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Hello all, My name is Justin and as my username suggest I’m new to the watch world. I’ve had watches my entire life, but they’ve all been cheap Walmart watches. I just turned 30 and something inside me just says I need a nice watch to commemorate the milestone. I was wondering if you more experienced folks would give me a hand in picking out the “perfect” fit for me. I’m looking for something that is preferably hand wound but that is also durable enough to wear to work. I work in a warehouse. So it’s not the most taxing job in the world, but dings and bumps against the metal shelves are bound to happen. If I could find something that would be durable enough to wear while working outdoors that would be great also, but that may not be possible given my desire for a nice hand wound watch. I really like the Victorinox Airboss (but they are automatics) and even the Hamilton Khaki, but wonder about it’s durability. Any help would be much appreciated! And I look forward to meeting more members!


P.S. I’m looking to stay below $1500.
 

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Hi Justin ! :thumb:

Welcome to WF, and Happy Birthday too to you ! :smileyface_hand_cla
Really hope you not only enjoy the day, but that
you really take your time in tracking down this
special watch.

There are a ton of options out there, but it's all
about what you like.

Hope you enjoy the adventure ! :)

Staying in Hamilton, and Swiss Army Victorinox mode.
Just found a few here that are nice.


The Khaki Field is great, and won't break the bank...










Infantry, and Alliance Mechanical...







Good luck !
 

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Thank you AtomicTom! It was a wonderful birthday! I spent it casually catching up on many unfinished projects around the house. A never ending process, honestly. Lol Thank you for the suggestions! The Infantry is nice. I love the way Arabic numbers look on a watch. I also believe I’ve found a manual winding Airboss. It’s model number is V241507. The only thing is the face has automatic on it, which is confusing. If I could find a completely manual winding Airboss with hacking that would be my number one pick right now...
 

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Thank you AtomicTom! It was a wonderful birthday! I spent it casually catching up on many unfinished projects around the house. A never ending process, honestly. Lol Thank you for the suggestions! The Infantry is nice. I love the way Arabic numbers look on a watch. I also believe I’ve found a manual winding Airboss. It’s model number is V241507. The only thing is the face has “automatic” on it, which is confusing. If I could find a completely manual winding Airboss with hacking that would be my number one pick right now...
 

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Thank you AtomicTom! It was a wonderful birthday! I spent it casually catching up on many unfinished projects around the house. A never ending process, honestly. Lol Thank you for the suggestions! The Infantry is nice. I love the way Arabic numbers look on a watch. I also believe I’ve found a manual winding Airboss. It’s model number is V241507. The only thing is the face has “automatic” on it, which is confusing. If I could find a completely manual winding Airboss with hacking that would be my number one pick right now...
You are very very welcome, and hope you have a really nice weekend
as well there ! :smile1:

Ooh nice, that Airboss would be awesome I think, and would be even
more impressive in person too. It's pure perfection ! Plus there are so
many models, or variations.

That might be the way to go, but still, hope you take your time, and
enjoy learning about all of the different options out there.

Happy Birthday Justin ! :)
 

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Welcome to the forum Justin!

As a previous Air Boss owner, I can attest to its durability
and wrist presence - it is a great looking watch. Per Tom's comment earlier, yep, there are a ton of variations of the Air Boss. I would do a little research and see what is out there. One more thing if I may, why not get something like a G-Shock to maybe wear o those days there could be an increased likely hood of banging it up?

Anyway, glad you joined and hope to see you around the forums!

Oh, and don't forget Pics!

_Scott in North Carolina
 

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Thanks to both of you! I’m most certainly enjoying the journey of finding my next watch acquisition... I can honestly say I never thought it would be as challenging as it has been, but that adds to the enjoyment of it. I know once I find “the watch” it’s going to make owning it that much more exciting. I most likely will end up with something like the G-shock for my outdoor adventures. I love woodworking and I’ve read hammering as well as other high shock activities aren’t the best for mechanical watches of any kind. I guess I was just hoping for a perfect scenario where my old fashioned manual winding watch would also stand up to whatever abuse came it’s way... lol But then again, having two watches at arms reach may not be such a bad idea either...
 

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I really like the two Hamiltons!
As do I! I also like the Hamilton’s with day/date complications. The only issue with them is their water resistance of only 50m. I would be nervous with that. Especially while outdoors. Then again I’m currently wearing a cheap Geneva watch and I’ve had no problems with it. So I’m probably being too paranoid. Lol
 

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:welcome: to the forum WatchNube. Finding that first great watch is a lot like finding a woman to marry, You just know when it's right. :nod:
But, if you want a great watch and you want to keep some of that money in your pocket. I'd think about a Glycine. Good luck on your search as there are plenty o' fish in the sea in this hobby. :smile1:



 

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to the forum WatchNube. Finding that first great watch is a lot like finding a woman to marry, You just know when it's right.

