Need a rec: Solar (preferably Atomic), sub-44mm, analog, not too garish

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    Need a rec: Solar (preferably Atomic), sub-44mm, analog, not too garish

    Hi. Haven't posted in a long time because I didn't want to get distracted from my current watch goal (which I'll get maybe middle/late this year). This place is terrible for saving money.

    Anyway I just realized I need a reasonably sturdy Solar/auto-quartz/similar technology watch because when I go on adventures (backpacking here and there) I really don't want to bring my mechanicals and need something more reliable. I usually end up relying on my phone, and that's a bit of a hassle.

    Requirements!
    1. Solar or some other tech that will require me to never change a battery. Or at least change it maybe twice in my life time.
    2. Preferably under 42mm. I know most of these kinds of watches are over 42mm but I have tiny wrists and prefer watches to be around 40mm.
    3. Analog. Ana-digi is fine as long as the digi is small and serves a real purpose. No mainly digi.
    4. Nothing too garish or crazy, I kinda like things simple. Though I am open to something colorful.
    5. More (useful) functions the better? But not to the point that it makes it confusing to look at
    6. Budget sub $1000, the cheaper the better
    7. I really really don't like bracelets so it either has to come on a rubber/leather or look fine on one
    8. Rec me something specific, because I've already looked at a lot of Casios/Gshocks/Seikos/Citizens. Real photos preferred over stock photos

    From what I've looked at I like Casio Edifice watches the most (no particular model yet, will update if I find something I might like) and Gshocks the least because they hang awkwardly on my wrist.

    If I can't find anything I like I guess I'll just save that money and keep pulling out my phone when I need the time. Thanks for the recs in advance.

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    Re: Need a rec: Solar (preferably Atomic), sub-44mm, analog, not too garish

    Sounds like you want a Citizen AT8020-03L (stock photo):
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    As usual with Citizen, they look better in person (mines a -54L on bracelet, but the watch itself is identical):
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    There are lots of light effects going on there, it looks different every time you glance at it.

    Features: atomic time, world time including half-hour timezones, perpetual calendar, chronograph, and a navigation slide rule

    There are other AT80x0 models in various colours without the slide rule. They're all from $575 to $800 retail, a lot less if you get a good deal (mine was $480).

    The only downside here is that it's 43 mm... but thin, and wears on the small side.

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    Re: Need a rec: Solar (preferably Atomic), sub-44mm, analog, not too garish

    Citizen makes many fantastic watches matching your description. Their atomic series has several, well under 1000, excellent watches. I love my citizen atomic, and even with my smallish wrists, it wears amazing. Good luck!

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    Re: Need a rec: Solar (preferably Atomic), sub-44mm, analog, not too garish

    I think a Seiko Attesa would be perfect for you, and quite affordable:



    In the alternative, you might want to glance at Junghans.

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    The Speedmaster is the only thing we took to the Moon that had no modification whatsoever Ė it was right off the shelf. Whatís interesting about my first one is that itís beat up, itís never been cleaned, itís never been repaired and to this day I can take that watch and wind it and it keeps time as well as the day I got it. And Iíve walked in space with it for two and a half hours and worn it on the Moon for over three days.

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    Re: Need a rec: Solar (preferably Atomic), sub-44mm, analog, not too garish

    Hmm, looking around for Attessas I stumbled upon the Seiko SBFT005, which I really really like. Kinda looks like a compressor case. I wish Seiko and Citizen websites were better; I'm sure they have something I like but hard to find the right model through their sites. Watchuseek always has better pictures :p

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    Re: Need a rec: Solar (preferably Atomic), sub-44mm, analog, not too garish

    With entry level Seiko and Citizen, I just use an Amazon search for what I want. I did play with that Attesa, and another non-world time model in the store and they looked great. They looked more like something Citizen would make.

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