I found a DW-9000 stewing in the wet sand of the Peconic bay out in Eastern Long Island. The band wasn't broken but it must've fallen off somehow. Who knows how long. It might've been floating around in the water, aided by the buoyancy of the cloth band, for years.
Anyway, it was clear that this thing is dead beyond repair or even parts utilization. The main flaw was the last battery change. Whoever did it goofed on the gasket and water managed to get inside. From there it started to rust and bulge, making it worse. All screws are locked in tight... couldn't budge any of them. Had the gasket been properly aligned it might've survived even with a button missing (the peg was still in place). Always sad to see a G-Shock that didn't make it.
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