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    The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    In the most recent "Watch Snob" article on Askmen was the following question:

    I know that you mostly talk of more expensive watches, but I need advice on watches that are at max $50. If that is not possible, then $100. Although I can afford much more, I am simply not willing to at this point in my life. I know you disagree, and I respect your views and hope you shall respect mine.

    Anyway, I am looking for a kind of preppy, boarding school-type watch (I went to Groton and Harvard myself, and my family's ancestors arrived in Massachusetts as pilgrims). I prefer grosgrain ribbons, and I am a huge fan of Roman numerals.

    I'll spare you the Snob's nasty Scrabble-winning non-answer. But I would like to know what your answer to the question is. Due to the fact that I'm putting all my spare money into paying off debt, I don't have anything to spend on watches for the immediate future. If I were to buy one it would have to be under $50 max. What is your opinion as to the best watches available for under $50.00 USD? My first picks would be the Timex Weekender (which I own) and G-Shock Classic.

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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    I think your two picks are excellent. And I think that it is best if we think for our selves when it comes to finding watches we think we might like rather than depending on someone else to think for us. My most satisfactory watch purchases have come from me thinking and searching.

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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    My pick would be the Vostok Amphibia. Rugged, classic, has an interesting history, and has been proven to last a long time.

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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    Honestly it would take me a long time to think of two better choices than a weekender (or almost any simple, analog Timex) and a 5600. You have great taste!
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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    Seiko 5 automatic SNK809. Tough, durable, a great first auto, masculine, sort of a military style, day-date, and did I mention tough. The absolute hands down best buy in the whole wide watch world, available virtually everywhere online for anywhere between $50 and $80.
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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    Push your budget by $5-10 and get a Seiko 5 SNK809K2 <black dial reference. Joma has the black for $54 free shipping. I don't think you will get a better mechanical for anywhere near the money. Edit: Bahoomba beat me by three minutes but some quote about great minds pops in my head...
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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    Quote Originally Posted by Toothbras View Post
    Honestly it would take me a long time to think of two better choices than a weekender (or almost any simple, analog Timex) and a 5600. You have great taste!
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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    Also the Timex Expedition line is a great value in this price range.
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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    Not really much to say you're going to get some sort of Timex or Casio quartz watch.

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    Re: The unanswered "Watch Snob" question. Best of the cheapest. Under $50.00 USD

    Yes, the Casio DW-5600E is the best option in this price range.

    EL light, 200m WR...
    CT, Alarm, and Stopwatch (w/ Time displayed in ALL modes)...
    Shockproof, rugged, and comfortable for daily wear.

    All these for $40-50.
    I promise you, you won't find a better deal.
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