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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RedneckRampage, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the market for a new watch, and I imagine some of you guys are into watches. I'm looking for something tuff, and pretty basic looking, for under $200.

    I've looked at a few online and think I'm down to the final three -

    Luminox -
    I can get one for about $150, but have heard mixed reviews, some, very bad! I like the look of them though.

    Traser -
    I can get the P6500, which looks a lot like the Luminox, for about $130. It has tritium illumination which is cool. Also heard some mixed reviews

    G-Shock -
    I had one, it broke, but that may have been my fault. It's digital, which is kinda nice, but kinda childish. Cheap, about $100. I hear good things about them.

    Do any of you have, or have had any of these watches? Anything else I should look at in the same price range?
     
  2. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I generally wear Citizen "Eco-Drive" watches. They are self charging by light. Even ambient room lighting. Never need a new battery. My personal experience has been that they are tough, long wearing and extremely accurate. They come in a ton of styles!
     
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  3. ikemay

    ikemay WA Well-Known Member

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    I had a Traser and sold it. Luminox and Trasers have the tritium but have smallish dials. In my humblest of opinions they are over priced for what you get. You can get a very good Citizen Eco-drive, Seiko automatic or other style Casios other than G-Shocks which would be just as durable for the price of a Traser or Luminox.

    I like my G-Shocks (DW6600, DW5600, G-100(analog). They are easy to operate without manuals, tough as nails and I get about 5-7 years on a battery, don't use the backlight much. However, the watches I wear the most are my Citizen Eco-Drive BM6400($150.00 roughly) and slightly modified automatic Seiko SKX171($200.00 roughly). They glow fine for a long time, especially if your eyes are adjusted for the dark.

    As Sgt. Nambu said, the Citizen eco-drives are tough as well. I wear my BM6400 shooting, chainsawing, splitting wood, working around the property and have never had a problem or thought twice about it. For that matter, I have done the same thing with my automatic Seiko.

    Best of luck with your quest!
    Mike
     
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  4. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I think it depends on how you're going to use it.

    I will tell you that as "childish" as a G shock might be, it's the only watch I will wear on duty. It can take every bit of torture you throw at it and keep going. I have had 3 in the last 15 years. They last that long. I've had the same cloth band on the last two. The only reason I don't have my original is because I stupidly assumed Fred Myers jewelers could replace the battery correctly. They didn't and it got water damage.

    4 years in the Marine Corps, all over the world, salt water, sand, mud, banging it against things you name it, it still kept working. We dropped it off a 15 floor building and it didn't even have a mark on it. A Hummer rolled over it and it didn't flinch.

    For the money I don't think you can beat it.

    Just my two cents.
     
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  5. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input. IheartSig, what model G Shock did you have that lasted through all that?

    I plan to use it for everyday use. Work (railroad), shooting, outdoors...
     
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  6. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I'm not sure I remember what model it was, I bet I could find it it online though. I'll check for it tomorrow, I bet I can find a picture.

    I don't mean to come off as a GShock fan boy Haha I just happen to have a love/love relationship with them I guess.

    Mtpockets is right though, they ARE big watches, I think, personally, that's one of the reasons I like them though.

    For a "nicer" (150 range) watch I have an Invicta Sea Spider I really like. I don't get to wear it much because I'm tough on my watches and no matter what I always manage to bang it into something or scrape it on something :(.
     
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    Go to Costco get a citizen eco drive and don't look back.
    Never needs batteries and I and my wife have run these for now going on 10 years and under 200.
     
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  9. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Here is the new model of the watch I had RedneckRampage, GW2310FB-1

    http://www.gshock.com/watches/Classic/GW2310FB-1

    That's as close as I could get, it would appear that they no longer make the exact watch and this is the updated version. I will tell you that the only thing I have had to routinely replace was the band. I made the switch to a cloth type Velcro with a clip and have had that band for almost 9 years now.
     
  10. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I do love the Eco-drive Nighthawk model.
     
  11. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I seem to manage destroy all daily wear watches regardless if they're high-end or low end. The weak point in ALL of them is the wrist strap pins.

    Now I just stick to the $25 Wal-Mart jobbies. I'm wearing an Armitron that looks a lot like a G-Shock with reverse LED display/EL back-lighting, cost me $25 and has lasted every bit as long as the super spendy watches I've had.
     
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  12. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    I have a Citizen eco drive I will sell you or trade for something. Excellent condition w/ box.
     
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  13. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I feel your pain Stomper, I finally had to go to a cloth band because it was the straps and joints that were breaking on my watches. I've had this band for close to 7 years now. I don't know what Ill do if it ever breaks.

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