Budget Watch Recommendations?

I have a relatively low budget of $200-$400.

Any recommendations appreciated of your favorite watches around this price range.

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its depend on the genre i guess. is it dive watch? or GADA watch? or dress watch? has to be quartz or automatic? if you give more specific clue there are many option i guess

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Unholy

its depend on the genre i guess. is it dive watch? or GADA watch? or dress watch? has to be quartz or automatic? if you give more specific clue there are many option i guess

I think this has to be a given for all recommendation posts, otherwise it just becomes a free for all.

Perhaps a post template for recommendations like we have for reviews: budget, style, movement, brands they like, extra details… nice and focused.

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Think about what you need and what you are going to use it for, also consider going used as you'll get a much better watch for your money and you miss the depreciation hit 👍

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It depends on the style you want, let's narrow it to these questions:

  1.  Diver, GADA, chrono or dress watch? 
  2.  Size? 36, 38, 40, 42 or 44mm
  3.  Colorful, funky or more discreet? 
  4.  Swiss, German, Japanese or microbrand?
  5.  Quartz or mechanical?
  6.  Vintage or modern? 

🤔

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Hamilton Khaki Field is a great option towards the upper end of your price range, but can be found for lower prices. 
 

Seiko SZSB011, SZSB012, and SZSB013 are also nice options in your desired range and can be dressed up much more effectively than the Hamilton. 

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chronotriggered

I think this has to be a given for all recommendation posts, otherwise it just becomes a free for all.

Perhaps a post template for recommendations like we have for reviews: budget, style, movement, brands they like, extra details… nice and focused.

This is a great idea. What do you say, @Max and @WatchCrunch?

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I will happily deep-dive for someone because it’s fun and I like to perhaps steer people away from the usual suspects, but we need to choose the right part of the ocean. If you want to see coral, I’m not taking you to the trenches. If you want seals, we should stay on the beach.

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In no particular order - Seiko (new and vintage), Hamilton, Tissot, Orient, Glycine.

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I'm suggesting the Hamilton route too. Meaning to add the Khaki Field to my collection at some point. Might even go bronze to tick that box. 

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I suggest....

seiko Diver - SKX or Seiko 5 watches

Hamilton Field watch - Khaki Field

Seiko Pilot watch - Seiko flightmaster sna411

Tissot PRX - in trend watch

Vintage watches - Seiko, Longines , Tissot

Great Dress watches in the vintage category with brands such as tissot and longines

Cheers 🍻

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Use the money towards a budget friendly starter collection... some examples:

  • Beater: Casio G-Shock Square
  • Business/Casual: Any of the Seiko SNKs
  • Diver: Orient Ray, Mako divers

Enjoy the journey....!
 

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I paid about $270 for my Wolbrook on a beads of rice bracelet. It is a mecaquartz with a sweeping seconds hand. After two weeks of ownership it runs dead on. Overall I feel it is a good bang for the buck.

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In terms of a diver, the Orient Kamasu is hard to beat in that price range.  They have unique colors too in red and green.

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If you want an automatic, try Islander watches. They offer field, dive, dress, and everyday watches in your price range. 

For quartz I recommend Vaer, or Marathon. 

The Marathon Navigator comes in right at the upper end of your price range, but it gets you a Swiss made quartz watch with tritium lume, made by a reputable watchmaker with a long history of making military watches.

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SaintWoody

In terms of a diver, the Orient Kamasu is hard to beat in that price range.  They have unique colors too in red and green.

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Can recommend aswell. 

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Without any specifics to go on, I’d recommend starting with Seiko or Orient. There’s going to be something that appeals to almost anyone from those brands in that price range.