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Old 09-07-20, 10:32 AM
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Now *this is hot*.

What strap is that? I love the colour combination, it works really well here.
NATO strap that came with the watch.
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Old 10-14-20, 01:53 PM
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Yet another G-Shock finds its way into my collection. (Yes, I seem to have a "collection" now. Yikes.)

GW-6900BC-1JF . All the typical features of a G-Shock: timer, stopwatch, a bunch of alarms (which I'll probably never use), world time, auto-illuminator, shock-resistant, waterproof to 20 Bar (200m); and this one also has "tough solar" so no need for a battery; and "multiband 6", which means it synchronizes via radio with one of 6 atomic clocks around the world. I like the negative display (some people don't like this, but I've no problems with it so far).

... but the best part: the bracelet! Unlike most all other G-Shocks, it's got a composite bracelet, with metal connecting links. I really like this watch.




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Old 10-14-20, 04:28 PM
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Easy to read, good lume and solar powered:


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Old 10-15-20, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
Yet another G-Shock finds its way into my collection. (Yes, I seem to have a "collection" now. Yikes.)

GW-6900BC-1JF . All the typical features of a G-Shock: timer, stopwatch, a bunch of alarms (which I'll probably never use), world time, auto-illuminator, shock-resistant, waterproof to 20 Bar (200m); and this one also has "tough solar" so no need for a battery; and "multiband 6", which means it synchronizes via radio with one of 6 atomic clocks around the world. I like the negative display (some people don't like this, but I've no problems with it so far).

... but the best part: the bracelet! Unlike most all other G-Shocks, it's got a composite bracelet, with metal connecting links. I really like this watch.
So is the G-Shock the only range of digital watches that has any cred in the watch nerd community? Is there anything else? Timex Ironman maybe? Or is the digital watch aficionado market clobbered by smartwatches nowadays?
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Old 10-15-20, 11:50 AM
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So is the G-Shock the only range of digital watches that has any cred in the watch nerd community? Is there anything else? Timex Ironman maybe? Or is the digital watch aficionado market clobbered by smartwatches nowadays?
No, not from what I've seen. Older Casios (not G-Shocks), and the Timex Ironman as you mentioned.

Even /some/ watch elitists will look down on G-Shocks. But I think they're getting rare.

I don't think the smart watches will ever clobber G-Shocks and traditional watches generally, for a lot of reasons. Just look at your older smart phones... your old "smart watches" will be joining them, on a shelf or in a drawer, eventually, if their Bluetooth connection won't work (maybe the latest upgrade of Android just made it obsolete?), or the charger port changes, etc. That'll never happen with my solar-powered G-Shock...
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Old 10-15-20, 11:58 AM
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I'm starting to look at used G-Shocks on ebay, see if I can pick one up at an underbid auction. I'm interested in ones with analog hands, like your red one up there (but not so red)
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Old 10-23-20, 12:22 PM
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I'm starting to look at used G-Shocks on ebay, see if I can pick one up at an underbid auction. I'm interested in ones with analog hands, like your red one up there (but not so red)
I'm not ashamed to say I'm a bit addicted to G-Shocks. For what you get for the price, there's no better deal to be had.

I'd recommend having a look at the GA-100 . It's big, it's chunky, it's a G-Shock - and all-around a great watch.

The GA-800, with a second-hand, is also one to look for.

The number one thing to remember when buying a G-Shock: it probably won't be your last one! There are just so many models, styles, colours, features. I only started looking at them less than a year ago, after having mostly Seiko divers, and now I have 8 G-Shocks! (Two are on the way to me now.)

I have no affiliation with the website g-central dot com, but it's a good source for reviews and info about any G-Shock that's been released, upcoming releases, discontinued models, etc.

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Old 10-23-20, 12:37 PM
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Casio G-Shock G-6900A-9 . Solar powered.

I loved the size and feel of the other 6900 G-Shock, when this one popped up I couldn't resist - a great little fun weekend watch.

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Old 10-23-20, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
So is the G-Shock the only range of digital watches that has any cred in the watch nerd community? Is there anything else? Timex Ironman maybe? Or is the digital watch aficionado market clobbered by smartwatches nowadays?
You mean watches aren't like bikes? Mechanical is more desirable than electronic?
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Old 10-23-20, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
You mean watches aren't like bikes? Mechanical is more desirable than electronic?
yezz. There is pretty much no distinction in electronic, a $5000 quartz watch is no more accurate than a $5 quartz watch, so really expensive electronic watches are just jewelry.

