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Plebby question but best starter watch for an 18-year-old headed off to college? Under, say, $3K? Mechanical only.
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Plebby question but best starter watch for an 18-year-old headed off to college? Under, say, $3K? Mechanical only.
As you are well aware, any watch that can simply be “purchased” by walking into an AD without first spending hundreds of thousands on jewelery is not worth buying.

This is a also question best answered by a FART Board Member but if it were me (sad and lowly owner of both brands), I’d recommend a diver by Tudor or Omega. Both can handle the daily activities of a freshman (keg stand, shotgun?). The 41mm Black Bay or recent gem Seamaster can surely be found in that range.
 

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Why do i subject myself to such abuse? If only the ages could answer this…
 

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Plebby question but best starter watch for an 18-year-old headed off to college? Under, say, $3K? Mechanical only.
I'd go German sports watch. Reliable, durable, affordable.



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Oris pointer date?
Seiko prospex?
Hamilton khaki?

Hamilton khaki is my answer. I wouldn’t spend four figures on a watch that is likely to be dropped in a beer pong cup, left in a girl’s dorm or otherwise and similarly abused.
 

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Hamilton khaki is my answer. I wouldn’t spend four figures on a watch that is likely to be dropped in a beer pong cup, left in a girl’s dorm or otherwise and similarly abused.
Good thinking. Another option is a Seiko alpinist is the $500-750 range. Love mine because I can travel in it and enjoy it without ever getting nervous of beating it up.
 

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Plebby question but best starter watch for an 18-year-old headed off to college? Under, say, $3K? Mechanical only.
What's he/she looking for? Chronograph, sport, dress, etc?
 

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