Wristwatches

R-ME

Jedi
What kind of wristwatch do you have or would buy and recommend? Or is there a watch you wouldn't recommend?

I prefer digital watches, my last one was a Casio W800H, a brand I like, but its wrist strap cracked and broke twice. (had it replaced and it broke again)

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This watch says it has a ten year battery and is 100 meter water resistant . But why has my wrist strap broke twice? I used to wear it 24/7. Maybe my sweat and salt somehow cracks it?

I am looking for a new wristwatch. I've been going to work without one for maybe 1 year and find it troublesome, but I do have my mobile phone, but it's easier to track time with a watch I think. I wouldn't want to buy another watch only to have its wrist strap break.

I have found three watches that I consider from choosing and buying, all Casio watches.

DW-5600BBN-1ER:

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PRG-330-1AER:

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Casio Pro Trek PRW-7000-8:

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The one I am thinking of mostly is the Casio PROTREK PRG-330-1AER.

Here is its specification:

Full-Auto-LED light
A twist of the wrist in weak light conditions automatically lights up the display backlight.
Low-temperature resistant (-10 °C)
Even temperatures as low as -10 °C have no effect on this watch.
Solar Power
A solar cell provides power for operation.
Digital-compass
A built-in direction sensor detecs the magnetic north.
Barometer (260 / 1.100 hPa)
A special sensor measures the air pressure (measuring range: 260/1100 hPa) and presents this on the display in the form of a symbol. This enables early detection of weather trends.
Thermometer (-10°C / +60°C)
A sensor measures the ambient temperature around the watch and displays it in °C (-10°C /+60°C).
10,000 m Altimeter
A pressure sensor detects changes in the air pressure and converts the result into an altitude up to 10,000 m.
Height Gain
The height gain sums all the meters you have climbed in a session, so that you can see at a glance the total ascent on a tour.
Altimeter data memory
Depending on the model, up to 40 sets of elevation data can be stored in the watch's data memory and re-accessed at any time. Each of these data sets consists of a measured altitude as well as the date and time. In addition to the individual altitudes, the maximum and minimum altitudes during a measurement are also stored.
Sunrise/sunset display
After entering the geographical location, sunrise and sunset times can be displayed for any given date.
World time function
Displays the current time in major cities and specific areas around the world.
Stopwatch function - 1/10 sec - 1.000 hours
Elapsed time, split time and final time are measured with 1/10-sec accuracy. The watch can measure times of up to 1000 hours.
Timer - 1/1 min. - 24 hours
For fans of precision: the countdown timers help you to remember specific or recurring events by giving off an audible signal at a preset time. The time can be set to the nearest minute and up to 24 hours in advance. Ideal for people who need to take medicines every day or those who do interval training.
5 daily alarms
The daily alarm reminds you about recurring events with an acoustic signal at the time you have set. This model has 5 independent alarms for flexible reminders of important appointments.
Snooze feature
Each time you stop the alarm, it sounds again after a few minutes.
Button tones on/off
The button tones for using the mode button can be turned off. This means that the watch no longer beeps when switching from one function to another. Preset alarm or countdown timers remain active when the button tones are deactivated.
Automatic calendar with Date, Day and Month
Once set, the automatic calendar always displays the correct date.
12/24-hour timekeeping
Times can be displayed in either a 12-hour or 24-hour format.
Mineral glass
The tough mineral glass resists scratching.
Resin case
Resin band
Synthetic resin is the ideal material for wrist straps thanks to its extremely durable and flexible properties.
Buckle
Battery level indicator
An indicator shows the current battery level.
Water resistance classification (10 bar)
Perfect for swimming and snorkelling: the watch is water resistant to 10 bar according to ISO 22810.
Dimensions (H x W x D)
56,0mm x 47,1mm x 12,7mm
Weight
approx. 58,0 g

So it has a compass, thermometer and barometer etc. Not sure if one needs that but the solarpower I like. Then again will the wrist strap hold?

The 'DW-5600BBN-1ER' only has a two year battery life and no solarpower. Then I also dont like the two metal holders things who keeps the end strap in its place, but it isn't a resin strap but textile, so that wouldn't crack for me, not sure what to think. The PRW-7000-8 looks good but is very expensive, who would put that much money on a watch? (around 785 € from cheapest seller in sweden)

I am not going to buy one right away. I'll wait. If someone has a watch to show, maybe I'll go for that.
 

gnosisxsophia

Jedi Council Member
What kind of wristwatch do you have or would buy and recommend?


G'day R-ME,

Having been in heavy industry for nearly 25 years (Drill Rigs, Underground, Power Stations) I'm pretty hard on watches.
After destroying a couple early on I purchased a Seiko automatic which has managed to survive the last 20 + years (with a couple of new wristbands).

So two things I'd recommend for durability are a Sapphire crystal face and a quality Silicon band.

The Casio G-Shocks are popular among the younger guys I work with - because of their toughness - but of the 3 you pictured above I'd go with the ProTrek too.

Being old school, I'm an analogue kind of guy ;-)
 

Yupo

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Very nice! I'd been using a stainless Cyma water resistant watch, at least in the days before my smart phone. Now I almost never wear a wrist watch. I accidentally wore this watch when diving down to 100 feet. It survived. I would recommend this brand for very durable business wear.
 

PerfectCircle

Jedi Master

Ursus Minor

The Living Force
Being old school, I'm an analogue kind of guy

⌚👲 Recently I met an 18 year old who was obviously "raised digitally" and who insisted that he wasn't able to figure out what those watch hands were trying to tell him...

I am one of those people who at some point in time gave up wearing a watch.
Cell phones ended up becoming too big to keep them close at hand and I usually shut them off.

The number of public clocks is definitely dwindling, so I'd better watch out...

I recently started aquiring battery powered devices to substitute as much electrical appliances as possible, to prepare for power blackouts, so searching for a watch woukd be the next thing to do.

Thank you for reminding me, people. 💡
 

R-ME

Jedi
I read on some forum that plastic wristbands crack eventually and it gave an explanation as of why they do:

"All of the plastic Casio bands are made of polyurethane. Polyurethane, like most plastics, is pretty dense and fairly waterproof --- but no plastic is acid proof. The same acids and proteins in body sweat which corrodes jewelry and leather will (in time) take out all of the moisture in the polyurethane plastic; leaving it shiny and brittle. Rough handling of the brittle plastic can break it easily. This is normal. Periodic rinsing of the band with warm water will help remove bacteria & fungus without significantly shortening the band's life. Popular replacement watch bands are often made of polyvinyl plastic, which is very soft (and smells like your swimming pool)."

Link: Why do the plastic bands crack? Is there anything I can do about it?

I looked at various shops that sells the watch I have (with it wriststrap broken). One web-shop says the strap is made out of polyurethane, another shop says its harts, and a third one says its just plastic, and Casio-Europe website says it's resin. Are all these different terms used the same material?

Now I've found another watch considering buying instead, it has solapower, and has a good look.:

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model: GW-B5600BC-1BER

It can find your smartphone via bluetooth by making your phone ring.

There is also a more expensive model a little different but with the same features:

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model: GMW-B5000D-1ER

These two don't have a compass, barometer, thermomenter, altometer, but I don't need that, thought it would be cool if they did.

Doing searches on a price comparison website I found out that the majority of digital watches are Casio. But then there were a alot of watches that were not caterogized. And my search was limited to swedish webshops. There really isn't any other brand who make watches as I prefer them to look, and there isn't that many either according to this comparison. With analog watches there are way way many more watches than digital from different brands.
 
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