure are well worth your money.
I would like to buy a watch that is affordable and durable, i like the style of chronograph watches, and prefer black leather straps, here are some options i was looking into, but have no idea which brands are best bang for the buck
Fossil Del Rey Chronograph Leather Strap Watch CH2972
Casio Men's Edifice EF503L-1AV
Seiko Men's SNDC33
Fossil Grant Chronograph Leather Band Watch FS4812
Fossil Decker Chronograph Watch CH2573
which one of these/ or other than these do you recommend?
I'm just starting a watch collection (I've been meaning to since last summer so it's not as impulsive as one would think) and I'm hoping to buy a few watches around the $200~ price range.
Looking to buy (want to get as much variety and total budget around $600):
Among those watches (or any other suggestions you might have), which ones should I look to buy? Also if there are any Youtubers/reviewers I should follow to be in the know, that'd be great also!
The watch that everyone on this forum is sick of hearing about because of its bang for your buck is the Seiko 5. The Seiko 5 is actually a line of watches and while most people think of the military looking ones there are actually several dress versions of the Seiko 5. Here is one example, and at this price you can afford to get a leather band as well. This way you can have both the metal bracelet and the leather strap to interchange as they are relatively easy to change.
Also take a look at some of the FAQs on this sub and you can google it as well but you may want to read about why we all love mechanical watches so much.
I bought a smart watch U8 its called( to celebrate losing 2 stone). Then last month, I decided to buy a proper watch for my birthday.
I missed out on a second hand, Seiko 5, on Ebay. Showed my friend, & he bought me a brand new one from Amazon. SNK789
Loved it, but since I missed out on ebay, they kept showing other Seiko 5's from India. So I bought another, just to wear daily, to keep the new one for special occasions, like the weekend.
Found this community, & I have been looking at other watches on Amazon & ebay. Damn! I keep buying watches now. I just bought a Casio Diver's watch
I got an old display cabinet from a charity shop, I volunteer at, to display all my old film cameras. But now, it has more watches than cameras.
I need to un-sub from here.
Both are using Bauhaus design. Braun has been using Bauhaus design since Bauhaus was starting as an actual school, from what I can tell. Not so much as watchmakers, but as everything makers.
Both are copies of a much nicer (and far more expensive) watch: the Junghans Max Bill.
If that's your thing, I'd strongly consider the Junkers version of the Max Bill. It's quartz like the Braun and the Skagen, but to my eye it looks a bit better and more minimal (which is what Bauhaus is about).
[Mod] So I really want a Mako II with the seconds hand from the Ray II, the bezel from a SKX007K and enclosed with sapphire glass.
Where do I begin? What's a good watch modding form to buy/trade parts from?
I haven't looked at the sizes of the cases to see if I could potentially drop the movement from the Mako II into the case of an SKX007 after swapping the seconds hand from the Ray II.
I wish the SK007 hacked and had a lume pip on the indicator instead of the counter weight. Like the SKX013 does.
The SNZH55 would be perfect with a hacking movement and a bezel with more graduations.
Edit: I guess at the end of the day "saving" up for a Prospex SRPB51 would probably be easier and probably cost less in the long run but I still prefer the hour/minute hands from the Mako, and the seconds hand from the Ray.
Edit 2: This photoshopped watch is basically my "perfect" dive watch except with this bezel I just didn't want to do more photoshopping than necessary and the SEIKO SAMURAI bezel insert already lined up with the other watches.
Seiko is probably your best option.
Here's another Seiko worth looking at
Timex also make great value for quality watches. The one I've linked seems to fit your criteria the most, not too sporty, not to elegant, definitely age appropriate for a high schooler
Description: The best value watch available in my opinion. Looks pretty good, lasts a long time, water resistant to 30 feet. Can't beat for a beater watch or just an everyday sorta thing
I have one of these Seiko Chronographs and I love it. It is quartz but if you can get past that its a great piece. Chrono function is very snappy and the pushers feel really good. I got mine from my girlfriend for Valentines day a couple years ago. Its less than $150 all day long online as far as I can tell.
