What are some examples of tough, well-made watches I can wear to work as a contractor?
[Posted for Rob Feeny] One thing I'd love to see on here is a great, reliable, touch work watch. The G-shocks are like a small baby strapped to your wrist, the $11 casio digital watch is a bit too retro for my likes, and the solar watch reviewed here is a tad pricy $250...
What kind of watches are other people wearing? I am a contractor who works indoors and out, going from the jobsite to client meetings and want something that looks decent as well as takes a licking.0
I wear Swatches. Classic analog face. Easy to read, reliable, and inexpensive. I wear mine all the time, including in the shower, and at night. I wear it facing inward palmside and while it may scratch a bit, it does not stop. I am on my third one in 30 years of daily careless use.
Well if you're looking for a more traditional look that can go from work to time out at night, and want an automatic, then look at the Seiko 5 series: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dwatches&field-keywords=seiko+5&x=0&y=0
They are incredible robust. Their 007 dive series can last decades without any attention. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dwatches&field-keywords=seiko+5&x=0&y=0#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dwatches&field-keywords=skx007&rh=n%3A377110011%2Ck%3Askx007
If you want a watch you don't have to wind, check out Citizen's eco-drive series: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dwatches&field-keywords=seiko+5&x=0&y=0#/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_23?url=search-alias%3Dwatches&field-keywords=citizen+eco+drive+men%27s&sprefix=citizen+eco+drive+men%27s&rh=n%3A377110011%2Ck%3Acitizen+eco+drive+men%27s
I've given you links from Amazon. There are many online vendors that can beat those prices and have a great selection:
are both from Singapore.
Get a nice watch for after work - go with the cheap Casio for at work. You're looking for a tough watch because it will be exposed and likely damaged; get one you can replace cheaply. And keep your nice watch in your bag/car for when you're meeting clients and need to impress them
You're going to laugh because of the cost, but Rolex watches using their Oyster case are built like brick shithouses. Especially the current models with sapphire crystals. Pretty sure there's nothing more durable, period. Of course, they'd better be for their cost.
The Oyster case is made from a single chunk of metal. Stainless, in the case of non-one-percenters.
I have had a Pathfinder by Momentum for about five years. It costs about $230 with a sapphire crystal. It is the cheapest titanium/sapphire watch I could find, and I have been very pleased. The matte gray titanium case is developing a burnish on the raised edges, but the sapphire crystal looks brand new. The watch repairman who replaced my battery said the movement was a good one, better than he expected. According to reviews, the white-faced one glows quite brightly at night. The Casio and Citizen field watches are also nice, but to my knowledge they don't have a sapphire crystal option.
The Pathfinder has an alarm. The Atlas doesn't have an alarm and goes for about $60 less, and comes in a wider array of colors. I can't vouch for it, but I imagine it is similarly rugged.
Either would be a compromise between a cheap plastic watch and a Rolex. :-)
(I can't include links to the manufacturer's website because Askimet thinks I am posting spam, but just google "Momentum watches".)
As a contractor you may need a rough and tough type of watch. I suggest you to opt for online shopping to get the multiple options and to choose among them. I gifted a replica watch to my brother from replica king that is known for its quality products and durability, which is being used since last 2 years and he’s quite satisfied.
The reviews are kind of hit and miss, but I really love my Samsung Gear smartwatch. The screen is made from sapphire glass, so it's pretty tough. I've had my Gear for nearly a year now and the screen is in perfect condition and there are only a few minor scratches on the stainless steel bezel; in comparison my Citizen Skyhawk lasted less than a week before there was a huge gouge across the face.
The current version (Gear 2) has a camera, IR remote, heart rate monitor, pedometer, microphone and speaker. When your phone rings the watch will display the name of the caller and give you the option to take the call or reject it (this is one of my favorite features, I can hang up on annoying callers without even pulling out my phone!), and it can display incoming text messages and e-mails. You can also change the watch face or, with third-party software, create your own (mine looks like a PipBoy from the Fallout series).
The watch is a little on the beefy side, but it looks nice; I got more compliments about it in the first week than I got for my Citizen Skyhawk Blue Angels in 5 years. The Gear Fit is slimmer, but it lacks the camera and IR remote and the screen is a weird aspect ratio. The battery life is kinda bad, but you can improve it dramatically by turning off gesture support, this keeps the screen off until you press the button. And the biggest downside is it requires that you have a Samsung phone made in the past couple years, a Galaxy S III, Note II or newer (technically you can make it work with other devices, but it's not officially supported and may require rooting or hacking).
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