Avoid Guess watches. I think I payed about $80 for mine and it looked nice and had a detachable watch band, but the battery died after a year and you have to send the watch to a repair center or else you void the warranty and they charge you $11.50 for shipping and a replacement battery. Do that a couple of times and you have bought the watch again in maintenance fees.
Also please avoid the bandwagon Timex gold digital watch worn by all the hipsters/male models who are blatently copying Ryan Gosling. The thing is a tackey reminder of the 1980s. Not sure why a big star would be seen wearing such a cheap watch.
R10, because everyone has a cellphone which has a clock in it so watches are no longer needed. They're antiquated technology, they look stupid and they feel awful.
Watches always look good. They're sexy.
Second Coach watches - you can also go to TJ Maxx and pick up watches at a discount.
I hate having to take out my cellphone to see the time.
I like Skagens. Not flashy, not ridiculously expensive.
Agree that Hamilton has some good looking watches. I have an ancient one that I like.
For an inexpensive automatic (self-winding) watch in the $60-$300 range (most at the lower end of that range), Seiko has some good choices.
Everything depends on how much you want to spend and what you mean by "basic."
An automatic or mechanical watch feels like a real watch, something worth having; a battery watch feels throwaway and Seventies.
Of course wrist watches are something of an anachronism, largely replaced by a 21st Century version of the 19th Century pocket watch, the smartphone - but so what?
Why do rich people collect watches? I always wondered about that.
Personally, I went with the $19.99 Timex, currently available at Woot.com. If I lose it or scratch it, who cares?
I wear a watch because it was my father's and he gave it to me. Reminds me of him when I wear it. Easier than pulling the cell phone out of the pocket.
If you want an interesting watch, OP, go to a thrift store or pawn shop and get one with character. Most of those places will let you return something with a receipt within three days, so if it doesn't keep good time, you aren't stuck with it.
Cartier tank with croc strap.
People who wear watches never wash their hands properly.
I also like Skagens. Trim, thin, and very classy. Some are rather artisitic in the design which is also very cool.
Neiman Marcus has a watch special on right now, though it's for his and her watches. You could check to see if they have his and his available.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS "POETC WISH" WATCHES & TRIP
A tale of love found and lost inspired the "Poetic Wish" watches from Van Cleef & Arpels. Mini works of art on the outside and exemplary displays of technical watchmaking behind the dial, these masterpieces are in need of their own happily ever after.
The buyer lucky enough to purchase these watches will also receive two business-class tickets to Paris and Geneva to tour the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, atelier, and watchmaking workshops.
Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 for each His & Hers 2012 gift sold to The Norman Mailer Center, which supports writers who challenge readers' perspectives on the world around them. (starting at $1,090,000)
Old people problems
Another Skagen fan. I have several others, too, Seiko, Citizen, Omega, a solid gold vintage Lord Elgin, some others I can't think of the brands offhand.