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Posted: 11/20/2012 3:08:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 3:09:42 PM EST by Bomb-Tech]
I'm looking for a new watch... It needs to be rugged and reliable... I also don't want one of those watches that look like Big Ben. I'm trying to stay around $150. Any suggestions??
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:09:03 PM EST
G Shock
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:10:24 PM EST
Casio Pathfinder and G-Shock variants are tough and relatively slim.

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:11:50 PM EST
Gshock. Mudman series.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:14:58 PM EST
Analog or digital

MPD165
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:15:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By MPD165:
Analog or digital

MPD165


Get both?
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:16:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 3:17:06 PM EST by gmtmaster]
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:19:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


+1
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:23:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By MPD165:
Analog or digital

MPD165


I prefer analog... But digital can work too.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:23:30 PM EST
I guess I'm looking more toward a "military style" watch.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:27:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:27:21 PM EST
G shock
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:27:56 PM EST
Timex Expedition.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:29:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


this or the SKX781 "Orange Monster"
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:31:32 PM EST
Look at Traser along with the other good options listed in the thread.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:38:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By Bomb-Tech:
Originally Posted By MPD165:
Analog or digital

MPD165


I prefer analog... But digital can work too.


As was posted above then. Seiko SKX007.

Look around, they can be had for around your price range.

MPD165
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:38:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By sgtgeo:
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


this or the SKX781 "Orange Monster"


The newer models of the Monster line have a hacking movement and are supposed to be more accurate than the older models.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:53:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 3:54:40 PM EST by TheChrisShow]
Casio (G-shock or Pathfinder ) are so solid and you have many options at your price point.....can't go wrong there. I personally have several of both styles and have not a bad thing to say about them (I don't take a watch off and am very hard on them). Having said that, I am wearing an all black Suunto Core that I love. Very rugged yet so light and comfortable (unfortunately it is above your price range but worth the 300$ IMHO). I also have 2 luminoxs and I have to say eh. The glass on both of them scratched rather easily and the straps have all broken (twice actually). IM me with any specific questions....good luck and try not to get addicted to watches :)
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:55:14 PM EST


SNK805K2
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:57:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 3:57:17 PM EST by shimric]
Look at Citizen Eco Drive watches. They're a bit higher than your price range but well worth it. Honestly the best watches I've ever bought without spending thousands.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:22:01 PM EST
any of the Seiko automatic divers - just make sure it's a 200m model - here is one for about $170:

http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SKX009-Divers-Automatic-Watch/dp/B000B5MI40/ref=sr_1_fed1_2?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1353464408&sr=1-2&keywords=seiko+automatic+dive

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:53:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


That is the only one so far that appeals to me. I got the "tactical" Seiko 5 for half the price, and it is great too.

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:54:24 PM EST


Yeah, that one but tan.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 4:58:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By Some_Beach:
G Shock

After asking the same question here a while ago, I believed i knew better then the polling, and went with a 50 dollar Dakota.... After it busted within 2 months, I went with a cheap Walmart timex... A few months later when the nylon strap was wearing and the plastic face scratched to crap, and replaced it with a g shock..... A year old without any issues at all, still looks good too.


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Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:42:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:43:02 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 6:49:05 PM EST


That's the Seiko SNZF15. It's a "Five series" 100 meter watch. Chronoshark runs these every so often for $99.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:01:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 7:04:24 PM EST by jDrexler]
Seiko and Orient both make some awesome entry level automatics, though you didn't specify what kind of movement you wanted.

I recently picked up an Orient Black Mako and LOVE it, think it was about $130 shipped.





Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:09:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


That's a good option. Some would even say the best $150 watch ever made. The bracelet that comes with it is a little cheap though, but certainly workable.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:12:06 PM EST
... here's my next

Oakley Gearbox


Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:12:09 PM EST
I'm surprised nobody suggested the Citizen Eco-Drive.

Solar quartz. The perpetual calendar models in particular I find neat. Set it and forget it for everything but DST changes for the next few decades, though setting them can be a trick. I've got a loud orange one that I don't think is sold anymore, but there's plenty in your price range I would think.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:15:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 7:15:44 PM EST by jDrexler]
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... here's my next

Oakley Gearbox

http://www.oakley.com/images/catalog/generated/800x650/64/4fe0ffaf2c18e.jpg


I find it borderline disturbing that at that price, that giant "rugged" style watch is only 10BAR water resistant.

