What watch to you recommend??

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  1. Offshore

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    My 23 year old, faithful Heuer (pre-Tag Heuer) sports watch finally bit the dust last week and I am looking for recommendations for a new watch. I am not in the high end Swiss price range, heck not even over the $700 or $800 price range unless its a great deal but need something that is good to wear outside hiking or at the beach as well as to work in an office. I've considered everything from a $100 Casio Atomic Solar G-Shock digital to a $400 Citizen Eco-Drive, to a used Movado at about $750. Someone also mentioned a Seiko "Orange Monster" as their favorite.

    What are some of your favorite watch recommendations and why? Toughness, good time-keeping, good looks, reliability, etc. Thanks!!
     
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    I buy cheap Timexes. If you scratch them up, it matters not.
     
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    Check out what Treasury Secretary and general megabucks man Hank Paulson wears:

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    Yup, Hank wears the Timex Ironman Triathalon Flix 100 watch that lists for $70 but you can get it at WalMart for $40. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=1192087

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    I think that I've had mine for ten or twelve years. It has five alarms, two time zones, memo pad, flix lighting and a bunch of other features.
     
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  7. ollinger

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    Recommending a watch is like recommending a DVD player -- they all do a good job, so it is simply a question of whom you need to impress. A $20 watch will keep time as well as a $2000 watch.
     
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  8. origmarm

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    Well sort of, a $50 watch will tend to fall apart quicker than a $500 dollar watch though. Witness the OPs 23yr old TAG. That said I had a 10ish yr old Casio that only recently died that I wore gardening
     
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  9. ollinger

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    The relevant question is not whether a $500 watch will last longer than a $50 dollar watch but rather whether it will last longer than ten $50 watches. (One of my watches is a Rado, a gift from my wife, that cost $1100 about twelve years ago -- it works fine but I keep paying to repair the clasp which breaks periodically.)
     
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  10. movdqa

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    Well at a rate of $10 to $1, going the Casio route will save you money until you're 100 years old.

    I have an old Seiko superthin dress watch but the Timex is more comfortable and provides way more functionality.
     
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  11. origmarm

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    Yeah I don't really think its a mathematical win as such, I guess it's just that I like to feel I have bought a quality item. I still have some of my grandfather's watches, I would like to feel that I might be able to do the same one day with my grandkids.
     
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  12. Applesauceman

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    Personally, I really like Fossil watches. Most are less than $100 and there's a large selection to choose from.
     
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  13. noobplayer

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    seiko and pulsar is the way to go
     
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  14. LanEvo

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    citizens are very nice watches, everyone in my family has one of these, my brother and dad have the eco drive ones and they are great, my citizens is still battery run and have had it for over 5yrs and it still runs great
     
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    i was going to say patek phillipe, but not for outdoors. get a timex you can scratch up. or like a cool scuba one :D
     
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    I have had this watch for a couple of years now and I love it:

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    It's a stainless steel Swiss made automatic with a sapphire crystal face for less than $300. I get compliments on it all the time.
     
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  17. Fee

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    Timex. Had it for years. Replaced the band once (because I didn't like the first one) and the battery when it needs it (don't even know when the last time was). Works just great, and no one will ever threaten my life for it.
     
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    Movado Fiero, love the simplicity of it. I think it is made out of tungsten, I couldn't scratch it even if I wanted to. I used to never wear a watch, now I just feel strange without it on.
     
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    I can get you a hot Rolex for 500 bucks. My African buddies have connections.
     
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    consider this one, I really love it!

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    Hey, I have a Tag Heuer F1 as do some of my mates and we all think it's awesome. My dad also has a Monaco and a Datejust. Although the bottom two maybe abit too much I consider all 3 to be very very top quality watches that will stand-up to *anything* I know mine has!
     
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    That would be promoting crime, wouldn't it?
     
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    Based on your price range, I recommend Citizen eco drive.

    However, my favorite brand is Breitling.

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  24. TennisLover17

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    i use citizen...
     
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    Seiko or Citizen (or Tag Heuer)

    I've got an old Tag Heuer F1 midsize that runs great and would be at the high end of your price range (used or on the auction site) but is really a great watch. But I have become a fan of Seiko's and Citizens over the years. The Seiko dive watches look good and are automatic so you don't need a battery and they last forever. I have a Seiko automatic that I received as a gift when I was 13 years old and without ANY service the thing still runs perfectly after over 30 YEARS!! My wife has a Citizen Eco-Drive inexpensive watch that has kept great time without the need for a battery for several years. I think Japanese movements are underappreciated. Big price watches are nice for jewelry, but an efficient Seiko, Citizen or lower priced Swiss watch will keep just as good, or better time and save you a lot of dinero.
     
