May 8th, 2010 09:18 PM
I haven't worn a watch in a very long time. I started looking and there are just way too many choices. Looking on this forum and researching else where has lead me in circles.
Here are a few features I'm looking for.
Crown- about 44mm
Band- Stainless steel
Price- Around $100
Water Resistance- Not a huge factor on depth
Night-time illumination- I would prefer something that is easy to see.
Digital or Analog- I prefer to stick with Analog
Easy maintenance and battery changes
I've looked at Fossil, Seiko, Citizen, Casio etc....
I appreciate any recommendations.
May 8th, 2010 11:46 PM
I've found Victorinox and Wenger to be the best balance of quality and price; I'm sure either of them will have a model that fits your needs. If you look hard enough, I'm also sure that you can find one within your budget too.
May 8th, 2010 11:51 PM
Romans: I am going to try to talk you into saving a $100 bucks. then let you spend it on something else. :)
If you have not worn a watch in a very lone time why start now. We already have more time keeping devises around us than we need. Every building we enter, cars,cell phones. If you need to check a watch every 5 minutes you are way too busy. Please slow down a little it's much healthier.
Please don't take this wrong it is just my way of saying i have not worn a watch in a long long time either. And hope I never will again.
May 9th, 2010 12:33 AM
May 9th, 2010 08:49 AM
Around that price you can find a used Seiko Black Monster or 007. Both very nice dive watches. Seikos rock- George
May 9th, 2010 08:59 AM
May 9th, 2010 09:37 AM
Somehow I have accumulated a variety of watches from low end Timex to higher end ORIS. I bought my son an expensive Ebel, and my wife a Baum-Merceier-- mega bucks watch which sits in the jewelry box. In the end they all eventually break or get badly out of style.
When new ALL do well keeping time. Especially, when they are digital. Some of the analogs do better than others. None really last "forever."
For me, the key is how easily can I change the battery by myself.
My kinetic Seiko watch (wonderful in all ways) has a nasty habit of not working every few years and needs repeated factory service.
My mechanical (and expensive) watch requires factory service every three years and if past experience predicts the future, it will not last 10 years-- besides style changes over time and a 10 year old watch often looks like a 10 year old watch.
Swatch watches have very easy to change batteries. Fossil, you'll have to get someone else to change it. In my experience with most you will lose some water resistance when you change the battery as the O rings will never quite get back in place.
So, with that long introduction, if you are looking for jewelry, buy a high end watch that will serve as jewelry.
If you are looking for a reliable everyday watch, you don't even need to get up to the 100 dollar mark. There are plenty of good watches for half to a third of that price. Buy down and treat the watch as a disposable item.
I've drowned some of my "expensive" dive watches by actually diving. Other good watches have come with "irreplaceable" straps that broke after a year or two. The highest end watch (which my wife owns) needs a factory authorized dealer to change the battery, and none of the present jewelry stores in town are such.
Timex, Casio, Citizens, Swatch, and many other brands, all make something you will like. Just shop around in the local stores and the national chain stores. You can hardly go wrong.
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May 9th, 2010 02:05 PM
I have been wearing a casio g shock for about 2 yrs now. It meets all of your reqs but 1 and that would be the analog part. its solar powered, and uses the "atomic clock" signal from colorado ( i think) to reset the time every night. it was around 79 bucks if I'm not mistaken.
May 9th, 2010 02:05 PM
Timex Indiglo. Well under $100, dial lighting is more reliable than the luminous types, sufficiently water- and shock-resistant for outdoor, sportsman type activites, and you won't cry if you lose it. Also cheap enough that there aren't $50 knock-offs available on eBay!
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May 9th, 2010 03:38 PM
Skagen makes some good, inexpensive watches that would fit your requirements. Are you flexible with your requirements at all? I've worn all the "tough" watches, and have killed every one of em. Luminox, toasted after 2 years. Marathon (the Gov't issued model thats apparently indestructible) killed after 3 years. If you are flexible on your requirements, I urge you to take a look at a cheapo Casio G-shock. Get a model thats solar, and atomic. Solar because it will never require a battery change (saving the "waterproof" seal!!!!) and atomic so you never have to set it. You literally dont have to do a darn thing to this watch, ever. I wear mine 24/7 (even to bed) and beat the holy hell out of it at work, in my garage, and doing yardwork. Two years and it still operates like brand new. I have the highest expectations for this watch, even though it was the least expensive. The model I use is a awg-101. Heres a link. Amazon.com: Casio Men's AWG101-1A G-Shock Multi-Band Solar Atomic Analog Watch: Casio: Sports & Outdoors (First one I clicked after I googled it.....$85, shipped) I dont mean to talk you out of your criteria, but if you are flexible, this is a super option. The Skagen, Luminox, Marathon brands are sexier, sure. They all advertise being tough, but in my opinion, the G-shock has yet to be beaten.
May 9th, 2010 04:42 PM
I was at Target today and found a cheap watch for $7.84 on clearance. Meets almost all what I'm looking for: stainless steel,larger crown, larger face, analog, and is visible at night. After the cashier rang it up it came to an additional price off and only cost $3.74. Yeah its not the build quality as a Seiko, Casio etc.. but hey it was $4.00
I'll wear this for awhile until I can really decide on a watch I would like to keep for a few years.
May 9th, 2010 05:27 PM
Don't be too surprised if your el-cheap from Target lasts lots longer than you think it will. Chances are the only thing that will go wrong is the strap will tear, and then maybe you will find that it is cheaper to buy another el-cheapo at Target than to buy a new strap.
Originally Posted by Romans623
$3.74, what's not to like?
May 10th, 2010 12:59 AM
I read their warranty card and they want $9 to repair and ship if broken. For some reason if it breaks I don't see myself repairing it. I just need to buy a kit to remove links as needed.
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