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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » Wed May 12, 2021 12:59 pm

It’s First Communion season in Europe’s New Headache, and my little half-brother has his this year, in June. On this occasion it is customary here to give the kid some valuable items - usually a gold or silver chain and pendant, money, a bicycle, or...a watch. Mine was a Timex, which I have regrettably lost.

Our father has no other ideas for a gift from him and me to the kiddo than - go figure - a watch. I can get along with that, especially that I’d love to give my little brother something to remember me - his big brother - by. Something that will hopefully be his watch for years and decades to come.

In case of MSRPs by the 450-500USD mark, I am limited to brands that I can get with my employee discount, that being Certina, Tissot (Longines and Rado are not an option), Citizen and Casio G-Shock. My little half-brother already has a digital beater, so I thought of giving him something more serious, so a G-Shock isn’t exactly most fitting here.

Certinas can take a beating, but could be too serious for a kid. My thoughts go to Citizen, some basic Eco-Drive in titanium or a mid-size Promaster Diver. The last option speaks to me the most, but he might grow out of it in 5-6 years.

Some Timex Q reissue is also an option, the kid always gazes at whatever vintage watch I am wearing.

So...kinda serious, not too serious, can take some beating, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, sub-40mm.

If you could offer any suggestions, that’d be great!
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Post by biglove » Wed May 12, 2021 1:28 pm

The Certina DS-1 series offers incredible bang for the buck but may indeed be too “old folks.”

If he digs your vintage style, I say pick one of yours to gift to him...if he is responsible enough to take care of it and not jump in the pool with it. If not, a Timex Q reissue can withstand a beating and will likely stand out amongst the smart “watches” his friends wear.

I don’t think you can go wrong here with any choice. My gut tells me get him a Timex Q.
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Post by thunder1 » Wed May 12, 2021 1:44 pm

Another vote for the Certina DS-1 series..
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Re: Need some help

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » Wed May 12, 2021 3:39 pm

conjurer wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 2:17 pm
Citizen Eco-Zilla. When he gets older, that watch will get him more ass than a bus seat.
He’s 10, that’s an age at which he still thinks that ”pussy” means nothing more than a cat. At best it’ll get him frustrated that he can’t enjoy it. The watch, I mean. Though if I underestimate him, and I’d tell him about the pussy magnet properties of that watch, probably that too.

Same goes for the DS-1. If a Certina, then maybe a quartz three-hand DS Podium.
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Post by temerityb » Wed May 12, 2021 3:42 pm

I like the idea of a mid-sized Promaster diver. That sporty look will serve the youngster in good staid.
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Post by Ocean » Wed May 12, 2021 5:01 pm

I’d say a conquest but since that’s out.

Is he into marvel? Citizen has a new line that to be truthful they aren’t bad.

Timex is timex and I truly like the idea of something that if taken care of will be around and still usable as an a teenager and adult.
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » Wed May 12, 2021 5:25 pm

biglove wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 1:28 pm
The Certina DS-1 series offers incredible bang for the buck but may indeed be too “old folks.”

If he digs your vintage style, I say pick one of yours to gift to him...if he is responsible enough to take care of it and not jump in the pool with it. If not, a Timex Q reissue can withstand a beating and will likely stand out amongst the smart “watches” his friends wear.

I don’t think you can go wrong here with any choice. My gut tells me get him a Timex Q.
I’m certainly leaning towards that. Ex aequo with the Citizen Promaster midsize.

I do have a nice 30mm Rotary Junior, but I think I might give him that when he grows up a little. I think that his first proper watch should be something that can withstand the occasional impact or splash, so that Rotary isn’t the best idea for now.
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Post by svaglic » Wed May 12, 2021 5:44 pm

Citizen is known for having tough divers.
I got my nephew this one when he was 8, he loved it until he started getting into Gucci and Versace.
https://www.watchshop.com/ladies-citize ... 45688.html

Conj and racerx helped me find one, they can be tough to find. I don’t know if the above link is to a legit store, I just used it because it is in the UK and thought if you wanted it, it would save you some shipping and maybe VAT.
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » Wed May 12, 2021 7:38 pm

JAS1125 wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 7:28 pm
Not a Citizen or other from your list, but a fine inexpensive starter in my opinion

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B006CHML4I/ ... PS9Q89FT3B
That’ll do great! I can buy one from a Dutch Seiko dealer who has a decent stock of 5s. I’d just have to talk the guy into not shipping the usual way, his usual shipping blows.
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Post by svaglic » Wed May 12, 2021 8:45 pm

At that price, you can also get him a six display box and enable him to be on his way.
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Post by Racer-X » Thu May 13, 2021 9:59 am

Good call, JAS. I was thinking the same. Perfect to be long lasting and easily replaced.
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Post by biglove » Thu May 13, 2021 4:26 pm

JAS nailed it.
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