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1.) it's a diver - it looks best on stainless, nato or rubber. Most would agree the leather strap is unwanted.
2.) you can get these brand new for around [$190](www.amazon.com/dp/B000B5MI3Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_zUnBAbN6JKN8Q) for rubber -[$200](www.amazon.com/dp/B002FNS2CI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_eWnBAbPP03TWY) for steel on Amazon with free shipping.
3.) Consider lowering your price and GLWS.
I was tempted too to go for the islander with it's better specs and all, but I just wanted the original and to be honest I can't get past the islander logo, it kinda looks like an eye to me but it is definitely a better watch for the money...and I think marc and his islanders are definitely developing a cult following similar to the skx so please don't get me wrong not trying to put you down, just expressing my opinion.
I was looking at this one on Amazon, do you think there could be an issue with it? I didn’t think Amazon would sell fakes or grey stock, though I must admit I have no idea about watch purchases.
If I had to take one I'd take the Black/Green one. The yellow version isn't as nice as this one I think. But if I had another opinion to give, and lucky for you I do (haha), I wouldn't take this watch at all and instead would get an SKX.
Seiko SKX007. Great watch, and will take a beating. The k models are on Amazon for $206.
Seiko Men's SKX007K Diver's Automatic Watch [link]
Steinhart also has some good offerings around $500.
I do not know the conversion rate to USD, but I would recommend a Seioko SKX007K. If the Submariner is the quintessential diver for the rich, then the SKX007K is the quintessential one for common folk. Some come with a rubber strap that I recommend changing, however it is very comfortable, you just might not like the look of it.
YES! Be careful for a lot of things with vintage watches.
If you go vintage, you will want to make sure it is the correct (original) watch you think you are getting. This is difficult sometimes since they don't always have the original box or paperwork (In which case you need to have people who are experts let you know if it is original. Can be a PITB). There are some cool vintage watches in your price range, but vintage watches may need a service (cleaning, oiling, gasket change) done to them before they should be worn.
Here's 3 routes you could go that I think would work:
Ask him what he wants. If you don't need it to be a surprise, then ask him what's next on his list (he might have) and buy it for him. If it is new and in your price range, that is great! If it is vintage, you might be able to buy the whole thing and get it serviced for $600 too! If it is pricier than your budget allows, maybe split it, contribute the $600, or use the $600 to pay for part of it and a service (if the watch is not bought new and needs it).
If you want it to be more of a surprise, then ask him what style he likes or wants and buy a new watch within your budget in that style. Too many people on here are throwing around great watches, but none of them know what style your son likes or wants next in a watch. Check with him or get a picture/list of his exact collection and we might be able to make a guess.
Buy him 3 SKX007s. You will assert yourself as the alpha parent, and he will love you forever.
Don't do #3 though. Seriously. It's a bad joke.
EDIT: Just saw the collection. I have no idea what he would want next. I would talk to him and ask now that you have more of an interest in watches yourself. He doesn't have a diver, but that might not be his style (so maybe, as long as he isn't against the diver style). He has a lot of black and stainless. I like that combo myself, but he might want to change it up. He might even want a nicer beater like a G-shock which would be great since many fall into your budget. I would talk to him and listen to what he likes or wants next if it is something specific or a certain style in particular.
EDIT 2: Suggesting talking to him since, if he is like me, he may have certain things about watch design he can't stand and would never want on a watch, but then see something that breaks his rule. We are a weird creature, people. Can't explain why we like what we like and don't what we don't sometimes. I'm sure he'll be happy his mother is taking an interest in his interests and cares enough to do this for a gift! All the best!
Seiko 007. You literally CANNOT beat it for the price.
Seiko Men's SKX007K Diver's Automatic Watch [link]
$200? Why not buy a brand new SKX007?
Do you have any opinion on this watch?
If he's into divers skx007 on a rubber strap to save cash, especially if you're going to put it on leather anyhow - Amazon
Vostok Amphibia gets you more for your money, although the styling isn't to everyone's taste and delivery from Russia can take weeks - zenitar
I think that the BEST value at the entry level for watches is the Seiko SKX Diver and an aftermarket Super Oyster Bracelet.
