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djozz in 2017 wrote:
djozz in 2012 wrote:

…, I consider myself a flashaholic and not a watchaholic, but since I bought this watch last week, and no flashlight this time, here you go:

djozz's new watch

It is a  GWS H3 Tritium G10 Pro Black Military Watch, bought on ebay. The strap is a 5ring Zulu-strap I bought separately, but i believe it suits it very nicely.

Regards, djozz

I just came across my first post on BLF, incidentally it was about watches.
Here’s the same watch, five years later. I have been wearing it daily since I bought it and it is holding up very well. The sapphire crystal is still as new and the black PVD coating on the chest is looking great too, just some slight wear on the edges but that has no influence on the neat appearance. I had the battery replaced once and while at it the 10atm waterproofness was tested as well and found ok. The brightness of the trits after 5 years and 3 months I calculate at 84% of original brightness at the purchase date, so they are not noticably dimmer yet. The cheap strap has suffered more, the black PVD coated titanium bits have been worn some and near the buckle the nylon has frayed a bit, but it still is good enough: slightly worn but not shabby.

Will update in another five years from now Wink


Well, 4 years. I got the watch above in 2012 and it has worked flawlessly since, but recently the second battery has stopped working.

There were two reasons to buy a different one though, because I wanted a mechanical watch (I really dislike having to go to a shop to swap the battery every 3/4 years) and because after 9 years the tritium tubes are significantly dimmer than when new.

I tried a Glycine Airman purist version for a year now, it is beautiful but despite wearing it every day to my surprise I have not been able to get used to the 24 hour reading of the small hand, looking at my watch remained a puzzle even after a year Facepalm . And I missed the tritium at night.

So this is my newest attempt, I gambled on a chinese watch from aliexpress, a black Epoch 7012G (it says “witness the times” on the face, which is a bit weird, but I don’t care about that), with Myoto automatic movement, sapphire cristal and tritium tubes. It was a bit over 200 dollar. I used my old leather strap that I like very much.

It runs 14 seconds per day fast, which is a bit much but the rest feels great and quality, and I can read the time again LOL .
And the trits are awesome, and considerably brighter than the trits from my old watch.

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technically you are supposed to have mech watches serviced every couple years – usually at over $100

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I was only going to buy one G-Shock (really). Wound up with three (and one Pro-Trek).  All four have solar charging and multiband-6 (radio controlled).  Reception from the WWVB transmitter in Fort Collins Colorado works flawlessly so far (time has updated every night). I'm about 950 straight miles from the transmitter. 

 

 

 

 

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wle wrote:
technically you are supposed to have mech watches serviced every couple years – usually at over $100

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I understand that, but I also read that you may get away with 10 to 15 years between services. Will see what happens…
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True, but a 15 year service will probably end up being a costly repair instead. Periodic services are preventative maintenance. Just the same, you can drive your car 15,000 miles between oil changes too but it’s probably not a great idea.

That said, if the watch was inexpensive it’s probably not worth worrying over as the cost of servicing could easily exceed the value of the watch.

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wle wrote:
technically you are supposed to have mech watches serviced every couple years – usually at over $100

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Low-beat movements can often easily go a decade+ without service and run just fine. They’re made to be used, abused and go without service due to less stringent precision of parts and reduced wear from the lower beat rate . Accuracy might drift, but you aren’t protecting a valuable asset from costly degradation like when you get a Rolex or Patek Phillippe serviced.

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Terry Oregon wrote:

I was only going to buy one G-Shock (really). Wound up with three (and one Pro-Trek).  All four have solar charging and multiband-6 (radio controlled).  Reception from the WWVB transmitter in Fort Collins Colorado works flawlessly so far (time has updated every night). I'm about 950 straight miles from the transmitter. 

 

Ah, another G-Shock fanatic! I have a number them... about 60 altogether, actually. Many of them vintage screwbacks. Bought for collecting then got bored. My favorite is the GD-350 with vibration. Nice bright LED back light. Works so well for timing at the grill, because of the vibration alert.

Wearing a GW-9100 Gulfman today, for watersports. Just a nice all-around rugged watch, syncs nightly with no problems.

 

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I have a number them... about 60 altogether

 

Are there any G-Shock anomalous rehab organizations?

 

Asking for a friend.

 

 

 

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My favorite is the GD-350 with vibration. Nice bright LED back light. Works so well for timing at the grill, because of the vibration alert.

 

I have one G-Shock, the GD-350, because it has vibration and at least three alarms.

There are not many Casio watches with those two features.

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Been reading a lot about watch “modding” and decided to start with these g shocks, and since then they’ve been on my wrist most days… All black GA2100 Casioak PVD v3 bracelet and GW-B5600AR-1 with the steel camo v4

I have been wearing heavy 44/45mm diver watches 24/7 for more than a decade and switching to these small g shocks in stock form felt really weird, so these aftermarket mods added some nice heft and substance. The only downside is that even though these are beautifully machined I don’t trust the PVD to last very long, it’s ok at best.

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Terry Oregon wrote:
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I have a number them... about 60 altogether
Are there any G-Shock anomalous rehab organizations?

