I have been an anonymous reader here on WUS (the G-Shock forum in particular) for a while now, and today I decided it was time to sign up.
I have a small collection of mechanical watches (Seiko, Citizen, Orient) and recently purchased a GW-810BD to have a tough beater with atomic time for synching my other watches. Much to my surprise, the GW-810BD has quickly become one of my favorite watches. I really like its all-black stealth look, and although the bracelet is a little clangy, I find it extremely comfortable. The module has all the timing functions I need, and the negative display looks great with legibility being much better than I expected.
As a moderate watch enthusiast, of course, I started doing some more research, and I am completely stunned by the countless models available on different markets all over the world. Until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of exotic models like the frogmen or MR-Gs.
At the moment, I am trying to decide what G-Shock to pick up next, and there are many models which I find interesting. However, I am not a fan of resin straps at all. I know a lot of people love them, but I just can't get used to them, because they always feel stiff, make my wrist sweat and never seem to fit quite right. I read that a lot of members changed the resin straps on their watches to bracelets, but the prices of spare bracelets seem very salty to me, so it would probably be a better idea to choose a watch that comes on a bracelet.
My favorites so far are the G-800BD-1V and the MT-G-910.
The G-800BD-1V has the very functional module of the mudman and looks absolutely amazing with its blue-greenish. However, the case is the same as the one on the GW-810BD, so for variety's sake, this may not be the best choice.
As for the MT-G-910, I really like the beefier appearance of that model. It really looks like it's built to last. Atomic/solar is always nice to have, but the lack of a CDT could be a bummer. I am also unsure about the reliability of this model. Weren't there problems with the batteries used in this watch?
Two other models I find very interesting are the GL-7000 and the MT-G-911, but from what I understand these are very hard to come by.
If you guys know any alternatives below 200$ with bracelets (doesn't need to be SS, composite would be fine as well) that I ought to have a look at, I would greatly appreciate it.
Many thanks and greetings from Germany