I actually have this watch saved in an Amazon wish list. There's a special edition you can get with an engraved case back stating its obamas watch. The secret service bought it for him upon taking office.
Jorg Gray Men's JG6500 Analog Display Quartz Black Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002C40I18/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_8NqjybGS51CZD
Didn't want to do flasks or shaving kits or anything like that. Wanted something that was more likely to get frequent use. Needed to keep it under $30 per gift, and I found these on Amazon for just under $26. Home run! I've got several Timex and they've always been good to me. I wish I could buy them all Omegas or Rolex or even Citizens or something, but we're having to fund the wedding ourselves and we're trying to do it cash so we don't start marriage in a boatload of debt. I think the guys will like these! Got one for myself too.
EDIT: For those asking, here is a link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B2IMYDK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kaBZxbBYE26VC
Seiko SKX009K2 Diver
Movement: Automatic, 7S26B
Description: Water resistant to 200m. An automatic diver at only ~$200 is a crazy deal, and with Seiko you do not have to worry about quality.
Most of you are probably like me and have seen all the new smart watches being released and hating them. Most of them look terrible and I would never have them anywhere near my wrist but this kind of design is something I would genuinely look into getting.
You can view more about this concept by Gábor Balogh here (https://www.behance.net/gallery/Smartwatch-Concept/14929833)
this is not a good book for anyone trying to get into repairing watches. George Daniel's "Watchmaking" is about functionally manufacturing watches, it has very little to do with fundamentals of watch repair. Anyone looking to get into the basics of watch repair would be much better served by Henry B. Fried's " The Watch Repairer's Manual"
Acquired myself a birth year (1984) 5513 sub. Absolute grail watch for me and I’m over the moon with it. Has a pretty wild spider dial that shows up in certain light. I know this is kind of the most basic watch you can own but they are classic for a reason. I’m excited to add all of my own scratches and dents to it as it puts a lot of hours on the wrist.
I was a bit worried that the spider dial would be really obnoxious but honestly you almost never see it and it just flashes for a split second under certain light conditions which is really interesting. Most people prefer the “tool” look of the matte maxi dials but I really love this transition into the glossy dial with the white gold indexes.
My other watch is an old Speedmaster MKII which feels like such a monster compared to this. Slowly getting used to not having to wind my watch every day as well, will need to find something else to fidget with when wearing this one.
Got this from the amazing folks at Craft & Tailored in LA. Amazing guys and amazing watches and service!
https://imgur.com/gallery/FFy37re <— video of dial.
Someone pointed out that the strap is from a timex weekender. That is correct. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004VR9HP2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CICtCbARFPZTM
SEIKO SARB 033
Movement: Seiko 6R15, Automatic
Size: 37mm (without crown)
Link: Amazon Page
Description: The exquisite Seiko SARB033 is powered by the premium Seiko 6R15 caliber self-winding movement that can also be hand wound and hacked. It is the same caliber that powers most of the Seiko Prospex line of watches. The movement has a generous 50 hour power reserve. The case has a fine brushed finish and the black dial sports luminous hands and silvertone hour markers. A date display is shown at the 3 o'clock position. The stainless steel bracelet has a deployant clasp with a dual push-button release. A scratch resistant sapphire crystal is used along with an exhibition back that allows you to view the movement in action. Water resistant 100 meters. This is definitely a luxury range watch that is available at an affordable price. An excellent timepiece for sure.
No problem. The case, movement, and clasp came from ofrei. This case is #11. They also have a good selection of hands there. The strap came from Amazon. I like the feel of it, it's soft, thin, and flexible. The dial and hands came from eBay, if you search for ETA 6497 hands and dials you will see many options, although most are either Panerai homages or basic pilot-style dials like this. In the end this build cost about $400, with most of that in the movement and case, which I feel are very good quality.
Description: The best value watch available in my opinion. Looks pretty good, lasts a long time, water resistant to 30 feet. Can't beat for a beater watch or just an everyday sorta thing
Junghans Max Bill
Movement : Automatic J800.1
Style : Dress
Description: A great looking and well-built watch out of Germany. Probably my favorite minimalist watch at this price.
SEIKO SNK803/05/07/09 and SNKM95
Movement: Automatic, 7S26
Style: Casual, Military/Field
Size: 37mm not including the crown
This is a fantastic automatic that can be had for as little as $40 if you catch it on sale. It's on the small side at 37mm diameter, 11mm thickness, and comes with an 18mm canvas strap that matches the dial color. It has a hardlex crystal, display case back, day/date complication, luminous hands and hour markers, 30m water resistance and a blasted steel finish.
