My stepson is turning 21 shortly, and I would like to get him a good quality wristwatch. He has worn a watch ever since I've known him as a 12 year old, and currently has a Timex Expedition with a steel bracelet (am I assuming too much in saying it's steel?) which he bought for himself some time ago. He is also a big hefty guy and likes tool stuff, though I don't know if he'd be described as a techie. He is generally pretty casual.
I'd like to spend somewhere in the $500 or a bit upward range.
I have a strong preference for manuals and automatics, but the gift is for HIM, not for me, so I won't hold too strongly to that. I do think that it's possible that the idea of a wearing a real clockwork mechanism would appeal to him, and I'd like to encourage that.
So I am soliciting suggestions from you folks out there.
I have looked at a nice Swiss Army Infantry 241375 Day/Date, which is available at discount for about $525 with a black dial and SS bracelet (Strangely, with a green dial, or with a leather band, it's almost $200 more -- MSRP is $925) I like this idea because or its size (44mm) , and the fact that it's a day/date. From what I read, Victorinox makes a pretty good product at a very reasonable price. Movement is a 2834-2 (with Rolex-style day at 12 o' clock). Exhibition caseback.
I think Hamilton might have something that would work. The Jazzmasters seem a bit dressier than he'd wear day to day, but maybe something in the Khaki line.
I think some of the Ball watches would be great, but much too pricey.
I'll step back now, and look forward to your thoughts. Thanks in advance.