How do you choose your watch?

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So my day-to-day watch is starting to show signs of wear, and I'm thinking about getting a new one. My issues has always been that I've wanted something different from my watch rather than just tells the time and looks good. My current watch, for example, is a Timex Exhibition (or something like that) and it has a built in a compass (and thermometer and tide times). Then, as the start caused my skin to flare up, I swapped the leather strap for a nice metal one, so it is one of a kind!

The problem comes when I'm looking to replace it. The spec is quite simple:
- £150 or so would be the max budget
- must tell the time
- must have a metal strap (or at least be able to take a metal strap, but cost of replacement would be part of original budget)
- prefer an analogue display (but nixie tube, binary or any random display like that would be cool)
- must be different in some way....

Now the Timex Metropolitan+ is quite nice to my eyes, but it is part of the whole "fitness tracker" band wagon that I don't want to be on. But at least it's not a Fitbit. I basically have a problem that I don't know what feature other than "time" I want in my watch. And when I have a low budget, the market is flooded with normal watches I could easily get.

Any advice guys?
 
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So my day-to-day watch is starting to show signs of wear, and I'm thinking about getting a new one. My issues has always been that I've wanted something different from my watch rather than just tells the time and looks good. My current watch, for example, is a Timex Exhibition (or something like that) and it has a built in a compass (and thermometer and tide times). Then, as the start caused my skin to flare up, I swapped the leather strap for a nice metal one, so it is one of a kind!

The problem comes when I'm looking to replace it. The spec is quite simple:
- £150 or so would be the max budget
- must tell the time
- must have a metal strap (or at least be able to take a metal strap, but cost of replacement would be part of original budget)
- prefer an analogue display (but nixie tube, binary or any random display like that would be cool)
- must be different in some way....

Now the Timex Metropolitan+ is quite nice to my eyes, but it is part of the whole "fitness tracker" band wagon that I don't want to be on. But at least it's not a Fitbit. I basically have a problem that I don't know what feature other than "time" I want in my watch. And when I have a low budget, the market is flooded with normal watches I could easily get.

Any advice guys?
Have you thought about Russian Vostok watches, Google - Meranom he is an excellent seller and the SE models are very good.
Avoid Vostok Europe they are made in Lithuania not Russian at all.

I have had many Vostok watches they have a certain character and charm, the wobbly crown, awful straps but bullet proof build, so many stories of their almost indestructibility are amazing considering the price of them.
 
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I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to watches and prefer mechanical as opposed to quartz/digital. Would endorse Rufus as regards Seiko.
 
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Creationwatches.com are very competitive in price, they sell Seiko 5 and Orient watches, both mechanical/automatic brands.
Based in Singapore I purchased one from them at the beginning of the year. I took up the offer of tax & VAT inclusive shipping to the EU, which worked well if slowly.
 
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