As the title says, I'm in need of a new watch that is under $200. I'll give a brief history of why I say I need a "bulletproof" watch. First off, I'm 21 and have fairly small arms, only wear analog, and forever will be in love with my father's Submariner. I started wearing watches at a pretty young age and have always liked a classy diver look. However, I ALWAYS break them. I don't take my watch off for anything. Working in the oil field, wrenching on a car, wakeboarding, or jumping in a hot tub, my watch never leaves my wrist.
My first more serious watch (if you could call it that) was a Casio MDV-106. It was a bit big but it felt beefy. Sadly, after my abuse, it stopped working after about 6 months. I received a replacement on warranty and the second one lasted about the same. Just stopped altogether. My last was a Timex Expedition Diver, the T49615. This watch absolutely took a brutal beating. After accidentally spraying it (and my arm) with urethane based, automotive grade, safety blue paint, I thought it was done for. My only chance was to hose it down with brake cleaner. It cleaned up surprisingly well, and continued to be waterproof enough for me. After only a year though, the resin links in the bracelet began to face and crack (probably from lots of UV exposure) and I cracked the mineral face. This story sadly ends when it was ripped off my wrist while wakeboarding to forever be swimming without me.
After much reading here, I began looking at watches like the Mako, Ray, 007, and the Monster. While the first three are beautiful, I am afraid they may not hold up to my abuse. As for the Monster, I'm certain I would not be happy wearing it on my wrist. I simply cannot stand the look of it, at least in pictures. I do, however, seem to read that the Monster is a hefty timepiece.
I would love to be pointed in the direction for a great looking watch that can take a beating. A stainless band and clasp are also a requirement...
Sorry for the long post, I just feel you may need a little background on my tastes and experiences. Thanks in advance!