Best watches for interrailing?

In 2024 I plan to go interrailing through Europe with a close friend of mine, starting in Calais and finishing in south-east Turkey where his family is from, stopping in 21 towns and cities in 15 countries on the way. Obviously, this is a monster trip (~42 nights) and I plan to take 2 watches with me, an everyday watch, something that looks nice, preferably with a GMT hand or dual date subdial, and a dive watch, something that can get thrown around and beaten up on beach trips and the like. They both must be cheap, and easily replaceable due to the risk of them being lost or stolen. I currently have 2 options that I am considering.

Everyday watch - Zeppelin LZ127 Graf, with dual time

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Love the aesthetics of this watch, and the dual time will really help keep track of home when traveling through 3 timezones. About 拢200, probably a good pick for everyday wear.

Diver - Casio Duro

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Doesn't get much more classic for a budget dive watch, can be found for about 拢50 new, has 200m water resistance, basically ticks all the boxes.

Was hoping to get the opinions of everyone here on my choices, and if there are better alternatives to what I have picked that tick my boxes, perhaps a budget automatic GMT as a daily wear? Or just other quartz watches that are more cost-efficient/better quality?

Apple watch

Ichibunz

Apple watch

Honestly I'd rather bring my Fossil hybrid smartwatch, cheaper and I already own one (might actually be a good idea anyway), I'm an android user so apple watch isn't necessarily the best choice, and it has to be very budget. So my everyday watch may end up being my Fossil Hybrid HR.

SomeGingerWatchNerd

Honestly I'd rather bring my Fossil hybrid smartwatch, cheaper and I already own one (might actually be a good idea anyway), I'm an android user so apple watch isn't necessarily the best choice, and it has to be very budget. So my everyday watch may end up being my Fossil Hybrid HR.

Well there you go you found your answer!! See Apple Watch solves everything !!

馃槀

If it were me, probably a G-SHOCK. Any model will do as long as you like the look. Maybe even two just to switch up colors?

Those are two great choices.

It鈥檚 all about the aesthetics, right? A G-Shock 5610 would do everything you need in just one watch, but that Zeppelin is just so pretty.

And it鈥檚 a good watch.

For that long train travels across Europe, I鈥檇 take just one smartwatch. You can buy a watch along the way if you come across a nice one. It will be a great memory as well

From my inter railing experience, I would want just one watch (travel light) and for it to be as useful as possible and as cheap as possible (to avoid me worrying about theft, damage or loss) while being sturdy.

I have a Casio ( DW-291H-1AVEF there are a couple of variations ) which is brilliant. It鈥檚 basically a G-Shock without the price premium, 200m of water resistance, world time, alarms, lightweight, etc. I bought a bespoke screen protector for it for buttons. And it would be my choice for what you have in mind.

I think the Duro is a really good choice too but it doesn鈥檛 have the functionality of the digital listed above.

Other analogue quartz watches to look at are possibly the bottom end of the Timex Expedition range but watch for WR rating as I wouldn鈥檛 go lower than 100m.

Rather than a second watch consider a cheap watch carabiner. If you went with the Duro you could get a digital watch carabiner with alarm and dual time functionality and clip this to the inside of your pack most of the time but move it elsewhere if desired/needed.

Have fun and safe travels

The Casio AE-2100W-4AVEF (or anything else from Casio's "Youth" range) should be ideal. The AE-1200WH-1AVEF is also very popular and half the price of the 2100.

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I only backpacked before I started my Watch Journey, but if I had, I鈥檇 have taken my G-Shock. It鈥檚 got world time functionality and believe me, you鈥檒l be banging your watch against many hard train seats and doors and narrow staircases. Better to be on the safe side on this.

I agree with pretty much everybody else here. Something robust, but affordable. i have no doubt whichever watches you decide to take will suffer a few knocks on the way and they should not cost the earth if you need to replace them. A G - Shock definitely fits the bill.

Perfect choice on the Casio Duro!

Instead of splitting roles in the 2nd watch, I think bringing 3 watches would be ideal. You could get a Casio Royale or Square G for under $50, and order something dressy off Ali for under $200. Could also go with the orient Bambino, but AliExpress watches tend to out-spec the orient for the same price. Then you have the Duro for daily, ultimate multi-time beater in G shock or Royale, and something classy to wear, all for under $300

street.credor

Perfect choice on the Casio Duro!

Instead of splitting roles in the 2nd watch, I think bringing 3 watches would be ideal. You could get a Casio Royale or Square G for under $50, and order something dressy off Ali for under $200. Could also go with the orient Bambino, but AliExpress watches tend to out-spec the orient for the same price. Then you have the Duro for daily, ultimate multi-time beater in G shock or Royale, and something classy to wear, all for under $300

Not sure if 3 might be a bit many, going for so many days (almost a month and a half) I'll need to bring as many clothes as possible, and so I'd like minimal space being taken up by anything but essentials.

Stroud_Green

I agree with pretty much everybody else here. Something robust, but affordable. i have no doubt whichever watches you decide to take will suffer a few knocks on the way and they should not cost the earth if you need to replace them. A G - Shock definitely fits the bill.

How do G-Shocks and similar casios wear on smaller wrists? I have quite a slim wrist (never measured it, but at a guess about 6.25", perhaps 6.5" at a push), so I'm always slightly intimidated by the huge dial sizes

SomeGingerWatchNerd

How do G-Shocks and similar casios wear on smaller wrists? I have quite a slim wrist (never measured it, but at a guess about 6.25", perhaps 6.5" at a push), so I'm always slightly intimidated by the huge dial sizes

You don't need to worry about giant watch sizes, even with a G - Shock. Here is a list of smaller ones.

https://survivalmag.net/g-shock-small/

SomeGingerWatchNerd

Not sure if 3 might be a bit many, going for so many days (almost a month and a half) I'll need to bring as many clothes as possible, and so I'd like minimal space being taken up by anything but essentials.

I usually travel with 3 watches (diver, Nomos, and wild card). Personally I think it's the perfect amount, but go with whatever you're most comfortable with!