Favorite Inexpensive/Dirty Pleasure Watches
Let's face it a lot of the postas around here related to watches involve fancy timepieces costin bmultiple thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars. I'm not actually going to wear a Yachtmaster sailing, but I still like to know the time. What are your personal favorite inexpensive/dirty pleasure watches. Lets cap it at $1k, and say you must personally own the watch or have worn it for a number of months if you sold it.
-SKX-009 This is an easy one, although the 'pepsi' -009 may be less popular than the black -007. The bracelet is a jangly mess, and it doesn't keep great time but it's super comfortable (even if much less of a strap monster than the -007) and easily in my normal casual rotation, despite the size it actually sits well on my 6 1/4" wrist. I'm happy to subject it to the ocean all day long, and confident that it won't affect the watch.
I'm going to throw a microbrand I like for the next two. Island Watches "Islander" brand started out as an "I can do it better" SKX homage brand and has grown from there. Not groundbreaking, but great quality for the price.
-Islander ISL-85 "Not Tiffany Blue" A mashup of Oyster and SARB references on an Oyster bracelet with a Miyota 9015 for $350. It just hits well, and is basically a Tiffany Oyster 95% of the way in a better 38mm size for a tiny fraction of the price, and 11mm thick. It's my 'casual classy' watch since I'm not willing to pay 3X list for the real thing.
-Islander ISL-40: A really nice 39mm slab sided field watch that is even more of a strap monster than my Khaki Automatic. The stock band sucks from a color but not quality standpoint, but it looks quite cool, particularly on a leather rally band, and takes NATO straps quite well.
-Seiko SNA 411 "Flightmaster" Yes it's quartz, Yes it's insanely busy, but it is the ultimate analoge pilot's watch with a built in slide rule and mostly useful tachymetre for under $300. I do also sort of like the built in strap. I'm not a huge fan of putting it on a NATO like a lot of people are, since it's already so tall, but it looks great on black leather.
Hon. Mention: Hamilton Khaki Field Auto: Great power reserve, and super slim for $600 (look for deals around $400) but I dislike the lack of adjustment on the stock bracelet, and for whatever reason it takes an extra half second for me to read the time on it. Objectively great, but subjectively I have to dock it for reasons I can't quite quantify.
What are your favorite 'guilty pleasure' watches?