Watch recommendation – something I won't break…
Posted 5 years ago
Bottom of the range Apeks divers watch. Glass is recessed. although Apeks is a diving brand, not as chunky as most divers watches. It’s the one I wear most just now and it’s taken a few dunts and still looks fine.
Pretty plain, day/date, luminous hands and dots (not backlit)
Around £70, or about £35 if you take out a sub to Dive magazine then cancel it as soon as the watch arrives.peterfileMember
Clubber, if it’s any help, I’ve had that Core you posted since xmas.
It’s great (much more subtle than in the picture, the yellow marks are not anywhere near as bright).
It’s much lighter than I thought it would be.
I only use it for time/date/alarm and backlight 75% of the time, but if you spend any time out in the hills, the barometer and alitmeter are actually pretty handy and accurate.
Main thing for me is that it’s pretty bombproof. I’m forever whacking mine on rock when climbing or hitting it on bike parts when tinkering or putting it in the car etc and it still looks new.Posted 5 years agoloraxSubscriber
I’ve got an Armourlite, £150 from Amazon. No need for a back light as the luminous tritium glows brightly without needing to be charged up by light. It’s nice and solid, with recessed glass, and mine has stood up very well to the daily bashing it gets. There are plenty of variants with different straps and faces on the Amazon website. I spent ages looking for a decent analogue watch with hands that I could read at night and I’m delighted with it – I’m now going to sell my Rolex!
Posted 5 years agotoby1Member
I have the Suunto too – and although I don’t NEED all the features on it it is a lovely watch to wear.
It was also handy to answer the ‘how much further’ questions when going up Snowdon the other day. given that I’ve not calibrated it at all it was only 20m out at the summit!Posted 5 years ago
Another watch broken…
So, what to replace it? I’d like something robust but smart enough that I can wear all the time, including at work. That probably means it’ll have to have a metal case and recessed face.
Budget up to £150(ish), ideally a good bit less unless it near indestructible.
I like classic analog watches but I haven’t seen anything that looks robust enough.
I don’t like Casio G-shocks unless they have less clunky looking versions now.
In many ways I like the look of the Suunto Core but I don’t need the watch to do more than tell the time, date and have a backlight so a Suunto is overkill.
Suggestions?Posted 5 years agoRusty MacSubscriber
You could look at some of the Seiko watches with sapphire crystal glass, you should be able to get a few stainless ones inside your buget and possibly even a titanium one or two.
Something like this maybePosted 5 years agoaidanoggySubscriber
Another vote for Seiko divers watch here. I’ve had one for ten years and barely taken it off in all that time, it’s been in the sea, swimming pools, bounced off trees, drowned in mud, and everything else it could have thrown at it and it’ hardly has a mark on it. It’s still smart enough to wear with a suit!Posted 5 years agoDT78Member
Very happy with my seiko monster (orange face) bought to replace a gshock that finally died after 12 years.
Don’t get the metal strap, feels cheap and nasty imo (compared to my other watches). Ended up buying a black rubber strap for £6.50 feels much nicer and looks good too.Posted 5 years agocraigxxlMember
I have a Suunto T6c and a Seiko Sportura watch. In terms of durability the Seiko is way in front of the Suunto. The Seiko is still like new, within the first week of purchasing it i caught it on an office door handle. Looking at it, it was covered with metal filings that I assumed was from the watch, on cleaning the watch I realised it was from the door handle the watch was unmarked as it still is years after.Posted 5 years agotoby1Member
I’ve been wearing the Suunto Core for about a month, so longevity isn’t something I can claim to know too much about yet. The only, very minor, damage it has thus far received is some tiny marking on the bezel which is painted black. This is from contact with the very abrasive brick wall between the house and garage though, I’d expect very little to survive a brush with that wall though.
Aside from that the strap seems flexible enough to be resilient and the pin that closes the strap is wide enough to not provide excessive stress on the strap.
I have worn it in the shower, riding and walking so far and it’s doing really well, not had a watch this comfy and well used for a long time.Posted 5 years agobigGMember
+1 for the Seiko divers watch, I picked mine up for about £100 ten years ago. Since then it’s been bashed, dropped, crashed and generally neglected. It’s not showing any signs of wear, although it is on its second rubber strap.
It’s automatic, keeps great time and has never been serviced. It doesn’t need it.
Classic looks and a quality product. What more could you ask for?Posted 5 years ago
Capt Zero- not a trick question, i gave them up decades ago, as deadlydarcy says you soon learn how to gauge time, its an inbuilt sense we all have but neglect, i can usually get within five minutes any time day or night, besides there are multiple devices that have time on them all around us, so unless his job/situation required accurate timekeeping its all a bit academic ,non?Posted 5 years agoslimjim78Member
Capt Zero- not a trick question, i gave them up decades ago, as deadlydarcy says you soon learn how to gauge time, its an inbuilt sense we all have but neglect, i can usually get within five minutes any time day or night, besides there are multiple devices that have time on them all around us, so unless his job/situation required accurate timekeeping its all a bit academic ,non?
Having spent the last 10 years without a watch I have to agree with this statement, especially when we are never more than a couple feet from a mobile phone with the time on it.
However, for some reason I bought a classic casio a couple months ago and to be honest, my time keeping has improved slightly as a result..and it’s more convenient than grabbing and unlocking my phone. Your body clock is suitable for 90% of situations though IMO.
swings & roundabouts.Posted 5 years ago
I just dont get the whole ‘jewellery’ aspect of watches is all. But then, most watches are fugly and I wouldnt want to carry them on my wrist 24/7 for that reason.
Sometimes you see one that just appeals and it all goes a bit ”oooh, I like that!”
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