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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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Here's a consideration if you get bitten by "the bug" (a.k.a. buying multiple watches)...

Bertucci Performance Field Watches - A-3T Vintage 42
Bertucci Performance Field Watches - A-4T Vintage 44 Aero
Bertucci Performance Field Watches - A-4T Vintage 44 Yankee

They are titanium-cased with quartz movements, so will not notice it on your wrist. The WR is 100M and the crowns are screw-down. The crystals are mineral, but deeply recessed below the bezel.

I really like mine and thought they would be right up your alley.
Many thanks for that. Do you have an idea of the weight of the above - either with or without strap? I have searched everywhere and can't find anything and would be interested to find out / buy another.


I just weighed mine and it is 56 grams with the nylon/canvas strap and 36 grams without, just the watch head. But mine is the 42 mm A2-T and I recommended the 43 mm A3-T and 44 mm A4-T since you initially mentioned that your budget was about $500 and I think the A3 and A4 look nicer. But if you want to keep it to a minimum, I see A2s on the sales forum for under $100 once in a while. If I recall correctly, I scored mine on the sales forum for about $75.

Another thing I should mention is that the lume stinks. It is almost non-existent. It doesn't bother me at all and I knew that going into the purchase. But they make some EL (electro-luminescent Indiglo style) and tritium models.

Hope this helps.
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