Watches from non watch companies always seem like an awful value to me.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:23:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 7:26:34 PM EST by Winston_Wolf]

Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... here's my next

Oakley Gearbox

http://www.oakley.com/images/catalog/generated/800x650/64/4fe0ffaf2c18e.jpg


I find it borderline disturbing that at that price, that giant "rugged" style watch is only 10BAR water resistant.

Watches from non watch companies always seem like an awful value to me.

... I'm not diving to that depth (330 feet) anytime soon with the timekeep

Do like the fact that Oakley backs their reputation with an historically immaculate record of customer service

YMMV
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:30:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 7:32:43 PM EST by elcope]
Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Seiko and Orient both make some awesome entry level automatics, though you didn't specify what kind of movement you wanted.

I recently picked up an Orient Black Mako and LOVE it, think it was about $130 shipped.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/runnerdrex/BD9E746D-D94D-48FD-9C8A-294D38D20A35-9616-0000068273AB5983.jpg




+1

Just picked up a Blue Mako and I really like it so far.

$120 from Amazon
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:33:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... here's my next

Oakley Gearbox

http://www.oakley.com/images/catalog/generated/800x650/64/4fe0ffaf2c18e.jpg


I find it borderline disturbing that at that price, that giant "rugged" style watch is only 10BAR water resistant.

Watches from non watch companies always seem like an awful value to me.

... I'm not diving to that depth (330 feet) anytime soon with the timekeep

Do like the fact that Oakley backs their reputation with an historically immaculate record of customer service

YMMV


Keep in mind that water resistance doesn't really translate to depth directly. (ie: there are many things that can compromise a watch well above its rating) 20BAR would be considered a true "do anything" rating. Whereas high impact water sports are typically not advised with 10BAR.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy it if you really like the style, but buying from an actual watch company will get you a LOT more for your money.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:41:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... here's my next

Oakley Gearbox

http://www.oakley.com/images/catalog/generated/800x650/64/4fe0ffaf2c18e.jpg


I find it borderline disturbing that at that price, that giant "rugged" style watch is only 10BAR water resistant.

Watches from non watch companies always seem like an awful value to me.

... I'm not diving to that depth (330 feet) anytime soon with the timekeep

Do like the fact that Oakley backs their reputation with an historically immaculate record of customer service

YMMV


Keep in mind that water resistance doesn't really translate to depth directly. (ie: there are many things that can compromise a watch well above its rating) 20BAR would be considered a true "do anything" rating. Whereas high impact water sports are typically not advised with 10BAR.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy it if you really like the style, but buying from an actual watch company will get you a LOT more for your money.


10BAR will do most things for most people. Shower, basic pool, jacuzzi, getting tossed into random bodies of water, bathing in public water sculpture.. The usual shit.

I like 20BAR for anything that gets wet personally, but it's kind of overkill. I've used a regulator twice.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:49:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... here's my next

Oakley Gearbox

http://www.oakley.com/images/catalog/generated/800x650/64/4fe0ffaf2c18e.jpg


I find it borderline disturbing that at that price, that giant "rugged" style watch is only 10BAR water resistant.

Watches from non watch companies always seem like an awful value to me.

... I'm not diving to that depth (330 feet) anytime soon with the timekeep

Do like the fact that Oakley backs their reputation with an historically immaculate record of customer service

YMMV


Keep in mind that water resistance doesn't really translate to depth directly. (ie: there are many things that can compromise a watch well above its rating) 20BAR would be considered a true "do anything" rating. Whereas high impact water sports are typically not advised with 10BAR.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy it if you really like the style, but buying from an actual watch company will get you a LOT more for your money.


10BAR will do most things for most people. Shower, basic pool, jacuzzi, getting tossed into random bodies of water, bathing in public water sculpture.. The usual shit.

I like 20BAR for anything that gets wet personally, but it's kind of overkill. I've used a regulator twice.


Yea don't get me wrong, 10BAR is plenty for most things, but it's just when I see watches like that which go for the big tough and rugged look that lack a 20BAR or better it's a bit of a headscratcher.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:53:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... here's my next

Oakley Gearbox

http://www.oakley.com/images/catalog/generated/800x650/64/4fe0ffaf2c18e.jpg


I find it borderline disturbing that at that price, that giant "rugged" style watch is only 10BAR water resistant.

Watches from non watch companies always seem like an awful value to me.