Tell us a little more about what you are looking for! From the watches you mentioned, it looks like you want a black watch. Are you looking for something sporty, classy, or just an all around daily? Are you looking for something simple, or something with a lot of complications on the face of the watch? Ill link a few for reference
Seiko 5 I would change the strap to something that appeals more to you if you don't like it. Great starter watch though.
Invicta Pro Diver Ive heard some debate on the quality of these watches, but for your purposes I think it would work well.
Casio G-Shock Solar Sporty solar G Shock similar to the one you linked.
Seiko Solar Another Seiko but this one is on a metal band and is solar powered.
Timex Weekender Another great starter watch that comes in a million color combinations. I got one for my brother as a gift off Amazon for $17 when they were having a sale.
I'm looking to get an affordable, entry level chronograph and have narrowed down my choices to the Seiko SNDC81 and the Seiko SSB031. Both fill the same niche for me as being a semi-daily wear in a very casual, business casual environment. The SNDC81 has a really simple and retro look and I love the look of the textured crown. The SSB031 has a sportier look with the red accents and I find the mecha-quartz movement to be an extremely cool feature. Could anyone way in and help me decide?
Definitely Seiko. For the movement and mechanisms, the Seiko offers great value. If you're looking for leather strapped seikos, here are two:
Solar powered with date ($87.32 sale price; original ~$185):
Chronograph with Date ($85.98 sale price now; original ~$205)
Okay, you might like the [Orient Bambino]
Or the Orient Esteem (I like the open heart, so you can see the movement working)
These are both automatic mechanical watches meaning they'll wind themselves and usually only require a service every 10 or so years.
Orient is a division of Seiko and it's a nicely regarded brand
Stowa Antea line, still not "cheap" but cheaper than Nomos
Tissell Bauhaus straight up cheap Nomos rip-off that's hard to find but can be had for under $200
Junkers Bauhaus Automatic - different style but worth a look
Junkers Bauhaus Quartz - same watch but quartz at half the price
Junghans Max Bill - great watch in it's own right, but like the Stowa's, not exactly cheap - just a lot cheaper than Nomos
Hi all. I'm looking into purchasing a new watch with a budget of about $250. I want to get something a little dressier, as most of what I have tends to be more "sport" looking.
I understand Seiko fits some of these requirements, but I just don't love how they look. I was considering this https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Eco-Drive-Quartz-Stainless-Leather/dp/B079995GSP
It is somewhat between sport and dress, and I love the silver face.
If possible, I'd like something solar powered. I have big wrists so anything less than 40mm looks tiny on my arm.
Edit: I take back what I said about Seiko and I'm considering this boi https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNZH55-Automatic-Black-Stainless/dp/B0045D6570/ref=pd_sbs_241_42?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B0045D6570&amp;pd_rd_r=0fe56069-b6d5-11e8-b96a-75051c3f57a5&amp;pd_rd_w=5FeUn&amp;pd_rd_wg=C4sYy&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=8017971983328801850&amp;pf_rd_r=F7H19SASNW0D43Y3ES1R&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_t=40701&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=F7H19SASNW0D43Y3ES1R
This might fit pretty well. it's legible and since it's solar powered it shouldn't ever need a new battery. looks pretty easy to set too, at least there won't be a 60 page manual for it.
edit:didn't read all of the other post, he already picked something else.
Some recommendations by Seiko, who I always recommend for a good cheap watch, and as for the strap, easy to replace with a nice leather band, metal isn't as heavy as you think it is either.
There's also many nice timex ones for cheap if you wanna go quartz
Lmk what you end up with.
I would recommend sticking to brands like Casio, Timex, Citizen, or Orient. Brands like Sturhling, Invicta, Nixon, Fossil etc. aren't quite as good quality and frankly won't be too well received here, not that you should care too much what other people think. Citizen makes really good pieces in that price range, check out these:
Casio Sapphire LTP - has the benefits of a quartz watch with a dressy, minimalistic style and even has a sapphire crystal which provides much more scratch resistance over mineral glass.
