Sounds like you need to get straps that actually fit your wrist or find case sizes that make sense for your arm/hand size.
The Seiko 5 suggestions are good. Also look into Timex and Citizen for some solid, reliable, inexpensive pieces. Tissot has some PRC models that work as dailywear under the $150 mark.
Look into a Seiko 6309 vintage Submariner from the 1980s. Movement is simple and the watch
runs like a true work horse. It is mechanical and keeps adequate time and you should be able to find one for
near 150.00 either on ebay ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SEIKO-DIVER-6309-7040-SUWA-150M-AUTOMATIC-MENS-WATCH-/320935004257?pt=Wristwatches&hash=item4ab9378861#ht_7533wt_1281) or Seiko Citizen Forum.
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