Price: About $180
Link: Official Site, Amazon
Description: The Mako II improves on the original Mako by removing the second crown, making it cleaner looking, and it adds hacking, hand-winding, and a 120-click bezel. Despite the MSRP, you can almost always find this watch anywhere for under $200. I think it's probably the most versatile automatic diver in this price range, as it's not too tool-looking, and looks good with almost any attire. Available in black or a nice sunburst blue.
I think you could do better. Maybe check out something like this, solar charging (so no battery changes), or this
So I just got started in world of watches and came across this lovely piece for only $70. It’s absolutely beautiful - love the rhodium dial. It’s also my first automatic watch, I would like to own the Rolex Datejust II one day and this is one that sort of reflects it. In terms of accuracy, I haven’t noticed any inaccuracies as of yet, but for 70 bucks it does more than enough.
For those wondering which model this is, it’s the Seiko SNXS79K. If you’re just getting started and don’t want to break the bank for an automatic, I can definitely recommend this watch.
EDIT For those who were wondering where you can purchase it, I’ve attached a link for it here
*I was lucky to purchase the watch whilst it was on sale for $70.
I wanted to share the latest addition to my collection - one of my all-time favourite watches, the Zenith El Primero.
A couple of surprises: the build quality is fantastic - it really is up there with some of the best.
The dial is fantastic - I was worried that it’ll be difficult to tell the time with it being a little ‘busy’ but it’s not at all.
This is probably my fave piece right now with the Explorer I being a close second.
Extremely happy with it and highly recommend this Watch to anyone wanting to add a legendary chrono to their collection.
Band is just my usual Barton strap that can be found here: Barton Quick Release Top Grain... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07TQKTQ9K?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Thanks for looking!
I just graduated from high school and I wanted to get myself a small watch reminiscent of those generic clocks they have in all the classrooms. The Timex Easy Reader was the cheapest and classiest looking option.
It's exactly as the name describes, an easy reader. The dial is a very light silver which I'd rather be plain white but oh well. Day-date is a nice touch. Indiglo is also nice. It's just a nice little 35 mm watch. I also put a new strap on it if anybody was wondering.
This is a 3D render of the Orion! Here is an album with a clay render to prove that it's not real ;)
I made the render in blender, a free and open source 3D modeling program (textures were done in Photoshop). I learned the basics of blender when I was 13 and had no social life, and since then I have been doing some things with on and off it in my free time, but not very consistently. Right now I'm trying to get back into it after a few years of not using it, so I thought I'd model a simple small watch.
I don't own the Orion and have never seen it IRL, so this was a fun way to kind of get to know the watch. I think I'm going to do this with a few other watches as well, the Max Bill may be next...
My childhood's waker-upper was the classic Casio alarm clock Always loved the obscenely large Arabic numerals that made legibility a snap even while groggy as hell
Movement: UHF Quartz (sweeping seconds hand)
If you want the accuracy of a quartz movement and still like your sweeping seconds hand, Bulova's UHF quartz movements are for you. This particular watch is of the field/military style with a "modern" but modest size of 42mm. Arabic numerals, the railroad minute track, and the knurled bezel is reminiscent of mid-20th century styling. The cushion case and the lugs that "curve" down (and aren't all that long) helps this "bigger" watch sit well on the wrist. A screwdown crown and 100m of water resistance lends peace of mind if ever the watch has to be near a lot of water. The numerals are lumed, as well as the hour and minute hands, and are decent enough. Since it's quartz, the seconds hand does hack as well. The date window at 6 is white text on a black background, so it's less intrusive on the dial and helps keep the symmetry. Splashes of red on the "60" at 12 and the second hand gives the watch a bit more character. Overall a great watch for the price point, but probably not at the MSRP of $375 or something.
Amazon : $148
Edit1: Last week it was $148. Now it’s $183
Edit 2: And sold out after a few hours
One thing I really love about the Alpinist is how well it reflects light off of its polished gold markers. I took this in front of my computer monitor and it looks magnificent. I almost sold this watch a few weeks ago but decided against it at the last minute because of how great it is. I currently have it on a brown leather strap but I have a strapcode bracelet, a leather nato, and a silicone strap all ready to go for it whenever I feel like changing styles. It is green but the green works in almost any occasion. It pairs well with my wedding band and it has been my "dress watch" for a while.
