Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

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Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by YOHOHO » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:24 am

My wife's uncle just called me for suggestions on a gift for his son who is getting his Eagle Scout award on the July 9th. I blanked a bit, so any help would be welcome.

His Dad would like to keep the budget at 500, but his Mom would push it to 1k. So anything in that 500-1k range (less is fine, too). They plan on engraving the watch, and it sounds like they would like something he'd wear for awhile. I said I'd get him some options by the end of day.

He's 19, attending college, and boats a lot.

Off the top of my head, I'm thinking Longines and Oris divers. Any specific watches? Others? Any good deals/vendors out there now? I'm thinking bracelet is best, but it doesn't hurt to show them all options. Open to divers, dress, whatever at this point

Finally, this is for July 9th, so fast ship is needed so they can get engraved....

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Thank you!

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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by rockmastermike » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:31 am

Eagle Scout + Boating = how about a nice custom engraved knife that would get a lot of use?
just as an alternative to a watch (and to muddy the waters, sorry 'bout that)

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Post by Chocodove » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:32 am

I also immediately thought of a knife. How about an engraved Sebenza?
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Post by Captdave » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:35 am

Chocodove wrote:I also immediately thought of a knife. How about an engraved Sebenza?
For boating go with something that has a sheepsfoot blade. Spyderco line of knives has some very nice ones that are used by a good majority of professional sailors.
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Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by r.palace » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:36 am

I third the idea of an engraved knife. However, I'd look for one with a precipitation hardened steel like H1. Spyderco has a line of these knives although they're not exactly a graduation type gift
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Post by YOHOHO » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:38 am

I thought of a knife, too (i asked). But they are looking for a watch that he'll wear.

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Post by giosdad » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:49 am

YOHOHO wrote:I thought of a knife, too (i asked). But they are looking for a watch that he'll wear.
In that case the Oris is a great choice but would push against and possibly over the $1K limit.

The Alpina Seastrong (just released is just over $1K at Jomashop

Maybe a Weiss field watch?

There are plenty of choices from Hamilton.

Or maybe if he can wait a while a MKII Hawkinge :roll:
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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by zepp21 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:49 am

If it must be a watch how about a shogun? Should certainly stand up to the abuse on a boat, light, easy to service, and the diashield should help keep it looking nice. Earning his Eagle rank is quite the accomplishment. If he was into hiking, I'd suggest a walking stick. My parents had one made out of cactus with an eagle on top similar to this (different top though)

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Post by jtbenson » Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:59 am

i was also thinking auto hamilton.
aegir, resco, the baltic shield, scurfa and marathon are all somewhat timeless looking options in that price range
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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by Ryeguy » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:02 am

When I earned my Eagle I think I got taken out to dinner. Times sure have changed!

My wise guy answer is to get him a compass with a mirror so he can see who is lost. My more honest answer is a nice knife. Unless he is a watch enthusiast, a watch nicer than say, a Seiko SKX007, will probably be lost on him.

I'm guessing he just turned 19 as I think the upper age limit on Eagle is 18, so you can say it is a Birthday and Eagle gift.

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Post by YOHOHO » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:03 am

Thanks guys...this is helping a ton.

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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by toxicavenger » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:05 am

Certina quartz Ti

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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by HapaHapa » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:12 am

toxicavenger wrote:Certina quartz Ti
This or Samurai. Diashield on Samurai is a big plus, but Quartz might be a better choice if it isn't guaranteed he will wear it every day.

Seiko has new solar Ti divers that are in $500 price range but might be tough to get in by early July unless they are at the AD's already.

Sorry to Nishant, but the Oris locks him into the factory bracelet and rubber so not very versatile.
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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by hoppyjr » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:14 am

If your cap is $1k, you could get an engraved Sebenza and a nice Seiko or Casio. Maybe a Pathfinder?

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Post by Captdave » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:24 am

r.palace wrote:I third the idea of an engraved knife. However, I'd look for one with a precipitation hardened steel like H1. Spyderco has a line of these knives although they're not exactly a graduation type gift
These are generally given as graduation gifts at the US Merchant Marine Acadamey by the parents. Nice knives and hold up well in a marine environment.
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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by Seppia » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:32 am

Seiko Sarb017 Alpinist or Hamilton Khaki Field.
Timeless look, timeless size, workhorse movements, less than $500.

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Post by JDC222 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:33 am

andrema wrote:Trim
I see what you did there....lol

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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by r.palace » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:33 am

Captdave wrote:
r.palace wrote:I third the idea of an engraved knife. However, I'd look for one with a precipitation hardened steel like H1. Spyderco has a line of these knives although they're not exactly a graduation type gift
These are generally given as graduation gifts at the US Merchant Marine Acadamey by the parents. Nice knives and hold up well in a marine environment.
I meant aesthetically they're not a CRK, GEC, etc
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Post by andrema » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:56 am

I say a Victorinox of some kind. A divemaster would be a good option.
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Post by Joeprez » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:29 am

toxicavenger wrote:Certina quartz Ti
This or a Marathon TSAR/GSAR (not sure if there's space for an engraving though) & the aforementioned Spyderco.

I would include with the Marathon a Toxic springbar tool and a couple of ToxicNatos.
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Post by Joeprez » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:29 am

andrema wrote:I say a Victorinox of some kind. A divemaster would be a good option.
:1: on the Divemaster.
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Re: Suggestions Please- under 1K for Eagle Scout Gift

Post by Sidheguitarist » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:34 am

He's 18+ and obviously disciplined and self reliant. Get him an AR-15. (Colt 6920). ;)

Failing that, what about an SAS diver at that price point?

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Post by james80 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:49 am

Joeprez wrote:
andrema wrote:I say a Victorinox of some kind. A divemaster would be a good option.
:1: on the Divemaster.
Or an Inox.

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Post by toxicavenger » Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:33 pm

Joeprez wrote:
toxicavenger wrote:Certina quartz Ti
This or a Marathon TSAR/GSAR (not sure if there's space for an engraving though) & the aforementioned Spyderco.

I would include with the Marathon a Toxic springbar tool and a couple of ToxicNatos.
Bro I don't know if I can recommend Marathon anymore. I am up to 4 broken TSAR's now coming in for work. :shrug:

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