While there have always been certain items that I've always carried with me, I'm new to the world of everyday carry, and I can say that it thoroughly fascinates me. Of all the useful, functional, and necessary items for everyday carry, the watch seems to give me the most frustration- it's like a balancing act between principle, longevity, form, price, etc. So, here is what I'm trying to consider:
1. First and foremost is, unsurprisingly, price. I realize that you're not going to find a reliable, durable and good quality EDC watch for $25; however, I also don't see the point in spending substantially more than is necessary just to have a specific brand of watch with tons of features that I'll likely never use.
2. Speaking of watches with tone of features, how much is too much? Time, day, and date make sense (after all, that's why you have a watch), but what about specific timers, heart rate monitors, etc. How much of this stuff do you really find yourself using or actually ever needing?
3. Though I can change watch batteries myself, it's not what I would consider to be a fun way to spend an evening. Logically, the answer is to either omit the battery entirely or attempt to prolong it as long as possible, via a solar watch or an EcoDrive. Naturally, manual movements need cleaning and adjusting, while batteries still eventually wear out and need replacing, so which would provide the most longevity for everyday wear?
4. Finally, is principle. I do check to see where products are made, and, as much as possible, I try to avoid the pitfall of buying a poorly-made, disposable Chinese product simply due to the price. There has to be a medium between the cheaper (in quality and price) Chinese-made watches and the more expensive specialty watches that Swiss and American companies make, right? For example, what about Russia and/or Belarus? I had an Amphibia watch for years, but it was always hard on batteries (and is currently in need of repair). Still, considering that watch is 10-15 years old, there have to be more dependable/reliable Russian/Belarusian watches on the market at a decent price, right?
Beyond just looking for a specific watch (though I admittedly am), I'm interested in knowing about anyone else's experiences. What do you think of my criteria? What criteria were you looking for in a watch? What were you able to find? What advice can you offer?
I'm glad to be a new member here, and I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this further with anyone here.