Link to the strap
So you're the reason the SNK809 is $103 on Amazon and I had to buy mine from some sketchy website...
Don't know why they didn't mention this in the keynote, but it has a power reserve function, that limits it to only telling the time when the battery gets too low, which apparently will last for 72 hours.
Citizen Eco Drive BM8180-03E Quartz, so it's accurate and robust. Solar powered, so it's maintenance free. A 37mm case size to fit a younger wrist. 100 meters water resistant, so it's safe for pool, beach or shower. A good tough no-nonsense, yet still good looking watch, perfect for a 15 year old
This gold Casio calculator watch is the epitome of practical fashion. In a world of overcomplicated smart watches, this simple and stylish devices is all you need to succeed in finance, females, and fun. With 5 alarms, DST, calculator, and address book features this watch can replace every device you own. All this, and anything else that you can calculate, can be your for astronomically small price of $59.99.
on a serious note. $60 on Amazon, kinda small (but I dont like big watches), and actually looks kinda cool and interesting.
People who use desktop chrome or firefox, and are buying from amazon, might want to check out the extension called "keepa". This extension from keepa.com inserts a very useful price history graph into amazon product web pages. In particular, some watches increased in price just before Black Friday (these watches do not appear to be part of any BF sales).
Alright, I've given you guys 48 hours to post this one, so here it is:
Link: Amazon, Pic
Description: Great looking Seiko 5 series diver, often used for fifty fathoms mods (but in stock form looks great). This is the standard black version, it is also available in blue, black with gold accents, and a gold tone version.
Watch: Nokia Steel HR - 36mm
Just got this in the mail. After going through this sub for a month or so, I finally bit the bullet after seeing this watch. I recently switched from Apple to Android (Pixel 2) and needed a new smartwatch to track my heart rate and steps since I'm trying to lose weight and I like having a watch to keep me accountable. I really like that it doesn't look much like a smartwatch and the battery lasts for 20 days or something ridiculous like that.
If I had any issues with it, it's super small on my wrist. I thought the 36mm would be fine but it looks a little dinky on my large wrists. Hopefully losing a few pounds will change that, lol. I also hate the strap and will be changing that out ASAP.
I'm happy to answer any questions about it!
edit: added a link
This is all true - except Ronda quartz are far cheaper than $50. They're sold at a profit on Amazon for $16 and it can be assumed Shinola gets them in bulk for $3-5 each.
I'd be surprised if the quartz Chrono movements they use cost them more than $15 in bulk.
Model number is NH8350-83L. Past couple of years I've been wearing quartz watches that you would typically find off Amazon.
Couple of weeks ago, I visited my parents and noticed that my dad reconditioned his Rolex GMT Master and it led to a whole conversation about watches. After learning a lot from him, I visited this subreddit.
Spent a good amount of time learning about horology and movements, I figured I should get myself an automatic to start off with. Given that I am still a student with not a lot of money, my budget was limited. I always loved blue dialed watch faces, as I find them unique and eye catching compared to black or white/silver.
After stumbling across this post, I knew I fell in love with the dial at first sight.
I personally do not like metal links, so I copped an inexpensive band from here and I think the brown compliments the blue dial very well.
I'm looking forward to the future of me being part of this community and moving up to greater beauties! Looking specifically at the Seiko Presage, Omega Seamaster, etc.
Thank you for visiting my post.
Price: $40-$45 ($69.95 MSRP)
Movement: quartz, digital
Size: 48.9 x 42.8 x 13.4mm (specs from Casio's website)
Link: Casio's page, Amazon page
Basic quartz model (battery will probably last 2-3 years), 200m WR. One of the cheaper G-Shocks, which are the gold standard for watches that can take abuse and beatings.
Movement: ETA 2824-A2
Description: I think this is one oft he ultimate tool dive watches. The tritium lume is always on, and supposedly lasts 25 years without needing to be replaced. Water resistant to 300m/1000f with an AR Sapphire crystal. It's a simple and effective tool watch that will likely last you forever.
If you're up to try it again here's the strap that I used on Amazon.
It literally took me less than 5 minutes with nothing more than a standard cardboard cutting knife.
