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Get a slim Casio g shock. I would avoid the big clunky ones until you are going to spend some money on a nice one.
Casio Digital Watch that I used in basic (or something very similar). Tough, cheap, has an alarm functionality, and isn’t half an inch thick. That’s all you need. The compass won’t be useful to you. You’ll need one once and you’ll have an actual compass for land nav that will work way better.
I think the big bulky round G-shocks are very ugly too but have you seen the old-school square ones? I think they're very tasteful for what they are, and quite solid considering they had to meet G-schock standards of ruggedness.
There's almost nothing with the durability of a G-Shock. Some Suunto watches are supposedly similar, but I have no idea which ones. While all of the analog G-Shock watches are pretty huge, the digital ones can be smaller. The DW5600 is reasonably small, and it's also under $50.
If you are fine with branching out to digital, there are some really cool options for less than 50 bucks. Cheap casio digitals are quite popular, and can cost as little as 10 dollars.
You can also get an entry G-Shock for about that much. It doesn't have solar or radio-controlled time but it is definitely a great watch. Perfect if you want something for swimming, work out, etc., and also just pretty cool in their own right.
G Shock DW5600
You can get old-style g-shocks for like $40 if you want something a bit tougher than OP's:
I had my sarb in the gym and managed to scratch it after a few weeks by hitting it against a railing.
Lots of things out there that can work. On the really cheap end, Casio and Timex tend to be more reliable than most other things, though I have had a watch from each die on me. For something that will hold up really well no matter what you do with it, I'd look at a Casio G-Shock. They do have versions that look a little more fancy or dressy too, though they cost more.
For something considered a little more high end, I've had decent luck finding things at thrift stores, the Swiss Army I've been wearing the last few years was $6, and I found a really pretty Tissot for $8 for when I want something a little more dressy. Each one new would have likely set me back over $100. Going used, it's probably safer to stick with quartz movements (Battery powered) over mechanical.
thanks. I was actually looking at the one you mentioned and at another one: [link]
I really like them both and they're basically the same price but I don't know which one to get. Which one do you think is better for every day usage?
Might wanna look at Casio's G-Shock line as well, they're pretty much the toughest watches on the market, with a lot of cool features and a million style/color variations
Personally, I'd get a G-Shock and use maps on your phone or a handheld GPS. I've had one of these for years and it's a perfect beater watch (cheap, durable, functional). You then have room in the budget for tools that work well, rather than something that attempts to do everything.
In the mountains I stick to topographic maps and use OruxMaps for mountain biking. A handheld GPS is convenient, really shines when hiking in adverse conditions. On a winter hike we lost the trail in a snow storm, map/compass was reference and GPS let us safely backtrack.
Thanks everyone who gave me feedback. Yea I'm currently sporting this Casio as my travel watch ([link]) and it's near perfect. I would just like one to look a bit cooler - although the casio watches are cool in their own classic way.
Could you get two watches?
I'd get a diver/casual forever watch (Seiko, saphire crystal, automatic) and a beater watch.
I have this gshock and it's survived several years of abuse hiking/backpacking/mountain biking/etc.
Honestly can't go wrong with a g-shock. Military time, date and the seconds can be read with a glance. I'd say at least 80% of the E.D I work in wears a g-shock. I've been wearing this for the past 6 months and it's held up great. Sure it will for many years to come. I love analogs but digital it so convenient for military time.
Casio Men's DW5600E-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch [link]
Casio Men's DW5600E-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch
I like it a lot because it doesn't feel or look cheap and is not overloaded with stuff you don't need.
EDIT: Just noticed the sweeping hand req... The g-shock has digital/analog combo options.
Army medic here. This is the only watch you'll ever need. Unobtrusive, easy to clean, and you won't bang it on everything like the massive G-Shocks. I wear it inside the wrist.
Dude. I have gone through various watch phases, but always come back to G-Shocks. I have (embarrassingly enough) 10 G-Shocks right now. One of which being the DW-5600. I have 3 ana-digital Gs, because I like that style, but every now and again I rock the Square for a few days. G-Shocks are solid watches, I recommend them without a sliver of doubt.
As far as fossil watches go, I would stay away because they're mostly a pure fashion watch. I can't say much about their bags. For watches, perhaps try this OG G-shock which is extremely tough and can definitely handle a beating. I would recommend an Orient Bambino for a dressier watch, but you said leather straps get ruined. Lastly, check out some dive watches such as the Orient Mako. Also check out Timex watches, they got some good ones for a good price. Hope this helps!
I have this G-Shock DW5600E. It is small and light compared those other big, bulky, round G-shocks that most people associate with the name. The 5600 is small enough that I forget I'm wearing it sometimes. It just fits that comfortably.
DW-5600E is the basic (but still great!) no frills square.
Tells the time, has alarms and stop watches, counts up and down, an auto backlight, and calendar to 2039. It's dive rated to 200 meters, and has an electronic luminescent backlight, much like indiglo if you have a Timex.
