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    Recommend me a watch!

    Hello, first time poster and complete watch noob here. I'm looking to get my first real watch (my timex weekender doesn't count), which I'll try to wear daily to work and outside of work. I'm 23 and have to dress business casual, if that affects things at all. I'd like to be able to wear it in dress settings, but realistically speaking, I probably won't be in those type of situations a lot (does a date count?).

    Aside from knowing that Rolexes are expensive and Omegas are a bit less expensive, I don't really know much else about watches. I like really simple, clean, and modern looking watches, preferably with date, a blue dial, and brown leather band. That does not mean metallic bands are out of the question, although they do clip my arm hair. I also have a small wrist (~6.5 inches), so I guess nothing larger than 42mm (just a guess here)?

    I don't care for much else, although I'd like something with as little maintenance as possible. If changing watch batteries will be a hassle, then I'd prefer mechanical watches. Otherwise, I prefer quartz watches. If the watch has leather bands, I don't imagine water resistance being a requirement.

    As for budget, I don't really have a hard limit. I prefer something cheap (less than 100), although if it is blue, modern and clean looking, has date, and comes with a brown leather band (or metal band if you can convince), I'm willing to pay 200-500 for a decent watch.

    Give me everything you got guys. Are there any pros and cons to what I just described (like blue dial and dress settings don't mix)?
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    Re: Recommend me a watch!

    Quote Originally Posted by nosrep123 View Post
    Hello, first time poster and complete watch noob here. I'm looking to get my first real watch (my timex weekender doesn't count), which I'll try to wear daily to work and outside of work. I'm 23 and have to dress business casual, if that affects things at all. I'd like to be able to wear it in dress settings, but realistically speaking, I probably won't be in those type of situations a lot (does a date count?).

    Aside from knowing that Rolexes are expensive and Omegas are a bit less expensive, I don't really know much else about watches. I like really simple, clean, and modern looking watches, preferably with date, a blue dial, and brown leather band. That does not mean metallic bands are out of the question, although they do clip my arm hair. I also have a small wrist (~6.5 inches), so I guess nothing larger than 42mm (just a guess here)?

    I don't care for much else, although I'd like something with as little maintenance as possible. If changing watch batteries will be a hassle, then I'd prefer mechanical watches. Otherwise, I prefer quartz watches. If the watch has leather bands, I don't imagine water resistance being a requirement.

    As for budget, I don't really have a hard limit. I prefer something cheap (less than 100), although if it is blue, modern and clean looking, has date, and comes with a brown leather band (or metal band if you can convince), I'm willing to pay 200-500 for a decent watch.

    Give me everything you got guys. Are there any pros and cons to what I just described (like blue dial and dress settings don't mix)?
    Get an automatic. Check out Tissot and Hamilton. An Automatic is more interesting and you will be happier I think.
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    Re: Recommend me a watch!

    If you browse the Affordable forums, you will get many more recommendations in the sub 500 range.
    Seiko, Orient, Steinhart, Bernhardt, Citizen, are all perfect brands to check out.

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    I think you should get a quartz. If the only advantage you see in mechanicals is that you don't need to change the battery, I don't think you want a mechanical. Worrying about keeping it wound, dealing with it being less accurate than quartz, and having it conk out after however many years if you don't get it serviced (you wouldn't likely get a watch in your price range serviced) are all greater hassles than changing a battery for a low cost at literally any jewelry store once every couple of years.

    EDIT: I guess I'll recommend some quartz watches, seeing that I just told you I think you should go quartz. I think this is the first time I've ever come up with quartz recommendations, so my apologies if I'm missing anything, but I believe quartz watches from Tissot, Hamilton, Victorinox, Seiko, Citizen and Bulova should all be within your budget. If you want to spend a little less, I don't think there's any shame in looking at Casio or Timex either. They may be quite inexpensive, but they are good at what they do.
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    Re: Recommend me a watch!

    Citizen Eco-Drive, it's what I bought when I was in the same position in life. Eco-Drive solar power removes the worry about regular battery replacements being an annoyance, the price is in the ~$100 range if you shop around, the neutral colors can be worn with any color combo, and it can be worn for most any occasion.

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    Re: Recommend me a watch!

    Uhm, I know this doesnt have a blue face or a brown leather strap. However it is a German made automatic dress watch with a Miyota, Im not really sure if you like this, Im just throwing it out there because options are nice.
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    Re: Recommend me a watch!

    Use the search function and educate yourself. It will be 100 times more helpful.
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    Re: Recommend me a watch!

    You want the Orient Mako or Ray. The only difference is the hour markers: the Mako uses numbers, while the Ray uses dots. Without a doubt, it is the most versatile watch I own. I can dress it up with a leather strap or dress it down on a variety of NATO straps, and it also works on a bracelet or rubber. The case is neither big and nor small, perfectly sized at 41mm. It is powered by a pretty bullet proof automatic movement, and will give you years of trouble-free and worry-free enjoyment. It's also dirt cheap, and for under $200 you can easily get the watch (with black, blue or orange dial,) a leather strap and 2-3 NATO straps.

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    Re: Recommend me a watch!

    You can dress up an orient mako? The orient star blue looks a lot better dressed up.

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    How about Hamilton Viewmatic if you want an auto,
    or Seiko Premier if you want a quartz?

    There are many variations to them so you can choose the one you like.

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