It's similar with mechanical, a $10,000 mechanical watch is probably not likely to be significantly more accurate than a $1,000 or maybe even $200 mechanical watch, but there is a je ne sais quoit about an automatic mechanical movement that's just cool. For nerds anyways.
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Old 10-23-20, 04:20 PM
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I'm a mechanical watch nerd but my wife likes color, splash, humor and emotion in her fashion so I've been buying her vintage Swatch quartz. Cheap thrills and they get me Brownie points far above their cost. I get a kick out of the designs.


not my picture - for example
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Old 10-23-20, 04:34 PM
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lol I remember when the Swatch craze hit, I was in middle school. I remember especially those bizarre face-protectors like on that speckled white one
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Old 10-23-20, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
yezz. There is pretty much no distinction in electronic, a $5000 quartz watch is no more accurate than a $5 quartz watch, so really expensive electronic watches are just jewelry.

It's similar with mechanical, a $10,000 mechanical watch is probably not likely to be significantly more accurate than a $1,000 or maybe even $200 mechanical watch, but there is a je ne sais quoit about an automatic mechanical movement that's just cool. For nerds anyways.
Any 150euro (or less) G-Shock that's multiwave 6 will make obsolete any accuracy built in to the internals of the watch, as it synchronizes with an atomic clock.To me that's incredibly cool, and something no Swiss or "high-end" watch (Omega, Rolex, Patek, etc.) ever tried to compete with.

+/- 15 seconds a month in any case ain't too shabby either.
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lol the seiko 5 I am wearing right now (pics some where up this thread, green face with orange scuba-timer details from 0-20min) is fast about 1min/hr. At 7am I set it 5min slow, at noon it's about right, and every hour away from noon I mentally adjust
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Old 11-01-20, 10:35 AM
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Nice set of watches, Mojo31 . I tend toward vintage pieces but have one of the coaxial movements. I really enjoy it for several reasons, classic design, really incredible time accuracy and now suddenly the market is taking notice. I bought this "pre-owned" last year at slightly below the market at the time. If I'm reading the market pricing correctly these have doubled in price lately.


I injured my wrist recently so I have to use velcro bands to wear it right now.
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Got a few more G-Shocks in to the collection.

GW-M5610-1ER Which I now wear at work (except when I'm painting). I know it is 100% accurate (the Multi Band 6 corrects it every night), the battery will never die (solar power), and if I'm using a kango hammer, it won't fall apart.






GX-56BB-1ER "The King". Solar, but no Multiband 6. Negative display, MASSIVE case. It's ridiculous, but wow is it fun, you feel like a superhero wearing it. (Yeah, I know how stupid that sounds. But if Batman had a watch, this would be it.) It's badass, it's a weapon, you know that it'll survive whatever you throw at it. Looks great with long sleeves. Here's a side-by-side comparison with the 5610 square (same watch in the previous pic).





GD-X6900HT-7 Just came in the post today, the "heathered" series (to look like fabric), in white. The classic 6900 case (which I love, due to the size and shape, I just find it wears nicely on my wrist, as nice as the square). Something a little different that'll wear nicely with a dark long-sleeve shirt or hoodie, on the weekend. Here I'm using it to time my ramen noodles, which take 3mins. (I use all my G-Shocks for timing dinner.)

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Any thoughts on the solar powered watch? I spent all day researching and finding Casio. do you have any advice?
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Any thoughts on the solar powered watch? I spent all day researching and finding Casio. do you have any advice?
I'm a fan of Citizen Eco-Drive watches. My Go To for everyday wear is the Promaster Tough(BN0211-50E).
https://www.citizenwatch.com/us/en/p...N0211-50E.html
Still looking for a resin solar watch (to replace my Casio solar beater) with a few functions for sporting activities....

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Any thoughts on the solar powered watch? I spent all day researching and finding Casio. do you have any advice?
You can't go wrong with a G-Shock. They seem to make one for every wrist - any style, size, shape, colour, feature, they've got one. Inexpensive too, and probably will be more accurate than anything else out there.

My latest: GW-B5600HR-1ER


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Got another one! This is certainly the most feature-rich watch I have so far, and the most useful if out-and-about in nature. It's got an altimeter, barometer, and compass. The barometer is particularly handy, you can predict the weather (you really can!). The thermometer may not be so useful, as it'll pick up your body heat. The sunrise and sunset data is cool. It also comes with all the regular fantastic features of a G-Shock (multiple alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer, world time, 20-bar waterproof, completely indestructible), but also with MultiBand 6 and solar power.

GW-9400-1 Rangeman

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