I have presbyopia and am looking for a watch that:
- is easily readable at day and at night,
- is accurate enough to not drift too rapidly from the bell system at my university,
- is convenient to maintain,
- goes well with a strap instead of a bracelet, and
- is smaller than 50mm.
The daytime half of Point 1 suggests a large uncluttered analog face with a reasonable color scheme--e.g., not black hands on a black dial. (Alternatively, large, sharp LCD digits would be okay.) The nighttime half of Point 1 suggests something with tritium or good lume--good enough to be readable, say, 5 hours after dark. (Alternatively, a good light button would be okay.) Point 2 would seem to necessitate quartz. Point 3 suggests solar to me. (It appears to me that the otherwise attractive watches from Nite can't have their batteries replaced for less than $100 without voiding the warranty; that would be inconvenient to my wallet, and being without my watch while it's being serviced would be inconvenient to me.) Point 5 seems to rule out Suuntos which might otherwise qualify.
I've worn Timexes most of my life, and I guess they would fit the list above if Point 3 is interpreted to allow throwing away the watch as a convenient maintenance strategy. However, I feel like I've more than given Timex its chance to please me, and it's time to move on to something else. Hardly any G-shocks (with the possible exception of some that violate Point 5) seem to be easy to read in the daytime (for someone like me with old eyes). Last night I had just about settled on the Citizen AAW1150-07E but this morning had second thoughts about the daytime readability of its color scheme.
Suggestions of any attractive candidates I might be overlooking would be appreciated.