I will be spending alot of time in S. America and Africa in the bush on expedition and require some advice.
Currently I edc a Citizen EcoDrive Promaster (Japan Titanium model). Fantastic watch. It has a 40mm bezel diameter and that works out perfectly for my small wrist (wrist circumference is 7 inches). In fact this is the ideal sized watch for me, I don't like the bigger chunky watches that are popular nowadays.
Heres my dilemma - in developing parts of the world anything shiny is risky as it becomes a target for thieves and you set yourself up as a mark. Even if its a cheap watch, if it has shiny silver it will be assumed to be expensive.
I need a watch that is tough as nails, reliable and does not look expensive.
Can the watch cognoscenti here please recommend a suitable watch for everyday use that meets the following requirements:
1. Small to mid size (nothing bigger that 40mm diameter)
2. Solar powered (I really like the ecodrive because of this)
3. Good legibility of dial
4. Waterproof to at least 100m
5. Alarm function
5. Not too expensive - this way if it does get lost or "borrowed" it doesn't pinch.
The Timex Ironman/Expedition series is easily available at the local wally world but I figured I'd ask here to see if there are any Citizen, Casio or other expedition worthy watches that should be purchased instead.
p.s. I checked out some G-shock at a local retailer. Man those things are HUGE and bulky, waaay to big on my wrist. I tried to go through their catalogue but so many models my head was spinning! I own an older GL-160 which I currently use when on expedition but it too has some shiny parts to it and gets a bit of attention.