I have officially narrowed my choices down to the Armida A2 (ETA movement, domed crystal, since apperently they dont sell the non-domed ETA anymore, not that it really matters, I dont mind the dome, but its not a necessitiy for me and it costs $50 more, but whatever!), and the Marathon TSAR, however, I just can't decide which one to choose! As hard as I try, it seems the more reviews, research, and hearsay I encounter, the harder, and more complicated my decision becomes!
Here's a bit about what I'm looking for to help you guys with the advice you give me.
I'm a high school student, and although I've owned a Seiko, Wenger, and Fossil, this one will be the one I care the most about, no matter which one I get... It will also be by far the most expensive, thats why I'm having so much trouble deciding. I've saved up the money for one for a while, so its not like I can just get one, then another in a few months. (I'm a guy in high school, I have other things to spend money on :P)
I will likely only wear this watch on the weekends, and during breaks from school, or vacations, because this watch will truly be like a child to me and I would find wearing it to school daily too risky, if It were to get bumped, scratched or stolen, it would almost certainly be at school.
I do, in fact dive, so I'm not just one of those people looking for a dive watch to say "Well my watch is Water proof to 300,500, 1000 meters etc.", and I will actually be using it in underwater dive situations.
After I buy this watch I will almost certainly stop wearing both my Wenger, and Fossil, and my Seiko will see a lot less wear... I want this watch to be durable enough to, as Timex said, "Take a likin' and keep on tickin' " I know both watches are workhorses, and that the Marathon is an absolute tank. So I guess what I mean is I dont want to get tired of the watches design and/or features.
The thing I dont really like about the Armida is that it's a submariner homage, and while I wont lie, I like the mil-sub look, I'm not a huge fan of Rolex, and I'm also not a huge fan of people thinking I'm wearing a Rolex only upon further inspection, see I am wearing what almost all members of the non 'watch crazy' world, would consider a fake... which, containing a ETA movement, is surely not the case...
The thing I dont really like about the TSAR is that it's a quartz, and that I wont be able to wear it during formal occasions, while I could easily pull off the Armida in a suit, or formal wear, with its bracelet or an aftermarket leather strap, the Marathon would look foolish, or even ridiculous in formal situations.
What I like and dislike about both put them into a dead tie as of now... they both have signifigant pros, and realitivley minor cons that keep me from being able to decide on either definatley... One day I'll think I've decided on one, then look at a picture of the other and go back into a heated debate with myself.
I've told you about myself, and what I'm looking for, so please request away! Also, if you think that there's another watch out there that'd do me well feel free to request it (No sumo requests :P)
Thanks for taking the time to read, and respond,