GWM-5610 is all of the above, along with world time, and has the two biggest features for some: solar charging and atomic radio syncing.
For many, this is the THE "square." It's robust, self sufficient, and has a classic look without looking too dated or too ultra modern. The display is slightly different than the 5600E.
GLX-5600 is most similar to the budget 5600E above but has an additional bit of display for tide and moon information. Still as tough, still as cool looking.
GLS-5600 is a more recent, stylish variant of the 5600E. It come in 4 neat colors (black, white, green, and sand) and features a moving seconds complication on the face. Also, it features a "Low Temp LCD," this LCD is rated to go to -20 C. Honestly as you're wearing it on your person, a normal 5600E can go pretty cold as it also has your body heat. Possibly most importantly for some people, this model comes standard with strap adapters and a really comfy clothes NATO strap standard.
GWM-5610-1BJF is the Japanese only, blacked out model of the radio/solar 5610. These can be imported pretty easily through Amazon, so of cost isn't an issue, don't let the import bother you. The Japanese models also usually feature slightly more supple, softer resin straps and a screwback case, like on a mechanical time piece.
While not exclusively a 5600, if you need a big honkin' watch, the GX-56 is basically a thick 5600. Huge buttons and case, has all of the features of a 5610 with a cool moving seconds graphic like the GLS.
Many of these can be found in various colors and feature variants, so as a recap/guide:
5600 - standard square G Shock
5610 - radio/solar square model
GLX - surfing/tide model
GLS - stylish colors, comes with NATO strap
GX-56 - huge "King" G Shock
BB after model number - blacked out model
JF after model number - Japan import
Hopefully this helped. I had a lot of fun making this.
Casio g-shock. Lasted through five years of Marine Corps and F-18 maintenance. [link]
I have a Casio DW5600-E. They're bullet proof.
They look good. I also didn't like the light very much. Switched to a Timex Ironman for a while, and just yesterday I got this in the mail:
If you like the square G shocks, the Casio DW5600E is a good choice.
Here’s my personal one. About $45.
Casio Men's G-shock DW5600E-1V Shock Resistant Black Resin Sport Watch [link]
any g-shock will be durable. the rest is what you like and the features you need.
if it was me, I'd go for nothing less than solar and atomic timekeeping
but of course those add to cost..
good 'ol 5600 $40
these are solar/atomic
damn near everyone has one of these.. the 5610
higher end $200
You should re-ask this question in the latest thread, as this one expired about an hour ago.
That said, while that Citizen is decent enough, you might want to consider getting him a basic G-shock watch. G-shocks are the gold standard for watches that can take abuse, abuse, and more abuse. They're not the prettiest, though, and the smaller ones are all digital (many G-Shocks are HUGE). Best buys include:
DW5600 (~$40). Basic, smaller G-shock. Battery lasts around 2 years before needing to be replaced. Band is resin, and may only last a couple/few years, but replacements can be found due to the popularity of this watch.
GWM5610 (~$100). This is the one to get if you're in the continental US, Europe, or Japan. This is solar (battery is recharged via light), and the battery should last 10-15+ years before needing to be replaced. It's also atomic, and so the time will be automatically adjusted (even for daylight savings). You just have to set your local timezone. Again, the band is resin, but replacements are easily found.
There are analog G-shocks, too, but those tend to be expensive and -- more importantly -- huge. Your husband may or may not like having a big lump on his wrist.
And not a red ring in sight...
Also, I've heard that the 5000 has its buttons recessed further into the case and are harder to press than the 5600.
I rock the simple Casio G Shock, a few bucks more than the sport watch, but worth the added protection when whacking it against all kinds of shit.
Might not be your cup of tea, but I am currently wearing a souped up 5600E.
Jay and Kays Bull bars
Jay and Kays Nato strap adapter
Green/black 5 ring nato strap
Suunto clipper watch band compass
Here's a picture of it all put together
This is the original gshock design and it’s fairly low key
Boom or Boom
So I just confirmed that I will be going on a ski trip with some of my high school friends for the second time in as many years. Last time I went I took a nasty fall that dislocated my shoulder and left a very charming scratch on my beloved Victorinox Basecamp (also the cold made the bracelet on it sting a little at times, no I am not a smart man).
I've been a watch guy my whole life (I've literally never gone more than a weekend not having something on my wrist since elementary school) but really only been a collector for about a year. One thing I've noticed I don't have is a true beater. I have some birthday money left over and I just got a raise at work, so I decided that its time a G Shock joins my collection.
Problem is, there are just so many options I have no idea how to sift through them.
Here is what I would like the watch to have.
Day and date, easily readable.
Afterglow/light/whatever they call it. I'll probably end up sleeping in this a decent bit, so being able to push a button and read the time at night is vital.
No flashy colors. I know there is a lot of vibrancy with the G Shock, but I'm not into that. Black and grey are my preferred colors for this.
Other general G Shock stuff. It needs to be water resistant, able to take a hit, be OK in both skiing weather and hot summer weather, and last a good long while. I do a lot of outdoors stuff so that's going to be its main purpose.
