When I was a child I had a 4-button digital Casio with all the features I ever needed. I switched over to mechanical watches for a few years (wore a Seiko 5 for a decade) and have recently bought a relatively high-end mechanical watch (high beat, power reserve indicator, day/date displays) - but as it has a leather strap and many polished surfaces, I need something less delicate to wear daily.
I realized I miss having quartz accuracy, a stopwatch, timer and alarm, so I'm considering making the daily an electrical watch this time round. So here's what I'm hoping for:
- Solar powered (no frequent battery changes)
- Metal strap (any other material never lasts longer than a few years with me)
- Subdued/elegant styling (no extreme or ultra-sporty styling like on the G-Shock - this is a watch I wear mainly at the office)
- Waterproof enough for swimming
- Stopwatch, timer, alarm
- Ideally a barometer or weather prediction function
- Budget around $500, but under $200 would be better
The Tissot T-Touch solar does everything I want but costs around €1000 in my country and over €800 online so no go.
I've found the Casio wave ceptor WVA-M640D-2AER which is almost perfect except for the plastic body, lack of barometer, and 1-hour stopwatch limit (I would prefer a 24-hour stopwatch).
I know most smartwatches will do what I'm asking, but I'm looking for a watch with a conventional battery life (months) not phone-like battery life (days) with frequent charging required. And I get the feeling any smartwatch we buy today will be obsolete in under 3 years.
Any suggestions are welcome 😁