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Hello everyone! New member here but have been lurking for about 2 months now. I was a previous owner of a PAW1500T (titanium) and now a soon to be owner of a G9300GY. I have several watches in my "collection" from various manufacturers and price ranges but I have always considered myself to be a 1-watch-man. I hardly ever take my favorite watch of my wrist. Until about 2 months ago, that watch was the PAW1500T, which I sadly lost while surfing one of my favorite breaks, Trestles in Southern California. I didn't notice it missing until 45 mins into the surf session. I was destroyed, but it was a pretty good surf session and can't help but think of it as a sacrificial offering to the surf gods for all the good surf I've had in that break in the past (and hopefully the future). This event has made me reluctant of wearing a metal band with clasp into the water again and since this was not the first time I've had the clasp open on me while in the water. I live a pretty active lifestyle, Surf and MTB at least 3 times each a week. Do a lot of camping and my work is outdoors (use a wrist watch chronograph as a backup). The Pathfinder/Protrek watches were perfect but I just wanted something that can take a little bit more of a beating in my day to day activities.
In my quest to find my next watch, I ran into this awesome place and started reading the numbers of threads available. After a few weeks, I had it down to either the GW7900 or GW9200. I liked them both on looks but also function, tide graph vs A+B, solar, atomic and the other standard functions. So I've been on a quest to find the best places to try them on and see them physically, went down to several Macy's department stores and local mall watch stores. It was nice having some knowledge of these (and other models) watches before hand from other peoples experience and it was now time to make my own conclusions. I ran into the GW7900, Aviators and Frogs and Mudman, Kings and the other more "standard" G's but no Riseman anywhere. Yesterday, the wife and I went down to yet another Macy's hoping to find that elusive Riseman. No luck. But something else did catch my eye. A lonely G9300GY. I had briefly considered getting the Mudman as a replacement to the PAW1500T but always thought it had lacked the functions I needed/wanted in my next watch. I used just about every function on the PAW1500T with the exception of the temp reading. I had also seen the GB and standard versions in person on my previous quests but never the GY. Tried it on, then the GW7900 (for the nth time), then back to the Mudman, then the GW7900. At the end, I could not resist the Mudman in grey. There's something about it that I cannot quite put my finger on.
In the end, I did a presale on it and came out to $163 including tax(without this forum, I would never have known one could do such a thing). Nov. 30th can't come soon enough! So despite not having the functions that I always used on the PAW1500T, I think this watch will stay on my wrist until the next time it's time to do another sacrificial offering to the surf gods (or MTB gods).
Thanks for reading, I just wanted to say hello and give a BIG thank you to this forum and community for being such a great resource.
Now, on to the question... I have had bad experiences with older (80's/early 90's watches) non-metallic bracelets/bands. I have managed to either tear or break them once brittle. Other than following the recommended use and care of the G9300GY's band, what can I do to prolong its life? What other non-G9300 bands will work with the Mudman? I think the nylon straps would be out of the question since this watch will normally be in and out of salt water quite a few times a week.