Seiko and "RESIN ROT"

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    Seiko and "RESIN ROT"

    If you are familiar with G-shocks you are familiar with a term "resin rot" which makes the bezel and band fall apart after a while. It is what made me not consider a G-Shock as my post-apocalypse watch (a topic that comes up on G-shock forum regularly )

    When I started my WIS adventure for real, i remember a certain Seiko caught my eye (it was srp031)
    but i remember not buying it because i was worried about the longetivity of the resin crown guard

    After that more and more Seikos started getting resin parts (Map Meter, Baby Tuna, etc.) and that made me wonder how they will behave after years of wear.

    Well i believe my question has been partly answered by Yeoman Seiko's blog.

    I was browsing his posts and came upon one about that topic and about a watch he saw at the watchmaker after it suffered from what looks like resin rot to me.

    So, not to bore you anymore here is the link (if you havent stumbled upon it already)

    Ageing of Plastic Parts – SKZ227 Mapmeter | Yeoman's Watch Review

    Naturally i want to ask you fellow watch lovers, what are your thoughts and experience with this problem
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    Re: Seiko and "RESIN ROT"

    It should be expected to happen. There is nothing that can be done about the aging of the resin/plastic. There is a predecessor to the Monster that used a nearly HAQ perpetual movement and those typically are missing their resin bits (which can make the watch look rather naked).

    I stay away from the plastic/resin on Seiko models, as I find the black mixed with SS to not blend well.
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    Re: Seiko and "RESIN ROT"

    Resin rot aka design rot. Did plastic surgery on my atlas/mapmeter. Looks far better (to me) ~ but the overall watch design is like Joan Rivers ~ you can only do so much. If you're a watch designer and have to use plastic it's a design best left undone ~ unless its a G or swatch.

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    Re: Seiko and "RESIN ROT"

    If you stay clear of the synthetic materials like resin, plastic etc, being used on watches just to emphasize color & gimmicky moulding , you won't face with such a problem. To me metal like SS is the best. Even applied coating would tend to deteriorate or discolor in time.
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    Re: Seiko and "RESIN ROT"

    I steer clear of any watch with plastic bits. I honestly don't like to see them using plastic on watches either. It looks cheap in my opinion. I also have a G-Shock and I plan to buy a spare case and bezel for it eventually. I'll wait a few years and then get the parts I need from a supplier I know of. Hopefully it will help me get more years of enjoyment out of the watch, but if not, oh well...I only paid 160 bucks for it, so its not a huge loss.
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