Hi everyone, first-time poster here.
I am seriously thinking of buying GWA-1100 and have read numerous reviews, the manual and pretty much every non-sale-related thread on this forum that I could find but still I have a number of questions/concerns so I would appreciate some assistance.
Expectations, intended use and motivation for buying the watch:
- I truly like the design and looks of this Aviator, especially the aviation theme,
- I need a daily beater; my current Polar RS800CX is an excellent tool I adore but is not really meant for daily abuse and I would hate to ruin it with scratches and/or accidental bumps which can happen,
- would be used in office environment and/or as part of usual daily routine (for sports, I use the Polar above),
- I would like durable and minimum maintenance watch,
- I do not expect to be using its compass/stopwatch features frequently,
- my first watch was a G-Shock from 1995 (with thermometer, I cannot find the exact model number right now) and it still works to this day after being subjected to incredible punishments (including falling from 2 m to tile floor and being *thrown* from the top of basketball table to asphalt without as much as flinching - not that watches flinch much at all, anyway).
I would be satisfied if this analog Aviator would be similarly durable.
1) Tough solar feature
I am worried it might be a hassle in my case.
Power supply is specified to have operating time of 6 months post full charge - what does it mean "operating time"? Is it Level 1 or Level 2 (second hand traverses 2 seconds with each tick)? The reason I am asking is this - I live in southern Canada and come winter time, there is not a whole lot of sun here. In addition, I hate wearing the watch *over* my sleeve (in fact, it is mostly under sleeve except for summer time and/or moments I actually check the time). Judging from the manual, it may be a problem, since the watch falls into sleep after 60 mins of dark time (which is under sleeve). Now, I would find it bizzare to have to press a button each time just to check the time.
The second thing is that I have the impression that the watch will be falling into power save Level 2 mode at least once a year since I work indoors with computers. I am not working in a mineshaft and there is plenty of sunlight but I would find it onerous to keep the watch constantly exposed - in fact, I hate that. So it would seem that I may have to dedicate a couple of days just to expose watch to enough sunlight and that would defeat the minimum maintenance requirement above. What are your experiences with this? Do all of you wear watches unconcealed?
2) Analog durability
This is a g-shock watch so I expect it can take some (reasonable) punishment, however this is also an analog watch and I would expect it to be less durable/shock-resistant than its digital counterparts. Does this hold today or are analog g-shocks as durable/resistant as their digital counterparts?
3) Sapphire vs. mineral glass
Is GWA-1100's glass impact-sensitive? Flat sapphire has extreme scratch resistance but is less resistant to impacts than mineral glass - vice-versa holds as well. Ideally, we would want a 4-5 mm, domed sapphire crystal glass but Aviator comes with a flat crystal. How much of a big deal is this? Does anyone have experience in this regard?
4) "Loose-hands flaw"
I am correct in assuming this is only exhibited in cronograph/compass mode and not in regular, timekeeping mode? Some users found it a Big Deal but judging from the actual shift itself, I can hardly believe a person even notices that unless fishing for the flaw specifically. How much is this 'loosening' prominent?
5) Japan vs Thailand assembly
Do you think this reduces the durability of watch? Do we have any empirical evidence?
I apologise for this extra-long mail, hope it's not too cumbersome.
Looking forward to your replies and thank you.