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Hello folks,

Been a while since I last posted. After I got my latest beauty



I have been quite expectantly VERY protective of her. Careful wearing, away from any possible harm usually tucked under my cuff. This is why, I went on holidays watch-nude, bear wrists, no watch. :eek:hmy:

This proved to be far more difficult than I initially thought, as I like to know what time it is.

So, here I am - looking for your insight into (what may seem like) a simple question: What should I buy for sand, salt water and abuse?

I will start with some basic requirements that come to mind:

Budget = $350-ish, pre-owned is welcome
Size = 41-44mm diameter
Thickness = no more than 13mm or VERY close to that. I hate towering rocks.
Don't care if it is digital, mechanical, quartz, manual, automatic - as long as it can do the job
Wish to have = hours, minutes, seconds, date - anything above this would be optional
Lume / Electric lume - yes, please

Should be nice and easy to read but nothing that would break my heart losing/having stolen.
A lot of folks recommended Rolex, but let's face it - as tough and suitable as they may be, because of their value, they are mug-magnets and this is the last thing I want to worry about on holidays :wink:

The most important stuff of all - I should *not* have to worry about it on the beach, scratching the sand, in the ocean in salt water, or just by the pool, swimming. I am not a diver, so this watch is unlikely to ever see below 3m of water depth. :biggrin: Being your typical OCD, anal WIS, I will be washing it gently with soap and fresh water each evening :001_rolleyes:


My top desire for such a job would be the Sinn U1 W but alas, these do not come *anywhere near* the budget I have in mind...
I cannot see myself spening 1+k on something that I will rub in sand. :glare:



Another (perhaps obvious) contender would be a Steinhart like this one



The thing about them - as good as value, they will always remain Rolex homages...

Then we have the usual suspects, like Seiko with their SPORK, for example or perhaps a modded Yobokies (sorry, but I am not intimately acquainted with their full line)



Or, perhaps a Casio Pathfinder, like this one:



I know I am missing Citizen, but all current models have too many bells and whistles, hands, dials, what-not, so a bit tough on the eyes (difficult to read). Apologies, if I have missed something - did a quick Google search only.

Enough rambling, I hope above really helped explain my current frame of mind. Holiday season is over, so I am in no rush to buy tomorrow - rather, I would like to explore options which for sure I have missed.

What's your take on the subject? Let's have it :thumbup:
 

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If you keep checking the forums you can find a more affordable Sinn model (like the 556 pictured below) for around $600 - sometimes less.




However, my official position is that nothing beats a Seiko diver as a beach beater. If the SPORK is your thing go for it, and of course the Monster is always a good option.
 

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Seiko orange monster - fits the bill and exceeds expectations. Black Monster if you roll that way...
 

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If you keep checking the forums you can find a more affordable Sinn model (like the 556 pictured below) for around $600 - sometimes less.

However, my official position is that nothing beats a Seiko diver as a beach beater. If the SPORK is your thing go for it, and of course the Monster is always a good option.
I am not hung on any one brand - not for this search, at least. So far, Seiko seems to dominate the thread... No love for digitals, eh :glare: I am wondering what is your take on stock vs modded Seikos?

There is a (yellow) Boschett Reef Ranger (of mine) with your name on it Kal :wink:
I dug out the Boschett in the Sales sub-forum - didn't click, sorry. :blush:
 

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Personally I love having a yellow dial watch for beach and pool use. I have had a Seiko SKXA35 and now a Prometheus Jellyfish. Both do teh job really well.



The Seiko Monster is also a good one, rock solid with a good beater pedigree. I have the black but the orange are great as well.



Speaking of Seiko, there are a few others in the Seiko line up that I'm sure will show up. Here are a few of mine, all would do the job well.

Seiko SNM031 White Samurai


Seiko Sumo SDBC003


Seiko SKXA47 White Knight


Which one would I recommend? Well, I think for general versatility the Seiko Monsters are hard to beat. But also have a look at the Jellyfish line as well.
 

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Check out the Doxa mods. :thumbup1:
Can you help with some pointers? Is there a place where modders gather, galleries? I searched WTF and found only 2 threads holding seiko doxa...

No offence but I don't think Rotary can hold a candle to Seiko in terms of solid build :wink:

Personally I love having a yellow dial watch for beach and pool use. I have had a Seiko SKXA35 and now a Prometheus Jellyfish. Both do teh job really well.
The Seiko Monster is also a good one, rock solid with a good beater pedigree. I have the black but the orange are great as well.
Speaking of Seiko, there are a few others in the Seiko line up that I'm sure will show up. Here are a few of mine, all would do the job well.