Asking for a friend.

Tell your friend the only hope is to join WatchUSeek and commiserate with fellow G-Shockaholics on the G-Shock subforum. That or make a promise to yourself that you'll flagellate if more G-Shocks are purchased. Ughh
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I have one G-Shock, the GD-350, because it has vibration and at least three alarms.

There are not many Casio watches with those two features.

It's probably the most useful rugged affordable G-Shock made. Alarms on these digital watches are ridiculous, only effective in quiet environments. Any wind noise? Forget it. Vibration alarm works well. The only thing I have that beats it is a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch (about 50% more "buzzy"). The GD-350 also has a terrific backlight. I've got the negative display (pictured) and the positive display, both very readable.

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My friend just ordered several NATO and Zulu straps (with adapters).  When will it end?

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will34 wrote:
Been reading a lot about watch “modding” and decided to start with these g shocks, and since then they’ve been on my wrist most days… All black GA2100 Casioak PVD v3 bracelet and GW-B5600AR-1 with the steel camo v4

I have been wearing heavy 44/45mm diver watches 24/7 for more than a decade and switching to these small g shocks in stock form felt really weird, so these aftermarket mods added some nice heft and substance. The only downside is that even though these are beautifully machined I don’t trust the PVD to last very long, it’s ok at best.

Those are gorgeous G-Shock watches—congrats! I was buying in the sub $250 range… and then, CASIO went nuts. All of these top shelf all metal models priced over $500. For that money, given how there’s no real step up in the movement features, the design would have to really speak to me. The deal breaker for me is, they MUST fix this anemic alarm problem. It’s just maddening how faint they are.
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I received this watch today.

It's a Casio GD-350-8.

I have a similar GD-350 with slightly different colors.

The watch I received today will be my backup in case my other watch quits functioning.

The GD-350 watches have been discontinued.

They're still available for purchase, but that won't always be the case.

I got mine off of eBay brand new for $49.39 plus tax.

This watch typically costs $84 brand new, so I got a pretty good deal.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BU6TXEC

...

I think I am done buying watches unless Casio comes out with something better (that I can afford.)  :BEER:

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Once I got my new G-Shocks, I had to try some after-market bands - for a little custom bling.

A couple of 5610 twins.

(left) GWM5610-1 (with Jays & Kays adapter and Barton Gaucho Leather quick release)

(right) GWM5610BA-1JF (with Jays & Kays adapter and NATO G10 strap)

 

 

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Yep, I put stainless steel mesh bands on all of my watches that I plan to wear.  :THUMBS-UP:

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no, i don;t have one but sort of wish i did…

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raccoon city wrote:

I received this watch today.

It's a Casio GD-350-8.

I have a similar GD-350 with slightly different colors.

The watch I received today will be my backup in case my other watch quits functioning.

The GD-350 watches have been discontinued.

They're still available for purchase, but that won't always be the case.

I got mine off of eBay brand new for $49.39 plus tax.

This watch typically costs $84 brand new, so I got a pretty good deal.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BU6TXEC

I think I am done buying watches unless Casio comes out with something better (that I can afford.)  :BEER:

Yes, very decent deal. The positive module GD-350 I posted about earlier was a used watch buy. Guy barely wore it. Still had the tag for it too, but not the box. Got it for $40 shipped. I've not kept tabs on G-Shock watches for a few years now. That's sad they discontinued the GD-350. Excellent watch. I have the very first release that has the label "VIBRATOR" instead of "VIBE ALARM." In G-Shock collecting lore, I imagine that it'll likely fetch a nice resale price in the coming years. I remember reading about one guy who bought like 6 of them, after CASIO decided to change to "VIBE ALARM." We all thought he was a bit nuts. Context and timing is everything. cool
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My GD350-1 was an even better deal.

It was $35 with no tax, for "like new."

It looked brand new to me.  8^)

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Got one used, bulletproof.

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Hello guys. I’ve bought 2 vintage watches with defective handwinding movements, one one with a beat up case.

All I really like is the dials. Can anybody point me where I could get aftermarket cases or find out what watch could fit the dials? Quartz would be ok, even though I prefer mechanical, at least for the male version.

If I measure the watch dial with a caliper, what then? I’ve repaired a quartz with the help of youtube and my watch set, so I guess I could do it Wink

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Hello guys. I’ve bought 2 vintage watches with defective handwinding movements, one one with a beat up case.

All I really like is the dials. Can anybody point me where I could get aftermarket cases or find out what watch could fit the dials? Quartz would be ok, even though I prefer mechanical, at least for the male version.

If I measure the watch dial with a caliper, what then? I’ve repaired a quartz with the help of youtube and my watch set, so I guess I could do it Wink

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that will be moderately hard

yes measure outside diameter of the dial, that is the only important thing
then you have to find the right watch
try existing watches
used
broken
except no one measures or specs dial size

if it is 1mm off it will look bad or not fit

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Hello guys. I’ve bought 2 vintage watches with defective handwinding movements, one one with a beat up case.

All I really like is the dials. Can anybody point me where I could get aftermarket cases or find out what watch could fit the dials? Quartz would be ok, even though I prefer mechanical, at least for the male version.