Price: 70-80 dollars
Movement: Seiko NH35A movement w/ Handwinding & Hacking (Aka, seiko 4r36)
Link: Amazon Black, Amazon Blue
Description: One of the few Invicta watches I'd actually recommend. Yes, it's a blatant homage of the Rolex Submariner, but you're still getting pretty decent build quality for what you're paying. It's a solid movement seen in watches three times it's price range and is a solid all around watch. I'd personally recommend removing the cyclops, mainly to make it less homage-like. It's also basically the only diver under 40mm at this price point. Actually, it might be the only automatic diver at it's price point period
The Casio F105W is very similar to the F91. It is just a few dollars more, but it has a MUCH better backlight.
I thought I'd share this shot of my Explorer I (Ref# 214270) whilst at the top of the Banff Gondola! (I highly, highly recommend Banff btw - it's simply breathtaking and I don't want to leave! :-) ).
It was such an easy choice as to which watch to bring with my on my trip.
I have posted it on this strap before but just in-case anyone is interested, this is the one: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B071K7J6DW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I absolutely adore it on this color strap - it just gives it much more of a rugged look.
Movement: 6R15 automatic, hand-winding, hacking
Link: Amazon Seiya
Similar models: SARB013 in cream and SARB015 in black.
Description: Another great Seiko in this price range, and a sub favourite. The green sunburst dial with gold markings is just stunning. The inner rotating compass bezel is more stylish than useful but, like the cathedral hands, just fits with the coherent overall theme - it's not called the Alpinist for nothing. 50 hour power reserve, great lume, 200m WR, sapphire crystal, and all the build quality and accuracy you expect from Seiko in this price range. Looks good on a bracelet but, to my mind, best on a brown leather strap. The latest in a line with a strong history as well - there are some really nice vintage Alpinist models out there.
Casio Duro MDV106
Movement: Japanese quartz ( no model found )
Size: 44 mm (without crown)
Description: The price tag says beater watch, but the fit and finish do not. It looks way better than a watch at this price point should. I like the quiet of a mechanical, but this might the quietest analog quartz watch I have ever heard. The 120 click unidirectional bezel operates smoothly. The most noteworthy thing I dislike is the date window is small and the date seem too recessed and a bit hard to read. The big surprise was the hacking second hand, which is not a feature I expect on a watch under $150.
Make sure you understand the difference between a quartz watch and an automatic before you spend your money.
I would concentrate on the brands; Casio, Timex, Seiko, Citizen and Orient. Anything from these brands is likely to be a good watch. It's just a matter of picking out the style and features you like.
When shopping online, pay attention to case size. If you want to swim with the watch, look for at least 100m water resistance.
Citizen Eco-Drive Corso solar powered quartz, so it's accurate, robust and low maintenance. 100m water resistant.
The Seiko SNK is an awesome automatic watch for under $100 and you don’t have to feel like you are wearing a lie.
These are great watches. In case anyone’s interested, there’s one similar to this that syncs time using a radio signal — so you get a super accurate watch and it’s 200 meter water-resistant and shows the time for a bunch of cities.
Amazing value considering you can get one for just over $100.
Citizen eco drive 2100
I feel like this watch doesn’t suit him. To me he should be wearing a vintage Hamilton that was made entirely in America. I can picture him saying something about how it was given to him by his father and he “Doesn’t need any of that Swiss or Japanese Crap”
Amazon, actually! It's ridiculously comfortable too.
Mens 20mm MS744 Sailcloth Style Hadley Roma Black w/ White Sailcloth Style Watch Band Strap
Price: $375 sale, $475 AD, ~500+ Amazon
Movement: Modified ETA 2824-2 with 80hr power reserve
Style: Diver (300m)
Size: 42mm w/o crown, 12.4mm thick. Wears smaller.
Link: Jomashop, Blue Accent | Amazon, Red Accent
I've had this watch for a week now. Over that week I have wound it once, and worn it for ~3 days in said week. It has lost ~20s during this week, showing how good the ETA 2824-2 movement is.
This watch is beautiful. It has a helium release as well as an exhibition case back. The sides of the case are finished well with brushed SS and polished accents. The crown guard is small, and the crown feels good for a multi-position crown. The movement has hacking which is awesome in a watch of this price point. I would not recommend the watch at the ~$975 retail price, but you can easily get it for under $500 if you look for it.
The counter weight is painted and inscribed with the tissot signature waves and logo. This watch is a great addition to the collection and it wears more than $500 in my opinion.
Edit: One thing to note, I would not recommend the quartz version at this price point.
