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    New to the watch game! Help with new watch.

    Hi guys,

    Still pretty new to the dappered site, but I was wondering about some help for a casual watch.

    I really only have one watch http://www.fossil.com/en_US/shop/men...agePath=ME1099 and I wear it only when I wear button ups.

    I was looking for a watch I could wear with button up shits. (mostly Jcrew/Banana) I figured i'd get your input.

    I'm keeping my eyes on these. My budget is about $150
    http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8180...I2AMZZZFILBJ2H
    http://www.amazon.com/Timex-Intellig...I1VH1LQJDZ72ZU
    http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK809-A...I3S0PB50E4JVOZ
    http://www.amazon.com/Orient-CEM6500...ds=orient+mako

    I'm kind of leaning towards the quartz as I don't really want the upkeep of an automatic, but I do like the look of some of the automatic ones.
    Any other recommendations would be great!

    Thanks all!

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    There is no upkeep on a cheap automatic, you just buy another one. Also all of those watches could be worn casually. I wear my watch dressed up and down. It is SS with a leather band.

    If I had to help you chose it would be 1 or 4. Also the more I read and look into watches, buy the one that you like and not what we tell you. If you can't decide now then don't buy and continue to look and think about it. Watch bands can be changed in a couple minutes but get the style face you like.

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    Welcome to watch sickness.

    I had the BM8180. Loved the style but it is just too darn small...and I have small wrists. I have also bought the orient mako in ink blue. that is a great watch! I have since upgraded but gave it to my brother who still wears it today.

    One more I would throw into the mix is the Seiko skx007. http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SKX007K-.../dp/B000B5MI3Q That is a SOLID watch for the money. Not a dress watch but you would be surprised how many people out there wear divers in their corporate jobs aka desk divers.

    If you can squeeze a $100 more then I would get this https://www.bernhardtwatch.com/index.php?id=34 Can you say rolex exp?

    But at the 150 mark I would get the skx007 or orient mako in blue.

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    This is the one I've had my eye on in that price range. Pretty versatile, solar so no battery changes, quartz so you can leave it on the dresser for a few days and it'll keep running, Seiko so it's great quality for the price.

    http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SSC001-A...eywords=sscoo1
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    Recently i was also looking for a formal dress watch i bought the below orient watch
    http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orien...p/ug1r003w.htm

    You can buy a black "Hirsch 04302-50 watch strap" and use it with the above watch with almost any type of formal dress

    Other Suggestion:
    http://orientwatchusa.com/fgw01008w

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    If you're hoping to avoid watch maintenance, the Citizen Eco-Drive is probably the way to go. Contrary to some people's belief, it does actually use a battery and the battery will eventually need to be replaced, but the service interval on a solar movement will be more like 10-20 years, rather than 2-5 as with standard quartz.

    I'm not crazy about the cloth strap on that particular watch, but it would be pretty simple and inexpensive to get a leather strap or nylon NATO to use instead.

    The Orient Mako is also a great choice. The Mako and its newer brother, the Ray, are widely regarded as the best automatic watches you can buy for ~$100. Because they're so cheap, you won't have a lot of incentive to service the watch, however. Assuming they are still in production in 5-10 years when the watch would probably require a service, it may be more economical to simply replace the watch. A full service will likely cost more than the cost of a new watch. On the bright side, the movement used in the Mako is actually serviceable, so if you develop a sentimental attachment to the watch, or just don't like throwing things away, you CAN actually service it and keep it as more of an heirloom.
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    I have both a Citizen Eco-Drive and a Seiko Kinetic watch, and i have to say that between the two of them, I prefer the Seiko. Neither are automatic. Both are quartz, but as LesserBlackDog said, the Eco-Drives power the internal battery via solar power, whereas the Seiko doesn't have a battery (per se), but instead stores energy generated from motion in an internal capacitor. The problem I have is that I wear the Citizen primarily to work (its a dressier watch), but that means that I'm always wearing long sleeves and sit inside all day. So other than during the summer while I'm commuting to or from my office, it never gets any sun, and then the battery dies. It's kind of a pain. On the flip side, the Kinetic is always getting charged and holds a 6 mo charge, so even if I don't wear it for a while (which I do, regardless) it can last.

    As far as automatics go, how long will they run for if you don't wear them for a little while? I've always wondered this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drocpsu View Post
    As far as automatics go, how long will they run for if you don't wear them for a little while? I've always wondered this.
    If the spring is fully wound, most entry-level automatics have a power reserve of 36-48 hours. So you can typically go a full day without wearing it and not have to reset the watch. If you try to go a full weekend, however, you will need to give the watch a bit of a shake and reset the time.
    BenR

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    A few comments/opinions:

    * I wouldn't worry too much about whether a watch is appropriate or not with buttoned shirts, unless it is exceptionally gaudy. All of the watches you listed would like fine for your purpose. I see people wearing traditionally casual watches even with suits all the time. As a matter of fact, I really can't even remember the last time I personally saw any man younger than 40 wearing a traditional dress watch.

    * You listed watches in a wide variety of sizes. You might want to measure your wrist as a point of reference and compare to what other people say online about how watches you're interested in "wear" on different size wrists. Case diameter can be a misleading measuring stick; as an example, divers tend to wear smaller than other watches of a similar diameter because the actual face is relatively smaller to account for the thick bezel.

    * Don't buy a watch too quickly just for the sake of buying it. You may end up not liking it in the long run.

    * Don't be afraid to buy used. The second-hand watch market can be quite liquid; just remember to do your due diligence.

    * If you're happy with what a quartz would provide you, don't let online peer pressure steer you towards automatics just for the sake of owning one. An auto that runs in the +/- 10-20 seconds range A DAY is still considered to accurate/acceptable, especially in the sub-$500 range you're in. Quartz watches are, IIRC, in the +/- 1 second range. The lack of having to service is also an added advantage as is the reliability. Autos can go wonky from being dropped, submerged in water, changes in climate, exposure to magnetism, etc. I buy automatics, but it does come with added risk that isn't obvious to new buyers.

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    Of those you have listed, if you are looking for *a* watch (meaning *one* watch), I would opt for the Mako. Personally I think the SS option makes the most sense for a person looking to really only wear one watch, in numerous functions/settings/scenarios. It can be dressed-up or -down, and it will "go with" pretty much anything you wear, even a swimsuit.

    You *can* swap the bracelet out fior a nylon NATO type strap, or a leather band, or even a rubber strap, later on, if you ever want to mix things up a bit. But the SS look of that Orient is VERY versatile; not gaudy, not too sporty, not totally dressy.

    And as others have noted, don't get too concerned with the upkeep of it. Buy it, wear it often (daily), and deal with any serving issues if/when they ever become real issues.

    All just my $0.02, but that's what this forum is all about, right?

    Get what you like. But I like that one the best of your initial selection options.

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