Hi all! So after coming back from a short Labor Day vacation, Iíve realized that Iím in need of a nice simple every-day mechanical to hide my watch tan lines when it would be inappropriate to sport my simple dress watch or fancier flieger chronograph.
Now, Iím sure there are those of you that would suggest the best vacation watch is no watch (and that this would subsequently take care of my tan line issues), so allow me to cut to the chase and state firmly that this isnít an option Iím considering.
The title outlines my main criteria: Iím interested in finding a simple, hardy and reasonably accurate mechanical (either auto or hand-wind) for under $500 if possible. I'd also prefer a bracelet to leather for this one, but I'm willing to handle that after-market if need be.
Iíve set the price at $500, because it appears that one of the main contenders from my personal research can be found under that mark Ė the Hamilton Khaki Field Auto (38mm version would definitely be my preference):
In all honesty Iíd like to try and find something a bit more inexpensive, but sapphire + decent water resistance seem to be attributes understandably harder to find in the lower price tier.
I've also run across a few of the world time watches from Orient:
These seemingly can be had for under $350 when all is said and done, but my preference for less moving parts and a simpler dial definitely make me lean more towards the slightly more expensive Hamilton.
So what do you think, is there anything else out there that Iím missing that might fit the bill?