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    Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    Hi all. It is generally known that any electronic device however robustly built will lose functionality over time due to decay in its circuits. Keeping that in mind, I would like to know how long do G-Shocks last until they need some replacement of an electronic part (not talking about the battery)? For example I have seen problems develop in the LCD over time in many of the older Casio digital watches. With regards to this could people share their experiences with G-Shocks?

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    You worry too much.

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    Some members here have direct experience with 20-30 year old g-shocks that are still running just fine, so personally I don't think this issue is one worth worrying about.

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    I have a DW-5200 that I bought (I believe) in fall of 1984 or around Christmas of that year. It was the 'new model' of the DW-5000. It still works fine and is on the 4th battery in 2017. Even the backlight still works, it loses a little time monthly now but back in the old days there was no Time . Gov so it may have been running slow for the past 33 years.

    I also have one of the analog / digitals AQ 100-W I think, bought in 1989 that works just fine, batteries don't last as long in that model.
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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    Don't worry about it, this is like asking if I should expect to get 100k miles on a Toyota.

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    Wear it and enjoy it, lifes too short to worry about a watch Imo.

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    My DW5600C from the 80's looks like it's brand new and has no functional problems. Even the LCD looks better than some of the newer G-Shocks that I have. Considering that these watches are usually never opened up and don't really see a lot of shock while on your wrist, I would expect them to have a long life span. The module is really well protected so there should be very little that would cause damage to their electrical circuits. Wear it and have happy thoughts. Besides, you'll never have to bring it in for service for it to run properly unlike mechanical watches.

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ard View Post
    I have a DW-5200 that I bought (I believe) in fall of 1984 or around Christmas of that year. It was the 'new model' of the DW-5000. It still works fine and is on the 4th battery in 2017. Even the backlight still works, it loses a little time monthly now but back in the old days there was no Time . Gov so it may have been running slow for the past 33 years.

    I also have one of the analog / digitals AQ 100-W I think, bought in 1989 that works just fine, batteries don't last as long in that model.
    I too had a DW5200 bought in 1984, though I did sell it (stupid, stupid decision!!) a few years back. It worked just fine...

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    Somewhere between 10~20 years.

    The simpler the circuit board is, the longer it will last.

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    Re: Electronic life of G-Shocks?

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    Somewhere between 10~20 years.
    Where on earth did that estimate of 10-20 years come from? I've loads of watches that are more than that and work 100%. Also, I drive a 22 year old car which has many 'circuit boards' in it and is subject to much more vibration/stress than my watches and they still all work...
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