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Simple, durable, rugged, light and not too expensive - can it be done - recommend please

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Hi All,

I have had a good search through past topics so have some ideas, but really need pointing in the right direction.

I need a watch that has the following attributes - with a "want score" next to each one.

1. Light weight 8 Points - I don't really want to know I am wearing it.
2. Durable 9 Points - I will use it every day including surfing and travelling. Water resistant with rubber or material strap.
3. Simple - 9 Points - If possible I guess it would be in the field watch style with date - no multi-dial, and "military look".
4. Reasonable cost - 6 points - I will pay up to $500 if I have to, but much less if I can.
5. Easy enough to read - 5 points - I guess if the above all work then this will fit in.

I am coming off a Tag Heur Aquaracer 500M WAJ1113.FT6015 that I liked, but it was too heavy. I also dropped it, dented the sharp edge and broke the pins. Tag is quoting a $950 repair. (I can buy a new one for $1500.)

Through your forum I have found the Momentum Atlas that I like but worry that it is too cheap and not durable enough (especially the glass) Atlas Collection| Momentum® | St. Moritz Watch Corporation

and also some from Christopher Ward (but worry that it is too expensive for my needs and not durable enough.) View All Aviation Men

Many thanks for your considered replies.

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I think a Citizen with Duratect titanium would be fit those requirements well. Lightweight because it's titanium, and durable because of the duratect treatment (more scratch resistant than stainless steel) and quartz movement. Two examples are:

Air diver line (PMX56-2811 pictured):
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Promaster Land (PMD56-2952 pictured, but more than $500):
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Depends how careful you are with your watches. I've seen mineral ones scratched up like hell, but I haven't scratched any of mine so far (but I may baby my watches). You could swap it out for a sapphire once it gets scratched. A local watchmaker could probably source one that fits. An alternative, if you are up for some searching, is to find the Promaster version (BM6407) that has a sapphire. It will probably cost more than just having the crystal swapped on a BM6400 though.
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