It will cost closer to $300 all in, but you're getting a more durable, water resistant, and much cooler watch.
I like the Seiko Alpinist better on leather, but it will cost a little more and you will need to replace the leather straps pretty quickly if you are wearing it everyday.
I have a JLC Grande Date and a Breitling Navitimer on leather. They are some of the best leather straps available, but they still wear out fast. I know you say you want a leather strap, but I'd strongly recommend a steel bracelet like the one I linked if you want something nice that will last.
Hey everyone – I’m looking for a chrono priced under $3000 to round out my nascent collection. I currently have an Ahoi Atlantik, Squale 1521, SKX007 (of course), and my high school watch, the Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph.
I’m looking for something classic but not overly thick, tool-watchy, or busy. The Heuer Carrera reissue, El Primero, and of course Speedy are obvious options. Am I missing anything worth considering? Do you have any thoughts on the watches listed above? Thanks!
Personal suggestion (just bought one to start modding):
As others have suggested, the Seiko SKX007 is a great choice. It's built like a little tank without being oversized. You sacrifice some slimness, but I'm guessing durability is more your concern, and the Seiko definitely has that. Diver rated to 200m, highly legible in most situations, and a powerful lume that will keep the watch illuminated in the dark after being in sunlight for a prolonged period of time. Seiko is also known for their offset crown at the 4 o'clock position, which prevents "wrist bite" (the crown digging into the back of your hand over time), which I think would be a good consideration for activities like kayaking or fishing.
The other benefit is that Seiko is so ubiquitous (and the watch itself so affordable) that aftermarket straps or replacement parts are easily found and relatively cheap. But you can find it for ~$200 online and it comes with a rubber strap. Seriously, it's meant as an outdoors watch.
Slightly above your pirce point, but maybe you can stretch it some.
Seiko SKX007, Luminox 3003, G-Shock GA-1000.
You can't go wrong with the SKX007
or the SKX009
You can get them with a jubilee bracelet as well.
will be better to buy a new one
or you can swap the movement by yourself with one from this one
You might want to get him a nice watch. Something like this would be nice.
The seiko 5 range is affordable robust and quite stylish. [link]
I also like the seiko diver [link] if you are into the diver thing
Seiko or Citizen. My current favorites are below, a mix of automatic, quartz, and kinetic. (All below $300) The Seiko SKX007 is the smallest. Dive watches can get pretty large.
Seiko Prospex SRP633 Black
Citizen ProMaster BN0151
Automatic alternatives to the casio
Just bought the mako myself but on a stainless bracelet
Start with the SKX007 and let the addiction build from there. Can't go wrong!
The classic automatic diver...
Seiko 7002, cheap on eBay used. I wear one as my everyday watch.
Or buy the new version...
Look at Seiko 5's. There's infinite choice and they are all reliable, waterproof and can go without service for 5-10 years easily.
If you swim that often though, I would consider looking into 'Divers'. (Usually more waterproof).
Seiko has some great divers as well.
If you want an automatic watch (mechanical winding through kinetic energy), there's the Seiko SKX007
If you want a quartz watch (battery-powered), there's the very cheap but really good Casio MDV106-1AV
I'm sure some will laugh at this suggestion, since this is recommended by someone no matter the question, but have you looked at the SKX007?
I love minimalist watches and also love this dive watch. It doesn't hit all of your buttons, but it is reasonably rugged and good for getting wet. And, somewhat minimalist in design. There are a variety of (water-friendly) straps and bracelets available for it. And... there are lots of folks who would help you modify it: a sterile black dial, a plain black bezel insert, even some more minimalist hands.
I don't know anything about these guys, but they advertise a "stealth SXK007" that's admittedly out of your price range (but well below the Nomos).
Another out of the box minimalist option: Casio black-on-black G-Shock. You're unlikely to find a more rugged waterproof watch.
I don't know what your looking at. Here is the first hit on google and I know they can be found for less. Also, it's one of the bet selling watch designs out there, clearly some people think it looks good.
What do YOU think looks good?
I'm going to assume OP was referring to one of the watches below.
I'm just guessing though.