... I'm not diving to that depth (330 feet) anytime soon with the timekeep

Do like the fact that Oakley backs their reputation with an historically immaculate record of customer service

YMMV


Keep in mind that water resistance doesn't really translate to depth directly. (ie: there are many things that can compromise a watch well above its rating) 20BAR would be considered a true "do anything" rating. Whereas high impact water sports are typically not advised with 10BAR.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy it if you really like the style, but buying from an actual watch company will get you a LOT more for your money.


10BAR will do most things for most people. Shower, basic pool, jacuzzi, getting tossed into random bodies of water, bathing in public water sculpture.. The usual shit.

I like 20BAR for anything that gets wet personally, but it's kind of overkill. I've used a regulator twice.


Yea don't get me wrong, 10BAR is plenty for most things, but it's just when I see watches like that which go for the big tough and rugged look that lack a 20BAR or better it's a bit of a headscratcher.


Check out the Tissot T-Touch. Super Euro Trekker Cool, right?

5BAR. I get nervous washing my hands with it on.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:00:52 PM EST


Seiko Japan 5 Sports 23 jewel automatic SNZG09J1, about $125 on Ebay.

Chris
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:03:50 PM EST
Deep Blue
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:04:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By sgtgeo:
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


this or the SKX781 "Orange Monster"


You take the thing off for 2 days and it dies
I have a citizen I haven't worn in a few months and the only thing I have to adjust is the date.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:20:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By eswift:
Originally Posted By sgtgeo:
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


this or the SKX781 "Orange Monster"


You take the thing off for 2 days and it dies
I have a citizen I haven't worn in a few months and the only thing I have to adjust is the date.


Well yea, an automatic isn't going to have a long power supply. But if it's a daily wear watch it won't matter really, plus resetting the time is quick.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:22:04 PM EST
This is the watch my wife bought me, I have only owned G Shock for work since the Military. I love this watch. It isn't really that big, it looks a lot bigger than what it is.

G Shock
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 8:44:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By jDrexler:
Originally Posted By eswift:
Originally Posted By sgtgeo:
Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
Seiko SKX007... But you will have to look a little at your price point.


this or the SKX781 "Orange Monster"


You take the thing off for 2 days and it dies
I have a citizen I haven't worn in a few months and the only thing I have to adjust is the date.


Well yea, an automatic isn't going to have a long power supply. But if it's a daily wear watch it won't matter really, plus resetting the time is quick.


YEp..I wear a Seiko 5 Auto at work, and after my two days off its usually about 12hr behind. Takes me all of 15 seconds to adjust it, and its good to go again.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 4:45:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 4:48:37 PM EST by Bomb-Tech]
I'm pretty set on a seiko... But I'm torn between the "Orange Monster" and the SKX007.

Eta... And the SKX009
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 4:54:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/21/2012 4:57:11 PM EST by Bones45]
Avoid luminox like the plague. Poor quality, overpriced, farce of a warranty.

ETA: The orange monster is really big, which is great if you like that kind of thing. The other two you listed are chunky but well proportioned. I have the skx007 with a super oyster band and couldn't be happier. Great watch for the money.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 4:59:42 PM EST
Ok... I just added the 007 to my "wish list" and sent it to the wife... So we shall see... Either way ill have it.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 5:00:18 PM EST
By the way Thanks for the help all!!
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:35:24 PM EST
I just changed my choice from the SKX007 to the SKX171. I like the black on black date vs the 007... But I like the bezel better on the 007... So I'm already planning on switching out the bezel.

Any experiences with the 171's?
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:02:50 PM EST
Well, I might as well tag along in this thread too. I have the Seiko SKZ211K1 and it's pretty cool. I got it 9 years ago, and it just took a dump this year. Would't keep time, kept stopping etc. To have ir serviced/cleaned cost almost as much as I paid for it. I'm looking at another GShock now. Anyone have any experience with the analog Gshocks?
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 5:24:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By shimric:
Look at Citizen Eco Drive watches. They're a bit higher than your price range but well worth it. Honestly the best watches I've ever bought without spending thousands.

I got my Eco Drive for $70 at Kohl's. Normally $300ish though. Love it! Thin, light, and hopefully, I'll never need a battery, but a note on durability. This is my 3rd watch. Band broke twice, each time they didn't have the pin for the band. Apparently it's not a standard band pin, so that might be a consideration, or maybe it's just my model. Both times, they exchanged my watch for a new one, no questions. Citizen dealers have great return/warranty policies, I just wish the watchband was less fragile, or the pins were the standard size.

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