These are the watches you may not necessarily want the Watchuseek forum to know you are buying. But according to statistics, they do happen to be the Japanese watch bestsellers on Amazon among Watchuseek readers.
So, do we take this to mean Watchuseek readers go for nothing more adventurous than low budget Japanese wristwear? Not at all. The serious watch purchases are not usually conducted on Amazon, and it’s those more wallet-draining watch purchases we see proudly listed by members on the forum. Nonetheless, this top ten of Japanese affordable watches does serve as an intriguing glimpse into what is considered best for reliable everyday beater wear, and it’s hard to disagree with these popular purchases. As far as Watchuseek members are concerned, Seiko and Casio rule.
The classic Casio F91W remains one of the world’s most purchased watches. In their own words, Casio claims they still sell ‘a lot’ of this particular model, but they won’t reveal just how many container loads of them they ship around the world each year. Measuring modes include net time, split time, and first and second place times. Functions include a 1/100-second digital stopwatch, hourly time signal, auto calendar, and day/date. US$10.04
SEIKO X SHINOBU ISHIGAKI COCKTAIL TIME COOL SARB065
Very cool and still selling like a greyhound after a rabbit. This particular 40mm model is a Japanese import, an elegant dress watch suitable for both the office and after office socializing. It’s named after Japanese bartender Shinobu Ishigaki. The watch runs on a Seiko 6R15 automatic hacking movement with a generous 50-hour power reserve. But the ice blue sunray dial is the real star of the show. US$1,066.48
SAMSUNG GALAXY SMARTWATCH
There’s many a snob watch collector who pretends he doesn’t own a smartwatch but in reality, dons one for running or fitness training and then quickly discovers it’s a really useful piece of kit. This 46mm watch from Korean brand Samsung can function for several days on a single charge and pairs with both Android and iOS smartphones via Bluetooth connection. Samsung Galaxy has built-in health tracking and performs all the usual smartwatch pyrotechnics we have come to expect. The watch is built with military-grade durability, swim-ready water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ that prevents the display from getting scratched. US$299.99
CASIO DBC150-1 Databank Digital Watch
First introduced as a calculator watch back in the 70s, it’s amazing how many guys from all walks of life love this digital watch and won’t wear anything else. The DBC-150-1 Databank watch stores telephone numbers, offers a handy reminder schedule, features a calculator of course, tells the time, can be used as a stopwatch or a timer, and gives world time zone times all in an easy to use and clever wrist companion. Still affordable too. US$215.49
SEIKO 5 SNK809
This Seiko 5 favorite has been around since at least 2004 and it’s hard to find an automatic watch that can beat it for value. Truth is, you’ll be sick of the sight of it before it packs up on you. This particular Seiko 5 Men’s Automatic features a black dial with white Arabic numbers marking the hours on an inner circle and the minutes on an outer circle. Railway track indexes encircle the dial on the outside minute track and there’s a day-date complication at 3 o’clock. For the sake of clarity, the second hand has a red accent. The watch comes on a nylon strap that could be easily upgraded to a smarter Nato. US$90.95
CASIO G-SHOCK GA100-1A1
A popular choice for sure, but this G-SHOCK also has its fair share of critics as some claim difficulty in reading the LED digital information except in strong sunlight, but hey there is still the analog hands. This all-black military-style model has all the usual G-SHOCK attributes of toughness and in-depth functionality including fast 48 cities + UTC, daylight saving on/off, Home city/world time swapping. The watch is also water-resistant up to 200 meters. US$71.50
Another Seiko 5 model that supplies bundles of value for what is a sleek, 36.5mm versatile and attractive automatic dress/sport watch. Understated, durable, reliable, easy to operate with a wide variety of strap or bracelet options to change the mood of the watch. The watch runs on the Seiko 7S26 movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters. US$95.00
List what you want in a dive watch and the Seiko SKX009K2 has it. 200 meters of water resistance, 120-click unidirectional rotating Pepsi bezel, automatic movement, day/date function, luminous hands, and indices. These 42mm watches still remain great value for money because they are now made in Korea instead of Japan. A good comfortable choice in the water or on land. US$265.00
The Orient RA-EL0001B00A represents everything that the Japanese brand does so well, and that is the crafting of good-looking automatic watches at extremely reasonable prices. Orient is particularly renowned for its high quality, affordable, divers. The 43.4mm RA-EL000-line was launched last year and comes complete with a mechanical, automatic Orient Cal. 40N5A movement with both date and power reserve complications, sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating, and no stinting on the bracelet, it’s a high-quality band with solid end links and a divers extension. There is also the 120-click unidirectional bezel and ample water-resistance of 200 meters. Last but not least the watch also features a power reserve indicator just below the 12 o’clock hour marker. US$380.43
This macho model first appeared back in 2015, and its rugged off-the-beaten-track demeanor has proven to be a big hit with adventurous outdoor types. It’s a big watch requiring fully 54MM of wrist real estate. At 16MM thick it will take the kind of bumps that almost no other watch can handle. Unusually for a G-SHOCK, the large dial is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal instead of the less effective mineral crystal. The dial offers a no-fuss easy-to-read grey dial with a meaty green resin band that grips the wrist securely in all conditions. Like all G-SHOCKS it’s water-resistant up to 200 meters and has both an Ana-Digi readout as well as a compass, altimeter, and 48 cities + UTC, daylight saving on/off, Home city/world time swapping. US$473.96
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