Two things made me want to write this thread.
First, having become more interested in G-Shock watches in recent years, I've tried finding magazines that focused on this brand. Frankly, it's been pretty hard. I know there are japanese magazines that cater to high-end watches, and I guess only recently, similar magazines have showed up in the U.S. But the problem is, all the publications I can find only seem to cater to high-end mechanical watches and a few european-made digitals. It's almost like there is a disdain among the few magazines both here and abroad for the good ole' tough, reliable, affordable g-shock.
Second, I've read several articles in the media that in general, watch sales are declining due to increased cell phone use. With a cell phone that already gives you a constantly updated time, many people are choosing to buy watches purely as a fashion statement and end up getting expensive mechanical watches. In fact, here in Washington state, there have been several watch specialty stores that have had to close up shop because of the decline in their overall sales.
I hope that there is room in the world (as well as a healthy profit margin) for Casio to keep making unique G's. As far as I'm concerned, alot of G-Shocks are works of art even if they're not hand crafted. What's more, a g-shock can go with you to any part of the world under any type of condition. How many Breitlings or Fossils can you say that about?
Now I'm not saying I don't like analog or dual-analog watches. I like them fine and may even get a couple in the future. I just don't understand why they don't seem to get any coverage in the few watch magazines out there. Just because it's not selling straight out of the Casio factory for $500 plus doesn't mean it should be beneath notice for not being a unique watch. I think Casio is right in trying to broaden the g-shock label with the dual analog watches, I just hope it keeps making the digitals too.
Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a publication out there that catered to those of us who are fans of multi-functional digital watches. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part.