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Your Favorite Sub $30 Watch

Discussion in 'Watches' started by armedtetrapod, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. armedtetrapod

    armedtetrapod Loaded Pockets

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    My funds are all currently devoted to a baby ball python at the moment, but the next order of business after I get her is a watch. I don't exactly have a lot of money, nor will I with mice taking up a fair chunk of my insignificant income. So what is your favorite Target/Walmart/Amazon digital watch for 30 bucks?...35 max here really. :)
     
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    You could probably get a Metal plated Casio Classic Digital within that price range. Can't go wrong with that ;)
     
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    Timex weekender white or black face. You can get a nice NATO strap, or later to a Chromexel leather strap later on.
     
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    DEET. I hate it. It just annoys bugs but will actively kill polyester, nylon and many plastics. Some formulations are also female repellent. :eek:

    I have that same Casio and it's a favorite. It's a great looking watch for $30.
     
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    Take your pick from the basic Casio or Timex watches and you won't go too far wrong. A quick search on Amazon has a pretty hefty range of watches available under your $30 target that should cover most styles and give you something to suit.

    They may not be quite as fancy or long lasting as something a bit more expensive like a basic Citizen, Seiko or something tougher like a G Shock (though there are a couple of budget Casio equivalents), but for the money you won't go far wrong.
     
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    You might be able to snag a Vostok Komandirskie in that price range, depending where you are and how eBay is feeling today.
     
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    Look on ebay I have snagged good deal on used watches.
    I like the Timex Expeditions.
     
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    I would HIGHLY recommend the Casio MRW200H-2BV.


    The link is:
    http://www.casio.com/products/Watches/Sports/MRW200H-2BV/

    I bought it about a month ago at Sears for $20.xx after tax.

    It is cool because it has the same "interface" as these two (but much cheaper):

    The Seiko Railroad Approved watch (couldn't find the official link), but NEVER owned it.

    and

    The Timex Easy Reader: http://www.timex.com/watches/timex-easy-reader-t2n0919j

    I actually had that specific Easy Reader for almost 3 years, but it point blank died on me, even with a new battery. I acquired it at Wal-Mart for ~$30 which was much less than the MSRP. At first (and for most of its life) it was very precise +/-30 seconds per month. But toward the end, it was off several minutes a day. A policewoman at a clinic I go to told me that Timex will repair any of its watches for free. When I went to check in to this, the page said that this specific model is NOT covered. I now have a NASTY taste in my mouth for Timex.

    Anyways; back to the recommended watch:
    I have the one with blue markings, because blue is my favorite color. It is also waterproof to 100 meters (though I don't dive, it is nice to have something that can stand up to water.) It has a "tactical" look to it and even reminds me of the watches used by the Navy Seals. It isn't as accurate as my Easy Reader (just +/- 30 seconds in a week, but still good enough.) My main gripe is that this watch is NOT serviceable by your local jeweler. The watch has to be sent to Casio in order for the battery to be replaced.

    BUT:

    I have had the equivalent of this one: http://www.casio.com/products/Watches/Classic/F108WHC-1A

    for over two years and have yet to need a battery replacement. It set me back ~$16 at Wal-Mart and would be another fine choice for a watch under $30.

    I rotate between the two of them, but prefer the "analog" model.
     
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    That's not really timex' fault though, is it?

    You could have checked the warranty coverage before purchase, and you just went off hearsay and assumed it would be fixed...

    I'm not getting at you, and its not like I work for timex or anything. Just saying :)
     
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    I got good use from a Casio Forester.
     
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    Well; I had another one like it that I bought in October of 2008 and it preformed beautifully.

    This one:
    http://www.timex.com/watches/timex-easy-reader-t200319j

    I wanted one that looked more "scientific", so in January of 2010 I got the aforementioned Easy Reader.

    This one:
    http://www.timex.com/watches/timex-easy-reader-t2n0919j

    I didn't know that Timex had ANY warranty on that particular watch at the time and I wanted it regardless. I bought it because it fit my exact needs in what I expect from a watch. What gets me though is if Timex is going to cover some of their watches; why not cover all of them. It worked for three years, so I guess I had good service from it.

    My Casio has the same user interface as my Easy Reader, so I like it very much. The user interface is based off the Seiko Railroad watch, but for a fraction of the price.

    This is the Casio that I have now:
    http://www.casio.com/products/Watches/Sports/MRW200H-2BV/

    I also found links to the Seiko railroad approved watches that I am talking about:

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/seiko-watch-mens-solar-stainless-steel-expansion-bracelet-38mm-sne179?ID=730222&cm_mmc=Google_Watches_PLA-_-Watches PLA Sale_Ad Group #2-_-17317753032_-_-_mkwid_qu1rYilO|d{device}_17317753032|-|qu1rYilO

    http://www.jcpenney.com/jewelry-watches/mens-watches/view-all-mens-watches/seiko-mens-silver-tone-solar-watch/prod.jump?ppId=pp5001310046&cm_mmc=ShoppingFeed-_-GooglePLA-_-Expansion Watches-_-05126590000&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=30-263059033-2
     
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    I still have one that I have had since 2007.