Hi all, it's me again!
I made a few previous posts. I had a gift card to JCP, and been looking for an all purpose daily beater watch... round, digital, small enough for a 6 inch wrist, tough enough to wear to the gym, playing with my nephews, hiking, out for a run, etc. G-shocks seemed to fit the bill, and after checking out the stock of local department stores the ones that seemed to fit the best were the G9000, GWM850-7, and GW2310. I disgarded the 850-7 after reading more about white Gs here.. just wouldn't make a good daily beater. Initially I left with the Mudman - had a crisp display, seemed the toughest; but after a week of wear I found it uncomfortable due to the textured plastic bumps =(
So I went back to pick up a GW2310, but when I got there I saw a GWM850-1 hidden in the non G Casios behind some WS220s! Haven't seen it at any of the many kohls/jcps I stopped @ over spring break, so I scooped it up!
So yeah, it's a great watch! Very comfortable, the resin band doesn't leave an imprint lke the Mudman, and the GW2310, did when I tried them on. It's also got large, bolder digits... the screen just looks really, really crisp, esp compared to the other solar/atomics I looked at! The rally timer is great; essentially a second independant 24 hour timer, + a 100 hour stopwatch... with progress beeper. Only negatives, imo, are the inability to turn rally timer's flash alert off... probably sucks up a ton of juice! Also, wish there was more resin over that metal bezel. I'm sure when the watch takes the hits the steel bezel will be the first thing to get scratched and dinged.. and it's not cheap either!
In the end, I'm mostly satisfied - but a part of me still wants to go back and grab that GW2310 instead. I still feel it might make a better "every day" beater over the 850. It also seems to be the tougher of the two, plus if/when it gets banged up it'll mostly be the cheap replaceable resin that takes the dings and scratches, not the metal! Plus it's got that "chunk" to give it some wrist prescience, and STILL fit under sleeves!
The easy choice would be to just get both! I think in the end, that's what it just may be.. I want both lol. But for a poor college student just one will have to do!
Which of the two would you guys recommend as the better all around/daily beater for a college student?!?!