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Looking for a durable automatic watch

MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
My current job includes work on a warehouse floor, handling test equipment. It can get dirty sometimes and things can bang around a bit.

I currently rotate through a few Timex Weekenders but I'm looking for some options that don't use batteries and have a durable face.

It doesn't have to be Sapphire; just decently scratch resistant.

I've looked at a few Citizens so far but that's about it. I'd prefer to keep the cost under $100 US but I'm willing to extend to <$200.

Any recommendations?

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    BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    The budget is a limiting factor, but a Orient Mako or Mako XLcould be one you may find. There is different versions and prices seem to be up and down, but I've seen one for like $130 or so.

    It's Japanese, so good quality only it is not fancy which means the price is low.

    Bones heal, glory is forever.
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    djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    The basic Seiko 5 automatics start under US$100 (on amazon, at least), and are a good way to get into automatics. They're not as burly-looking as some, which is good or bad depending on what you're after.

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    MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
    I really just need something basic, with similar size and thickness to a Weekender. I know it's a lofty goal.

    I was checking Orients, used Hamiltons, and some low end Seikos after I posted this. Still no winners yet.

    I also found Deep Blue watches, which seem to have polarizing reviews.

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    AkilaeAkilae Registered User regular
    What you're looking for is a basic field watch, a true classic. As already mentioned, the Seiko 5 would be your best entry level bet. What didn't you like about it?

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    Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    yeah unfortunately when it comes to Taste as a factor, your options get a lot wider at the $300-500 range unless you get real lucky with used finds

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    KarlKarl Registered User regular
    edited October 2022
    Does it need to be an automatic watch?

    I would recommend a solar powered G shock.

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    MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
    I've got a solar powered Citizen Eco Drive I'm trying not to scratch so I don't wear it to work . All the others are battery.

    Wanted an automatic so I don't have to care about charging it. I know the solar powered ones are good but my wife has an older Eco Drive we couldn't resurrect.

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    MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
    Akilae wrote: »
    What you're looking for is a basic field watch, a true classic. As already mentioned, the Seiko 5 would be your best entry level bet. What didn't you like about it?

    Apparently everyone but me hates numbers on their watch faces. I ended up finding a few candidates for Seiko 5; just no clear "yes, that's what I want"

    And now I'm being told by "people" that this may be a Christmas gift so I can't buy any yet

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    KarlKarl Registered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    I've got a solar powered Citizen Eco Drive I'm trying not to scratch so I don't wear it to work . All the others are battery.

    Wanted an automatic so I don't have to care about charging it. I know the solar powered ones are good but my wife has an older Eco Drive we couldn't resurrect.

    A solar powered g shock will last for months before you even need to worry about a charge. And then, wear it all day in the summer and you're good for the best part of a year.

    It'll be tougher than an entry automatic too.

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    AkilaeAkilae Registered User regular
    edited October 2022
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Akilae wrote: »
    What you're looking for is a basic field watch, a true classic. As already mentioned, the Seiko 5 would be your best entry level bet. What didn't you like about it?

    Apparently everyone but me hates numbers on their watch faces. I ended up finding a few candidates for Seiko 5; just no clear "yes, that's what I want"

    And now I'm being told by "people" that this may be a Christmas gift so I can't buy any yet

    If you want something low maintenance (as in, don't have to worry about winding or batteries), with hands (as opposed to digital readout), has numbers instead of notches on the watch face, AND be able to survive work abuse... yeah, there's not a lot out there for cheap.

    I'm personally very partial to the Casio AWG-M100 series (Amazon has a sale going on RIGHT NOW, just a smidge over $100). G-shock solar-powered digi-analogue. It'll keep time, and keep running, far better and longer than any automatic, AND it's a G-Shock, so it'll handle whatever the warehouse throws at it. It's also an MB6 watch, so it'll automatically sync with the nearest atomic radio time signal (if you live in a place where that's available). Just, notches instead of numbers...

    The current hotness in the digi-ani G-Shock world is the GA-B2100 series, less of the chunky G-Shock look, more civilized, but supposedly every bit as durable. Currently to be found for a smidge under $200. Still, just notches instead of numbers...

    Casio does have the MTP-S120L-3AVCF, again Amazon has a sale RIGHT NOW for a bump under $100. Solar powered analogue. Not G-Shock rated, so no idea how durable it is, but it's quite a handsome looking piece with everything you're looking for (analogue, numbers, no automatic but rather solar powered so you don't have to worry about the battery, field watch design).

    The Seiko SRPG series has everything you're looking for (automatic), just at a quite handsome price of near $300 including tax. But any field watch will be quite fragile compared to a G-Shock. If you don't want to scratch your Citizen Eco Drive in the warehouse, then trust me, you won't be wanting to scratch your new field watch either.

    EDIT: Also, if Timex works, there's nothing wrong with sticking with Timex. The Timex Expedition North Field Post Solar is pretty much exactly what you want.

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