Watch Recommendations for 14 year old son?

Hey yall,

My son is catching onto my watch hobby (God help him...)

I'd like to get him a watch for Christmas. Here are the must-have specs:

-Dive watch

-Under $200

-Blue or black dial

-Stainless bezel

-Tapering bracelet

What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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Sounds like Orient is what the young man is looking for. The Ray, Mako and/or Kamasu are a great introduction into watches. Seiko sisters company, in-house automatic movement, good case specs. Bracelet is the weak side but for the money it's a great watch

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Vostok! I know it fills at least the first two requirements.

More importantly, it has a cool factor (for a teenage boy, not for FOWG's) that is essential.

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And Vostok has a hundred different varieties. Good call!!

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Are you wanting new? There are a lot of nice watches to choose from in that price range. Sector is a good starter for him. They are nice and also durable with a tapering bracelet. Orient and Seiko have some decent options but I don't think that they are very durable. The only thing making this a little difficult for me is the tapering bracelet. I know people frown on them but an Invicta would be a decent starter. Durable with models that have a taper. I wish you well. 

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I think an Invicta quartz model is your best bet. If hes an active 14 year old he will bang up the watch enough that a mechanical movement may eventually not be able to put up with it. Quartz will withstand most 14 year old boy activities.

If hes the really careful type or doesnt wear it daily then Orient Mako or Ray are your best bets. Vostok as well and totally cool, but even more fragile with the acrylic crystal.

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All black? Too much? But think how cool it will be with som cool colored NATOs w/ black hardware from for example CWC?

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Orient is a great option, but have you seen this?? https://blokwatches.com/ I even want one for myself, they look very fun!!! If he want something a little more serious, yes, Orient without a doubt.

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bondi76

Orient is a great option, but have you seen this?? https://blokwatches.com/ I even want one for myself, they look very fun!!! If he want something a little more serious, yes, Orient without a doubt.

@bondi76 - I just heard the About Effing Time podcast talk about blok, I think they're awesome! Maybe for my youngest, but it looks a little too kiddy for my 14yo. (Wish I had this 10 years ago!) Also, their website is fantastic.

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Thanks for the recommendations so far.

He loves my Omega SMP 300 quartz the best - it's the blue dial, sword hands, stainless bezel.

I saw a San Martin on Just One More Watch's youtube channel and really liked it! But it's pretty far over budget.

I'm trying to stay away from blatant homages. I like them, but he doesn't want a wannabe watch, I think he'd like an original design. He's been wearing G Shocks for about the last 6 years, but now wants something "nicer" - think "go anywhere, do anything" type.

I do want to stick to a bracelet, and then if he wants he can up the strap game. 

And Vostok is a hard pass. Sorry.

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Invicta pro diver gets my vote.  Autos can be found for less than $100 if you hunt well.  Has all your requirement.  I like Invictas that are over the top in design.  Most of the hate is about the business practices not the watches themselves.  

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All black? Too much? But think how cool it will be with som cool colored NATOs w/ black hardware from for example CWC?

I have a Ray Raven. I do like it. I upgraded the bezel to a 12hr. The only problem I have with it is the bracelet. It’s a rattler. Normally I’d just upgrade it to a Strapcode, but there aren’t currently any black coated options with fitted solid end links. If I could do it over again, I’d still get an Orient, but I’d go with the regular stainless. 

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Timex - decent quality and brand is "recognizable" for the young. Though, most are not "strictly" divers by their specs.

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If I was buying a first nice watch for a teenager it would always be a Seiko 5. It's a watch you never grow out of and down the line, if something breaks and you need a new case part or whatever it's easy. If they want to replace a part with a different looking one, also easy. 

The reason I value that option so much is because if they get into the hobby, they might want to keep their first nice watch forever and that eco-system just makes it so much more enjoyable. It should be at the edge of the budget.

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As an owner of an Invicta 1953 (the 34333 "Batman" bezel), I highly recommend this for a fun, 40 mm, legible, no-date dive watch that can take a beating (and is a strap monster). The Orient divers are also good choices (but may have difficult strap sizes?) if he's not into vintage-style... the Timex and Seiko's under $200 won't have screw-down crowns and will only be 100m WR.

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I'm not aware of any diver with a stainless bezel under $200 (edit: some Vostok's do) other than homage watches from China (e.g., Heimdallr Monster homage, Tactical Frog Doxa homage, Steeldive Willard homage as found at WatchDives dot com).

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And get an aftermarket bracelet + a NATO strap + a travel case.

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I'm going to suggest a Citizen Promaster Diver. For around $200, you are getting an ISO rated diver's watch with an Eco-Drive movement.

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