Finding an Appropriate Watch for my Brother

My brother said he likes the idea of watches, but does not wear one because he has always destroyed them at work on a tugboat in the past.

The obvious decision is a G-Shock, but he does not really like any of the models, just not a fan of digital watches really.

I put together a list of potential requirements:

  • Must have numerals, he does not like indices.

  • Probably Quartz to aide in shock resistance and lower cost.

  • More durable overall

  • Classic design / black dial / versatile?

  • Sapphire crystal, he will scratch this.

  • Decent water resistance, Screw down crown is a bonus.

  • Cheaper, so that if he DOES destroy it, it's not much of a loss.

I landed on a Baltany Dirty Dozen Quartz. I think it checks a lot of boxes. $124USD on a leather strap with an added fabric strap is pretty good. I have also heard great things from those who own them.

Some Specs for the Baltany D12 Quartz:

  • Movement: Seiko VD78 Quartz Movement

  • Case Diameter: 39mm (including crown 42mm)

  • Dial Diameter: 37mm

  • Lug to Lug: 46.4mm

  • Thickness: 9.7mm (including glass 11.9mm)

  • Glass: Dome Sapphire Crystal,AR Coating

  • Crown: Screw-down (bonus)

  • Strap Width: 20mm

  • Waterproof: 200M (maybe haha)

  • Weight: 64g

  • Warranty: 2 Years

Best part is I can customize the dial and add a funny phrase "Dingus". He's a fan of DankPods on YT and he also has gotten my dog to reply to Dingus when called which I'm not too happy about. I think it would be a nice inside joke, and even remind him of my dog who he's quite fond of.

What do you think? Do you have any suggestions that fit the criteria?

Any Baltany Owners - please let me know about your experiences with them.


Based on his past experience with watches I'll wager that Baltany might last 2 days. He might not like G-Shocks but there are times where the situation outweighs preference.


Based on his past experience with watches I'll wager that Baltany might last 2 days. He might not like G-Shocks but there are times where the situation outweighs preference.

Yeah, that really my main concern.

With a bigger budget ceiling there might be some options.

But for hard use, analog watches, whether quartz or auto, there is a cost to assemble. i.e.- there's always a tradeoff between feature set and cost.

Wolbrook's anti-shock, and Elliot Brown's Holton Pro both come to mind, but they are at the $500US price point.

It鈥檚 a great choice. I use a Baltany dirty dozen quartz as my beater. Mine is the smaller 36mm. Its shot blasted case finishing is almost unscratchable. I鈥檝e fallen off my bike three times wearing it and it鈥檚 unmarked. An absolute tank.

I鈥檝e had the Baltany D12 39mm for close to 9 months now and really enjoy it. I love the Dirty Dozen look and went with Baltany for the 39mm size, Seiko movement and the overall look which to looks very authentic to the originals. Plus it has the 鈥渃rows foot鈥 which some of the others do not. I think the crows foot gives the dial a nice balance. I got it as a weekender and find myself wearing to work a lot as well. Overall I am very pleased with it and really enjoy it. For $120 it has far exceeded my expectations and been a lot of fun to wear.

If it were my brother and he's tough on watches he's getting a Casio Duro with an upgraded crystal. LOL

In my experiences a metal watch is better if you are going to be hard on it. I tried wearing a G-shock at work and it was a dented, mangled and hard to look at in no time also it鈥檚 harder to clean. I now have a San Martin and it鈥檚 easy to wash, just scrub it in the sink like a dirty dish and it鈥檚 good to go. It gets scratched plenty but still no dents. Another thing to mention is the size, it鈥檚 a lot easier to bash on stuff if you have a big watch.