In my quest to find the perfect watch for daily wear, I have long been looking at, and recently purchased a watch with Citizen’s Eco-Drive movement. I wanted a chronograph but without the complexity of my Seiko Perpetual. I decided on the Citizen Chandler CA0621-05L as shown here.
So far, I love the watch. It meets all of my prescribed needs for a daily watch: It has a nice looking, easy-to-read display, a date complication, lume in the hands and dial, and the chronograph function. Because of the ec-drive movement, I am not concerned about accuracy as some of my automatics have, and I won’t need to be concerned over an untimely discharged battery, as the solar charged battery is not likely to lose it’s oomph for at least 10 years. It wasn’t expensive, so I don’t mind letting it getting a few bumps during the working hours, or even a work call during a church or community event.
All in all I am so far satisfied with this purchase, and although not particularly eye-catching, it does it’s job and I am pleased.
I became interested in automatic watch movements after a bad deal on a “fashion” style quartz watch. It was a seemingly great bargain at about 50 dollars on a watch with an MSRP of about $250. Within the first day, the minute hand became stuck, and I thought it might just be easy enough to pop it open and fix, having a fair amount of mechanical ability.
Once I popped off the back of the case, I was shocked, and even a bit angry to see mostly plastic filler inside the case, that the movement itself was no larger than a dime, and the battery took up almost half of that!
Ever since that day, I vowed to never buy a watch based on looks again. A little web research on what makes a quality watch and I was catapulted into the world of automatic watches. A little more research, and I found that an automatic watch with a quality movement can be had for a very reasonable price. At first I was looking at the wide variety in the Seiko 5 series, but happened upon their ‘Recraft’ series, which have the same movement as many of the Seiko 5’s, but are styled like some of their classic models from the 70’s
This watch has now become my favorite. It keeps accurate time, has a great retro look, and best of all, I can always take a look at the clear case back to see the mechanical inner workings of this watch, not just a tiny battery powered motor.
You don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money on a timepiece that will earn you respect or even praise from a dedicated watch snob. While most lower-end watches will not satisfy the particular attention to detail or value that serious enthusiasts are keen to notice, there are a number of common watches that will nevertheless result in respect from those called elite.
It would be safe to say that most of the timepieces available that have unique or very refined designs and excellent materials, as well as features, tend to be much more expensive. These timepieces are often an inherently expensive item, they are called luxury category. But, you don’t have to spend a lot of money for a good watch.
One of the top most affordable watches based on an independent study is a watch that reflects style and value. It’s a watch that will make you feel good and look good. If you’re looking for that in a sport watch here they are!! The SEIKO MONSTER, SEIKO SUMO and the SEIKO SKX007 need to be considered, as they stand at the top of the list.
These are three world renowned dive watches. In some sense, they all represent some of the best in the segment. With extremely competitive prices, solid build quality, and a manufacturer like few others on this planet, one or more of these have more than likely made it to the “must-have” lists of beginner – and seasoned! – watch enthusiasts alike. Neither the Monster, with its unquestionably unique looks, the Sumo, with its standard modern dive watch style, nor the SKX007 with its fantastic legibility could have been omitted from this list – so we put all three in here. Solid cases, reliable, and workhorse automatic movements, are just some of the key features that make these pieces really stand out. The suggested retail price is around $450-$600: these watches are a good value. With discounts that are often available, any one of these truly is a lot of watch for the money.
There are a number of watches reflecting good value and style available. You can make a list and you would come up with 10 or even 15 watches that would satisfy your needs. But, the three SEIKO watches noted above are at the top of the list!
SEIKO’s Big Three: SEIKO MONSTER, SEIKO SUMO and the SEIKO SKX007.