Seiko SNM031 White Samurai

Seiko Sumo SDBC003

Seiko SKXA47 White Knight

Which one would I recommend? Well, I think for general versatility the Seiko Monsters are hard to beat. But also have a look at the Jellyfish line as well.
I guess I should spend some time to know better the Seiko lines and their possible mods... Thanks for the numerous pix (were missing pix so far)

Another vote for the Seiko Monster (your choice of colour). It's the perfect beach vacation watch!
Gotcha, thanks
 

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Hello folks,

Been a while since I last posted. After I got my latest beauty



I have been quite expectantly VERY protective of her. Careful wearing, away from any possible harm usually tucked under my cuff. This is why, I went on holidays watch-nude, bear wrists, no watch. :eek:hmy:

This proved to be far more difficult than I initially thought, as I like to know what time it is.

So, here I am - looking for your insight into (what may seem like) a simple question: What should I buy for sand, salt water and abuse?

I will start with some basic requirements that come to mind:

Budget = $350-ish, pre-owned is welcome
Size = 41-44mm diameter
Thickness = no more than 13mm or VERY close to that. I hate towering rocks.
Don't care if it is digital, mechanical, quartz, manual, automatic - as long as it can do the job
Wish to have = hours, minutes, seconds, date - anything above this would be optional
Lume / Electric lume - yes, please

Should be nice and easy to read but nothing that would break my heart losing/having stolen.
A lot of folks recommended Rolex, but let's face it - as tough and suitable as they may be, because of their value, they are mug-magnets and this is the last thing I want to worry about on holidays :wink:

The most important stuff of all - I should *not* have to worry about it on the beach, scratching the sand, in the ocean in salt water, or just by the pool, swimming. I am not a diver, so this watch is unlikely to ever see below 3m of water depth. :biggrin: Being your typical OCD, anal WIS, I will be washing it gently with soap and fresh water each evening :001_rolleyes:


My top desire for such a job would be the Sinn U1 W but alas, these do not come *anywhere near* the budget I have in mind...
I cannot see myself spening 1+k on something that I will rub in sand. :glare:



Another (perhaps obvious) contender would be a Steinhart like this one



The thing about them - as good as value, they will always remain Rolex homages...

Then we have the usual suspects, like Seiko with their SPORK, for example or perhaps a modded Yobokies (sorry, but I am not intimately acquainted with their full line)



Or, perhaps a Casio Pathfinder, like this one:



I know I am missing Citizen, but all current models have too many bells and whistles, hands, dials, what-not, so a bit tough on the eyes (difficult to read). Apologies, if I have missed something - did a quick Google search only.

Enough rambling, I hope above really helped explain my current frame of mind. Holiday season is over, so I am in no rush to buy tomorrow - rather, I would like to explore options which for sure I have missed.

What's your take on the subject? Let's have it :thumbup:
May I suggest maybe a bit bigger but wears well and is indestructible!

Just about a hundred if you shop!

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There are a few Deep Blue watches that would fit your criteria, but possibly on the high end of the width your seeking. The Sun Diver by Deep Blue comes to mind and can be picked up second-hand in like new condition for around $200. If you want to take a step up, possibly consider the Juggernaut model. These watches show up regularly and in nice shape on the 'Bay.
 

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I'll throw in for the monster as well I have a black and an orange and love them both.

Also consider Luminox, Deep Blue or Marathon for tritium lume.

Finally a brand from Canada. Mostly quartz but checkbout Momentum Watches.


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The SPORK is a looker in my books, I found a few sites dealing with mods - plenty to see and pick from. The Orange monster is perhaps a good start for a mod; need to now dig through specs, thicknesses, other parameters.

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you can do a lot worse than a Casio G shock. Or if you want a watch that looks good day and night and is bullet proof, a Seamaster

300 M Quartz is the watch i'd choose, you can get a good condition one off Ebay for around £500.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6160334054/" title="casio g shock by yatesy_67, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6160334054_9f9e54ab6f.jpg" width="300" height="300" alt="casio g shock"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6159792187/" title="omega seamaster quartz by yatesy_67, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6208/6159792187_1ebe65b848.jpg" width="400" height="500" alt="omega seamaster quartz"></a>
 

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My suggestion would be a Hamilton Khaki D/D with SS bracelet. I don't think there is anything under $600 that touches it... 100m is plenty of water resistance for anything short of diving (even then, it would probably do!), the case is large enough to look good when "playing around", but still won't look out of place at a nice restaurant, and the sapphire crystal & stainless case will hold up to any rough stuff you throw at it.
 

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300 M Quartz is the watch i'd choose, you can get a good condition one off Ebay for around £500.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6159792187/" title="omega seamaster quartz by yatesy_67, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6208/6159792187_1ebe65b848.jpg" width="400" height="500" alt="omega seamaster quartz"></a>
I completely forgot Omega had quartz versions of these. Thanks for the tip :thumbup:
 
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