Back to the original suggestions....I'd go with citizen. I owned a handful of Vics as a kid, and I couldn't keep them running. I always liked them, but they all stopped within a few days. At the time, I believed some guy in a store that it had to do with magnetic fields my body created, but, sadly, I never turned into magneto. Conversely, I bought a citizen quartz chronograph in....1995, I think. I keep letting the battery die because now I pretty much always wear my omega....but the watch still runs and still keeps time. I wear it places I don't want to risk the omega. If I had to buy a nice but affordable watch today, they're probably the first ones I'd look at.