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Old 12-15-2008, 04:54 PM   #16
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With only minor exceptions, the only watch that's been on my wrist for the last three years is a Traser 6500 tritium. I think I paid $150 for it on sale from LA Police Gear, and it's weathered all sorts of offroad, onroad, weather, water, and working conditions. I replaced the battery myself for like $8 IIRC. If I ever break it, I'll get another.

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Old 12-15-2008, 05:02 PM   #17
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My wife is the Destroyer of Watches, Ender of Timepieces. Seriously, she can reduce a watch to rubble in under a month. I honestly have no idea how she does it, but she's like a garbage disposal for watches.


I bought her a stainless steel Swiss Army watch last Christmas and it still looks new. Even the band.

So if I were in the market for a good-looking, decently priced, rugged watch, I'd look for a Swiss Army. Maybe in a manly titanium or something.

Personally, I can't ride with a watch on. It bugs my wrist somehow and gets in the way under the glove.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:25 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Embalmer12
Take a look at Suunto.

I sold them for years and never had an unhappy customer whether they were a first time buyer or otherwise. They might be a different build than what you're looking for but you'll have choices on types of bands/colors. Of course, the more expensive they are, the more gadgety. I did the same thing, got a Rolex Explorer and have watched my watch , sit in a box and tell me the time.

Good luck....
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:27 PM   #19
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I know...I know...

But I have to say. I've had my Explorer for years, and have abused and abused it. There isn't a better investment out there. It actually appreciates.

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Old 12-15-2008, 06:06 PM   #20
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I have just bought one of these for riding, Watches?hash=item190273812654&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A13 18|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

Bomb proof and zero maintenance, i was starting to worry about my Automatics, i don't like batteries, so this seemed ideal.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:09 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Tall_Canuck
I have beat the shiite out of mine for 10 years and my dad has done the same for 35; they are bulletproof, no nonsense and classic.

At the end of time there will be cockroaches and Seiko Divers watches.
Way funny.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:13 PM   #22
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I have one of the lower priced Tag Heuer. Classic, well built and not that expensive... I got it because I wanted one watch to do it all. And it does.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:20 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by dbarale
I have one of the lower priced Tag Heuer. Classic, well built and not that expensive... I got it because I wanted one watch to do it all. And it does.
+1, I have one of those...the "F1"'ll be given to my kid...I currently wear a Breitling Transocean...

However, whenever I am on the bike for anything other than urban/work commute, I don't wear a watch...between the bike's clock, the GPS, the cell phone, and the fact that I don't want to know what time it is... ...wearing one isn't wise
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:44 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by dbarale
I have one of the lower priced Tag Heuer. Classic, well built and not that expensive... I got it because I wanted one watch to do it all. And it does.
I used a lower end TAG for a long long time as my daily watch, other than field time, and it was a great watch..still keeps perfect time. The rub wit Tags comes with the service. I spent over $400 on a service at one point, considering it was a $1000 watch to start with that seemed a bit excessive.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:45 PM   #25
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I have to throw a Luminox out there. I have a Tag and a Luminox (3001), that my wife bought me for Valentines 5 years ago and I grab it 99% of the time if I am wearing a watch. It's a simple but tough watch that will last for years. They have different styles so you can surely find one that you like.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:53 PM   #26
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My Suunto Vector is the ONLY watch I have ever replaced a battery because it has lasted long enough to need it. Definitely a different look that what you are used to, though.

I kill any watch--destroy the crown O-rings and water gets in, dunno why.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:16 PM   #27
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You lookin' for a watch or a fashion statement? Timex Ironmzn, waterproof to 200m, Velcro bandbattery last around 5 years. I get 'em at the PX for 34 bucks. When they get dirty I put 'em a jar of water with some Woolite and let it soak for a couple of days. Keep time accurate to a few seconds a month.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:27 PM   #28
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I've got an Ironman and it's a digital watch. I like weight but I really don't like the digital face. Takes 2 hands to check the time. Some light conditions it is hard to read the LED. I wouldn't get this watch again.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:28 PM   #29
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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.

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   #30
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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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