Firstly a big thank you to everyone on the forum who has assisted me over the last month or so. There have been two or three threads where I have sought advice on different watches for a holiday activity beater. Pool, beach, outdoor activities, hiking etc as I'll be travelling from the UK to California for a month later this year.
I have never actually owned a G-Shock but for a combination of features, price and durability for the type of watch I was looking for to fit this purpose, it is the brand I kept coming back to. One watch that was under consideration was the Nixon Regulus but with its negative display and the advice and comments I received on the G-Shock square negative displays, it was soon ruled out.
I was looking at the GA-2000 but without either Solar or Multi Band 6 there really was no love for that range. The full metal square stainless steel was just too bling and scratch prone for a beater, as much as I liked the watch and as you may have seen, it was the condition of the display model in the London G-Shock store that put me off that.
A lot of the G-Shocks I found just looked too big for my 7" wrist and I really don't need a whole host of features that many of the models provide.
So, last night I made an executive decision and pulled the trigger on the GW-M5160 and today it arrived . For £75 delivered, MB6, Solar, World Time and a positive display, I really didn't think I could go wrong. I think it fits and suits my wrist quite nicely and will complement the Bernhardt Corsair GMT I will be collecting when I arrive in CA which I will use for the more casual smart things we do. Although I will probably wear the 5610 for some of those also.
When looking, I also considered the GW-5000 as I know from research with the softer band, screw back DLC SS case and the slightly larger size it seems to be the grail of the squares, however for its intended purpose I really couldn't justify almost 4 times the cost (and the wait due to zero availability in the UK) to go for it above the 5160.
If there is one very small point I don't like about it then it would only be that the world and local time can't be displayed at the same time on this model but the last month has taught me there is not one perfect watch in every sense.
I just have two questions for owners of the 5160...
1. Did you change the strap or stick with the factory band? If you did change it, to what and how?
2. Do you bother with the screen protector films that are available for this model to protect the glass?
So here it is, my very first G-Shock: