Bomb Proof... reasonably priced watch

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Terrytori, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    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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  2. dynamos2000

    dynamos2000 is boinking your mom

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    $14 - Walmart
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  3. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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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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  4. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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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/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=216&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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  5. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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  6. Ge-Mini-gun

    Ge-Mini-gun Been here awhile

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    Sell you this one for $100 shipped

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  7. Longknife

    Longknife Been here awhile

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    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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  8. Natron650

    Natron650 Adventure Commuter

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    Beefy, indestructible watch. It's a seriously large piece of equipment. Weighs almost 6 oz.

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    I have this one (quartz) and one of the GSAR mechanical ones as well.

    The GSAR has a slightly smaller diameter and a nice little ETA movement, but is just above your posted price point.
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  9. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    WTF is wrong with a Timex? Tells time within a few seconds per week, uses cheap batteries available everywhere, and costs less than a night at the pub.

    Nobody is going to mug you for your Timex. Break it? Oh well!

    And, yeah, I have expensive watches. They sit at home.

    I wear a Timex. They take a licking...
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  10. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    I just arrived at that point which is why i started this thread.
    Greatly appreciated.
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  11. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    Tissot T-Touch. I've had one for a few years, treat it mercilessly, and it hasn't missed a beat. It has some nice functions too.
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  12. Tall_Canuck

    Tall_Canuck Been here awhile

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    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. :lol3
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  13. Embalmer12

    Embalmer12 Been here awhile

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    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 :huh, sit in a box and tell me the time.

    Good luck....
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  14. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Nope. Won't do.
    Too cheap.
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  15. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Could be a great ad. :D
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  16. Mully

    Mully Kineticist

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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.

    mully
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  17. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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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.

    Until...

    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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  18. transplant

    transplant not OEM

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    Love my Suunto. I won it in a raffle. Best purchase I ever made :lol3. The Breitling only comes out for nice occasions now.
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  19. Badger278

    Badger278 Been here awhile

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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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  20. rpo83

    rpo83 Old enough to know better

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    I have just bought one of these for riding,

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Seiko-Mens-Kinetic-Monster-Scuba-Watch-200M-SKA369_W0QQitemZ190273812654QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Watches?hash=item190273812654&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

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    Bomb proof and zero maintenance, i was starting to worry about my Automatics, i don't like batteries, so this seemed ideal.:ricky
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