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Default Everyday durability of watches

Not to derail "whats on your wrist" thread

I am looking at picking up a new/used Tag Heuer Aquaracer or an Omega Seamaster (open to others, but I like the style). The Rolex is out of my budget.

I am not a desk jockey. 30% at my desk, 40% tapping at my keyboard in the field and 30% wrenching on stuff (nothing greasy), usually fine tools or 1/4" sockets.

Will I be disappointed in the durability. Honestly, I don't care about "patina", but I would be disappointed if the watch goes way out of keeping time, damage beyond repair, or big dents/cracked crystal.
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Wife gave me a Stainless and Gold Sub 15 years ago for anniversary. I wear it everyday.
It still looks great!
Well worth the investment. Rolex does a nice job of controlling their market so the watches retain their value well.

With iPhones and the such, the "need" for a watch has diminished over the years, but a Rolex or other high end watch is ore of a jewelry piece.

Buy a used one and keep it in good shape and it will retain its value and still be worth what you paid or more in ten years.
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Maybe not what you want to hear, but . . . g shock
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Worn 24/7 for 7 years now. I’ve yet to break it.

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The Aquaracer will be fine.
Take any watch off if you have to work your hand into tight spaces with the possibility of scratching crystal, otherwise good to go.
Even the mild shock of off hand target practice with my subcompact .40's doesn't alter my AQ when I forget to take it off.
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No need for fancy brands. Got my Tissot in 2001, works great still. Rolexes are know for lousy time keeping and being over priced...

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Chris Ward Trident Pro with stainless band. Had mine for a few years looks brand new and I do not baby it. Get lots of compliments.

I have several Rolex and this is still my go to everyday watch.
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I've worn the same tag for 14 years. It keeps horrible time. I'd been serviced several times and gets a little better but loses about 2 min a week.

There metal and glass had held up well. I only take out off to sleep.

I need a new watch
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Love my Gaarmin Quadx 5 .. If links to my boat and I wear it to work and I am in the tile and counter top business so it gets some harsh treatment. I also like how it tracks my fitness activities and steps per day
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To answer your actual question, those watches will be great for you. There’s a reason that people pass them down generations. They’re also more expensive because they’re generally built with higher quality materials. If you want a seamaster or aqua racer, get it and don’t look back. I love my seamaster. I also love my Chris Ward and my Bernhardt and my Seiko and my...and my...

Get whatever watch you want. As long as it’s a quality name, it’ll potentially outlast you.
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I can vouch that the seamaster is pretty durable. Beat mine up pretty good when I had one.
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I have a 30 year old Seiko and a 20 year old Casio. neither were expensive and they still keep good time. Better than my wife's Rolex.
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Omega. won't be disappointing for the price point/product. Great diver. If you want a cheaper knockoff Orient isn't bad either.
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Watches I own:

Rolex - Sub
Seiko - SKX011J1
G-Shock - Gulfmaster, Gulfman, Camo
Marathon - TSAR
Citizen - Titanium Eco-Drive Diver
Bulova

Out of everything, The Marathon TSAR is just a beast. My father has one and I have never seen a watch put through so much hell in my life. It literally looks like it went through a war. He wears it working on cars, the house, etc.

Rolex is still the king of luxury watches. Mine is a 14060M I bought used. The watch loses maybe 45 seconds a month.

You can find them used very reasonably.
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I’ve got a close to eight or 10-year-old Aqua racer automatic that I wear every day, whether fishing farming or at my desk. It’s losing time definitely needs new main spraying and some other parts I’m sure but it still held up well
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I bought my wife who is very tough on watches a TAG self winding watch some years ago. Total piece of crap. Fixing it a number of times cost more than watch which was expensive. About five years ago and got her a Rolex Yachtmaster and she has had one service as it was losing a few minutes a week and it has been flawless.
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Or this is on CL with what seems to be a great price (of course have it checked out)
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I should also state that I don't own a Tag and would never.

Love some of the Omegas. Love some of the Panerai's. Love some of the Breitlings.

There is not a single Tag that I would ever purchase.

A good portion of their market is set upon quartz. Quartz does not belong in a high end watch, period. I'll take my Seiko auto over a Tag any day of the week.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
I should also state that I don't own a Tag and would never.

Love some of the Omegas. Love some of the Panerai's. Love some of the Breitlings.

There is not a single Tag that I would ever purchase.

A good portion of their market is set upon quartz. Quartz does not belong in a high end watch, period. I'll take my Seiko auto over a Tag any day of the week.
I would say that you have a lot of people wanting a tag but can’t afford an automatic version
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I’ll throw Oris in the mix that you should look at as well. I’ve had a few of those and give them my dad a BC diver that he loves and wears every day as well

Until you get into the really high-end stuff most of these automatic watches you similar movement and are not done in house. Frederique constant is one that does some in-house movements but they tend to be a little more dressy

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