So, about a year ago when I last bought a watch there is a reason I went with a $30 watch. I used to collect what I could in my price range (fashion watches), and I knew that if I bought a decent watch it would reawaken my love of watches (I'm a pretty typical guy, I love gadgets, and watches are some of my favorite gadgets). Well, sure enough, when I bought my nice Citizen Eco Drive the other day, it reawakened my love of watches. I'm buying some watch tools so I can change batteries and make minor repairs to my existing watches myself and have a small rotation of watches again, but it is long past time to add some more watches to my meager collection.
I want to hit one or both of the biggest holes in my collection, or buy a nicer dive watch. I have a couple really nice looking dress watches among my "fashion" watches (a leather band Peugeot and a leather band Kenneth Cole). I have a ton of stainless and leather banded watches that can be dressed up or down (the core of my "collection" are several decent all around watches). However, for someone who loves the outdoors, it is a glaring hole that I don't currently have an outdoors watch. I also don't have a chrono, and as a teacher it would come in handy (many parts of my lessons are timed so I can hit everything I need to hit, and while mentally keeping track of the time works since it rarely has to be to the second, and a dive watch with the moving bezel works as well, a chrono would be nice).
I would like a good outdoors watch. It doesn't have to specifically be a field watch or anything, but I want something pretty sturdy so I don't just wear my cheaper watches when camping. I am looking at field/active watches and dive watches for this (I have a couple cheap dive style watches- two Guess watches and a Peugeot, but I'm looking for something a little more sturdy). It would be really nice to find something sturdy for this use that is also a chrono. I am looking primarily for something with a fabric or rubber watch band. If I buy leather I would probably swap it out since leather gets pretty nasty when wet, and I sweat a lot, so leather bands are pretty much reserved for dress watches for me.
I'd prefer to be $50-100, but I can go to $150, and $200 is my absolute max.