Sometime forum-lurker finally coming out of the woodwork to ask for your collective wisdom. :)
I am interested in getting an all-digital G-Shock and especially one with both solar power and atomic sync. I like the minimum maintenance. I also don't want a very large watch as I have small wrists.
I live in the UK so the most obvious choice would be the GW-M5610-1ER.
Since I'm keen on a low-maintenance watch, the GW-M5610BC-1ER is also interesting because of its more durable composite bracelet. As you know it is significantly more expensive than the standard model.
How much better than the standard strap is the composite strap? Am I right to assume that even the standard G-Shock strap would last longer than the kind of resin strap Casio uses on cheap non-G-Shocks (F-91 etc)?
It also occurred to me that since the 5610 has a resin bezel, this may break down before the composite bracelet - making somewhat moot the extra outlay on the bracelet in the interests of durability. Searching the forum suggests that the fact that the watch is solar-powered may accelerate bezel wear because of putting it in the sun.
And if it's going to require replacement parts then I wonder if there is not much point in trying to find a long-term minimum maintenance G-Shock anyway. This makes me wonder whether the DW5600E would be a better choice. Or should I be looking in the other direction for something more expensive?
So I'm curious as to your thoughts about getting a "balanced" G-Shock watch - where the durability of the parts are reasonably well-matched. What do you think? Would you recommend other models than the ones I've mentioned here?