Favorite "cheap" watch?

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  1. gdl203

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    gdl203:

    What Hamilton is that?


    It's one of the numerous Hamilton Khaki watches. This one is the Hamilton Khaki King Automatic Men's Watch (H64455933). It can generally be found online for less than $250 (BNIB of course)
     
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    Before I bought my Seiko, I seriously considered a Hamilton similar to this. I ended up going with the Seiko because I've always really liked the look of the Rolex Submariner (which the Seiko blatantly copies). However, based on my research, I would have been pretty happy with the Hamilton.

    Seiko is always a good choice for that price range. However, as you explained, some of their designs are more "original" then others. I personally like their divers a lot (although not the bright-colored Monsters)
     
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    Seiko is always a good choice for that price range. However, as you explained, some of their designs are more "original" then others. I personally like their divers a lot (although not the bright-colored Monsters)

    In a perfect world, I would have bought the Sub. Of course, in a perfect world, my kids would figure out their own way to pay for college. [​IMG]

    I'm not a big fan of the Monsters, either, but they appear to have quite a loyal following.
     
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    I have a Citizen Eco-Drive that I bought for $225 and have worn every day for 7 years. They don't make the model anymore, but it's a two-tone chronograph. Amazingly durable, keeps perfect time. I highly recommend them.
     
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    In the $250 price range, no one can really touch Seiko for automatic watches. For sports, their Monsters and Samurai's are wonderful and incredibly robust. For dress watches, the new watches with the 6R series movements are lovely.
     
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    My cheap and really thin Swatch:

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    Seiko Diver's kinetic (available online-I think it was princeton watches) Reliable, waterproof and no battery[​IMG]
     
  8. chorse123

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    gdl - I'm not looking to buy right now. I may, in a few months, and I may throw out a watch as a gift idea to family sooner or later. Price range is low since it wouldn't be for any big milestone.

    JBZ - I like that Seiko. There are some others that look pretty nice, like the Samurai or the one below. Seiko is a little confusing--they must have 1000 different models.
    [​IMG]

    16520Man - unfortunately vintage is not an option. The watch has to be easy to buy.

    Skalogre - I like the Seagull. Are those available anywhere other than through a guy on a message board? There's no way my family could figure that one out.

    I like a lot of the Hamilton watches, but most of them are north of $250. I particularly like the Khaki Navy, which isn't far off:
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    What about Trias watches? This one looks pretty sharp, is a "17 jewel Unitas 6497 movement" and is $200 and Long Island Watch:

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    Excellent point on the Trias! I forgot about them. The Unitas 6947 is a good robust movement although I remember some complaints regarding low power reserve. But that seemed awfully rare.
     
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    Hi,

    you might have a look at the german company of STOWA. (www.stowa.de)
    threir ANTEA model is pretty similar to the NOMOS Tangente. Both offer german BAUHAUS design. Priced at 299 Euro, they are a bit more than 250 $ but they are still "cheap" ,but well made, reliable mechanical watches with a timeless design.
     
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    I love the Citizen "Nighthawk"

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    Hi,

    you might have a look at the german company of STOWA. (www.stowa.de)
    threir ANTEA model is pretty similar to the NOMOS Tangente. Both offer german BAUHAUS design. Priced at 299 Euro, they are a bit more than 250 $ but they are still "cheap" ,but well made, reliable mechanical watches with a timeless design.


    Yup, I have a Kleine Sekunde. Very nice.
     
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    I LIKE THE LL BEAN FIELD WATCH YOU CAN GET IT FOR UNDER 100$ ON THEIR WEBSITE WWW.LLBEAN BUT IT LOOKED BETTER BEFORE WITH THE STTAINLESS STEEL BAND.
     
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    All of my good watches, including my late father's 40s Rolex, my 150-year-old Waltham gold pocket watch, Hamilton Chronographs, etc, etc, rarely leave my dresser. The watch I wear and wear without any trouble or care... I bought it on Canal Street in NYC. Ten dollars brand new. Five years ago. Perfect... I mean PERFECT... service. One battery change in five years. Utterly reliable. Ten bucks. (Okay, I put a sixty-dollar leather band on it, but hey. Still one of the bargains of a lifetime.)
     

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