Very nice. I recommend buying Polywatch to clean up the crystal. I used it on my granfather's vintage daytona and it removed all of the small surface scratches. Even the really deep scratches look better, but they're still slightly visible.
There are no watches in this photo, but I thought this may still be appreciated here. I just started Med School, and this was my first time in the lab. I never knew Seiko made optical instruments. Apparently they're a giant holding firm, and Seiko Watches are just one part of what they do.
Anyways, I'm really excited for the whole Doctor life. My birthday is coming up in a bit, and I'm looking to get this guy. Any tips/alternate recommendations?
This same picture was posted on instagram (some NSFW) a month ago, but its possible that it is the same guy. Not sure why the date would also be off in that posting though.
The more interesting question is why on instagram this watch broke his budget for a few months but on here it is a part of some recent significant purchases.
Also, the last time that September 8th was a Saturday was in 2012. So this picture is older than we think.
If you’re looking for something of that sort, orient bambino line is the way to go!
Edit: here you go :) Orient Bambino Mechanical Classic Vintage Small Sub Seconds Yellow Gold AP0004S https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078BYH72P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_aUhaGb1H1F9JN
Pay no attention to douchebags like /u/Koczk88. Some people can't handle anonymity and insist on being miserable little twats.
Describing that watch as the "white t-shirt of the watch world," is spot on. I like it a lot, it's simple, functional, and versatile as hell. As someone whose world travel consisted of carrying a rifle around shit hole deserts, I'm extremely jealous of your trip! Enjoy and be safe!
Here it is on Amazon US though the ref. ends with an FM, where yours has a DR.. looks the same though.. maybe a different hand set..
I was born in 89 and I have memories of all my elders wearing a Casio. I remember getting my first Casio in high school; the famous A158. Literally every adult male in my family had that Casio at one point or another. It made me feel like an adult. I don't remember what happened to that watch, but I stumbled across TGV's Casio review and it reminded me of my first Casio. I ordered the exact same model I had earlier; the A158. I have a 7 inch wrist and I remember that watch used to fit me perfectly back in the day, but when I tried A158 again now, it felt ridiculously small. Like I wear 36-38mm watches regularly with 18-20mm bands, but 16mm band on that tiny face just felt really weird now. My sister liked it, gave it to her. I still had that Casio itch, really wanted to add one to the collection, so I decided to go with this one. I came across this Casio on Amazon, and it immediately reminded me of the Bond Seiko. It tracks four timezones, has digital plus analog display, day, date, year, stopwatch, alarm. Strapped in on a HR rubber strap and man I just love wearing this.
Link for the watch https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0094B79CI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Link for the strap https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005EJGQ78/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
PS: The strap takes a while to get used to, its a very hard rubber.
After wearing an Apple Watch for a couple years I finally decided to ditch it and go back to something with some style. I wasn’t sure if I would stick with it so I wanted something affordable that I could wear everyday, and that matched my everyday shoes. This Timex Fairfield Chronograph was $99 on Amazon and I have been loving it so far. (It’s not loud either)
Timex Fairfield Chronograph Black... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075GKDMQF?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I’ve been a sub here for years and I am excited to start building a real collection.
Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E quartz, 100m water resistant, and solar powered. A good simple rugged daily watch, that can keep up with a 13 year old boy, yet still be stylish when he's older. And at 37.5mm case size, it would not be huge on a young wrist, nor too small as he gets older.
EDIT; If he is bigger, here is a similar watch, the BM8478-01L. It's also a solar powered quartz, with 100m WR, but it is larger at, 42mm case size.
I think this Seiko Cocktail Time "Blue Moon" SRPB41J1 might be a good choice in your price range. And obligatory wristshot.
NYTImes just likes to gender every topic they write about. They could find a gender angle to an article on peanut butter and jelly. They literally found a way to gender humanity's discovery of fire:
It's the journalistic equivalent of a cringey white knight IMO.
Anyways, I got my girlfriend into watches and she wears my old 40mm seamaster, looks good. She bought a bunch of really brightly colored nato straps and likes to match it to her outfit. And I even got her to agree that watches are a better investment than purses! Just do you what you want to do
Going with my Bulova Adventurer today! I've seen a few people don't really like this watch for some reason, but I love it and it's one of the only watches I have that gets compliments when I'm out and about!
I personally do not like Daniel Wellington as it is more of a fashion watch that takes classic styling from other brands. You buy a Daniel Wellington for "brand name" (even though it has no really history in watchmaking).
