I'm in the market for one brown and one black "value" watch to get me through law school. I can't see myself paying over $400 for either watch but I definitely need it to last through school (3 yrs). No matter which watch I buy, I'll certainly be replacing it within a few months on the job after graduation. With that said, I am more or less decided on a black Tissot PRC200 and nearly clicked the checkout button for a brown Hamilton Khaki Auto at $350 shipped. http://www.bluek.co.jp/shop/item/tok...ds/19561_1.jpg However, after checking out some of the photos, I have to agree with posters off the J Crew boards in saying the new Timex 1600 is pretty slick...see below. Even though slightly pricey for a Timex, my student discount brings it down to $166. At a difference of almost $200 - is it really worth it for me to still get the Hamilton, especially if I'll be replacing it in <5 years? I am aware the Hamilton is auto and 'Swiss made' (for what that's worth nowadays) but what else justifies almost double the price of the Timex? I certainly don't want to overpay for the Hamilton if the Timex is just as good and almost half the price while looking the part. On the other hand, if the Hamilton happens to be THAT much better than the Timex, I can justify an extra couple hundred bucks for the increase in quality. I'll be using the watch as an every-day depending on what color I'll be wearing on my feet. I will definitely need it to pass underneath a suit and tie for the occasional OCI, banquet, etc. as well. What's the verdict from the watch gurus ?
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8/19/10 at 10:55pm