6. Casio G Shock. Lots of premium watch companies advertise military-style watches. But, when you actually see pictures of American military personnel in the field, they are actually wearing Casio G-Shock watches. They are rugged, waterproof, and constructed to take a beating. The G Shock is mostly thought of as a digital watch, but Casio now offers some very attractive ana-digital versions.
7 & 8. ADNA and Modify. There are a couple of companies that use interchangeable silicone watch straps: ADNA and Modify Watches. Both companies provided me with example watches. ADNA watches appeal to the traditionalist with masculine diver-style dials, while Modify watches are focused more on artistic expression with square dials. It is amazingly easy to change straps on either kind of watch. If you hate dealing with watch strap pins, you'll value these watches much more than their low price points.
9. Citizen Eco Drive. When it comes to harnessing the sun with attractive watches, Citizen is the leader. Eco Drive watches allow wearers to completely leave the world of watch batteries behind.
10. Bulova Precisionist. Finally, I have one expensive quartz watch on my list: the Bulova Precisionist. It's reputed to be the most accurate quartz watch in the world. It's hard not to be mesmerized by the graceful movement of the big yellow second hand across the dial. At prices generally ranging from $400 to $700, the Precisionist is not cheap. But, a watch with this level of accuracy also doesn't break the bank! You can also find some great deals from time to time!
With price points from $50 to $500, these inexpensive watches don't sell for chump change. Instead, they confirm that the life of a watch collector can start well below $1000.
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