Affordable. I would prefer to keep it at $150 or less, the less the better.
I'm also curious about the atomic timing. It's my understanding that it updates every evening to keep accuracy, is that right? How reliable is it, and where does it update or not update? Does it account for daylight savings?
I'm not picky about solar powered v battery, so all of that is cool. My only concern with solar power is I often wear long sleeves/coats, so it may not get sun all the time when I wear it. I also do wear my other watches, so it could go a while in the watch box and not getting sun. Is that bad for a solar battery? When the solar battery does eventually give out, do I need to replace just the battery or the whole watch?
A few, in particular, I've been looking at are:
DW5600E-1V, GD-100-1B, DW9052-1V, GWM5610-1, and GD-100-1BDR.
As of now, I think I'm leaning more to the GWM5610-1, since it's pretty subtle, not gaudy, won't take up my entire wrist and looks discrete enough to where I could wear it somewhere niceish (business casual) and be ok.
Thank y'all so much!
I still rock a little bit of the classic 80s tech look
G-shock DW5600E-1V Men's Black Resin Sport Watch [link]
> but one small enough to not get in the way when I'm bending my wrist
You might want to consider wearing your watch above (towards the direction of your shoulder, not your hand) the ulna bone (the bony lump on the outside of your wrist). Wearing a watch below that bone virtually guarantees that it'll hit the back of your wrist when you bend it back, regardless of the watch. That said, where you wear your watch is a complete matter of personal preference, and so you'll have to decide what works best for you.
For smaller G-Shocks, check out the DW5600 (basic battery watch, battery should last 2+ years), or the GWM5610 (same watch, but with solar/atomic features, battery should last 10-15+ years).
Edit: bullbars are also available for these, although I do not know how reliable they are or how well they work.
I would get this. It's a durable watch with a light that wouldn't have any issues going getting dirty of cleaned.
This is $40 more expensive but has atomic timekeeping and is solar.
Like this? G-shock DW5600E-1V Men's Black Resin Sport Watch [link]
Haha yes, $80 was on the very high end of the spectrum for some of the more limited versions of the 5600. Is yours the classic black one I am thinking of? ([link])
Hmm. 'Hardcore' and 'not a gshock' and 'small' is tough.
The classic DW5600 isn't too big.
The MDV106 is 200m WR - the mineral crystal might scratch, but it's not likely to shatter.
Marathon is a brand you should probably look at but the properly water resistant ones with sapphire crystal are over budget.
i know you've already excluded the large and almost comical G-Shocks but did you see the classic 5600 and the 5610 w/ solar and radio controlled time? Much more subdued in size, and I feel like they look better than the Ironman series.
DW5600E-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch [link]
This G-Shock has been with me for years of hard use.
Mate the DW-5600 is consistently under $50 USD and definitely the best bang for buck.
This watch has been on my radar for a few years and recently finally was able to pick it up. Got a few nato straps en route so happy as a lark. Admittedly, it's a little smaller then I would have thought and is very lightweight but it looks and wears fantastically! This and my GShock ([link]) are some of my favorite quartz watches.
Here's one next to my daily wear (Bremont UTC): [link]
Which one is tougher?? :-)
I've gone through two of these in ~10 years, and that's because I lost the first one.
Just to be sure, we're talking about the
Is that correct?
I personally would not buy a negative display G as my main watch without having seen a negative display G before. I would also lean toward the less expensive one first because there's less sunk cost, and when you do like it, you can decide to pick up the more expensive one later.
Also if it's JUST the negative display you like about the other one (because the cases are fairly similar) then you could mod the $41 model to negative (I think), pretty easily. And you can black out the white lettering with sharpie. Easy. And then you have a reasonable approximation of that more expensive watch, for much less.
Have a Suunto, much prefer the Casio G-Shock 5000 series. They're simple, cheap, they work, they're damn near indestructible and you can bring them anywhere. I've had mine (5600E) for 5 years, abusing the shit out of it and sometimes going weeks without taking it off, including swimming and shower. It looks like it's covered in smegma. I haven't even had to change the battery.
Yes, or anything else by Casio:
Casio watches on Amazon sorted by price
The most basic G-Shocks start around $40 (US). I'd go for that, as they do add something in ruggedness.
That'd be this one: G-Shock DW5600
But there are MANY other models and colors that cost roughly the same.
Conversely, if OP is feeling a digital, this is a wonderful watch/
How about this?
It's a reliable, inexpensive classic.
I own this one. Haven't been able to kill it yet.
This watch I wear every day. Literally, every day for the last three years. I love it to death. I frequent this subreddit often and I will get a new one someday, but I really don't have a need yet.
I bought it from Target. Its smaller than your common G-shock, and as far as I'm concerned its very professional. I'm an engineer and I definitely respect function over fashion. It keeps great time and will not fail you. Just look at the # and quality of the reviews.
I wish I had a camera so I could take a picture of it for you. It's nothing special but I love it. Mostly for the functionality