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    Gift for a friend's son

    Son of a friend of mine is turning 17 in a few weeks, and he wants to buy him a watch.

    Criteria:

    1) Quartz, kinetic or solar (for ease of use)
    2) Not too big, about 40mm (he's got very skinny arms)
    3) A bit cool
    4) Sports or tool-ish (ie not dressy)
    5) Budget £100 or so.
    6) New

    So far, Timex are coming out well, as are some Seikos and Swatch.

    Any other thoughts welcome!

    TIA.

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    I'd probably go for a Citizen Ecodrive. There's an AW5000-24E on Amazon for under £120.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    I'd probably go for a Citizen Ecodrive. There's an AW5000-24E on Amazon for under £120.
    Lovely option thanks, but a bit too big at 43mm.

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    Possibly have a look at TK Maxx online

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    The Pagani Design interpretation of the Daytona and Black Bay chrono are interesting.

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    Casio GWM 5610 from argos

    Tough solar

    Atomic clock sync by radio for cool factor.

    Almost indestructible


    If I was buying something at the £100 price point this would be it

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    Quote Originally Posted by apm101 View Post
    Lovely option thanks, but a bit too big at 43mm.
    Just the first one I saw, there will be ~40mm options too.

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    Probably the best advice you can give your friend is to double his budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Probably the best advice you can give your friend is to double his budget.
    Agreed, or just half as much again would put him in the Timex reissue bracket. There was a nice one on SC a couple of weeks ago for £70 but sadly gone now.

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    I would have though a Gshock for a 17 year old?

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    Divex & a nice nato job done ✅

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    Do g-shock 2100 come in solar now? I’d go with that he could then later add the Casioak kit.

    Edit: they do - https://g-shock.co.uk/ga-b2100

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougair View Post
    Do g-shock 2100 come in solar now? I’d go with that he could then later add the Casioak kit.

    Edit: they do - https://g-shock.co.uk/ga-b2100
    A true tool watch - GADA.

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    Thanks all.

    I have passed on suggestions to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Probably the best advice you can give your friend is to double his budget.
    Excellent advice- not
    There are lots of great sub £100 (budget) watches out there

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    Invicta Pro diver on Amazon. Smaller size is 38mm I think

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    Let the son choose the watch he wants. Parents are more likely to get the choice of watch wrong, especially after asking a bunch of watch forum members who are not 17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoughie0 View Post
    Let the son choose the watch he wants. Parents are more likely to get the choice of watch wrong, especially after asking a bunch of watch forum members who are not 17.
    Hurrah - at last
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoughie0 View Post
    Let the son choose the watch he wants. Parents are more likely to get the choice of watch wrong, especially after asking a bunch of watch forum members who are not 17.
    That is a flipping good idea. Although it would be a bit awkward if he says he doesn't really want a watch and would rather have a pair of trainers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estoban7 View Post
    That is a flipping good idea. Although it would be a bit awkward if he says he doesn't really want a watch and would rather have a pair of trainers.
    The answer to that is, which trainers?
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    The answer to that is, which trainers?
    Maybe a bunch of old codgers on a watch forum could help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by estoban7 View Post
    Maybe a bunch of old codgers on a watch forum could help?
    Lolzzz
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by estoban7 View Post
    Maybe a bunch of old codgers on a watch forum could help?
    I think we have a few sneaker heads here 👊🏻

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    The answer to that is, which trainers?
    Unless he’s keen on a pair of size 7/8 Church’s brogues or Redwing boots, you’re asking in the wrong place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoughie0 View Post
    Let the son choose the watch he wants. Parents are more likely to get the choice of watch wrong, especially after asking a bunch of watch forum members who are not 17.
    Hah, yes, this.

    I was thinking that a Timex might appeal to a WIS but I don't think I'd have appreciated one when I was that age. A G-Shock maybe, but again that's me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    I would have though a Gshock for a 17 year old?
    This. 5610. Job done!

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    Gshock is a great option.

    But when I was 17, if someone had bought me one of these...

    ...I'd of been chuffed to little mint balls.

    It's a lot of watch for the money.

    Well under budget.

    Though it is 44mm...

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    Saying a g-shock is a great watch for a 17yr old is like saying a JLC master is a great one for a 50yr old.

    They’re not all the same, he may not have any use for a big blocky watch that does well if thrown out of the window, and would prefer something smart for a night out after his A-levels: who knows?!

    Best advice is already given, at <£100, Timex, Casio and Ali Express specials (Pagani) are probably the best bet. Beyond that, the model is up to what he would prefer.

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    Pagani do a speedmaster ‘homage’. 100m WR, quartz movement. Probably about 100 quid. I’m very tempted to get myself one for the summer


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