There has been a bit of talk here on the forum of Casio taking some of the G-Shocks "Up Market". I believe that providing a bracelet option would be an excellent way to do so.
It would also mirror the practice of many high line watches like Breitling for example, where one has a choice between a strap or bracelet. All of my Breitlings are equipped with bracelets as I find them the most comfortable way to wear a watch. With the deployment clasp, they are very secure and there is very little chance of dropping one that way. Also as one that likes to wear his watch a bit loose, this is easily accomplished with a bracelet and still have it conform to ones wrist. In fact for me, the comfort factor is a very significant part of the decision making process when selecting watches for my collection. Because they are so comfortable, as well as meeting my criterion in other areas, I have 10 Breitlings
When I buckle a watch like my GW-9200-1 Riseman on a bit loose, the strap hugs the sides of my wrists, and makes no contact on the bottom. Due to it's stiffness, it retains a circular shape instead of conforming to ones wrist. Therefore their is an ugly and large gap on the bottom, between the strap and my wrist. For those who like to wear a strap tight, this is not an issue. Because of this rather awkward and stubborn way that resin maintains a circular shape on ones wrist, I find that I tend not to wear it. Had I realized this before purchasing the watch I would have probably passed. And I'm _not_ bashing or criticizing Casio, just sharing my thoughts and experiences. Quite the contrary, it's the very reason I'm writing this entry. I would love nothing more than to see Casio step up and immediately begin offering bracelets for more of their G-Shocks. It would provide a popular option which would in this writers opinion, increase their sales to discerning customers that also prefer a bracelet on their watch.
The Riseman is one of my favorite G's and yet it tends to sit unworn. With a bracelet, I would wear it comfortably, without hesitation, and it would be part of my daily rotation.
Furthermore, if Casio offered bracelets for most of the new models, I can assure you my current collection of G-Shocks would easily be three times the size it is now, which numbers just 6. That's how much I prefer a bracelet. So much so, it's the limiting factor in my current plans to buy new G-Shocks. A limiting factor that frankly, is quite frustrating since I have become very fond of the G-Shock style, the number of models, and the great fun and camaraderie here on this forum. I would take great joy in expanding my collection of G-Shocks.
Presently my two favorite G-Shocks, that I delight in wearing (daily) for their comfort, looks, durability and accurate timekeeping are my G-6900-1, that came with a resin strap which I replaced with the stealth black bracelet, and my new GW-6900BC-1JF that came with the bracelet already installed.
Here they are, looking quite nice, a sterling example of what an improvement the bracelet is in both appearance and comfort.
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