I’m a self-confessed reformed watch addict. I was hooked ever since my dad bought me a G-Shock and then a Seiko 5 when I was older. Over the past two decades I’ve collected a few more Seikos, Girard-Perregaux, Omega, Roamer as well as the infamous R**** brand (that shall remain unspelled).
It started to become a mental and financial burden keeping them well-maintained and trying not to bang them about (the vintage pieces were especially fragile, I would take them off my wrist just to wash my hands). Also, because of hedonic adaptation, once I acquired one watch, the joy of owning the watch would just drop off a cliff and I would need to start researching the next acquisition. I was pretty much behaving like a crack addict getting dopamine hits off Ebay, Chrono24 or all the major watch review sites. With actual crack being less stressful on the wallet. Remember and beware of the feeling when you’re longing to buy something to add to your collection. This is the same feeling you had for the last thing you bought!
Not to mention turning into a douchebag of a watch snob in the process too. I would turn my nose up at lesser brands that appeared on the wrists of friends and even complete strangers.
One day I looked at all the crap i acquired over 20 years of this – weird tools, books, loupes, straps, cases etc. etc. and wanted to slap myself. All this time and energy could have been spent on much more productive activities.
It had to end.
So after selling and giving away almost everything I have four watches left that I would like to pass on to my 2 boys eventually. I don’t know if you are into watches or if my choices will surprise you but….here goes.
This is rated as one of the best value for money serious watches of all time. It’s a pretty common model although I’ve never seen anyone wearing it ever, but I think Seiko stopped production last year. Being a made-for-Japanese-market (JDM) model the quality and finishing are outstanding; I would compare it quite favorably to my old Datejust. Basically, a wear with anything for any occasion watch. It’s on a leather strap because my wife has taken it over and wears it to work daily.
My wedding present from my wife. What you read next is not a slight on this amazing watch.
This is even more common than the SARB033, there should be a billion wrists wearing these worldwide, basically the Toyota Corolla of watches. Decent looks, a capable dive watch with 200m depth capabilities, solid construction, all for under USD 185 (well, it used to be) are probably the main reasons for its popularity. Seiko has also recently discontinued this model but it should be relatively cheap pre-owned. I tried to make mine slightly less common by switching out the bezel and bracelet for something a bit more R*****y. Haven’t worn this much since the boys were born because it would cause daily concussions if I were to carry them around wearing this.
The only watch I inherited from my father, an old Mondia. Zero commercial value but 100% sentimental value. Had it serviced recently and put it on a grey nato strap, it still runs great after more than half a century. By the way my dad is still around and healthy, he just prefers a cheap quartz watch since he retired from teaching.
This is what I’ve been wearing the most since the boys were born. I love the design and its a lot less bulky than the Rangeman. I use it to track their meal and poop times, the date, and everything else. It does everything and just works every time. For around MYR 500, here is a summary of features from the Casio website:
- Solar Powered
- Shock Resistant
- Mud Resistant Case & buttons are sealed to prevent mud, dirt and dust from getting into the watch
- 200M Water Resistant
- Digital Compass Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points Measuring range: 0 to 359 degrees Measuring unit: 1 degree20 seconds continuous measurement Graphic direction pointer Bidirectional calibration and northerly calibration function Magnetic declination correction
- Thermometer Display range: -10 to 60 C (14 to 140 F) Display unit: 0.1 C (0.2 F)
- Moon Data (moon age of specific date, moon phase graph)
- Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow
- World Time 31 time zones (48 cities + UTC), city code display, daylight saving on/off
- 4 Daily Alarms & 1 Snooze Alarm
- Hourly Time Signal
- 1/100 Second Stopwatch
- Countdown Timer
- Full Auto Calendar (Pre-programmed until the year 2099)
- Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month
- Battery Level Indicator
- Power Saving Function
- Approx. BatteryLife: 8 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)
Kudos, Casio. This one may break eventually or it may stay with me forever, so I just might have to make one more watch purchase so that my boys get 2 watches each……..
*Please do not try to buy any of these watches from Lazada except G-Shocks from this reseller. I did a search and found too many fakes and scammers around. As usual, if you use my link to buy from Lazada, I may get an affiliate commission at no cost to you.