Originally Posted by pickpackpockpuck
Haha, try again. I actually want to read the thing! Just looking at some reviews quickly, it seems the Seiko is notorious for running fast. That doesn't happen with my cheap Timex (the date runs off, but I really only need the time). Do you have a Seiko 5?
Let's try again:
If that doesn't work, I'm trying for an article at askmen.com called "The Cheapest High-End Watch." Seiko comes up a lot in the watch columns of Askmen.com. The column called "The Watch Snob" basically trashes all watches under $5k--except for Seiko.
I don't own a Seiko 5, but I've handled one in a store and was really impressed. It feels solid. It looks great. Timex watches look and feel "chintzy" in comparison. Reviews of the 5's accuracy vary, but the consensus is that that in the vast majority of cases, it keeps very good time.
More to the point, once upon a time I was shopping for a watch but didn't know how much money I'd have, so I tried to pick a best option for every price point. I read and read and read and was always amazed by the way the 5 was described even by serious watch enthusiasts. It owns the sub-$100 end of the market and arguably the sub-$200 as well, although then it's competing with sister Seikos like the SKX-007, which use the same movement. Move up toward $500, and Seikos are still dominant players (the SARB series with the 6R15 movement is fantastic), although at that point you can also find good offerings from Hamilton, Tissot, Christopher Ward, etc.. Plus, once you're past $200 you can find lots of yummy second-hand and vintage options. $200 can probably get you a sweet used Hamilton Khaki auto. For not much more you can get a vintage Omega. But if $60-80 is all you can spend, it's a no-brainer.
The only reason to buy a Timex is because at this point it's become something of a fashion trend. Or because you can't afford the $60-80 it takes to get a Seiko 5. If the latter's the case, save up. If the former's the case, well, that's sad.
Do some googling, and you'll see that there's a 5 for almost every taste. Dress. Pilot. Field. Dive. Etc. They come in different case sizes and with different WR ratings. By and large their straps and bracelets are unimpressive, but on line you'll find some great pics of 5s with after-market straps ranging from cheap NATOs to leather straps that cost many times the price of the watch itself.