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I break watches.

Discussion in 'Watches' started by MedicYeti, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. MedicYeti

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    I have bad luck with watches. I've broken the Timex and G-Shock watches in a short time period. I went watchless for years then decided to try again. I got an Invicta stainless steel watch and had nothing but problems; within 2 months it needed a new battery. One of the pins broke so I fixed it with a paperclip and super glue and recently I broke the band off the watch body.
    I'm a Paramedic in Southern NJ. I work from Atlantic City to Cape May; Casinos, slums, fish canneries, boats, the Coase Gaurd Training Center, airports and farm fields.
    I want a watch that will take a lot of abuse, something water (and blood) proof, and something with a simple design (I don't need to know my altitude, compass heading, barometric pressure, 5 different time zones etc....)
    Considering my bad luck with watches I'm hesitant to spend $400+ for something.
    Any ideas or should I just keep my wrist naked and look at the phone for the time?
    Thanks
     
  2. Holliday

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    (Another) G-shock is what you want. Maybe a Mudman? What model(s) have you broken?

    I know the areas you are traveling through very well. G-shock is definitely the way to go. There are some tough mechanical watches but general speaking, a tough digital watch is going to be your best bet.
     
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  3. Howler4

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    I have a DW-5600E that I got a Target for $50. I've been beating it up and it's held up well so far.

    Did a spartan race with it, and I am an engineer and get my hands dirty playing with hydraulics. It's held up well so far. It's not so cheap that it will not take a beating, and not so expensive that if it does break that I am upset and doesn't break the bank to replace it. Plus I can always replace the bezel or straps of those fail.


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  4. Holliday

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    Yeah, 5600, no doubt a classic. It is referred to as the "Glock of watches." I have the solar version. You also can't go wrong with the DW-6900. Both minimalist models by today's standards.

     
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    You broke a g-shock? Well color me impressed!

    My gw-m5600bc is a beast, been on my wrist as a beater for many many years now. No battery worries, you dont have to ever correct the time, its got a light for when you want to know the time in darkness its one of the toughest watches i own and i can highly recommend it (or one of its siblings).
     
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  6. ran23
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    My DW-5800 held up thru hammer drilling, and light construction work. Forgot where my 5800 came from, such a rare model I think.
     
  7. MedicYeti

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    Thanks Gents. I'll be ordering a G-Shock 5600
     
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    I have a 5600 also...great watch, but my band has broken 4 times...I keep replacing it with Walmart ones

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  9. jcombs

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    Order some adaptors and put a NATO on it. Jays and Kay's, county comm and others make adaptors that fit.

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    "paperclip and super glue" had me thinking DANG !

    I'm a Seiko wearer. I can't wear a watch without a stainless steel back. The acid in my sweat or something eats the others up. Plastic cased watches stop working after a few weeks. I know. Something weird about my body chemistry. Gold pretty much melts away also. I have to wear sterling silver chains and wedding band.
    the G-Shock seems to be the way to go for you, and like jcombs said, get a NATO adapter and band.

    "paperclip and super glue" , REALLY ?
     
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    Been through dirt, rocks, sand, seas, rivers and still going...

    5600E has been a good companion!
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  12. Holliday

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    Nice choice MedicYeti. Another great thing about 5600 is the fact that it will slip under long sleeve shirts easier than other (most) Gs. It is low pro and like already mentioned, easiest to come by replacement parts.

    On a side note: The parking garage (where he drops the watch from) looks so much like Harrah's AC's. Could not get over the similarities.
     
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    You broke a G shock, as a non-combat medic( I know you can find your self in some tough situations but dam) ????? Color me impressed, I want to hear the story and what failed on it behind this one. I have never been able to break GOOD Casio G or Protrek, and I have been in the trades my whole life.......

    I would give the G shock another shot and maybe one not from walmart
     
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  14. thatotherguy

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    I'm rather shocked that you've broken a G-shock... Part of me wants to know the story, another doesn't think I can handle it... :eek::frantic:
     
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    eco-drive...
     
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    Depends on how you broke a G-Shock, another (inexpensive) G-Shock may still be your best bet. G6900/GW6900 may offer better protection to the crystal. If you already ordered the DW5600E, it should still be good, and they are relatively cheap to replace if you yet break it again.

    If you broke the polymer case and prefer a metal case, then a Victorinox INOX may be something to consider as well. It's 3 hands analog with a tough quartz movement, sapphire crystal, Solid SS case with screwdown caseback. Its advertised as an uber tough watch, and claimed to survive a 10m drop, rolled over by a tank, fire, freeze, everything. :)