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    What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    Little brother graduates in the spring, and I'm entertaining the idea of gifting him an inexpensive mechanical watch. Inexpensive because I'm not of means to gift a fine timepiece, and because I honestly think he would appreciate a Seiko 5 just as much as a Grand Seiko. Anyways, I'm not sure if giving the guy a watch is a good idea; although it seems like a cool gift.

    Then, if I do, what manner of watch to give?

    My options are basically: vintage watch, new cheap diver, new inexpensive dress watch.

    Vintage watch could be cool, but he isn't much enthused over vintage anything, so the main allure of vintage gear may be lost on him. Then again, there's a better chance of gifting him a nicer watch within the possible price range.

    An inexpensive dive watch could pass for a dress watch if it had to, but he could also wear it every day. It would also be nice and rugged.

    Last, a dressier watch might be a nice thing for him to have; but then again, he might be better served by something he can wear every day.

    On balance, it seems like the new diver sort of covers all the bases in that it's durable and versatile enough to be the one watch, as it were. But am I missing any important priorities?
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    Re: What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    College or high school?

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    Re: What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    What is your definition of INEXPENSIVE?
    I would say get a GShock or some quartz Casio
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    Re: What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    College.

    I'm not concerned with what brand of watch so much as the style. If a dress watch, then he'd be getting a Seiko

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    Re: What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    ...5 or something. No big deal. It's really a question of, to get him a dressier watch, or a sportier watch.

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    Sport is the way I would go, non-integrated bracelet, that way he can dress up or down,with different straps.

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    His tastes must be factored in or you risk buying something he won't like. Is he more on the side of techno, macho, sporty, conspicuous ..... or more tailored, slim, dressy, classic?
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    Re: What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    Put some thought into it. Inexpensive does not mean just any cheapo.
    If he is going into industry where he'll wear a suit (law, business, finance, office work) - a nice dress watch on leather strap may be appropriate. Perhaps an Orient Bambino.
    If he will be working more outdoors or in casual environment - a sportier watch may be more appropriate - Seiko 5 on a bracelet or Orient Ray.

    Beyond that, consider wrist size - is he a big guy, medium built, thin. Seiko 5 have mosty smaller models, but there are exceptions.
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    What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    I’d go with something like an Orient Bambino or similar that he could wear for job interviews and in first few years of work.

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    Re: What style watch to gift little bro for his graduation?

    These guidelines are little to go on. What's the budget?

    If you want vintage, I'd suggest posting a thread in the vintage forum, but again, with nothing really specified, the questions will be:
    -What's the budget? (which is always the question!)
    -Sporty? Dressy?
    -Decade of preference (in terms of style) - 1940s? 1950s? 1960s?
    -Hand winding or automatic?
    -Swiss? American? Japanese? Soviet?

    People can suggest you a Poljot De Luxe for $50, a Zenith for $500, or an Omega Constellation for $1500. Or a 1960s time-only (with or without date) Rolex for north of $2K.

    Keep in mind, that with vintage, you have to count in the cost of servicing, as the claims of the watch having been serviced are generally not to be trusted. And if you've never bought vintage before, the search will be long before you find a kosher specimen - it's best to ask for help with authentication in the Vintage forum (stay well out of Fake Busters sections of brand-oriented forums, they're a madhouse), as relying on the eBay seller's description or a vintage watch dealer's "expertise" is a silly thing to do.

    Of contemporary watches, I'd suggest either the Seiko SARB033 or 035 (i.e. black or silver dial), equipped with the great 6R15 movement.
    Or, if you want a more dressy Seiko, you can check out the new Cocktail Time SRPB43J1 or SRPC03J1. The only disadvantage of the Cocktail Time is that they have "downgraded" it in terms of the movement - the 6R15 was replaced (for no reason) with the 4R35.
    If you'd prefer something more sophisticated, you can get a brand new Russian-made Strela (aka "the Russian Speedmaster") chronograph with the hand-wound Poljot 3133 (Russian clone of the Valjoux 7730) for roughly 500-600 euro.
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