Hi, I'm burf151 and I need a new watch. My Luminox stainless Navy Seal just croaked and I need a replacement. The Luminox was almost my perfect watch, but I am not crazy about the marketing of it. I didn't like the Navy Seal marking on the dial, or the logo on the case back. I am not a Seal, and I don't want to cheapen what those guys do.
So I have decided to get something else rather than pay to have it fixed. I have always been fascinated by watches, but I don't have an enthusiasts knowledge. So I will lay out some citeria, and you all can tell me about your favorites.
Here goes! Ruggedness and reliability are the key goals. I tend to only own one working watch at a time, and wear it everywhere. I really want an automatic this time, but will look at quartz in the right watch. Size and weight of the Luminox is good. A little bigger is OK, but no smaller or lighter. I want a screw down crown and case back. Tritium illumination is a big plus but not a must. I prefer a simple dial with date, nothing else. I would prefer a glass (not plastic) crystal. Price around $500.00.
I have looked at some old standbys like the orange monster etc., but would like something a little more unique. Gotta have character! I LOVE the Marathon G-SAR, but they are hard to find and a little spendy for me at the moment. Real military watches from around the globe are ok, but Navy Seals, Swat, Special Ops etc. on the dial is a deal breaker. The russian watches also are fascinating to me, but I know nothing about them yet.
So, I will defer to your vast knowledge, and don't be afraid to tell me that I am being unrealistic. I am very flexible at this point. I appreciate any suggestions you might have very much. I am now going to peruse the forums and try to educate myself. Should I shred my credit cards first? :thanks:thanks:thanks