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We’re on the same page with the atomic. This was my initial pic but I’m open to others.
Another vote for Casio. I use the G-Shock GW6900-1. It is waterproof, has illumination, solar powered, and syncs nightly with the atomic clock. Also, it's cheap for a G-Shock.
I've owned all of the listed watches in this post, and I can say the most economical choice would be a G-Shock, by Casio.
I've ruined every watch that wasn't a G-Shock while searching for something stylish, and just gave up. Toughness or GTFO, lol.
The model I wear daily has solar-charging, so you won't ever have to replace a battery. It's pretty much the wrist-powered watch style, but replaced with a tiny PV-panel on the face.
It's $82, so $32 over your budget, but well worth the money.
G-Shock GW6900-1 Men's Tough Solar Black Resin Sport Watch [link]
I just bought the similar model to the white one you have but in black. I haven't received it yet though. [link]
It is the 6900-1 and is solar and has the atomic clock. After 6 years how is the solar battery? That was my main concern.
I have this G Shock. It's a tank. It autosyncs with the atomic clock for increased accuracy (so you never have to set it, even for DST, time travel, etc.) and it's solar powered.
I've owned the G-Shock for about 4 years now and love it. The reviews on Amazon were helpful for someone like me who researches the heck out of certain purchases.
Have you seen the GW-6900? Basically the round version of the 5610.
Itse suoritin intin casion g-shock 6900-1 ranteessa.
Kätevä peli kun ottaa auringosta virtaa.
Kello on kestänyt myös -27°C ja 80°C:n lämmön sekä sukelluksen 200-metriin.
GW6900 is probably one of the best values. It even has atomic timekeeping so it'll automatically set itself. It doesn't, however, have analog hands if that's what you're looking for. If you're willing to stretch your budget a tad, and still have the same features, you might like the AWGM100 or one of its variants.
This was the winner. We got him a nice g-shock watch.
There's a thousand different models. It depends. Does he travel a lot? Is he outside a lot? Does he swim/fish/boat? What's he like? The watch I got is good because it is solar powered, has auto sync to an atomic clock daily, is rugged (almost all G's are, though), displays every time zone around the world + standard G features. There are Casio G-Shock Mudmen which are more rugged than the standard G. The standard has been frozen, heated, pressure tested, etc. And still works. The Mudmen are mud and dirt resistant and they are even more waterproof. There are other G's that have tide charts and moon phases for more water-based people that do fishing and such. If he hunts/shoots/hikes/whatever, they have models that have altimeters, barometers, thermometers on 'em. Do note that these models are more expensive than the basic G. The US Navy SEALs wear this G, mostly. It has auto-illumination, too. Mine has that, also. It's a nice feature (tilt the watch up past 30 degrees and it lights up, if the feature is turned on).
Anything else? I can recommend other G's, too.
I wouldn't bother with the atomic version as the solar quartz is plenty precise and is half the cost. At that price get both =D
Military style watches work great with streetwear but if you are worried about it get a bunch of different straps and swap them out as you please. It can radically change the look of the watch.
Hamilton makes some very pretty military watches.
You may consider the GW-6900. It has the classic design of the DW-6900 with the technological advancements of solar power and atomic time sync. It's a great watch that is an homage to the classic g-shocks.
Additionally, you may consider this thread on watchuseek.
"doesn't have to be fancy just keep time well and have a stop watch"
G-Shock. Take your pick. I prefer the multiband radio atomic models such as the GW-6900.