I would recommend entry level dress watch companies like Seiko or Tissot as they will fit the budget, are well renowned/ loved, and have plenty of options to choose from.
I found these peices on Amazon that fit the dress and minimalist style as the Daniel Wellington and under your budget:
Hope you enjoy them and let me know what you think!
I recently started working in a place where most are well-dressed, so I decided to finally get myself my first decent dress watch. I chose this one over the SARB033 even though most people on this sub would've done the opposite. For some reason, the Visodate exuded more elegance to me.
I couldn't find the Milanais anywhere so I got a cheap ol' mesh strap off amazon to see how it would look.
I think it turned out great!
Great piece! I definitely prefer this model over the newest model. You can order a micro adjustment clasp from your AD to put on the bracelet. Just give the AD the serial number for the clasp (117STZ001154) and they should be able to order it for you. It was a bit over $100. You might have to hassle them a bit and they may not want to install it. The folks at my AD were pretty confused. It's pretty easy to put on yourself (need some tiny screw drivers you can get for cheap on amazon). If you get the 6 position clasp it will add a good bit of length, and you may need to take out some links. Hope that helps!
Both a serious and circlejerk answer: There a similar seiko 5 with subtly tessellated “5”s across the dial for $85
Edit: Seiko Men's SNK357 Automatic Stainless Steel Dress Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E9K3JXW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_LzxxBb917FE74
but that specific Seiko is usually around 200.
it's a damn good watch too.
That model would have been $150 or less new. Now it's an old quartz watch with scratches. Pass.
Buy This instead.
I have been looking for an affordable watch to wear daily and finally came across this gem. I spend my day mainly at the computer, so comfortability and size were important factors in choosing this watch. I also needed a watch that could easily be casual, but dressy when I am pulled into client meetings.
As the stock straps that come with this series are sub-par in quality, I found a pretty good deal in this dark brown leather strap. It's extremely soft leather and broke in fast. If anyone wants the link to the strap let me know!
Edit: Here is the link to the strap!
I'd hazard a guess it's a Burberry BU9900.
This is the Seiko SKS491. I've been looking at this for awhile now, and finally got it today as a gift. The simplicity of the watch face on this watch is what really stood out to me. I've just recently got into watches and already cannot wait to get another. I'll probably be looking at an automatic for my next purchase. For now though, I couldn't be happier with this one. I've never had a watch with a metal band before, but I'll probably get a leather strap for this in the near future.
Here's the link on Amazon for all those curious.
This was listed under "people who viewed this, bought this. Amazing.
Also, do people actually buy $10k+ watches on Amazon? I can't imagine spending that much money on something without trying it on first.
I like watches and often coveted one of these branded wall clocks. But the quartz ticking gets on my nerves. So I looked into them and it turns out Seiko does a very nice one - smooth sweep seconds, domed glass, looks just like one of their watches, forty bucks. I've had it for a couple of years now and it's great.
If you are not really a "watch guy", but just want something to wear out to tell the time, I recommend a quartz watch over an automatic. Automatics are often favored by watch enthusiasts due to their history and intricate engineering, but quartz watches have a lot of practical advantages.
Quartz watches tend to be cheaper, they are less delicate, and they are significantly more accurate. An automatic will run down and stop if left off your wrist for a few days and will have to be reset the next time you wear it. A quartz will continue to run and keep time on or off your wrist.
This is an "Eco-Drive". It's a solar powered quartz that does not require battery changes like most quartz watches.
Think it might be this Timex Expedition.
Is your friend a watch enthusiast? If not, he might be better off with a quartz watch. They are more accurate, less delicate and less overall hassle compared to an auto.
Citizen BM8180-03E Solar powered, so it doesn't require battery changes, and 100m water resistance, so it's safe for pool, beach or shower. If you don't like that particular model, Citizen and Seiko both make various solar powered models.
Seiko makes some very non-delicate ungentlemanly watches indeed. Some of their dive watches are as big and ugly as the Marathons.
I’m going to share an unpopular opinion: mechanical watches in the field are the equivalent of sticking a hipster in a flannel shirt, handing him an axe, and calling him a lumberjack. I love mechanical watches, but they’re second-rate timepieces once you step out of the Starbucks and into the woods. There are any number of better solutions for outdoorsmen. Casio ProTreks and G-Shocks and Suunto all make multifunctional digital watches that are much more rugged, durable, and accurate than mechanicals and every bit as water resistant. Compass, altimeter, barometer and thermometer functions are common. They’re getting GPSes into them too. Some synch automatically by radio with atomic clocks. Some are even solar powered. And they cost what an entry level automatic costs.
