LOL, yup...gotta have a G-Shock. For me, its the Rangeman. I have it incoming as my early Christmas present from my wife (sadly not the carbon fiber band version pictured below, but still stoked!). I'll have it by Monday.
Everyone should have a Bulova Preciionist. I'm fond of the chronographs, but they're all good (UHF Military pictured.) High accuracy/smooth sweep with different functions per movement.
VSA Maverick: This is the "watch that looks like a million bucks" option that just happens to be quartz. The big date, dual time version is a particular bargain (around $160 USD on sale, and fit, finish and bracelet give $500 watches a serious run for their money.)
Another VSA, but as a bit of a placeholder. This is a Chrono Classic XLS with an ETA 251.262, and I highly recommend the movement as a premium quartz with excellent mechanical feel. Honorable mention goes to the Seiko VK63/64 Mecaquartz. It adds a great flyback feature but loses the travel-frliendly quick-set hour hand of the ETA (a surprisingly nice feature.) I just don't have a specific Mecaquartz to recommend. Seiko seems unable to really capitalize on one of their best movements and 3rd parties are all over the place.
And of course, the Casio MDV-106. The stinking best value in a <$50 watch.
Honorable mention goes to watches with the Ronda 5040.d movement (excellent chrono with a 12-hour maximum timing feature), Citizen Eco-Drives (too many to count, but solar is a very nice feature) and the Casio MTD-1079/1080 series as a strong competitor for the MDV-106 in the <$100 range (most around $70-80.) You lose the screw-down crown but gain much better detailing on the dial, a day-date and a super illuminator feature.)
As Mr_blonde says, the Bulova Moon Watch.
As turnkrucher mentions, it does wear quite small for a 45mm.
Apologies for the poor quality picture, the dial is actually a beautiful deep black with white print.
I'm gonna have to say the Victorinox Inox. It looks great, it's under $250 almost all the time and is by far the most rugged watch I have ever own. I have put mine thru a ton of drops, bangs against stuff, submerged in water and various other forms of torture and it's still going. If and when it fails I will buy another the same day.
Some great tool watches here, so I will go in a different direction. Go find a vintage Seiko Grand Quartz 9443 from 1979-1980. Beautiful cases and dials and a high-accuracy Quartz movement for often under $250. Here is my favorite, the 9443-8000 with stepped indices that the minute hand passes through.
For contemporary and pure fun, the Vratislavia Conceptum Heritage Chrono. So many cool designs!
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