No I am not kidding my in title of 'Casio vs Breitling' and forgive the probable length, I am trying to explain/justify such a title.
Since I was young and was able to understand the differences between one watch and another I knew that one day I wanted to own a fine Swiss time piece, one of those I am merely looking after it for the next generation / its not a watch its a time piece kind of things. As time went on I looked through the various makes and models and some I crossed off due to style, and some I continue to drool over but know I will never be able to drop the $20k+ on. In the end the Breitling Chrono Avenger Stencil Series w/ a Black Dial is what did it for me... the only catch is now saving for the $3,800 USD price tag.
This is where I think most of my question comes from... I never really paid attention to actually owning a Swiss piece due to the cost, but when I did the math and broke the savings down to see it was a doable thing I started. Maybe now that I am approaching my goal to a degree I am starting to think, "am I really going to drop that much on a watch... two months mortgage on a watch"... which leads me to the title of the poll.
The other day when checking the time I looked down at my Casio G-Shock MTG-900 which I have had for 8 years now. I've worn it through concrete construction, being a bouncer, diving, and generally beating the heck out of the thing. Then, despite being in the process of saving for the above I started looking at some of the new G-Shocks and then the Pathfinders and found some really nice watches. That is when it starts to make me wonder...
With a Casio you're paying a couple hundred for a watch that you can beat the heck out of for a decade-plus and it will still run strong, is solar, is atomic so you are always accurate (something I am absolutely huge on knowing my watch is right and others are off those 4-5 seconds)...and with the newer models I can also have a thermometer, altimeter, barometer, moon phases, high/low tide tracking, and compass.
With the Breitling you are getting a finely made automatic mechanical movement in stunning eye candy carrying its COSC certification. However, COSC still will need to be adjusted from time to time, the date will need to be manually adjusted on months shorter than 31 days and the watch will need to be serviced here and there... then there is the price change of another zero on the end.
So, in general public opinion, and in the eyes of those who own one or the other or both, thoughts and opinions please when it comes to the purchase dilema.
Some eye-candy for you, the Pathfinder and the Avenger....