I’ve got a beat-up old ProTrek that I’ve had for fourteen years and it’s still going strong. Worn it hunting, fishing, camping, to shooting matches, snowshoeing, camping in every season, kayaking, Tim Horton’s, the office on Friday, name it. This one looks decent: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B003MOIVI4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xESKAbCXF8VCS
Suunto are a little farther upmarket and a little cleaner in design: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B071NRWVLC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xISKAbDG5PNWD
Have you considered taking the pocket watch to a watch repair shop and asking them if they can attach some lugs and make it into a wristwatch? I know it sounds odd, but consider this. Back in the early 1900's when pocket watches fell out of style, gentlemen everywhere converted their expensive pocket watches into wristwatches. Considering you have just been keeping this in storage and presumably won't use it otherwise, why not just convert it to a wristwatch? I now it will be huge, probably 44mm +, but big watches are in style now, depending on your preferences of course. I'd bet you will have exactly what you want for under your budget. edit Here is a pic of my Franken-IWC created from a pocketwatch
I’ve always found a handsome book about watchmaking to be a stellar gift for the affluent horologist.
>.....about 3 weeks ago after doing a bit of research.
First review on Amazon
>Watch was very nice out of the box. Everything I expected. Big watch! Used it for 3 days and the bezel popped right off and I lost it while on vacation.
Sounds like it's a common problem.
You may be interested in a Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic which can be had on Amazon for less than $400. It uses a Swiss ETA movement similar to the Stowa. In some ways, it meets in the middle between Stowa and Seiko in terms of price and quality.
Generally, for more expensive pieces, you're paying for the finishing and quality of the components, as well as the horological significance of the brand. Whether or not these things are worth it to you will depend on how much you value that sort of thing, and how much disposable income you have. I'm a student and I love my SNK809 and SKX013. I would be thrilled to own a $5000 watch, but at this point in my life, there are better things for me to spend my money on than a high-end Swiss timepiece. Perhaps when I reach a career milestone a few years down the road, I may decide to pull the trigger on a Rolex or Omega, but until then, I'll wholeheartedly enjoy my Seikos.
Hey guys. Long time lurker, posting for the first time. This is my 4th watch but my favorite casual watch and first Automatic. It’s a Seiko 5, and the day date feature was one of the main reasons I purchased it.
I am also a big fan of the hour hand pointing to the hours on the inner circle. As someone who is looking for a good Single Hand watch, I like this similarity.
Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK807-Automatic-Stainless-Canvas/dp/B006CHML4I/ref=cts_wa_3_vtp
Lets get the jokes out of the way first.
Ok, onto the watch. It's a Chinese brand, manufactured in Guangdong, China. It's hard to find much info on the company and this is one of the few watch listings I could find: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/MAWANG-848G-Men-Quartz-3-Hands-waterproof-Wristwatches-with-Sapphire-glass-Classical-Rose-Gold-Color-Stainless/914954_684920874.html
THIS IS THE ONE HE WANTS
Casio Men's GW7900B-1 "G-Shock" Solar Sport Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00309HQPK/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_TbVVub16050QY
This is a "Prime time Television host" 1980's Pobeda (Zim). As usual with a 2609 cal. It's a bit cheezy, but i like it. The strap is a thinner black and orange NATO. I'm not sure on how old it is, but the dial suggest somewhere in the eighties. I enjoy carrying it, but i need to come around fixing that scratch over the second hand.
Wearing my Rolex 16753 GMT Master - I'm trying to preserve the original gold/stainless jubilee bracelet, so I've put it on this chunkier steel bracelet for now until I get a better fitting one - I do like the look overall.
I love the Orient Sun and Moon. I've been eyeing it on Amazon considering it for my next watch. But there are two versions. One is $269 and the other is $395. Anyone see a difference between the two? The pictures seem to be of the exact same watch, and they're both being sold by Orient.