Orient Bambino - There are many versions of the Bambino (my favourites being the gen 2 version 2 and the gen 2 version 1) available. These sport automatic movements over quartz movements, but they are so classy and are very versatile.
Seiko SNE039 - Not a commonly recommended watch, but this Seiko has the benefit of a quartz movement, and charges via solar energy. You can't get more versatile than black on steel.
Edit: Rather than looking for a watch that comes with a leather strap, buy a watch that suits you perfectly, and then buy a leather strap separately. You can swap the strap out yourself, or go to a local watch maker or jeweler and they could probably do it for you.
I own one. It's super loud. Like don't take this thing into a movie theater because its all you will hear loud. I love it so much. Band is 20mm so feel free to get tons of bands just change out whenever. Although mine has a gold face unlike the silver in OP's picture. Same watch otherwise though.
Edit: Typo'd the bandwidth and I should read more closely But I'll leave this up in case anyone is curious about the watch.
Hey guys. New to the sub, but lurker for a bit.
Grabbed this Timex https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0053EXKFK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
And love how it looks, but I want to replace the strap. I've been looking everywhere, including Timex' site, and can't find the actual size of the strap or where I can buy better ones (I didn't dig any of the ones on the Timex site). Any advice?
So I really want this Junkers Bauhaus watch. The Quartz watch its about $250. The automatic however is about double the price. Just curious as to why that's so when according to the faq quartz is more accurate and durable? Not trying to sound like i'm trying to dismiss or understate mechanical watches. Just a legitimate question in trying to understand the two better.
Edit: found a better example with the black dial Quartz | Automatic
around $200 you can look at the orient open hearts. like this esteem: https://www.amazon.com/Orient-FDB08004B-Esteem-Heart-Watch/dp/B005HZU7LK
I do not have much experience with orient outside the bambino, but the bambino is a pretty nice watch for its price range... since its mechanical though it'll be off somewhere in the range of +25 to -15 per day. for the most part since i have multiple mechanicals i dont ever really run into this outside of watches i keep on winders, since i just rotate through and set them as i need them.
as was mentioned somewhere else, accuracy is a little rough in the less expensive mechanicals.
Hello everyone! I would like to get the community's recommendation for a classic steel case, white dial, brown leather strap dress watch and a diver's watch. My current collection of watches include - Seiko SNN241, Seiko SNA695, Seiko Kinetic SKA553, Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400-1CR and a Timex Weekender Fairfield.
I am looking for a classic brown leather strap white dial dress watch. I looked around and finally deicded on this Orient Bambino Version 2, but it is not available anywhere! Out of stock at all retailers. What would you recommend in this style which can be an alternative to the Bambino V2 which is in the price range $200-$250? I am also looking for a Diver's watch in the $150 to $250 range. The choices in this category are quite a lot - Seiko SKX Collection, Seiko Monster SRP Collection, the Orient Ray, Ray II, Mako, Mako USA II. It's overwhelming. With the Diver's watch I would like your recommendation specific to quality and technology of the watch. This way I will be able to prioritize my choice based on quality first and then the aesthetics. Thank you!
I think the Orient Bambino would be a good pick (it's also available in a silver finish but black band so you'd have to change that yourself), more interesting than a sea of similar Bulova, Citizen, and Seiko quartz dress watches.
This Seiko Chronograph might be nice also but busier. And coming in well below budget is the Timex Forty Weekender.
i did some more lookingI looked some more and found this, the Orient Esteem. The styling is very nice, although i can't say it's the exact font i would choose. It's on the dressy side but i think the right band would make it work, and i tend to wear nicer clothing. But the simple styling is nice, the window is why i like it, a skeleton is too much, the peak just sucks you in (although the plate covering a good portion is annoying). I haven't been looking at mechanicals much but i know it would need to be worn every other day at least to keep it running, and isn't it necessary to be more careful with them (try to to hit my wrist on something hard for whatever reason)? This is way over what i originally said, but there's 30% off, so it's 120. I doubt i'll get it for that, but the price just changed to that and hopefully it will go back down as it was 130 until 4:30 yesterday according to camelcamelcamel, which discounts to 90.
