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It's a Citizen Eco-Drive BM8240-03E that was originally my dad's but he doesn't wear it anymore. Affordable but I really like the look for a minimalist dress watch. It's now sitting on an aftermarket black leather deployant clasp (as the original leather band had broken down after years of use by my dad).
I was looking to buy this citizen bm8240-03e from Amazon here and i was considering buying it a new leather strap preferably a dark color, any recommendations would be much appreciated !!
Hey guys, I recently bought a citizen BM8240-03E from amazon (still waiting for it to arrive !!), and i was thinking about buying a brown strap for it as most reviews hate the native strap. Any recommendations guys ?
Ps: bonus points if the strap is from amazon !
If it's within your price range, I'd recommend a Citizen Eco-Drive, such as this one (I know it's a bit small, but I'm using it as an example): [link]
The reason I suggest this is that it will allow you to avoid having to worry about changing batteries every couple of years, which will save you some headaches.
EDIT: Been informed that it actually is an Eco-drive...sorry, missed that in the listing. Please disregard.
I bought this watch a while back when it was $90. I really like it. Fairly minimalist, doesn't have 5,000 unnecessary dials on it, unique watch face, don't have to worry about batteries. I changed the band to a brown cow leather band and it looks great.
I mean it's not going to be my primary watch, I do have one of these. Yeah it's not a super nice or top of the line watch, but it's still a nice one that I like to sport sometimes.
I wanted a watch with a brown strap that I could wear occasionally but I didn't want to spend a lot so I think the knockoff DW fits the bill well. Again, it's all just opinion but that's my reasoning on why I decided to get the knockoff.
How about this Citizen? Seiko and Orient also probably have some good options. Also, don't be too concerned with the leather strap, they are really easy to change if your watch doesn't come with one. Focus on a face/case design that you like. [link]
Grad student, male, late twenties. This Citizen Eco Drive has been my daily driver for a year and a half. There are also other Eco Drive models that go for about $150 on sale. I replaced the 'leather' band (says genuine leather but feels very tacky) with a NATO strap from this site, though you'll need a household tool or bar spring tool to swap out the band. Check camelcamelcamel to look at price history for the watch, I don't know how often the watchband website runs promos but the straps are fairly inexpensive (buy multiples if you want to swap them around).
No comment on Skagen, I don't have experience with them.
Edit: As other commenters have suggested, when in doubt, get a Seiko 5. Don't get a Timex Weekender, looks nice but it makes an audible ticking sound (unless that doesn't bother your partner and you, then go for it).
This is a citizen eco-drive. Solar battery will easily last 10+ years, although to be honest, it's really small at 36mm.
At 40mm, this watch will probably fit most wrists a lot better
This seiko solar will probably fit your tastes perfectly at 38mm and is well under budget.
This is the Watch - [link]
I'm guessing you don't mind nor necessarily know whether or not he would prefer a quartz or mechanical?
In any case, Citizen and Seiko are always a good bet for quality. I know most of the Citizen watches can look sportier but there are some quartz that are still classy looking such as this eco drive (meaning he doesn't have to get the battery changed).
If you are willing to go a little bit above 200$, here's a quartz Tissot white dial with a gold bezel and brown leather you asked for in the other comment. It's over your budget but Tissot is a good brand and is definitely going to be better built and have a better movement than a Daniel Wellington.
It was down to ~$68 after tax.
I'm deciding between 2 Citizen Eco-Drive watches. This stainless steel one with a black leather strap and this gold one with a brown leather strap.
I'm looking for a watch that I can wear both to work and for casual outings. I really like the color of the gold one but I think it may be too flashy for me. What do guys think?
Ended up going with the Seiko. Photo was hard to get a decent photo with glare but managed an ok one. Watch looks great and I only had 3 links removed.
Thanks for all the tips and info! I would have gone with the Citizen but it wasn't in stock (they had this one but I didn't like the dimple in the middle. The seiko was originally 102 then a $25 "bonus savings" and another $15 off with a gift card I had so it ended up being 62 + tax.
In that price range I highly recommend an Eco-Drive.
They are well made and you never have to worry about the battery etc. The battery and solar features on them are amazing including an 80% rated capacity on the battery after 20 years,
I own this one and it's my daily driver, simple but great looking IMO, there's a few reviews/wristshots on Reddit if you search /r/watches
I confess to getting it from www.jomashop.com for under $90 shipped however they aren't an authorized retailer AFAIK so likely won't get the factory warranty, I'd probably go with Amazon for that.
highly rated on Amazon: [link]
This is the watch on Amazon
I got this Citizen about three years ago, and it's proven quite reliable and versatile. I liked the numbers at 4, 8, and 12 (instead of the standard 3,6,9,12) and the simplicity of the design. It's solar charged, so that's a double-edged sword. On one hand, you'll never need batteries, but I have heard that the capacitors that store the charge will wear out eventually. But all watches will; you can choose between batteries, getting a mechanical watch cleaned and serviced, and replacing capacitors. This is my choice for a reasonably BIFL, all-purpose watch.
Watches make great gifts too. Something like this maybe?