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Looking for a small(ish) beater, preferably analog

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I'm looking for a beater for work which means miles of offroad cycling to get there followed by high risk of damage and inevitable contact with oil as well as plenty of water. One day I drove in and forgot to take off my C65 and it now has a dent in the bezel and a scratch on a lug so wont be doing that again #-o

I'm assuming (because searching for 'cycling' and 'watch' only suggests fitness/GPS watches) that an auto is a bad idea for the cycling part and I would prefer a proper face to digital as it's easier to read bouncing along in bright sun. The obvious choice would be a g-shock but they're all so tall they surely invite damage and they're big too (at 43mm the C65 is about as big as my wrist can handle) Maybe they wear smaller than they measure? I would go and try one on but that cant be for a couple of weeks thanks to covid restrictions then working hours.

Also considering just picking up a well used, metal cased 'dress' watch, though they tend to come on leather and that's not going to like getting messy...

Any thoughts would be appreciated :)

Edit: Having reviewed lots of suggestions and given it more thought I've come up with this list of requirements:
£500 budget, significantly less is good
Used is good so I don't have to feel bad adding the first ding/scratch :oops:
Not automatic (unless special anti-vibration tech is involved, which will probably blow the budget)
Crown protection
Recessed crystal, more likely to be scratched than smashed so sapphire is best?
Strap can't be fabric or leather due to getting wet/oily hourly - it will stink! Rubber is easier to clean and harder to damage, I usually prefer bracelet
I'm not a fan of the dual 12/24 hour dials popular on field watches
Second hand and date are not required
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Re: Looking for a small(ish) beater, preferably analog

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia »

Something like an Orient Mako? About 40-41mm, not too tall. Pretty bombproof. On bracelet or, like mine, some kind of performance strap (Hirsch Tiger on this one, though a CW hybrid would do the job).

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Victorinox inox?
Pretty tough, tested by running over with a tank!
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Re: Looking for a small(ish) beater, preferably analog

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS »

Do you have any constraints on budget or preference on new vs pre-owned?

My immediate thought is an Elliot Brown; any of Canford, Bloxworth or Holton.

Off-road cycling? Not an issue due to being quartz but more importantly having a steel and elastomer shock protection system.


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^^^good choice from Guy on the Elliot Browns :thumbup:

Sounds to me that like you need a field watch.
How about a Newmark 52 https://newmarkwatchcompany.com/newmark52field/
...and if you enter the code 15APRIL you'll get an extra 15% off :wink:

Due to the case design it wears bigger than the 38mm diameter suggests - I'd say nearer 41mm.
It a quartz, has crown protection, the lume is excellent and is very legible.

I've just bought this one (albeit 2nd hand) and am very happy with it (much to my surprise as I generally find anything under 40mm too small)
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to work now so will look properly later.
Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
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Do you have any constraints on budget or preference on new vs pre-owned?
On one hand this will be my most worn watch, on the other it's going to get damaged so the justifiable budget varies wildly depending how I look at it. I'd say £500 max but much less would be good. Used would probably be better so someone has done the initial damage and I don't have to feel so bad about it!
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Take a look at the Seiko 5 - plenty to choose from and extreme VFM. If you prefer quartz then Seiko Kinetic or Citizen Ecodrive means no messing with batteries, again plenty to choose from, tough and reliable.
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I’d think maybe something titanium? Lightweight for all the activity.

2 options sprang to mind for me:

Rze Resolute. 40.5mm, hardened titanium (harder than SS to resist some scratches and dings?) Reliable seiko movement. Can come with the hardened titanium bracelet too. For less than $500 USD.

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Citizen eco drive titanium if you didn’t want automatic:

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Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic although they also do a manual, strangely for more money.
This one has done long term work duty in a splashes, bumps, bruises, scratches environment (salami factory) and has an 80 hour movement with barely a mark on it. 100m WR. <USD400 at Jomashop.
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Re: Looking for a small(ish) beater, preferably analog

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Seiko 5 sports would be a good choice. If it doesn't come on a suitable strap, Barton are a good budget choice - the silicone take contact with fluids well for not much money.

If you want a "field watch" why not go for the real deal? I wear a CWC quartz while out gardening, though the face can scratch easily. Or, for an automatic watch that can probably take any abuse you subject it to, is water resistant, and not much money - buy a Vostok, a tube of polywatch and put the £430 you save (!) towards something nice for after work.
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Just a thought...if quartz is not an issue, how about a CWC G10? Tough and simple.

https://www.cwcwatch.com/collections/ge ... tery-hatch

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Not sure if you are keen on importing from the US but Vaer Watches has some great choices for tough watches. Both mechanical and quartz. Lots of different styles to choose from.

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Timex Expedition perhaps, around £50

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This one...in the S/C :D

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Pulsar (made by Seiko) has some very good values.
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