If I measure the watch dial with a caliper, what then? I’ve repaired a quartz with the help of youtube and my watch set, so I guess I could do it Wink

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that will be moderately hard

yes measure outside diameter of the dial, that is the only important thing
then you have to find the right watch
try existing watches
used
broken
except no one measures or specs dial size

if it is 1mm off it will look bad or not fit

wle


Thank you. I thought smth like that as I’ve only found replacement parts for specific watches, not sizes.
Maybe I better write to the guy on youtube who showed (me) how to replace a coil on a quartz movement.
It would be cool though to have two watches for me and my wife with our family’s name, not many people can tell that Silly
On the small one the crown falls out, asaik the only right thing to do is to get a new movement, on that one quartz wouldn’t matter (women usually don’t care).
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Adahn wrote:
wle wrote:
Adahn wrote:
Hello guys. I’ve bought 2 vintage watches with defective handwinding movements, one one with a beat up case.

All I really like is the dials. Can anybody point me where I could get aftermarket cases or find out what watch could fit the dials? Quartz would be ok, even though I prefer mechanical, at least for the male version.

If I measure the watch dial with a caliper, what then? I’ve repaired a quartz with the help of youtube and my watch set, so I guess I could do it Wink

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that will be moderately hard

yes measure outside diameter of the dial, that is the only important thing
then you have to find the right watch
try existing watches
used
broken
except no one measures or specs dial size

if it is 1mm off it will look bad or not fit

wle


Thank you. I thought smth like that as I’ve only found replacement parts for specific watches, not sizes.
Maybe I better write to the guy on youtube who showed (me) how to replace a coil on a quartz movement.
It would be cool though to have two watches for me and my wife with our family’s name, not many people can tell that Silly
On the small one the crown falls out, asaik the only right thing to do is to get a new movement, on that one quartz wouldn’t matter (women usually don’t care).

==finding a movement to exactly fit a case will also be hard
there will be no specs
many things to fit and measure
good luck

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wle wrote:
Adahn wrote:
Hello guys. I’ve bought 2 vintage watches with defective handwinding movements, one one with a beat up case.

All I really like is the dials. Can anybody point me where I could get aftermarket cases or find out what watch could fit the dials? Quartz would be ok, even though I prefer mechanical, at least for the male version.

If I measure the watch dial with a caliper, what then? I’ve repaired a quartz with the help of youtube and my watch set, so I guess I could do it Wink

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that will be moderately hard

yes measure outside diameter of the dial, that is the only important thing
then you have to find the right watch
try existing watches
used
broken
except no one measures or specs dial size

if it is 1mm off it will look bad or not fit

wle


Thank you. I thought smth like that as I’ve only found replacement parts for specific watches, not sizes.
Maybe I better write to the guy on youtube who showed (me) how to replace a coil on a quartz movement.
It would be cool though to have two watches for me and my wife with our family’s name, not many people can tell that Silly
On the small one the crown falls out, asaik the only right thing to do is to get a new movement, on that one quartz wouldn’t matter (women usually don’t care).

==finding a movement to exactly fit a case will also be hard
there will be no specs
many things to fit and measure
good luck

wle


Thank you.Maybe I just ask the watchmaker, my Seiko 5 SNK809 needs a service, too Wink
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there are really not a lot of standards in watches

some movements are standard—the expensive ones

but yours is probably old and cheap and not standard

watchmaker would know

might have something he could just slap your dials in for $100 or so

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Invicta Men’s 8926OB Pro Diver
Casio Men’s MDV106-1AV

During the last 18months of COVID shutdown I ordered way too many things online including the Invicta last year – I always an automatic – and the Casio earlier this year. The time difference between the two tells the Invicta story – it loses a minute or so every week.

I didn’t wear a watch a lot the last 20 years but thought the Invicta looked ok for a budget. I read online that friends don’t let friends buy Invicta but I’ve received only compliment on it IRL Big Smile The Casio is for backup and my son borrows it sometimes for occasions when it would be rude to pull out a phone to check time.

Slightly off topic, I feel like people don’t notice when you sneak a quick peak at a wrist watch these days whereas you get looks if you glance at your phone. Anyone other watch wearers find similar? Do people still tap their wrist when they ask you for the time?

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Slightly off topic, … Do people still tap their wrist when they ask you for the time?
Not sure how it is in your country, but over here I was taught (some decades ago) that if a guy does that to another guy (“Do you have the time?”), he’s propositioning for an encounter. Not sure if the practice is still the same nowadays though; it’s been a long time since I’ve been asked.

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love those casios
the MOST watch for the money! ever!

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Slightly off topic, I feel like people don’t notice when you sneak a quick peak at a wrist watch these days whereas you get looks if you glance at your phone.

There is something to it, yeah. Although, when people look at their phones, you don’t know if it’s to check time or to check some notifications/alerts.

But yeah, I much prefer looking at my wrist than pulling the phone out of my pocket to check time.

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Do people still tap their wrist when they ask you for the time?

I honestly can’t remember the last time someone has asked me for the time.

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