Other than that the only thing i found was the Seiko snn241 which is a little higher than i wanted to pay, especially compared to the orient.
I bought my own tool from Amazon and it has been my saviour on many occasion like helping friends to change straps and bracelets etc. Its very cheap and worth the while to get one for yourself. Cheers
Anyone own a [Casio Royale] (Casio Men's AE1200WHD-1A Stainless Steel Digital Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094B79CI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_O2NTBbTBMTJGS)?
Trying to find a fun digital beater to add to the collection for some variety. For some reason it caught my attention recently. Would love to hear positives/negatives on it from current or past owners. It's $20 bucks so... not much risk but still curious. Thanks in advance!
Thinking about something mildly similar to the style of the Bambino, perhaps you could get a Seiko SNK795 (38mm) at $68.99 (according to Amazon), then invest in a leather strap. You could get a really nice one like this 19mm Hadley Roma and still remain well under $200, maybe even well under $200. I think it looks great, and the Seiko 5 series is known to be good and reliable.
Someone already mentioned Seiko 5, and the Seiko 5 finder will give you a lot of options.
Aside from that, I'd check out Citizen. They make good watches, many with 5 year warranties:
They might cost you a little more depending on the model, they're well worth it. The Eco drives are an excellent value, powered by light and expected to run at 80% capacity after 20 years, and when fully charged, can keep on ticking after being left in a dark drawer for up to six months.
https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SSB031-Chronograph-Stainless-Steel/dp/B007554XQU ~142 ish looks similar enough, I have the SSB033 myself and I like it a lot.
https://www.amazon.com/Bulova-Lunar-Pilot-Chronograph-96B258/dp/B01D2S3KF8 ~400 but a far superior watch and a more faithful lookalike to the speedmaster.
do you mean SNN241? there is no SNN24, is it this one?
if so, when you push the crown in after setting the time, do you see the small hand in the sub dial at 6:00 moving? on a chronograph the large second hand only moves when you engage the chrono using the pushers. the "running" seconds is usually done by the small hand on a sub dial.
next, if the small seconds hand does not turn, does the minute hand move with time? for example, if you set the time and leave the watch for say 15 mins, does the minute hand reflect that 15 mins has gone by?
many Seiko Mecha-quartz like the VK64 have no rinnig seconds, although I dont think this is a mecha-quartz movement.
let me know, and post some pics or video of what you are doing, that might help.
of course it could just be defective, but lets find out first.
> i was wondering what i should get as a replacement. Still leather, and if yes, same color?
Seems versatile. I'd say google image search around and see what strikes you; e.g.:
lighter brown leather, contrast stitching?
tan leather, black stitching?
This watch has enough of a military feel that it could look good on a NATO strap as well, and those come in all colors and can be changed without a spring bar tool though you'll want to buy one of those anyway.
My point is, variety is good. It's like having more than one watch, but much much cheaper. Just make sure you get the right width (probably 22mm).
Also look at what people have done with their Sinn pilot watches, particularly the 656, which has a similar dial. If you wear leather shoes most days/at work, consider matching. Crown & Buckle is often a recommended place to start shopping.
Most really rugged watches will be durable, like a Casio G-Shock. The Casio DW-5600 is excellent for that. I'll make a list of some other options!
Orient Bambino ~$130-$200
Seiko SARB035 ~$400
Citizen Eco-Drive AW1236-03A ~$100
Cadio G-Shock DW-5600 ~$50
Casio G-Shock GA100A-7A ~$70
Victorinox 241675 ~$150
Casio F91W ~$10
Casio "World Time" ~$25
Timex Marathon ~$15-$20
Entry Level Mechanical-
Seiko SNK809 ~$60-$75
Orient Mako II ~$150
Invicta Pro-Diver (Submariner Homage) ~$80
Timex Weekender ~$20-$30
Timex Expedition ~$50
Casio "Duro" MDV-106 ~$45
unpopular opinion to follow:
Personally, I don't understand the G shock for every day wear. For going to the gym or sporting activities, sure - but i'd prefer something less...gaudy? for edw.
