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Old 12-15-2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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Bomb Proof... reasonably priced watch

I'm looking for suggestions.
I currently own a Cartier Tank Chrono... cost of battery
change and gasket ( O Ring) replacement and basic service...$650. CAN.
I've owned Rolex & Panerai. I no longer want to carry the price
of a good scooter on my wrist.

Any and all suggestions for rough, waterproof, under $600 timepieces
welcome and appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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$14 - Walmart
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:03 PM   #3
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I have a Timex Expedition that I've used for 2-3 years now for backpacking, m/c touring. I got it on sale for $30.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:40 PM   #4
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I love the watches available on www.watchbuys.com. These are German watches, usually with ETA or Valjoux movements with German cases. You can get a great buy on a really solid watch that is still unique and not a Seiko or a Citizen, and is still an automatic movement,,,so no batteries. I really like this one http://www.watchbuys.com/store/pc/vi...6&idcategory=8
I have bought a couple of watches from these guys.. great service.

That being said, I wear a GShock that i bought 18 years ago before i left for OCS still to this day when I am in the field... i think I have replaced the battery 4 times and the strap once.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:57 PM   #5
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sorry missed your price point

Here is a bomb proof, titanium cased, automatic that will out live you

http://stores.channeladvisor.com/wat...?itemid=505476
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:35 PM   #6
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Sell you this one for $100 shipped

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Old 12-15-2008, 02:54 PM   #7
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Swiss Army

Have always had great luck with Swiss Army. The one currently on my wrist has pretty much been worn since I bought it 11 years ago and I've had absolutely no problems with it and keeps perfect time.

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Old 12-15-2008, 04:24 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by earthroamer
I have a Timex Expedition that I've used for 2-3 years now for backpacking, m/c touring. I got it on sale for $30.
Nope. Won't do.
Too cheap.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:28 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by earthroamer
I have a Timex Expedition that I've used for 2-3 years now for backpacking, m/c touring. I got it on sale for $30.
+1

when I wore watches (before I had a cellphone), it lasted at least 5 years of teenage torture and a few months riding on my bmx bikes handlebars, which lived wherever I left it in the yard.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:40 PM   #10
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I have a Bertucci titanium from REI . $100, simple, durable, no pins to break or jar loose, the band goes through the fixed pins, so it does limit your band options, but I am a carpenter and I have had trouble finding a watch that holds up.
I can't see having a $500+ watch on and scraping the crap out of it at work. I do want a durable, reliable watch though and I have had bad luck with a couple of Timex"s.

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Old 12-22-2008, 08:05 PM   #11
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Tough, and ACCURATE

My Citizen Skyhawk is neat. It survived a crash at Mid-Ohio (in the parking lot) and slid over 20 feet on pavement with very little damage to the crystal or the titanium casing. It's big, easy to read, and most of all it holds the time. When I bought it four years ago I set to the atomic clock (at the tone, the time will be...) and this past spring I had to set it forward two whole seconds. So it loses one second every other year- not bad.
One nice thing is the no maintenance nature of it: solar cell in the face, internal rechargeable battery lasts a year in the dark, and the second hand will dance for you if you are a geek.

BUT, never mind working on this overly complicated piece of Japanese craftsmanship. If it fails even a little, it is DONE. Overall, it is a great watch for me, but I would not recommend it for everyday wear unless you have time to read the 200 page owners manual. Oops, I just saw the "reasonably priced" part at the top. Never mind- none of this applied.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:11 PM   #12
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Traser Titanium. Great everyday wear.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:33 PM   #13
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Here's a couple links...

I buy most all my watches used, only way I can afford the really nice ones!

The 'sales corner' on timezone.com for used watches under 5k (many much less). Looks like a white dialed samurai on the bracelet just sold for $150 there.

Click

The 'poor man's watch forum' top 20 list has many great choices.

Click, click

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Old 07-14-2009, 03:54 PM   #14
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Casio Waveceptor ToughSolar. $80 at Walmart. Never needs a battery and has atomic timing 200meter water resistance.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:53 AM   #15
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I have always loved and been very hard on watches. Nothing has ever lasted on my wrist longer than a few months other than a Casio G-shock. They are unbreakable and are now solar and sync with the atomic clock in Colorado over the air. Maintenance free!

I currently have this model:

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