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Get a slim Casio g shock. I would avoid the big clunky ones until you are going to spend some money on a nice one.
Casio Digital Watch that I used in basic (or something very similar). Tough, cheap, has an alarm functionality, and isn’t half an inch thick. That’s all you need. The compass won’t be useful to you. You’ll need one once and you’ll have an actual compass for land nav that will work way better.
I have this G-Shock DW5600E. It is small and light compared those other big, bulky, round G-shocks that most people associate with the name. The 5600 is small enough that I forget I'm wearing it sometimes. It just fits that comfortably.
As far as fossil watches go, I would stay away because they're mostly a pure fashion watch. I can't say much about their bags. For watches, perhaps try this OG G-shock which is extremely tough and can definitely handle a beating. I would recommend an Orient Bambino for a dressier watch, but you said leather straps get ruined. Lastly, check out some dive watches such as the Orient Mako. Also check out Timex watches, they got some good ones for a good price. Hope this helps!
Dude. I have gone through various watch phases, but always come back to G-Shocks. I have (embarrassingly enough) 10 G-Shocks right now. One of which being the DW-5600. I have 3 ana-digital Gs, because I like that style, but every now and again I rock the Square for a few days. G-Shocks are solid watches, I recommend them without a sliver of doubt.
Army medic here. This is the only watch you'll ever need. Unobtrusive, easy to clean, and you won't bang it on everything like the massive G-Shocks. I wear it inside the wrist.
Casio Men's DW5600E-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch
I like it a lot because it doesn't feel or look cheap and is not overloaded with stuff you don't need.
EDIT: Just noticed the sweeping hand req... The g-shock has digital/analog combo options.
Honestly can't go wrong with a g-shock. Military time, date and the seconds can be read with a glance. I'd say at least 80% of the E.D I work in wears a g-shock. I've been wearing this for the past 6 months and it's held up great. Sure it will for many years to come. I love analogs but digital it so convenient for military time.
Casio Men's DW5600E-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch [link]
Could you get two watches?
I'd get a diver/casual forever watch (Seiko, saphire crystal, automatic) and a beater watch.
I have this gshock and it's survived several years of abuse hiking/backpacking/mountain biking/etc.
Thanks everyone who gave me feedback. Yea I'm currently sporting this Casio as my travel watch ([link]) and it's near perfect. I would just like one to look a bit cooler - although the casio watches are cool in their own classic way.
Personally, I'd get a G-Shock and use maps on your phone or a handheld GPS. I've had one of these for years and it's a perfect beater watch (cheap, durable, functional). You then have room in the budget for tools that work well, rather than something that attempts to do everything.
In the mountains I stick to topographic maps and use OruxMaps for mountain biking. A handheld GPS is convenient, really shines when hiking in adverse conditions. On a winter hike we lost the trail in a snow storm, map/compass was reference and GPS let us safely backtrack.
Might wanna look at Casio's G-Shock line as well, they're pretty much the toughest watches on the market, with a lot of cool features and a million style/color variations
thanks. I was actually looking at the one you mentioned and at another one: [link]
I really like them both and they're basically the same price but I don't know which one to get. Which one do you think is better for every day usage?
Lots of things out there that can work. On the really cheap end, Casio and Timex tend to be more reliable than most other things, though I have had a watch from each die on me. For something that will hold up really well no matter what you do with it, I'd look at a Casio G-Shock. They do have versions that look a little more fancy or dressy too, though they cost more.
For something considered a little more high end, I've had decent luck finding things at thrift stores, the Swiss Army I've been wearing the last few years was $6, and I found a really pretty Tissot for $8 for when I want something a little more dressy. Each one new would have likely set me back over $100. Going used, it's probably safer to stick with quartz movements (Battery powered) over mechanical.
You can get old-style g-shocks for like $40 if you want something a bit tougher than OP's:
I had my sarb in the gym and managed to scratch it after a few weeks by hitting it against a railing.
If you are fine with branching out to digital, there are some really cool options for less than 50 bucks. Cheap casio digitals are quite popular, and can cost as little as 10 dollars.
You can also get an entry G-Shock for about that much. It doesn't have solar or radio-controlled time but it is definitely a great watch. Perfect if you want something for swimming, work out, etc., and also just pretty cool in their own right.
G Shock DW5600
There's almost nothing with the durability of a G-Shock. Some Suunto watches are supposedly similar, but I have no idea which ones. While all of the analog G-Shock watches are pretty huge, the digital ones can be smaller. The DW5600 is reasonably small, and it's also under $50.
I think the big bulky round G-shocks are very ugly too but have you seen the old-school square ones? I think they're very tasteful for what they are, and quite solid considering they had to meet G-schock standards of ruggedness.