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Agreed. They will probably steer you towards something like a Timex for casual wear on a budget. Which would be a good choice IMO.
I just wear a fitbit and leave it on all the time. This is the watch I had before my fitbit and it worked really well. [link]
I recently got a Timex Expedition (this one, specifically), and I want to get a nylon NATO strap for it. Since there's a lot of those on the market, I figure I should ask what the best ones are.
Also, I'm open to suggestions on the color. I'd kinda like dark green/olive drab, but I feel like that wouldn't really go with the yellow second hand. So maybe dark gray or black?
In my opinion the numbers are too big and "curvy", making them seem somewhat fat. If you like the styling of this, I would suggest something like this Timex. It offers a more simple, understated styling while maintaining the rugged look that you may be going for.
Think it might be this Timex Expedition.
Get a watch you like and a watch strap compass separately. Having a nato strap will make it easier to put the compass on the strap.
For example: timex expedition, $37, random watch strap compass, $6
Timex Expedition Scout
Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E
Seiko Solar SNE095P2
It's from this Timex. The watch broke while I was changing out the battery (maybe I broke it...) but the strap is great.
I wear this watch with this strap. Super comfortable, 24 hour time is on point, and I've bashed it against dozens of things without damage.
It is super loud, however... Which is kinda weird.
Couple of ideas for you
Timex Men's Expedition Scout 40
Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Flieger
Currently wearing this expedition. Not loud at all.
Context, budget, and desired features
I am a mid thirties dad, with a desk job in the maintenance field. I work with my hands very frequently, am outdoors a lot and I normally dress casually. I will wear colored shirts once in a while, and often wear jeans or khaki shorts. I have a fossil watch with a bracelet that I got as a gift about 10 years ogo and quickly stopped wearing it after I got a cell phone. I'm sick and tired of pulling my phone out and being chained to it. I tried a smart watch, but I'd much rather live a simpler life with my EDC. I would like a watch for every single day, in the future, I could see getting a piece with more bling for dressier occasions. My budget is up to $300, but I'd rather be around $200, so that I'm not too hurt if it gets broken or lost.
As of now I am gravitating to non battery operated due to the cost of battery replacement with a water resistant model costing $70 to keep the guarantee. I realize that I can do it myself most likely, but I want a quality piece, and don't want to mess it up.
*I don't mind solar.
*Romantically I want a auto, but would prefer one with a winder also.
*I'm worried that I would forget to wind a mechanical.
My wrist is around 8 1/4 inch. I prefer a 38-42 mm.
*A simple face that is not busy
*Brushed, not polished body
*I'm not sure how bracelets work, I don't mind as long as it can be switched out to a nato.
*A black body would be nice, but I'm concerned about the looks of scratches showing though.
What I have looked at
Timex Men's T49961 "Expedition Scout"
I like the looks of this watch a lot, but the overall quality is lacking.
SEIKO 5 SNZG15J1
The only thing that I don't like about this piece is that the numbers are not placed at the outside edge near the bezel.
Citizen Eco-Drive BM8475-26E
I'm not a fan of the large numbers and the painted body will not likely hold up.
Citizen Men's BM8180-03E Eco-Drive
I really love this piece other than the polished body
Hamilton Khaki field HML-H69419363
This is a front runner other than being on the small side of my preference and me forgetting to wind it.
Hamilton Khaki Field Auto #H70555533
This I like, although I would need to buy used.
Are there any other that you can recommend? The only place that I've really looked is Amazon. I cant seem to find a better retailer.
For what it's worth, this timex expedition is supposedly suitable for showering, rated at 50m
edit: Found another expedition rated to 100m. I think it's better looking than the one above, too.