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Seikos are good choices. You might also consider Orients or the Hamilton Khaki Field (slightly above $200 and hand wound, not auto though) - [link]
Thanks a lot for the very clear answer
Expanding that then, would something like the Hamilton Khaki field watch then give me 10-15 years like the Timex without service? Also, how expensive would be servicing the Hamilton? is it in the $100 or the $500 range?
for some reason, i think you would greatly enjoy a manual wind watch. they are very 'old school' and classic, and you can develop a relationship with a hand wound watch, which i think would be special for a first watch. especially if it isn't too expensive.
something like this hamilton khaki field watch is an awesome starting watch. rugged too: [link]
Yeah I think that looks very sharp on a bracelet. I was actually thinking of getting this, slightly different model. I think the main difference is that this one is a manual wind only:
Hi guys - does anyone know if Hamilton has ever made this watch with a white colored dial? I know the automatic comes in a silver and cream dial but I haven't seen anything in white.
I have one that is currently in the shop being serviced. I would let it go for $225. Really a great watch.
It is this one.
So I've been looking for this watch for a while now, and came across to websites which list the watch at two different prices. https://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-HML-H69419363-Khaki-Analog-Stainless/dp/B0001WO7G0/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 and https://shop.hamiltonwatch.com/hamilton-collection/field/khaki-field-officer-mechanical-h69419363.html. Is there any difference that I am overlooking?
How about a nice Hamilton Mechanical?
Hamilton Men's HML-H69419363 Khaki Field Green Strap Analog Hand wind Stainless Steel Watch [link]
a little more than $300, but a nice micro brand field watch
Or the classic Hamilton Khaki hand wound field:
Fair enough. The ones that are small enough don't have a metal band or the date. [link]
Keep in mind that for your wrist size, you'll probably want to stick with watches under 40mm in diameter. For my 6.25" wrist, I need to pay attention to the total lug-to-lug length, which usually maxes out at 47mm for me.
My recommendation would be either a slightly dressier watch with a Arabic numerals, which you could dress down, or an understated field watch that you could dress up. Someone mentioned the Hamilton Khaki Field, which would be a great option. The dressier option might be the Hamilton Jazzmaster, which isn't too expensive in quartz.
As others have said, you can get quite a bit more watch if you're willing to bump your budget up to around $400. If you don't like these options, at your current price range you might be best served by choosing a Seiko that appeals to you, especially one that has a 4R35 or 36 movement.
Those are definitely very nice.
I'm still doing research. So far, everything I've seen that I've really really liked has been more than I'm comfortable spending at an entry level. If a few years down the road I'm still interested and care, then sure I'll get a nice piece, but I don't want to go too fast before I even know what I'm doing, you know?
As I flip through my open tabs, two that jump out are:
Jungens Max Bill
I know I'll want something that isn't overly visually complicated, but dont know too much more than that yet.
Hamilton Khaki Mechanical
These are currently selling for $279 new on amazon. Might want to adjust the price [link]