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Discussion in 'Watches' started by HVACn00b, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. HVACn00b

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    Alright guys and gals help me waste some money... I mean find a new work watch.


    Currently I am rocking a Gshock ( pic below)


    I do HVAC service work, aka dirty, shocks,dusty, sweaty, dark, inside, outside, hot, cold, greasy etc

    My current watch works, it’s held up 3 years and the strap/case is just now starting to break down.


    I’ve been looking at a few options.
    I’ve always been a fan of the field and diver style watches..

    I’ve been looking at the following brands/ models

    Citizen promaster Model: BN0150-28E (pic) $150 online a lot

    Deep Blue brand - $150ish when they’re running a sale

    Bertucci

    Luminox
    Citizen

    The Bertucci and Luminox I’ve read some issues of durability / QC with dials coming off or water under the glass

    Some of the things I’m looking for
    -durable to shocks
    -water resistance/water proof
    -rubber / NATO style straps
    - preferably date
    - dial lume
    - blue face is a plus


    I’m open to any suggestions and experiences especially if you do similar work.
    Pictures/examples and model numbers are a plus if you have them.
    Also any places you recommend purchasing/forum approved vendors.


    Thanks in advance


    This is what I own
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  2. ran23
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    I did some contract work in an HVAC building, I couldn't believe you guys were not slicing up your hands every day.
     
  3. Moshe ben David

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    That Citizen does look nice. But for your work watch I'd think beating out a G-shock is very difficult. Heck, you've already run the field test and proven this to be true! If you're looking for a change of style over your current G-shock, they certainly have a wide array of designs to choose from!

    If you want to avoid something too bulky -- which in tight spaces could be an issue I'd think -- take a look at one of the rectangular designs of the xx5600 variety. These don't have as many bells and whistles and are purely digital, but they don't sit as high off your wrist and do basically hearken back to the original design of G-shock, the 5000!

    Have you looked into repairing your current G-shock? New band isn't that big a deal; you suggested some issue with the case though. Could it be just the bezel around the case?

    L'chaim!

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  4. HVACn00b

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    Here is a picture on my wrist, slightly bulky but doesn’t bother me.

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    Here’s a picture where the bezel is separating [​IMG]


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  5. Davidka

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    I have the Citizen (not Seiko) bn0151 on my wrist right now. It's my favorite weekender. It's a great watch, looks great, solar powered and accurate. I agree that a G-Shock would fit the bill better but this diver is nicer and if you feel like a change go for it. Worst case you can go back to your g and make the promaster your weekender. Just don't panic if you scratch it...

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  6. HVACn00b

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    Crappy picture but I recently acquired a Movado for the weekend events :)
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  7. HVACn00b

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    Yeah I definitely meant citizen good catch.
    How durable has it been ?
    What brand straps are those?



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  8. stockae92

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    If the watch service span is about 3 years, I would just get a Casio G-Shock DW5600E. its tough, relatively cheap, easily replaceable. You are likely to beat the crap out of the watch, before the battery runs out. If the battery is running low, and then watch is falling apart, just replace the buy another. that's like way less than $15 a year.

    https://www.amazon.com/G-shock-DW5600E-1V-Black-Resin-Sport/dp/B000GAYQKY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520894769&sr=8-1&keywords=dw5600

    If you prefer to have a easy-to-press EL button, then go with DW6900

    https://www.amazon.com/G-Shock-DW6900-1V-Black-Resin-Sport/dp/B000GAYQL8/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1520894769&sr=8-5&keywords=dw5600

    you can't go wrong with either one.

    And then get something nicer if you want to wear something different outside of work.
     
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    OP, If your new to watches, microbrands might not be on your radar. However, for the type of watch your looking for, I would consider Scurfa
    http://scurfawatches.com/
    The New Diver One series is great value
     
  10. antibacterial

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    Honestly for a work watch that would get beat on I'd just get a Skmei 1134 which is basically an enlargened DW5600.
    Mine was like 6 USD and works great.The EL light on it is as bright as any casio and dominates my Suunto Core.
    Plus more $ for other watches. ...Like my Luminox Recon...jmo
     
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    G sock without question.
     
  12. HVACn00b

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    Thanks guys. Still haven’t made a decision yet but will soon. Waiting to see when a certain G-Shock gets released for street pricing. Maybe I’ll buy multiple watches


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    I have a Bertucci and really love it. I came from wearing a G-Shock and I don't see myself going back. It's a slim profile, great lume (I went with a trit version). I really like the integrated lugs they wear nice and I have no fear of popping a spring bar (never really a concern with G-Shock). My kid has one of the DPx versions and for $60 it's a nice watch and the lume is pretty decent.

    I had an occasion to utilize their warranty service and I was impressed y the thoroughness and speed. Great company and product in my opinion.
     
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    I would add Orient and Seiko on your list if you are looking for affordable automatic diver, but still would feel the most comfortable with G-Shock on my wrist in such work conditions.
     
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    Casio G-Shock