Background: when I was growing up my mother managed to destroy a sequence of progressively more robust watches. Crystals broken, scratched opaque, or popped off. Water resistant cases flooded. She constantly used her hands and taking off/putting on a watch was not an acceptable solution (I gather she once had a fairly expensive watch disappear when she removed it to wash her hands). She tried, but getting three years out of a watch would've been a record.
About 15 years ago I bought her a little TAG dive watch. Not an arbitrary choice. Plastic bezel, quartz, stainless case/bracelet, maybe an f1 though honestly I dont recall. She liked it, a LOT, and wore it, and wore it, and had the crystal replaced, and wore it some more, and now, 15ish years later, she recently mentioned that the battery needed replacing again and she was going to try to get the crystal replaced too....
So I asked a few transparent questions about what she thought of different watch sizes and dial colors. S.S. everything (no diamonds or gold), the subject of MoP dials was well received, all in a traditional ladies size..when I said, "aquaracer", she replied, "watching ebay" and "worried about fakes".
So I need advice. Obviously the simple answer is to pick up an aquaracer. I know where I can get one she would love for about $1100 all up (tax included). On the other hand if there are other options that offer similar style/cachet in a tough little package I think it might be neat to get her something different. It still needs 200m water resistance, saphire crystal, etc of course. Thanks in advance!