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One of my friend's birthday is on the way and I thought to present him a watch. He is a mechanic and mostly works outside with oil, grease, and hard things. What kind/model/brand of watch is suitable for a person like him?
 

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That depends on where / how he will wear the watch. Being a mechanic, I would say go ahead and chose any mechanical watch (not a quartz watch, but one that needs to have its mainspring wound-up manually every day or so. If you're not sure how to find them, just Google "MECHANICAL WRIST WATCH".

If your friend will be wearing the watch while working at the jobsite and not keeping the watch safe in a drawer or locker, I'd say choose an IRONMAN watch made be Timex, or any of the G-SHOCK watches made by Casio. All of the IRONMAN and G-SHOCK watches are tough enough to withstand the rough treatment handed out by those who use their hands for a living. If you can afford it, another possibility is an a diver's watch worn underwater by actual divers. These, too, are built to withstand rough treatment.
And if the watch is to be worn in a rough environment, may I suggest a watch with astainless steel bracelet rather than on a leather strap which can easilt get cut or otherwise damaged.
 

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I'm not sure i would want to spend a lot of money on a watch to be worn by a mechanic while at work and for that reason i think i would prefer a quartz watch. I would probably choose a G-Shock simply because of the punishment they can take and the minimal service those movements require.
 

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I don't make judgements on the correspondents. I'm just basing my recomendations on the facts as they're presented to me. I have no idea how "close" these friends are or aren't.

Believe it or not, I do have a couple close friends. And while I'm not gonna go out and blow a wad on a Vacheron Constantin Patrimony or a Blancpain Villeret for them, I think they're close enough to warrant a Seiko Orange Monster or maybe a Batman. Just sayin'.
 

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Having been a mechanic for over 30 years, don't buy him a watch, that's what they made wall clocks for, watches get caught on things and can cause loss of fingers, hands, etc.
I'm a motor head and have worked on cars, motorcycles, lawn mowers (watches) etc. since I was a kid. One time working on a Alfa coupe reaching under the carburetors I shorted my wedding ring on the positive cable going to the starter. Blew the ring off my finger and gave me a nasty burn. I have not worn a ring since and take my watch off when in the shop. A nice watch is fine just take it off when wrenching.
 

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@Walthamwatchnut @srgray I'm very grateful for you for making me aware of these possible accidents. I didn't even think about this. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with me which helped to prevent possible accdent due to my foolish gift.
 

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A nice watch is never a foolish gift, as long as he doesn't wear it on the job, he will probably really like it and if he doesn't, I would. On another note, I wore holes in my wallet keeping my wedding band in it during work hours and putting it back on after work, he could do the same, not in the wallet mind you, with the watch. This way, he will be thinking of you when he puts it on after work.
 
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