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  26. Seacoast Stringer

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    I've had a black dial Seiko automatic dive watch that has gone through he** during the past 6 or 7 years and it keeps good time and has held up really well. Looks good enough to wear to the office too. I like that Tissot pic that American Templar posted for the money though...hmmmm
     
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  27. Deuce

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    Unfortunately, all too many people consider themselves worthless if they're not wearing something that others prize enough to assault or kill them for.
    Such is the current and sad state of the human being.

    Of course.
    I've always considered a watch to be a rather comical symbol of status.

    "Some people make their pride in how much their dinner costs. I make my pride in how little my dinner costs."
    - Henry Thoreau.
     
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  31. Serve em Up

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    My mainstay is a Timex Ironman.

    I have a "dress' watch that is a Citizen Eco-Drive. It keeps great time and has performed flawlessly. It has the added benefit of not being very expensive.
     
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    I need, water proofness, analog and digital time, and I like white metal and dark faces. I am partial to marine watches (surfing or yachting). I got a Citizen Sailhawk (retail $500) for $219 yesterday.


    http://www.princetonwatches.com/images/watches/JR4010-51L.jpg
     
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  33. richw76

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    My favorites are my Rolex, and I like Brietling's. Although I wear a Tag almost every day.

    I think dollar for dollar check out the Swiss Army brand. They have some really nice swiss made stainless steel models for $300-$600.

    A swiss army was my very first "real watch" it still works after 10+ years although I haven't bothered to replace the battery in about a year or two.
     
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  34. scotus

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    I just use the clock on my cell phone.
     
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    Many Women like Diamonds, many guys like watches. No big. I would never spend $400 for an Iphone. Everyone likes, and has the right to spend their money the way they like, No?
     
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  36. LuckyR

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    I thought real watches didn't use batteries...
     
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    :) ok my first non timex ironman. In that case the rolex's are the only "real watches" I own. They cost the most and keeps the "worst" time. every time I wear it I have to pull out my cellphone to set the time. My wife got me an auto winder last year but it was only for one watch.

    I still think the Swiss Army is a relative value and a great watch. although a hooker may not try to drug you over it....
     
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  38. scotus

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    I didn't say anything about what other people should do. I simply said that I just use the clock on my cell phone. That's all.
     
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  39. nonick

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    check oris too
     
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  40. richw76

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    fair enough.
     
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  41. iplaybetter

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    luminox are great
     
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    LUMINOX

    I concur...longest lasting, brightest numerals and hands...basic diver models with rubber strap or Ti bracelet and case for a dressier look. Back it up with an IronMan or G-Shock for extreme activities.
    Did the Rolex thing, had a TAG Formula One before they were cool, Omega MoonWatch in the 80s, celebrated a life change with a Breitling in the early 90s. I have more money now than then but can't seriously justify over a grand for a watch unless it does something really special. Having said that---WatchUSeek.com forum in addictive. Have fun!
     
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  43. max

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    OK. I'll have to upgrade to an Ironman. I confess to owning an old Seiko LaSalle as a dress watch.

    It's not the case that expensive watches always will outperform cheap ones; many use the same internal quartz mechanisms. I talked once with an expert who pointed out the many mechanical problems with Rolexes, and their inability to keep up with more modern models' timekeeping ability.

    In my neck of the woods, people don't really scope your watch out. But then, I don't live in California.
     
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  44. 10sfreak

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    I recommend my watch: the Omega Seamaster Professional (I'd post a pic, but I don't know how)
    I've got the quartz movement version - very accurate - my watch gains about 3 or 4 seconds a month...
     
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    this is one of my watches - Rado Sintra Tennis Mens' Watch Chronograph Ceramics Black Dial on Black Rubber Strap

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    Tag watches are pretty reliable. i still have one from almost 10 years ago, and it is still going strong.
     
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  46. Phil

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    That doesn't really warrant a confession; Seiko makes the best watches in the world. Not the most expensive, just the best.
     
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  47. Craig Carter

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    Totally agree that Seiko makes the best watches. My father had a Seiko automatic that was still running after 35 years (I think he bought it in '71) without any problems. I have a Seiko automatic dive watch that has been through h*ll and it has kept great time for almost 10 years. Best of all - never change a battery!!:)
     
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    Yeah, those Seiko auto divers are beasts. I bought one in a military PX almost 20 years ago and the thing is still going strong.
     
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    To me, a watch is an appliance, not an ornament. Timex Expeditions for me the last couple of cycles. The battery lasts about 6 years, after which I throw it out and buy another.
     
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    So what did you go with in the end mate?
     
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