Hello All - I have never posted on this forum, but have read a lot of your posts, great info for sure. Am looking for opinions on a specific topic:
For 20 years I have worn a standard Seiko divers watch. This to me is the Toyota Avalon of watches; dressed up to seem premium but not truly a "premium" car... instead a relatively affordable vehicle, prized for reliability at reasonable cost. No shame in that; the Avalon and the Seiko do their jobs well.
I've gone through two such Seikos (they last about 10 years) but I'm getting tired of them. My plan is to shift to a Bell&Ross BR03 in steel case. (I know there is some love and hate out there on this watch; not looking for more of that discussion... I am firmly in the "love" category.) But as I get ready to make the shift I'm realizing my Seiko has been a really good daily-wearing watch.
What I'm starting to ask is, does the B&R 03 in steel case work well as a daily wearer? And in particular, is it durable and dependable in real-world situations....
- I will hike and fish with it; so it needs to get dipped into water and bumped against a rock now and then. Maybe occasional swimming.
- I will rely on it to be luminous (as I travel often, in many time zones and with terrible vision; so I sleep w watch on to check the time at night)
- Need/expect the rubber strap to last for a while
- will be exposed to normal hot and cold, being left in the car, humidity /dirty environments, etc.
- Sometimes I'll wear something else for a few weeks; it needs to endure lack of use sitting on a shelf.
- Is their service/warranty of any value?
I am not planning to join a french swat team or dive to the ocean floor. I just like the look, and need to rely on this thing in more pedestrian situations. If I buy this watch that looks like an army tank, and pay $2 - $3k for it and then its not reliable, my wife will make fun of me forever.
Please advise with any comment on the reliability/durability of this watch in this kind of practical use. Any input appreciated...thanks in advance