Hey there folks, I've browsed this forum a good bit and learned a lot from this place - THANK YOU ALL!
Now I'm gonna be that guy and ask for a recommendation like a million people have before. I've got a Citizen BM8180 and I like it, but I've already scratched the crystal a bit and haven't had it that long. While falling down the watch rabbit hole I've learned a lot, and I'd like to get something with a perpetual calendar. I want the most set it and forget it watch I can get essentially. So...here's what I want:
- Small to medium size case (38-42mm)
- Sapphire crystal
- Solar powered
- Non-proprietary bracelet/band so I can swap in a NATO strap
- Perpetual calendar
- Simple uncluttered dial
- 100m water resistance or better
WOULD LIKE TO HAVES:
- I prefer numerals over indices/markers.
- Well lumed would be nice.
- Atomic radio reception would be great, but not a must-have
The Casio Oceanus is close to what I want, but it uses a proprietary bracelet.
The Promaster Tough is close too, I like the simple look, but the date window is tiny, and it's not a perpetual calendar.
All the US-market Citizens just have waaaay to busy looking dials. I'm very much a less-is-more kinda guy.
Easily switching time zones isn't a concern for me, I don't travel outside my own time zone often enough to worry about it.
Right now my top pick is the Promaster PMD56-2951/2 (can't decide which color I like best). I like the size, look, lightweight titanium case, and big easy to read at a glance numerals. The downside being it's a Japanese market only watch, and only receives the Japanese atomic radio signal, yeah, I know about the simulator app. It's not so much that the Japan-only signal is a problem, more that it's something I'd be paying for that I wouldn't use, and it's not an inexpensive watch.
I'm always happy to pay less obviously!
Any other suggestions, or should I just go ahead and pony up for the PMD56?