For a proper adults watch and a really reasonable price point look to Orient, specifically the bambino or mako to get you started.
I've seen men at nicer events wearing g-shocks and it always strikes me as what happens when you tell a child to 'wear whatever you want', you shouldn't be too surprised when they come out of their room wearing a spider man costume.
If you're into a 'chunkier' design, I would reccomend the Suunto Core It's a bit higher than your price range but it's got a more streamlined look, I have one and it's tremendously useful if you're active / outdoorsy.
I've had this one from Amazon for a couple years and it's nothing special but totally adequate to the task. There are nicer ones like this if you want them.
I own this Hamilton Khaki Field watch
I got mine on sale for $330 but $400 is a normal price. It's an awesome watch I wouldn't wear it with a suit but it can dress up with a nice sweater or something.
Well in that case I'll echo what I said above. An all black watch, in my opinion, would be an interesting 3rd or 4th piece maybe, but I would not recommend it as a daily wear.
Here are a few Seiko watches in 3 different styles that I personally think will be better suited for daily wear. I also like seikos, they offer many solid options across the price spectrum, but they arent your only option:
How about something more like this
You can shop around find maybe some better prices, and you can always change straps pretty easily.
That's a chronograph. Start by browsing Amazon. You can filter by price range, brand, features, color, ect. Read the brand guide in the side bar if you want to know if a brand is any good. Would you consider something like this Seiko or a Tissot PRC200? These are just a couple of options, you should do your own search and see if you can find something you like.
Edit: Keep in mind you can easily switch out the band on the watch if you don't like the one that comes with it.
Hello gents, I'm trying to decide what watch to buy. My budget has a hard limit of $400 (weird right?) I've read the watch buying guides and there are some divers there that I like but lately this watch has been catching my attention. Does anybody here own a Citizen at4010-50e? Any reviews? Can I switch out the straps for nato straps or even leather ones? Also, any recommendation on good divers?
I have been eyeing this Seiko myself.
This would be more inexpensive. I haven't picked it up, but from what I understand the SSB line have a special meca-quartz movement. It is a quartz with a few mechanical parts which allow the chronograph hand to move in 1/5 seconds.
I bought this watch after looking through the Buying Guide thread. Someone mentioned the SEIKO 5 SNZH55 and in that comment the Fifty Five fathoms mod was mentioned. Intrigued, I looked it up and the original watch by Blancpain and was blown away. This is the second watch in my collection (My first being a Tissot Visodate), and I love this very much.
I'm very new to watches but spend waaaay too much time on this sub. I am no where near delicate enough to mod a watch on my own, so I bought this one modded off of eBay.
I've ordered a Brady Strap with Gold stitching to replace the original band with. Loving this watch so far.
Yeah, also right now the Black Orient Mako w/ bracelet is used on Amazon for $66 as an option. Quite a good watch, and this vendor cycles through which used watches are on super sale ~every 30 minutes. Just to consider.
Here is a much more interesting automatic
Orient Men's ER27008W Classic Automatic Watch
Orient Men's FDB08005W Esteem Open Heart Dial Watch
Nice eco drive quartz
Citizen Men's BM6758-06A Eco-Drive Black Leather Strap Watch
It's been covered already to a degree, but I would suggest that you get something cheap that has either a gmt or world timer function. A flashy watch is a target unfortunately. You don't need absurd water resistance. There is a WUS thread where a guy dives down 30m with his 30m water resistant casio and it's fine. Sure, anything can happen to any watch, but it's absurd to think that you need a 200m watch to swim with. That's like saying everyone needs V rated tires on their cars. If I were traveling a good deal with a watch I would pick up something like the casio world timer
It's cheap. It's light. It has a stopwatch, multiple Alarms,World time (duh), backlight and 100m water resistance. and it doesn't look all that bad on the cheapo metal bracelet.
