Hmm, I've been a big fan of G-Shock's for a while (since the '99 collection when I first heard of them, at 9yrs old).
In the '99 catalog, they showed the composition of one of their watches, and it looked pretty nice and very durable. But I still have to question this...is the watch really that tough if it's still made of plastic? I know it's shock resistant, etc, but just how durable can a plastic case be?
Maybe the head will survive, but will the watch be worth anything if the class is shattered and the case is cracked?
I wear my watches 24/7. Literally. Shower, running, sleep, no matter what. So they take a beating.
Now I will say that my G-Shock and my Baby-G have never been damaged much, but they still picked up numerous scratches, paint chippings, etc. I wound up switching a few years back to a nice Swiss Army watch when my Uncle got me one. I decided to keep it because it was so much smaller than either of my G's. Loved that watch. But the screen got a big scratch in it after about 6 months, then the battery died at least a year later. I was bothered by that, but wound up going for a Skagen. Now that watch was a amazing. I wore it for 2 years straight. Was not until someone ran into my arm and got caught that the band came off, but the watch held up, no scratches, no marks, nothing, not even where the band was attached did the latches get marked up. This was a titanium watch not much more expensive than an average G, if not cheaper, and much smaller in size. And in spite of the damage being my fault and to an "accessory," Skagen still wound up repairing it for me with only a shipping charge, over 2 years after purchase.
So, both my Gs have dead batteries now. I know they can be changed, but lately I've been wearing my Casio STR-200. Says "tough solar" on it and is pretty big, but I guess it's not G-Shock certified. I'm using this one over my Skagen because I'm running, but still the plastic is terribly marked up, not to mention the white rubber band is discolored entirely, almost a yellow-ish color.
So now I've got an Oakley D1 in the mail and I plan to see how other plastic digital watches hold up.
So what are your experiences with plastic and metal watches? I know G-Shock has made a couple metal watches, anyone share their experiences with those? Still not mind getting a scratches plastic watch as opposed to a heavy but durable metal watch? (note: titanium on my skagen was lighter than most smaller sized plastic watches).