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Roys

Which new watch for Christmas?

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First of Happy New Year to you all, 1st post so please excuse my watch ignorance as I don't know a huge amount about them, just what I like and what I don't, more on that later.

So my question I hope you can help me with.

My wife has given me an 'IOU a watch' as a Christmas pressie, she didn't want to buy me one as I am fussy when it comes to certain things, tools and watches being good examples.
Some of the things I like in a watch:
Simple, 3 hands.
Mostly numbers not a face full of dashes.
Good contrast between face, numbers and hands
Good vision at night, being luminous for only 15 minutes after the lights go out is no use to me.
Not delicate, cos I ain't.

Probably a metal bracelet, I want the watch look the part at say a wedding function one day and in the woods the next day with a chainsaw.

About £300 ish

Watches I have looked at but put on the back burner are:

Citizen BN0110 has all the features I like however it had Royal Marines writing on the face which would have been fine if I was in the RM, but I wasn't.

Nite MX10 looked good also with the features I like but I read a string of bad reviews about time keeping, don't know how much truth is in them.

Citizen AW0050 looks good, but I think the lume side of it will let it down.

Armourlite AL811 AL815 again like the look and features but I have not been able to try one on like I have with the above and mixed reviews.

I have worn £40 Timex Expedition watches for the last 15 years which are indiglow and are great but my wife wants me to have a good watch.
Any suggestions and comments are welcome.

Thank You

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17 minutes ago, Roys said:

Citizen BN0110 has all the features I like however it had Royal Marines writing on the face which would have been fine if I was in the RM, but I wasn't.

You could go for the non-Royal Marines version, which as far as I can tell is exactly the same, but without the logo.  Do a search for "Citizen Eco Drive Ray Mears" and you will find it :thumbsup:

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12 minutes ago, Davey P said:

You could go for the non-Royal Marines version, which as far as I can tell is exactly the same, but without the logo.  Do a search for "Citizen Eco Drive Ray Mears" and you will find it :thumbsup:

Thanks for the reply, thought that was a discontinued watch and replaced by the RM one?

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I will throw in the Smiths PRS-25 Everest. Made by Timefactors (British company) using a Japanese Miyota automatic movement, 40mm, with a good OEM bracelet. Looks and feels really nice, a bit evocative of the Rolex Explorer. REALLY versatile, and looks great on the bracelet, leather straps or a NATO. The lugs are drilled too, so strap changes are a doddle, even without specialist tools.

I have one myself, and I love it!

£245 brand new, from the Timefactors website.

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Good find Davey P on the Citizen

apm101 that Smiths watch is also a nice looking watch

Thank You gents

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Citizen Endeavour......Eco drive

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If I was given £300 to buy a watch I'd get this.

You could put it on a nice bracelet within budget.

Also if someone asks what watch to buy we have to say Seiko on the first page...

don't ask, Bond made that rule up:wink:

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6 minutes ago, handlehall said:

 

Also if someone asks what watch to buy we have to say Seiko on the first page...

don't ask, Bond made that rule up:wink:

 

:laugh: :laugh:

Seems these days we have a much more diverse membership so it's sometimes the second page before the "S" word is mentioned.

Looks like all the seikophiles have bailed to Brucies forum, all ten the last time I looked and at least a couple or three of those look like they might be ringers up to no good.

:biggrin:

 

 

 

 

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A good selection on the Timefactors site, as per the PRS-25. Do you have a prefered size?

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4 hours ago, apm101 said:

I will throw in the Smiths PRS-25 Everest. Made by Timefactors (British company) using a Japanese Miyota automatic movement, 40mm, with a good OEM bracelet. Looks and feels really nice, a bit evocative of the Rolex Explorer. REALLY versatile, and looks great on the bracelet, leather straps or a NATO. The lugs are drilled too, so strap changes are a doddle, even without specialist tools.

I have one myself, and I love it!

£245 brand new, from the Timefactors website.

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Couldn't agree more I have one in my care also.

Take a look at Steinhart also, I have five in the collection.

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4 hours ago, apm101 said:

I will throw in the Smiths PRS-25 Everest. Made by Timefactors (British company) using a Japanese Miyota automatic movement, 40mm, with a good OEM bracelet. Looks and feels really nice, a bit evocative of the Rolex Explorer. REALLY versatile, and looks great on the bracelet, leather straps or a NATO. The lugs are drilled too, so strap changes are a doddle, even without specialist tools.

I have one myself, and I love it!

£245 brand new, from the Timefactors website.

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think that pretty much nailed the brief!

 

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Hi, Roy and welcome to :rltrlt: If you can get hold of one, the Seiko 'Spork' ticks all the boxes....numbers, not dashes (well, a few:laugh:).....great contrast.....three hands.....amazing lume....robust and well made bracelet.....classic diver looks, but can also be worn as a dress watch. Hope I'm not being patronising, but the nickname 'Spork' comes from rearranging the letters/numbers of the model no. SRP043K1. 

Hope we don't get you confused with the owner of the site.....he's called Roy, too!

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Love my Spork, be lucky to pick one up for £300 now tho I reckon

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Thanks gents, all these suggestions are great.

The only thing is after I read them on here I then spend ages researching them, still since I took early retirement (saw the other thread about that) I can afford the luxury of that.

Cheers

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+1 vote for the Seiko recommended by Roger.

Seiko produce watches that are exceptionally reliable, durable and great value for money... a watch like that will last, give you good service and you don't have to worry about getting it wet etc.  I'd say that looks pretty damn respectable too.

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Don't know about wearing it to a wedding but a CWC G10 for about £160 (Though you would have to sacrifice the bracelet) Military watch tough as old boots and just over half your budget so if you really wanted to you could buy a cheap quartz Tissot with the rest of the money for weddings. 

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Well @Roys, any news? Which is the chosen one?

Rob....

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2 hours ago, robden said:

Well @Roys, any news? Which is the chosen one?

Rob....

Oh decisions, decisions. :)

First of all thanks everyone for there input.

Here is my initial thoughts:

Spork, looks a beast would have to find somewhere or someone to let me try it on, so I can see how it looks on my wrist. Nice watch though.

Smiths watch looks very good, bit worried the automatic action might get premature wear with chainsaw vibes, but cracking looking watch.

The Citizen AW1410 like the look of this as well, like the solar aspect of it, only problem is wife not that keen on it, but she ain't going to be wearing it :)

Anybody any view on the Swiss Military Watches? can find any info about how good the lumes are.

Enjoying this new focus, never looked at watches so closely before.

Thanks again.

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