I'm in the market for a new watch and was looking for a little input for ideas based on others' experiences and preferences. Usually I just buy something like a $40 Timex because I always seem to find a way to crush the damned thing but, at this point in my life, I'd like something that exudes a little more professionalism and class.
I'd lean more towards a metal band rather than leather because I just find that leather straps get degraded too quickly by water etc. I really like classic masculine designs. I'm also not fond of those massive watch faces that it seems like everyone wears these days. Anytime I see one of those, I always think the guy is trying to overcompensate for some deficiency (like the "bone crusher" handshakes that are so favoured by little guys).
Anyways, I'd love a TAG Heuer or Omega but my blood's not that rich. Maybe something in the $500 range. Suggestions?