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This is my daily beater. It meets most of your requirements (except the compass) and its low profile compared to most G-shocks. I’ve been wearing mine for about 3 months and it is very comfortable, has been through several workouts in multiple terrains and has been on the water too. Pretty much a tank!
Meaning too thick? There are some thinner models, check out something like this. I have something similar with a carbon strap and titanium caseback, but its essentially the same watch. No where near as thick as my other Gs.
I know you said no G-shocks, but the 5610 is way smaller and sleek than the big ones. It is still a g-shock so it can take abuse, and it can be had on Amazon for less than $100
I bought this watch a few months ago on Amazon. ( [link])
I wore it a handful of times when I first got it but after the first week or two it just sat in my room. I just can't get into digital watches.. Watch is very clean, only signs of wear are on the band where I had it strapped on. Original G-Shock tin included along with all instructions.
Asking $75 shipped CONUS
Also open to FTF sale, located in the DMV area
Edit: FTF sale
If you're looking for practical and accurate...like us INTJs. This watch fits the description.
I have one and it's nice knowing that the little thing on my wrist is right. No really, my watch is right according to what our society recognizes as time.
It can be a bit finicky for actually syncing with the atomic clocks around the world but it's also fun to play with and figure out.
This is on sale on amazon right now if it's something you might be interested in.
World time, looks like the original 5600, solar powered, multiband 6.
World time, looks like the original 5600,
solar powered, multiband 6
Casio Men's G-Shock GWM5610-1 Tough Solar Black Resin Sport Watch [link]
$1,000 is super-luxury level.
My GWM5610-1, the perfect wristwatch, would like a word...
Of course there is the GWM5610... like everyone else said. I wear one to work everyday. But, that's not where the list ends, as this thread seems to imply.
I'd suggest checking out the GW7900 (solar/atomic) and G7900 (same, without solar/atomic). Multiple color variations, and most comfortable Gshock IMO.
Another great value is the old style Rangeman. It has more features than any other Gshock besides the Frogman and costs less than $200.
This is my favorite watch. Never have to set the time, battery powered by the sun, looks nice and simple
I have the day off and it's raining, so this is going to be long. Bear with me here:
Mechanical watches don't use batteries, but require a little more care and maintenance (usually nothing beyond a service every 5-8 years though). The seconds hand "sweeps" across the dial, instead of the ticking motion of quartz. Quartz just run on batteries and are probably what most people are familiar with.
It sounds like he and I live a similar lifestyle (except I can't play basketball to save my life). You could get him two watches, one for sports and outdoors and another for everyday life. Like others have said the G-Shock is pretty much the quintessential rough and tumble watch. The GWM5610 is popular around here. It's low profile (for a G-Shock) and multitude of features like solar power and atomic sync, stopwatch, etc. are great for outdoor activities and sports. I use mine for snowboarding, work, backpacking, you name it.
For something more traditional looking, you have a lot of options. In your price range you'll probably want to be looking at Casio, Timex, Bulova, Citizen, Seiko, Orient, Tissot, Hamilton, and Junkers (and a couple of others). I quickly looked through and pulled some I thought looked pretty good:
-Casio Edifice Quartz
-Timex Fairfield Chronograph Quartz
-Citizen Chandler Solar powered quartz
-Citizen BU2013-08E Solar powered quartz
-Seiko Recraft Automatic mechanical
-Seiko Presage Automatic mechanical
-Orient Bambino 2nd Gen. Automatic mechanical
-Orient Bambino v3 Automatic mechanical
-Tissot Everytime Quartz Quartz
-Tissot Tradition Quartz
-Hamilton Khaki Field Hand-wound mechanical
-Junkers Bauhaus Quartz
-Tisell Bauhaus Automatic mechanical
-Tisell Open Heart Automatic mechanical
And there are of course many, many others. Another option is to get him a dive watch, which as the name suggests usually means they're water resistant up to 200m and are often just as at home outdoors as they are in an office "desk diving":
-Casio MDV106 Quartz
-Citizen ProMaster Solar powered quartz
-Seiko SKX007 Automatic mechanical
-Orient Ray II Automatic mechanical
-Orient Mako II Automatic mechanical
Divers were an acquired taste for me, so I know they're not to everyone's liking. Sorry that was so long. If you have any more questions, fire away!
Here's the link.
Looking for a no-bezel GMT recommendation.
I'd like to get a watch I could wear with a button-down or a suit. Wanted something different than what I have, and thought a a GMT would be interesting.
I think the closest to what I have in mind is the Orient Polaris GMT. The Grand Seiko
SBGJ211 is also the general idea.
The collection I'm diversifying:
Your requirements are pretty ridiculous but this is the closest you're going to get:
I love the Casio G shock series. The one below is solar and updates time automatically.
G-Shock GWM5610-1 Men's Solar Black Resin Sport Watch [link]
Thanks! Seems less bulky than many of the other g-shocks. It looks like its available on amazon.ca
I second this opinion! Also if you don't mind spending a little more this is the one i have and love [link]
Casio G-Shock GWM5610
This would be my choice for someone like you described:
Not only is it super sturdy to survive any kind of abuse, but with the solar power, atomic time-sync, and multiple digital functions it's about as practical as one can get.
For something a bit more premium for a solid "business casual" look and a much more robust band (probably the only downside of the Casios) I'd get this one of these:
Again these are very practical watches and very robust with Sapphire crystals and metal bracelets that should survive decades of use without any service or battery changes.
I'm not sure, here's the exact model I have on amazon
I usually wear this. It'll stand up to anything
This. While it might be too cheap, the GWM5610 is a great one. Solar, atomic, and very beatable. If OP wants to needlessly spend more, he can get the inverted display version.
Casio G Shock Solar watch w/ atomic timekeeping
The Rangeman is really nice but it's also very large and thick so it can interfere a lot with daily tasks. Slimmer profile watches are better for not getting in the way. I would check out the 5600 or 6900 series watches:
There's also a really cool military concept theme product line that has low visuals and red back lights:
But its successor is widley avaiable.
You can't really go wrong with the 5610-1; cheap, solar powered, and atomic time keeping.
Have a look at this Casio G-Shock or any of the many other options in the 5600 series. I've used one nearly daily for the last few years and I've been very pleased with it. I have fairly small wrists and I find the size to be small enough and slim enough for my liking.
Casio Men's GWM5610-1 G-Shock Solar Watch with Black Band
Here's a link for those looking: [link]
G-Shock with solar charging and sets itself to the atomic clock.
This and this are good ones.
The "regular" ones, non colored, something like this.
Like I said I don't have an previous experience with the brand, and thought the colored models may be considered designer watches and therefore be less durable than the original models.