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What watch for today’s adventurer?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by eveled, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    It would have to be a Citizen Eco Drive model or a Seiko automatic, given your affordability requirements. And even these, depending on the specific model chosen, might require the impecunious adventurer to have to save up a while before strapping it on.

    Then there are the specific complications to choose from.

    The Citizen will supply more complications at a slightly lower price because it is a quartz movement. This gets Citizen in trouble, though, because you can throw money at the Citizen counter and end up with a baroque looking hot mess of a dial with features no one ever really could use, let alone actually does use. Just go to the Citizen website and you'll see what I mean.

    Seiko has some overwrought models, too, but as complications pile up on a mechanical watch, the prices rise exponentially. This will keep our young aspiring Jacques Cousteau/Indiana Jones/MacGuyver/Lara Croft away from something beyond his or her means. And as much as I like a complication or two, Seikos look great when they are simpler. Oh, and an overly complicated mechanical watch can be heavy and uncomfortable.

    So that's my take on it. If our hero(ine) wants to troll eBay and look for something outré, there are the Breitling Emergency and its predecessor the Aerospace (which I wear, but inherited from my father-in-law: My own choice in this price range, could I afford it, would be a Rolex Explorer I, a Breitling Transocean, or Omega Aquaterra). I'm guessing any watch in this scenario would have to have at least a rotating dive bezel, a sweep second hand, day/date, sapphire crystal (many of the Omega Speedmasters have the original plastic dome NASA specified; and the original design is hand wound, though they come in automatic now as well), and an extra strap or two (I like a bracelet, personally, but I don't dive).

    Fun topic!

  2. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    0F44F843-CD91-4A62-82E0-1430F5727E79.jpeg This is what I ended up with. It’s perfect for my needs. I agree simple is better when it comes to watch faces.
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  3. bonzodog

    bonzodog Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 3, 2011
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  4. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    What do you mean by complications?
  5. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Complication is the watchmaker's name for the added stuff watches can do besides tell the time. Day, date, stopwatch, alarm, etc. Anything besides the basic hands. I suppose even a second hand might be considered a complication, but maybe not. So you can see an electronic watch can pile on the complications because they run via a printed circuit. But a mechanical watch must do this with gears and levers.

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  6. toxophilus

    toxophilus Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2015

    Used a Casio digital for the past 14 years however my eyes are getting older, found it challenging to read; this one is much better and should last me as my new everyday watch!
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  7. teddy1093

    teddy1093 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 12, 2017
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  8. Brooks2


    Jan 7, 2019
    I have had quite a few watches. My EDC is a Seiko skx009. But I wore a casio duro for 4 years. Used a gshock dw5600 as a gym watch and then bought a 5610 to replace it. Use a f91w as a night watch. I then inherited a 1982 casio dw1200 marlin that was still running on its original battery[​IMG]
    (Not my photo but the watch is the same. Photo from watchuseek forum posted by member xevious)
  9. MississippiRifleman


    Oct 16, 2013
    Maratac Large Pilot. I'm wearing mine in Afghanistan right now. It gets a lot of compliments from the local nationals.
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  10. onekerf

    onekerf Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Maratac Mid Pilot

  11. schwep


    Jan 4, 2017
    If you're really on a limited budget just get a G-Shock or some other Casio. Extreme budget but still functional, the Casio MRW200 series, with a rotating timer bezel. Seiko divers are always a good bet if you can afford a mid-range watch.
    If you are looking for something a bit different, try Timefactors in the UK. http://www.timefactors.com/. He designs and sells mil-style watches often modelled after true issued models, in fairly limited numbers. Look at his Precista and Smiths ranges. Known to deliver fast and good service, and runs a good watch forum as well (TZ-UK). A decade ago I got a Broadarrow PRS-4 divewatch from him that I still wear. Lithium powered, very legible, 10 year battery life. No longer made (Omega objected to his use of the word Broadarrow, which they had not registered as a brand and he had, because some of their models were commonly describe as 'broad arrows' indicating the arrow on the dial that tells you it's an item issued by the British crown; they started an expensive case against him in the US and being a lone designer in Sheffield he just had to give up, so he changed to Precista and Smiths, old brands that he just outright bought.) As production suddenly stopped due to that legal battle I now have a watch of which there are only a few hundred in existence worldwide and mine is now worth three times as much as it cost me, LOL. There are mechanical models as well as higher-end quartz in his lines. He also sells very good NATO style nylon straps.

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