I’m posting several images I’ve sourced from others’ posts here on the forum. I hope I’m not breaking any forum rules by doing this and I’m very grateful to those who originally uploaded them.
So, I’ve been lurking for a while now and I think it’s time I asked for some help finding the type of watch I’m looking for. The watch is to be worn everyday other than when I play sports or I'm in the gym, when I’ll wear a cheap digital instead. I certainly have no intention to go diving with it. It may well be that under my constraints and preferences (particularly that of my budget) no such watch exists, or at least none better than those I’m already considering, but I’d appreciate any suggestions.
So, to start with, my absolute requirements:-
- A quartz movement
- Both day and date displayed
- A black face
- A diver’s rotating bezel, either exterior or inner
- Maximum budget of £150
And my preferences:-
- A clean military/pilot style face – I understand this is unlikely to be possible with a diver’s, in which case I’d prefer the cleanest and most understated face possible.
- Not overly thick or large, so that it can comfortably fit under shirt cuffs when necessary
So far, I’ve not been able to discover any military watches within my budget that feature a diver’s bezel. If only I didn’t require a diver’s bezel then the Citizen BM8180-03E would be perfect.
That leaves me with divers' watches and my main problem here is the size, particularly the thickness. The watches I’ve been considering are the Seiko Black Knight quartz or kinetic, the Momentum Shadow II and the Seiko Solar SNE107. Unfortunately, it seems that Citizen quartz divers are ruled out by not having the day displayed together with the date.
Of the three, I prefer the looks of the Black Knight but I’m finding it impossible to find it for sale in the UK and it may be beyond my price range if I ever do. The Momentum is within budget and, though 11.58mm thick, apparently “wears thin” and has good reviews. However, it does perhaps have more the appearance of a classic dive watch than I’d ideally like. The Seiko Solar also has that classic dive watch appearance and I suspect it’s much too large and thick for me.
Finally, there are two “wild card” watches I’ve been considering - the Casio AMW320B-1AV and the Android Octopus.
Until I saw the Casio I would never have considered an analogue-digital, but this has more the appearance of an analogue with a small digital display for day and date, and it ticks all my other boxes. Unfortunately, I can’t find it for sale in the UK at a price I’d be prepared to pay, considering how cheap it can be found in other countries.
The Octopus breaks my requirements by both being an automatic (non-hacking at that) and due to its size, but I find it so beautiful that I’m considering it anyway.
Anyway, any advice will be welcome and apologies again for my theft of the images.