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    Quote Originally Posted by Strider View Post
    Well, sure, but that's not something he should have to worry about for at least 10-15 years of regular wear. Most modern ETA movements just aren't that maintenance heavy.
    I agree, he won't have to worry about it for a while, but it's still money down the road he may not want to spend.

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    Personally, I love Hamilton watches. If you don't want to spring for a Hamilton automatic, you could always consider a Hamilton quartz.

    http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-H6848...n+khaki+quartz

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    Quote Originally Posted by runner-guy View Post
    Personally, I love Hamilton watches. If you don't want to spring for a Hamilton automatic, you could always consider a Hamilton quartz. Still 38mm with sapphire crystal:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-H6848...n+khaki+quartz
    Yes, that is a nice option if quartz is acceptable. However, appears to be mineral crystal..... Again, maybe not a big deal but if I am going to spend what I consider to be "real" money on a watch I'd rather have glass that won't scratch over the long haul.

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    You're right about the crystal. My bad.

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    No worries, it's a good suggestion and I appreciate the help

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    So, should mineral crystal be a deal breaker? Opinions?

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    Out of the two watches that the OP had links to, I prefer the Hamilton.

    Regarding the other items discussed in this post, here are my bulk ideas/thoughts.
    - I have a Tag Monaco automatic watch that I bought close to 10 years now. Never had it serviced and never had any issues with it.
    - If you like quartz movement, go for it. If you like automatic, go for it too. In short, purchase a watch you'll enjoy and wear
    - Fashion brand watches are made for the fashion houses. Do you research and you'll see who made the watch. For example Fossil makes the watches for Burberry.

    Please let us know what you settle on. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocDave View Post
    Out of the two watches that the OP had links to, I prefer the Hamilton.

    Regarding the other items discussed in this post, here are my bulk ideas/thoughts.
    - I have a Tag Monaco automatic watch that I bought close to 10 years now. Never had it serviced and never had any issues with it.
    - If you like quartz movement, go for it. If you like automatic, go for it too. In short, purchase a watch you'll enjoy and wear
    - Fashion brand watches are made for the fashion houses. Do you research and you'll see who made the watch. For example Fossil makes the watches for Burberry.

    Please let us know what you settle on. Thanks.

    Good thoughts. Regarding point number two, what are the pros/cons of each? Having not owned a watch in a number of years how should I figure out which one I like better? I hope that's not a dumb question.

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    The benefit of quartz is that you can set it and forget it. Quartz watches are battery operated and are accurate to about 10-20 seconds per year. Thus if you're prone to take off your watch after work on Friday, and pick it up Monday morning, with a quartz watch you'll be able to pick it up and go.

    With a mechanical watch, the power reserve (aka autonomy--the amount of time the watch runs without being wound) is generally 40-50 hours for a watch in your price range. Thus, if you take it off on Friday and pick it up on Monday, it'll be stopped and you'll have to set the time (and date if so equipped).

    With a quartz watch, you'll need to have the battery replaced every few years, which is relative easy/cheap nowadays with all those Fix-It stores in the mall.

    Personally I like mechanical because I like the idea of a mini-machine on my wrist. If I were looking in your price range, the Seiko SARB065 (leather strap) would be my choice or the SARB033 (steel bracelet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocco1109 View Post
    The benefit of quartz is that you can set it and forget it. Quartz watches are battery operated and are accurate to about 10-20 seconds per year. Thus if you're prone to take off your watch after work on Friday, and pick it up Monday morning, with a quartz watch you'll be able to pick it up and go.

    With a mechanical watch, the power reserve (aka autonomy--the amount of time the watch runs without being wound) is generally 40-50 hours for a watch in your price range. Thus, if you take it off on Friday and pick it up on Monday, it'll be stopped and you'll have to set the time (and date if so equipped).

    With a quartz watch, you'll need to have the battery replaced every few years, which is relative easy/cheap nowadays with all those Fix-It stores in the mall.

    Personally I like mechanical because I like the idea of a mini-machine on my wrist. If I were looking in your price range, the Seiko SARB065 (leather strap) would be my choice or the SARB033 (steel bracelet)
    The Seiko Cocktail Time is a beautiful watch. Love it.

    I've had a Hamilton Khaki Navy GMT in the past, and I've always recommended automatic Hamiltons to people who are looking to dip their toe in the mechanical watch pool. Check out the Khaki King and Jazzmaster line of Hamilton autos for some really nice pieces. Other brands in that range include Victorinox, Bulova, Seiko, and occasionally Oris. All great value.

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