I bought one in 1984 and have used it hard. It still functions perfectly and I gave it a new resin case and strap a few years back but......... I no longer trust the water resist properties so I got a new one from another forum member.
The old is a DW5200 and the new is (I forget already) anyway it has the blackout dial and auto time setting but no good to me in Alaska. I managed to get it on the right time zone and it is just 2 seconds fast so I won't mess with time setting. It'll be my new work watch and I won't have to worry about drowning my old friend any more.
The new one has the very cool composite bracelet and that makes up for the blackout readout.
My guess is that people either love the blackout or hate it, I'm willing to let it grow on me because I've been staring at my expensive analog dials for way too long. This feature makes you actually need to check the time and not to just aimlessly gaze at a watch dial..........
Oh, it's solar powered too.