But, if you want a great watch and you want to keep some of that money in your pocket. I'd think about a Glycine. Good luck on your search as there are plenty o' fish in the sea in this hobby.




Those for sure look nice. I think I may have settled on an Orient Monarch Mechanical. It’s a manual wind with power indicator. The only thing it is missing that I wish it had was a day complication, but I’m not sure that I will even miss it given how much I like the look and price of it. Hope the image shows. This is the one I’m looking at. Found it for sale for about $160 USD.

https://www.worldofwatches.com/media/catalog/product/cache/cd4ffe7bf38b59f96d8178d3c42277fa/m/e/mens-monarch-leather-black-dial-fdd03002b0.jpg
 

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No day or date ??? Since you are in a sense looking at a class AAA Seiko. You may want to look at the real thing and get your day/date complications. Just a thought. These two are sub $200 pieces. You seem to like a classic look over a tool watch (diver). There are many variations of the first picture available. Once again, good luck to you.



 

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No day or date ??? Since you are in a sense looking at a class AAA Seiko. You may want to look at the real thing and get your day/date complications. Just a thought. These two are sub $200 pieces. You seem to like a classic look over a tool watch (diver). There are many variations of the first picture available. Once again, good luck to you.



With the Seiko 5, are there any manual winding versions rather than automatic? If so I can’t seem to find them. Also hoping to get a watch with Arabic numerals. Thanks for those suggestions! The look of that first Seiko 5 is definitely what I’m leaning towards except with Arabic numerals.
 

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With the Seiko 5, are there any manual winding versions rather than automatic? If so I can’t seem to find them. Also hoping to get a watch with Arabic numerals. Thanks for those suggestions! The look of that first Seiko 5 is definitely what I’m leaning towards except with Arabic numerals.
The new Seiko 5s come with the 4R36 movement which is hand winding hacking.
 

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Well, an Automatic is essentially a windup mechanical watch. The difference being that an "Automatic" is equipped with a rotor that spins with the movement of your wrist winding the mainspring of the watch resulting in a substantially longer run time.
When it eventually stops. You have your choice of restarting it by winding it or shaking it. Below is a picture of a automatic movement. That half moon with the Seiko name on it is the rotor. It spins on a ball bearing.
Nothing wrong with mechanical movements. They are just old technology compared to an automatic.
Seiko makes so many models, I'm sure you can find what you're looking for in this link below.

www.watchsleuth.com/seiko5finder/

 

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Hey Justin, was just wondering if you were any closer to making a decision. Or if you already pulled the trigger on something. Whats up ?:thumb:
 

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The new Seiko 5s come with the 4R36 movement which is hand winding hacking.
Nice to know. Thanks!

Well, an Automatic is essentially a windup mechanical watch. The difference being that an "Automatic" is equipped with a rotor that spins with the movement of your wrist winding the mainspring of the watch resulting in a substantially longer run time.
When it eventually stops. You have your choice of restarting it by winding it or shaking it. Below is a picture of a automatic movement. That half moon with the Seiko name on it is the rotor. It spins on a ball bearing.
Nothing wrong with mechanical movements. They are just old technology compared to an automatic.
Seiko makes so many models, I'm sure you can find what you're looking for in this link below.

www.watchsleuth.com/seiko5finder/

Thanks for that info. Automatic watches are definitely fascinating. I just for some reason had my heart set on an old fashion manual wind only. I wanted something that needed to be wound. I can’t quite find what I’m looking for, so I’m considering going with a nice quartz watch.

Hello Justin! Welcome
Thank you! It has been a wonderful experience.

Hey Justin, was just wondering if you were any closer to making a decision. Or if you already pulled the trigger on something. Whats up ?
I do believe I’m getting closer. I may have shifted focus some, however. I am highly considering either getting one of Seikos solar watches or one of Citizens eco-drive watches. They fascinate me more than a regular quartz watch. I had to take a break from looking though because I can be rather compulsive about things once my mind is set. Lol I was spending all my free time endlessly searching all the watch sites for something I really liked and wanted. Thought I should give myself a break for a day or two; especially since I have such a wonderful wife who doesn’t deserve me sticking my nose in my phone all day... lol

What I like about the solar/eco-drive:
1. They seem very durable as long as you choose the right one.
2: Citizen has announced studies that suggest their rechargeable batteries have a reasonable life expectancy of at least 20 years, possibly closer to 40 or more.
3. It’s an unusual approach to watch making. Something different than your run of the mill quartz (no offense to quartz lovers. I’m just not a big fan).
4. I can wear them to work, camping, swimming, while doing yard work, etc. and don’t have to be nervous about the piece on my wrist.
5. They are reasonably priced and have many options to choose from (Pictures coming soon on some I may be interested in).
 
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