Best single entry level watch?

I think the Seiko SNSX79 is my vote. Useful for all occasions. Cheapest automatic you can get save for AliExpress deals. Great size and great movement.

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While the older Seiko 5 watches are great entry-level watches, there are others that may be as good, if not better. Orient has several good entry-level options, including the Gen II Bambino and the Mako Ii, both of which are only a bit more and have hacking and hand-winding. The Timex Expedition North Post Solar is also a great entry-level field watch option; 100m WR, sapphire crystal, signed screw-down crown, engraved screw-on case back, solar-powered Epson movement, signed buckle, and a design that references Timex's military heritage, all for $159 MSRP.

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Hard pressed to find a situation where the SNXS79 would be out of place! Looks good on strap and bracelet, have wore it to work on a suit and over the weekend on a t-shirt. Love the sunburst dial, the display caseback, the discreet lume... And all for a bargain!

Sure there may be other options from Seiko, Orient, Citizen, but dare anyone to make a top for this title and not include the SNXS!

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Hard pressed to find a situation where the SNXS79 would be out of place! Looks good on strap and bracelet, have wore it to work on a suit and over the weekend on a t-shirt. Love the sunburst dial, the display caseback, the discreet lume... And all for a bargain!

Sure there may be other options from Seiko, Orient, Citizen, but dare anyone to make a top for this title and not include the SNXS!

I concur!

I know some people say dive watches can't double-up as dress watches, but I'd argue that a dive watch makes a better dress watch than an explorer makes a work watch. I use my rotating bezel multiple times a day at work. I wouldn't want to set a timer on my phone forever going forward, and being perfectly blunt, the last time I wore a suit was at a funeral.

Setting watch style aside, I think the best all-rounder watches for a beginner, assuming the same budget as you've established, would be Seestern, Phylida, Erebus, Islander, or Bliger.

All of those brands have NH movements, sapphire crystals, and solid steel cases & bracelets, so you're effectively getting Seiko for potentially hundreds of dollars less, and you'd probably end up with better QC too. 馃槵 I'll see myself out.

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Great watch for sure but if someone who doesn't currently own a watch asks me my opinion for a grab and go all around watch that could be worn for every occasion. I would recommend the Seiko SUR341P1 slightly larger case 40mm, lug to lug 47mm and 8mm thickness 馃憖 not to mention a Quartz movement that seems to average +-2 sec a day! It has a cleaner dial and sapphire crystal to boot. Can be had in Amazon for $133

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Great watch for sure but if someone who doesn't currently own a watch asks me my opinion for a grab and go all around watch that could be worn for every occasion. I would recommend the Seiko SUR341P1 slightly larger case 40mm, lug to lug 47mm and 8mm thickness 馃憖 not to mention a Quartz movement that seems to average +-2 sec a day! It has a cleaner dial and sapphire crystal to boot. Can be had in Amazon for $133

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Good alternative if you don鈥檛 mind the quartz. Which I don鈥檛. Although, at that mindset, I might have to recommend a solar quartz of some kind.

Seiko 5 was my first automatic and that thing ran for decades!

I鈥檇 actually say it is a great starter watch. Because if you can love a mechanical watch with no hacking or hand winding, it only gets better from there. I have a couple of these Seiko 5鈥檚 with the 7s26 movement and they鈥檙e charming.

Love mine!

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Wore my SNXS75 today!

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