Please Recommend: Sporty with Rubber Band under $500

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    Please Recommend: Sporty with Rubber Band under $500

    I could really use some help. I have been a lurker on this forum for a while. I currently own two watches (Gold/Stainless Rolex Datejust, Frederique Constant Maxime). I used to wear a G-Shock on weekends, and when I was active (including in the water). I am now 35 yrs. old and want something for that same purpose, but that is a little more mature (no offense to those that still wear the G shocks at this age). I am really confused. I thought I was interested in a Hamilton Khaki Field Auto, but am not sure. Then I tried on the Hamilton X-Copter, and thought it was really cool, the type of thing I may be looking for, but it might be a little out of my price range of $500. I would love some suggestions of either similar types to the X-Copter, or others that would fit what I'm looking for that may be totally different. I am open to either quartz or auto. It has to be waterproof to at least 100M (which correct me if I'm wrong, is a good number for casual swimming), rubber or nylon band (again for water). So, thoughts, suggestions?

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    Hamilton is IMHO one of the best watches for the money. The first is watch is a Seiko 5 which is similarly a great buy for the money.. about $150 new. There are also 2 Orients in the mix as well... both around $100.. good in-house movements and good quality for the money. The last two Hamiltons may be a hundred bucks or so above your 500 dollar limit but I thought I'd throw them in for thought. Good luck.
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    Re: Please Recommend: Sporty with Rubber Band under $500

    It is even better if you can buy a Revue Thommen for the price of a Hamilton:



    + change strap to rubber of choice
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    Re: Please Recommend: Sporty with Rubber Band under $500

    Don't worry too much about a rubber strap.
    Make sure you get a decent watch that you really like with a strap/bracelet that can be removed... then put on one of your own choice.

    Ideally make sure the watch has lugs that are 18, 20, or 22mm, as there are plenty of straps in these sizes.

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    Re: Please Recommend: Sporty with Rubber Band under $500

    At the lower end of your price range...







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    I know it's beyond your allotted budget but if in case there's extra flexibility in the limit, you might want to consider the Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Mecha ($650 street price). The extra cost might be worthwhile considering that the movement uses an ETA 2892 and is one of the few dive watches with a sapphire back. The heavy-duty rubber strap is also probably the best out there.

    Here's a review (I have no connection with the site):
    Swiss Army Victorinox Dive Master 500 Mechanical Watch Review

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I am not really interested in a dive watch. Also, not interested in either Seiko or Citizen. I think I would like something with some complications, chrono style, probably military style. Any other ideas??????

    Thanks!

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    Re: Please Recommend: Sporty with Rubber Band under $500

    Also, I'd like it to be either brushed stainless, or black/gunmetal case.

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    Re: Please Recommend: Sporty with Rubber Band under $500

    I tend towards quartz for any really rough activity. I just can't bring myself to "endanger" one of my automatics. I know, I know... :) Anyway, I really like my Luminox Blackout. 45 mm, a nice and soft rubber strap and tritium tubes! I think I paid around $250.

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