I've been debating buying an aviator for some time now and it was between the GW3500B-1A and the GA1000FC-1A.
I've always wanted a watch with a compass and a thermometer, but from what I understand you need to take the watch off for several minutes to let it get to room temperature to get a correct reading, and the compass is more a battery draining gimmick as far as my real needs are concerned. My working days are behind me and I seldom leave the house, and when I do my car has built-in a digital compass and thermometer. I have an atomic clock with an outside temperature sensor too, not to mention owning a standard compass. I do like the metal bracelet though, so that was a strong selling point.
When it came to pulling the trigger I went with the GW3500B-1A. I figured there was less to go wrong with it, and it has solar power and atomic time features where the other one didn't. I got a good price on a new one from a seller on ebay with a 100% positive feedback for over 3000 sales, so I'm feeling pretty good about my choice.
Will it be my last watch though? Maybe, maybe not, but I'm planning on it. This was my first year getting into watches after not wearing one in over 10 years, and the fire that burned with such heat has cooled enough that I can step back and take a look at it from the standpoint of logic instead of obsession.
I have a nice collection of mostly Soviet era watches that numbers around 100 in total, including 8 other G-Shocks, 4 of which I bought this month. I was getting more wrist time out of them so it was a practical decision as much as anything to stick with G-Shocks. I thought by going ahead and buying the aviator now, that I could get that out of my system and make a honest and realistic promise to myself not to buy any more watches in the coming year. However, we all know how those New Year resolutions go...
I've never sold a watch, and have no regrets, but you have to know when to draw the line and I'm hoping this will be it.