A friend of mine recently approached me to ask for a watch recommendation. She was hoping to get her husband a watch to commemorate their wedding anniversary. Her husband isn’t into watches but she wanted to get him something that would be timeless and meaningful.
As watch nerds, we probably all get these kinds of questions from friends and families, and we secretly jump for joy at the chance to talk about our hobby with our loved ones. So naturally I was excited to offer some opinions. My mind started going over all the possibilities! Rolex? Too obvious and impossible to acquire right now. Omega? Maybe?
Just as I started going through my mental list, my friend added a requirement: her budget was $200.
Immediately, I felt deflated. In my mind, I instinctively went to “$200?! You can’t get anything good for $200!” But of course, after reflecting on that for a split second I knew this was wrong and I was being a brat. There are PLENTY of really good watches in that price range. I knew this! I started collecting watches ages ago and watches in this price range were some of my favourites and they were what got me introduced to the world of watches! I felt at once ashamed and embarrassed that my initial reaction was to scoff at $200. That was wrong of me and I readily admit that.
My mind started going to work on all the possibilities within that price range. And so many came to mind! But my top choice was going to be the Orient Kamasu. I have one and it’s one of my favourites that I wear often. It offers so much at that price point: strong build quality, solid divers watch aesthetics, and heritage being a sub-brand in the Seiko conglomerate. It’s also super easy to wear and incredibly versatile. Throw a nato strap on it and it can look totally different.
If you’ve read this far - thank you!
But the TL;DR is this: what would be your TOP pick and recommendation for my friend for an anniversary gift under $200?