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if i had 300 extra dollars to burn on a diver watch this would be mine without question
Don't settle for a watch from a fashion brand with that budget. I would go for a Seiko diver automatic (which is powered by the movement of your wrist, no battery), which is the one I have, or a Citizen Eco Drive (Solar power).
That is the watch I am wearing right now and it feels like so much more than 200$, and it is also waterproof (being a scuba diving watch) and as tough as nails. I wear it with a black suite all the way to days by the pool on vacation.
Whatever you choose, I would go for a metal bracelet. It is the most versatile and best looking IMO, and it does not absorb sweat like leather does if you live in a hot or humid place.
I'm a junior watch aficionado, I mainly buy watches in the $300 price range. I would say look at Citizens and Seikos. Now at the $200-300 range almost any watch will last decades with proper maintenance. However maintenance is costly, and for these grades of watches it will quickly out cost the watch. A citizen eco drive will last ~15years before needing servicing, for $200 that's a great deal, but the battery replacement and any fine tuning might cost $50, or a quarter of the watches value. Then you get into styles, of course classic plain watches are well classic and timeless, and dive watches are always popular, but for the most part watch styles change frequently.
I know this is against the spirit of this sub, but I would suggest you get a nice modern watch, maybe a luminox or something along those lines. Now will it be the highest quality? Nope, but I'm sure it'll be well received.
But I do agree with the other posters, this dive watch is a great deal, I'd buy it if I were looking right now.
Why not Amazon?
My Seiko Orange Monster
You can get them on amazon, that's where mine came from. And they've gone down in price lately!
Water Resistance: 200m
Movement: Seiko 4R36
Size: 42mm (without crown)
Link: Amazon US
The new ones can be found for around $170, the old ones for around $200.