Sorry to create this when I just created another post earlier. The response to the other post was pretty lackluster, and I think this may have something to do with the open-endedness of the prior post.
Now that I've done some research, I wanted to get some feedback on the contendors I've been recommended. I've been asking around on a couple of watch forums for a cheap(er) automatic, as I'm on a students budget (you probably won't dissuade me on the automatic bit, something about it really intrigues me--though I would knock a watch off the list if it was horribly inaccurate) and gotten the following recommendations:
-Invicta 8926 (I'm also interested in some of their other cheaper line-up offerings, but have no idea how they fare)
-Mido Multifort (probably my favorite as far as aesthetics go so far)
-Seiko Military Watch
and one vintage (well, that I can afford)
-Eterna Matic (if I can find this on the cheap, I'm also very fond of its aesthetics, but I'm worried about how it fares in terms of accuracy and durability, given the age).
I'm looking for some objective comparisons on the accuracy of the movements of these watches as well as build-quality and durability (specifically solid vs. folded band and quality of the crystal--I assume at this point that none of them will be sapphire, but are any of them more resilient than others?).
To put this in context, I'm looking for a watch that I can wear everyday. My last watch (a cheap Fossil) was on my wrist nearly everyday for 8 years. I'd really like to get a watch that will outlast the old one but be able to serve a similar tour of duty. I don't plan on being exceptionally rough with it, but it will go with me everywhere from classes to my bike to occasional trips to the pub (where things may get a bit harry). Anyone have any opinions about those presented or other recommendations? Also, if anyone has any ideas about what kind of prices one can expect to pay on, say, E-bay for some of these watches, that would be EXTREMELY helpful (particularly for the Eterna Matic and Mido Multifort).