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    Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    Hello everyone!

    I recently got a new job and I am looking for a new every day watch that I can also wear to work.

    My job requires some office time as well as some field work that might cause it to see some bumps and shocks, but it still needs to fit in with business casual attire. This watch will also see some shooting range time and some pool/lake time.

    In the past I switched between a Citizen World Cronograph and a solar Casio G Shock depending on what I was doing. However, I have grown to really despise synthetic bands; I find metal bands to be much more comfortable. Plus, I really like the look of a worn stainless band.

    My requirements are:

    -Analog movement

    -Metal case and band

    -Solar powered, automatic, or at least a very long lasting battery (I don't trust local shops to properly water seal after a battery change, and I do not want to have to send my watch in every year or two)

    -Sapphire crystal, or at least something durable and scratch resistant

    -Durable and shock resistant

    -Water resistant for swimming and water training

    -Decent warranty

    -Absolute top budget is 450

    I appreciate any suggestions!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    The Citizen Eco-Drive of your choice (Promaster, etc.)--most are available on excellent steel bracelets, most with Sapphire crystals, most very robust, most below your price point. Check the various "GADA" threads for hundreds of alternatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    The Citizen Eco-Drive of your choice (Promaster, etc.)--most are available on excellent steel bracelets, most with Sapphire crystals, most very robust, most below your price point. Check the various "GADA" threads for hundreds of alternatives.
    I thought about just getting another Eco Drive, but I read on another thread that the Eco Drive modules dont really hold up well to shocks.
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    Re: Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    In my experience they hold up fine. You might also want to have a look at the Promaster Tough line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodia77 View Post
    In my experience they hold up fine. You might also want to have a look at the Promaster Tough line.
    I have seen the tough line, and they look pretty slick. What's the difference that makes them more "tough" than any other Citizen?

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    Re: Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    Probably the Least expensive Seiko sapphire automatics are these Presage SRPB65 & SRPB63. There is also a black dial version. Aftermarket steel bracelets can be found on eBay under $40 with glidelock adjustable clasps.



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    Re: Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    Citizen "Ray Mears" or Casio Oceanus. Here is my BN0118-55E:

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    Re: Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    Solar and sapphire SBPX069 on bracelet:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEIKO-SPIRI...8AAOSwrVRbVeP~

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    Re: Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    Titanium, solar and sapphire on bracelet SBPX103

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Seiko-Selec...wAAOSwhtlbMvti

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    Re: Rugged Durable Work and Every Day Watch

    Get an Orient Mako.. Awesome watch under 200
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