This is the second mdv that i bought, truly one of the best at that price point. Found the bezel, replaced strap and this casio looks great. Swapping the bezel was a little tricky and couldn't save the oem bezel. Had to use a "heat gun" (hair dryer!) to loosen the glue and it popped out a little easier. The bezel insert can be found on ebay for around $20, not many left from the seller I got mine from. I think he also had blue ones. Search for Planet Ocean XL bezel insert as other sizes may not fit. I used contact cement to secure it in place, cheap at most hardware stores. I'm thinking about doing the lume next, seems easy enough and for a $40 watch, it's worth it to be a learning experience. There's also a bracelet that will fit with little adjustments from amazon, $10. I may buy it (for the second time also!) but my only comment is that is super rattly.
Looks like any other of the cheap watch brands floating around a gumming up Amazon searches.
The specs are extremely not special, and build quality and QC is going to be a a huge ???? (but likely crappy, in Amazon customer pics, the applied letters on the dial look really cheap). For $30-50 maybe it's ok. For $150, you can do better.
In a 2-min search in the same colors/style:
The Accutron II, one of the best quartz watches on the market for $170. Amazon
An actual automatic watch, the amazing Orient Bambino for $135. Amazon
I'm sure if you keep looking (and check this sub's buying guide) you'll find more options that'll get you better value for the money. Good luck.
Amazon 6pc bracelets
> o·blig·a·to·ry - /əˈbliɡəˌtôrē/ - So customary or <em>routine</em> as to be expected of everyone or on every occasion
There's always at least one in every wrist check.
The logo on the dial says Raketa in script. Ракета
EDIT: I thought that the default reddit font would do standard stuff to italics; generally, italics look like script, kind of. Anyways, that т should look kind of like a miniscule m
They’re available on Amazon under the name Miltat. They might be cheaper there. They’d cost me $100 where I live.
Still, honestly, I haven’t upgraded and don’t see the need or urgency. The original bracelet rattles a bit, but is super comfortable and fine tbh. Enjoy your watch!
You paid less than Amazon with free shipping, so the price seems pretty right.
Enjoy and wear it in good health!
What about Junkers Bauhaus?
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver BN0151-09L ( blue ) or BN0150-28E ( black )
Movement: Quartz Eco-Drive E168
Link: Amazon blue Amazon black
Description: A great Eco-Drive diver with a distinctive look. With the solar quartz movement, it keeps great time, it is very durable. The sun from two or three round trips to work in a month are enough to keep it charged up. It comes on a fairly nice PU band. The crown being at 4 o'clock makes it more comfortable, and it wears a bit smaller than the stated 42mm. The bezel is smooth, and while some people don't like the 60 click, smooth operation beats 120 clicks any day, but stays in place better than the Seiko SKX bezel, but moves way better than the Orient Ray or Mako bezel.
Style: Digital sports watch
Description: "Casio" Royale. One of the best cheap watch out there. It''s packed with features (world timer, alarm, Stopwatch etc). Personally, I like the steel one but obviously you could get different versions like the AE1200WH-1A or AE1200WHB-1BV
Amazon is consistently one of the cheapest places to purchase a stop2go, currently listing them at under $400: https://www.amazon.com/Mondaine-Unisex-A5123035816SBB-Stop2go-Display/dp/B00F60JXJ8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1511291090&sr=8-2&keywords=mondaine+stop2go
Is this the same one on Amazon? Slightly different model #, know the difference?
I'm wearing my 90's Vostok Capitan. I'm slowly cycling through all my watches and calculating their accuracy with this Android app.
Yeah I know this may be unpopular but the Jubilee ruined the new GMT Master II for me. It's the bracelet this guy would wear.
Going with the Rodina Automatic today! I know there is a stigma on this subreddit around this watch, but I love it. Bonus wrist shot!
Found an even cheaper one
Here ya go
First time making one of these (I had to google how) so I apologize for the shaky hands + short frame, both of which make it seem much less impressive, ha.
Get some of that felt with the sticky backing and place it inside the clasp. Completely silences the clasp.
This is a really cool book for the coffee table I recommend for you Art Deco: 1910-1939 https://www.amazon.com/dp/082122834X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_040VWEWCKNA7C4PH6298 discovered how much I like art deco as well recently and it’s been showing with my watch purchases
>Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Excellent book, but you're right not sunshine and rainbows. I really was moved by that one. As far as publishing it's up in the air for now. I might try to get something thru an established publisher, but for a first book... we'll see. If you're looking for another great book about life in/escape from North Korea, check out "A River in Darkness" or "The Aquariums of Pyongyang" - they are both excellent and paint very vivid pictures of what life is like for the 25 million people living in the Hermit Kingdom.