You break something like that and you're out twenty five dollars or so.
BM8180-03E is a Citizen eco drive version of their field watch, and I hear is a great watch.
Then there is something like this from Seiko that is a good all-rounder that has the solar power source.
For bauhaus watches you might want to look at mondaine or braun.
With the more military look, these are always popular http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seiko-Mens-Automatic-Watch-SNK805K2/dp/B000LTAY1U/ref=sr_1_6?s=watch&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370202169&amp;sr=1-6 there are a few choices of dial color, and you can get a better case for a little more money.
This kinda fits and would be good for a bartender
don't know yhis brand http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jorg-Gray-Commemorative-Edition-Italian/dp/B002R86V10/ref=sr_1_167?s=watch&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370202707&amp;sr=1-167
After watching this lovely piece of propaganda, I'm looking to pick up my first mechanical watch. I'm currently leaning toward an Orient Esteem. I like the Arabic numerals, open heart, and the blue hands on the white face.
Is there any reason I should avoid an Orient Esteem? If so, are there any similar looking mechanical options out there?
Junkers comes pretty close and I certainly love mine. The quartz version can be had for ~$252.
Nah, get a Springbar tool they're cheap enough and you can swap out the straps in about 1 minute. Re-sizing a metal bracelet is hard but on a cheap watch I use a bobby pin and my bench vise and push the watch down on the needle and it pops the bar out easily. A price bracelet Id take to a jeweler and pay $5-10 to have them fit it, most do it for free though.
I can't speak to either of those directly, but I do have a Khaki Field Auto 42 mm that I recently purchased and absolutely love it. It's a bit more casual than the Jazzmaster collection and it goes with just about everything I wear.
I found one on Amazon
Is this the same one? Also, it's a quartz watch, are these good quality? I feel like most people on here aren't a fan of quartz watches. I think it's a really beautiful watch, i may get one soon.
The oversized watch trend is in, so as long as the lugs don't overhang your wrist, it shouldn't look too out of place. Anyways, the black on black look is very cool. It's easier to find a black dial with stainless steel case though. If you're ok with that, maybe one of these:
Seiko SNK809 37mm $75
Seiko SNDC33 39mm $95
Citizen BM8180-03E 37mm $85
Citizen BM8240-03E 36mm $85
Swatch GB247R 34mm $45
Swatch SFN123 34mm $77
Casio MQ24-1E 35mm $13
You could also just go the G-Shock route which are supposed to look slightly oversized. This one is one of the more low key ones and one of my personal favorite styles:
Casio G-Shock DW5600MS-1CR $84
You could also look on AliExpress, since you're mostly looking for a certain look. They have a ton of watches, some good, most of questionable quality, but for a cheap price. And hey, when it breaks, it was only like $20.
I would pick up a swatch for the everyday/match most things piece to balance out what you have. Or save some coin and pick up a Seiko 5 — have fun with that gift card!
Exactly. A watch is like a pair of shoes: you wouldn't wear penny loafers when going out for a run, and you wouldn't wear sneakers at a funeral. There are a ton of different kinds of watches (like the Rolex Submariner compared to an Omega Speedster...different functions for different types of people and different activities), and within those categories there are different stylistic choices that are based on personal tastes (modern and sleek, big and bulky, etc).
I could recommend something like the Hamilton Khaki Field, or something like a Seiko diver, or a Citizen Eco-Drive chronograph, or the popular Seiko SARB065. Very different watches for different types of people and different occasions.
I’m sorry you are having to deal with cancer. I hope the diagnosis is good and that you can avoid chemo, but if you do need it, I wish you an easy journey. As for the watch, I bought this a few weeks ago as a gift for a friend and had no problems whatsoever. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000EQ0BM2?psc=1&amp;ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title
The Seiko 5 SNK795 is rather neat for the price. The red second hand is a nice touch. It comes with a bracelet, and you ought to be able to find a cheapish leather strap for it, along with the spring bar tool for DIY bracelet/strap swaps. All together, your total is under $100.