I am making this post to talk about a fantastic watch that I was able to pick up for just $40 and that has really been a fantastic beater watch. I am, of course, talking about Casio's MCW-100H.
This was a watch that I found while looking at G-Shocks that were analog 100% and non-digital. I'm just not a digital watch type of guy. What I found was that all the G-Shocks that fit this description were waaaaaay out of my price range for a beater watch. I found mostly MTG and MRGs that were close to $1,500 and I was definitely not going to purchase a beater watch that was more exoensive than anything else in my collection. I kept digging and found nothing.
A few days later, I was at my local Academy and saw it in a display box near the front. I asked the person working there to look at it and they pulled it out and handed it to me. I tried it on and really liked it. The classic G-Shock build quality was there, the chronograph I wanted in a beater watch was there, the robust Japanese quartz movement was there, but one thing was wrong about it; the chronograph-seconds hand was on a subdial, not at twelve o'clock.
That, and seeing it at $60 in the box at Academy made me hold off for a minute ad check for some reviews and do a little more research on the specific model.
After researching a little more, I was almost ready to make the big purchase. However, I couldn't find one online for a price I was willing to pay online. Then, on day, as I was walking through Wal-Mart, I saw one. I was very surprised that Wally World of all places had this watch in stock. I checked the price and at $40, I said "eh what the heck," and went for it. The big test of true quality was this: would it survive my 90 mile backpacking trek through Philmont Scout ranch in Cimarron New Mexico? And it passed with flying colors.
I used the chronograph a few times on the trip, and the buttons were quite a bit better feeling than you would expect from a $40 watch. The chronograph is indeed a fly-back, which was another thing that surprised me about the watch. It all functioned very well when I needed it.
One thing I must say about it though, if there is a bad thing to be said, is that the strap wasn't of the best quality, however it did mold to my wrist nicely over the trip, and became quite a bit more comfortable.
All in all, this watch has been wonderful. I have abused it quite a bit and it has taken every punch like a champ. If you are looking for a beater watch that is extremely affordable I would definitely reccomend it.