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Well today the boy said, im going to save up and get a nice watch. Proud as punch 馃榾

I will be giving him one of my less expensive watches, around 拢850 once I know he can look after a mechanical watch.

So does anyone have any ideas on a mechanical for about 拢200 to start the boy on his way?
My son is thirteen and his first watch that he wears daily is an Orient Mako He adores it.
 

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Came here to say the same. My kid had a couple of these and it was worn everywhere including the pool. For $100, you can't go wrong.
Agreed, plus there's lots of variety in the Seiko 5 lineup so good chance he can find something he likes.
 

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Yep, great recommendation and a genuinely interesting technical accomplishment.
Particularly for the price tag of around $150.00. There are multiple fun youthful choices. Plus a couple of more traditional looking options. For a teenager? I think it's a solid way to go. And it's Swiss if that's important to anyone.
 
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Particularly for the price tag of around $150.00. There are multiple fun youthful choices. Plus a couple of more traditional looking options. For a teenager? I think it's a solid way to go. And it's Swiss if that's important to anyone.
Yup, it's a great range. I think Swatch made the right decision to make them non-serviceable as well. At that price point servicing doesn't really make sense. Better to just lower the cost to the point where you can simply get a new one when it wears out.
 

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Seiko 5 for sure, cant beat it as a first mechanical watch.
 

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Yeah I think a Seiko 5 is the way to go here. Make sure it has a glass caseback so they can see the mechanical movement.
 

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I want to add my 2 cents again for a Seiko 5KX or a DressKX, both are watches that he could easily give to his son someday. I purchased this Seiko 5 6119 for parts and ended up not scrapping it, after spending years in a parts box I ended up putting it on this bracelet and now it goes into rotation now and then. This other Seiko 5 7019 I bought on this forum for $80 delivered, I just couldn't say no. Both of these are from 1970, so 50 years later they are still being enjoyed and both are serviceable should I so desire, that is hard to beat. If your son chooses a new 5 series it could well last longer than 50 years and still be serviceable at a reasonable cost.
 

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Victorinox has some nice options, both mechanical and quartz, across price ranges. A consistently underrated brand in my opinion.


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