Good folks of F17,
First post here so please bear with me. Deep collection of (mostly mechanical) watches that work great for work (desk jockey) and social outings but are proving somewhat ill suited for the demands of marriage and home ownership. In a bid to r̶e̶m̶a̶i̶n̶ ̶m̶a̶r̶r̶i̶e̶d̶ defray some of the costs of my watch collecting a̶d̶d̶i̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ enthusiasm, I've taken on an increasing number of maintenance and improvement projects. Things have been going well...
A couple weeks ago our year-old dryer developed a "squeak" that was driving the Mrs. crazy. So I went to work:
Voila! No more squeak.
Unfortunately, while the dyer repair was a rousing "success" (culminating in the purchase of much nicer, and as yet squeak-free dryer), my Nighthawk A-T took a helluva beating from the ordeal. Too nice a watch for that sorta work I suppose. So I started using one of my Komandirski's as my new beater.
It lasted a week.
This time it was these god-awful Pear trees that had Mrs. Hayz all hot and bothered--overtaking the yard, the driveway, even the street. So I gave them a bit of a trim:
Stihl saw 6, Pear trees 0
The good news is that I won't need mulch for a while:
The bad news is that I'm now missing a Komandirski, who's spaghetti noodle bracelet decided to shear off at the lugs at some point during the day, and has yet to resurface.
This isn't working. Today I was on demolition duty (removing a raised garden left by previous owners), and had to drag this guy outta his well-earned retirement.
First watch I ever purchased with my own funds (mowing lawns in junior high). 23 years and it never quit, but the indiglo barely works and the crystal is shot to hell.
I think I need a G-shock, preferably one that:
1) Can take a beating (obviously)
2) Can swim
3) Isn't so large/bulky that I can't wrench in tight spaces with it
4) Has hands (I respect the classic G's but cannot do all digital)
5) Is not square (again just not my thing)
6) Looks at least semi-attractive (or at least not like a black armored tank)
7) Costs <$300
Bonus points if it's earned the respect of my fellow WIS. FYI, I know next to nothing about these watches aside from their reputation of being nigh unbreakable.
Any suggestions you guys have (ideally with pics) would be much appreciated.