I've had a few watches in my life, but the two I've had the longest and both work (first in 1988, my first watch) have been Casio watches, this is a much more expensive Casio than what I own, but it is very popular and meant to be tough, I wouldn't mind one! The Casio Men's DW6900-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch is now on sale at Amazon:
Casio Men's DW6900-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch
Casio Men's DW6900-1V G-Shock Classic Digital Watch: Watches: Amazon.com
Watch Information Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Casio Model number DW6900-1V Part Number DW6900-1V Item Shape Round Dial window material type Mineral Display Type Digital Clasp Buckle Case material Resin Case diameter 45 millimeters Case Thickness 15 millimeters Band Material Resin Band length mens Band width 3 Band Color Black Dial color LCD Bezel material Resin Bezel function Stationary Calendar Day, date, and month Special features men Movement Quartz Water resistant depth 660 Feet Warranty type Contact seller of record
Designed to accommodate your active lifestyle, the Casio Men's G-Shock Classic Digital Watch #DW6900-1V features a digital gray dial face with a mineral dial window. The watch includes such convenient touches as a day-date-and-month calendar, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. Both the black-tone 45-millimeter case and stationary bezel are made of high-quality resin. Other details include a black resin band and its accompanying buckle-clasp closure. Built to endure, this handsome timepiece brings a sporty edge to all of your favorite casual ensembles. It is powered by quartz movement and is water resistant to 660 feet.
The Casio Story
With the launch of its first watch in November 1974, Casio entered the wristwatch market at a time when the watch industry had just discovered digital technology. As a company with cutting-edge electronic technology developed for pocket calculators, Casio entered this field confident that it could develop timepieces that would lead the market. In developing its own wristwatches Casio began with the basic question, ""What is a wristwatch?"" Rather than simply making a digital version of the conventional mechanical watch, we thought that the ideal wristwatch should be something that shows all facets of time in a consistent way. Based on this, Casio was able to create a watch that displayed the precise time including the second, minute, hour, day, and month — not to mention a.m. or p.m., and the day of the week. It was the first watch in the world with a digital automatic calendar function that eliminated the need to reset the calendar due the variation in month length. Rather than using a conventional watch face and hands, a digital liquid crystal display was adopted to better show all the information. This culminated in the 1974 launch of the CASIOTRON, the world’s first digital watch with automatic calendar. The CASIOTRON won acclaim as a groundbreaking product that represented a complete departure from the conventional wristwatch.
Casio transformed the concept of the watch — from a mere timepiece to an information device for the wrist — and undertook product planning based on this innovative idea. We developed not only time functions such as global time zone watches, but also other radical new functions using Casio’s own digital technology, including calculator and dictionary functions, as well as a phonebook feature based on memory technology, and even a thermometer function using a built-in sensor. The memory-function watches became our DATA BANK product series, while the sensor watches developed into two unique Casio product lines of today: the Pathfinder series displaying altitude, atmospheric pressure, and compass readings.
In 1983, Casio launched the shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch. This product shattered the notion that a watch is a fragile piece of jewelry that needs to be handled with care, and was the result of Casio engineers taking on the challenge of creating the world’s toughest watch. Using a triple-protection design for the parts, module, and case, the G-SHOCK offered a radical new type of watch that was unaffected by strong impacts or shaking. Its practicality was immediately recognized, and its unique look, which embodied its functionality, became wildly popular, resulting in explosive sales in the early 1990s. The G-SHOCK soon adopted various new sensors, solar-powered radio-controlled technology (described below), and new materials for even better durability. By always employing the latest technology, and continuing to transcend conventional thinking about the watch, the G-SHOCK brand has become Casio’s flagship timepiece product.
Today, Casio is focusing its efforts on solar-powered radio-controlled watches: the built-in solar battery eliminates the nuisance of replacing batteries, and the radio-controlled function means users never have to reset the time. In particular, the radio-controlled function represents a revolution in time-keeping technology similar to the impact created when mechanical watches gave way to quartz technology. Through the further development of high radio-wave sensitivity, miniaturization, and improved energy efficiency, Casio continues to produce a whole range of radio-controlled models
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smash it, thrash it, crush it and it continues to tick December 16, 1998
By A Customer
One of the best watches I have ever owned. A poster watch when it comes to durability and functionality. Doesn't have complex functions and bizzaro controls, but rather is suited for just about every individual. If you are an active outdoor individual and are afraid of hurting your watch when rollerblading, snowboarding, anything -- then buy a G-Shock and you will not be disappointed.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best all-purpose active/sports watch I have ever owned. January 10, 1999
By A Customer
I have brought this watch through the trials of time and it continues to function flawlessly. I bought this watch before enduring 6 weeks of boot camp at the United States Naval Academy. The Casio G-Shock performed great in the mud, rain, rivers, and grueling sessions of physical training. If it can handle the military, it can handle any civilian duty!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect balance between cost, function, and durability. April 27, 2010
By Omalika S. Lipp
This is an excellent watch. I can tell you that quite a few servicemembers choose G-shocks, especially this one, as their watch for deployment. I took this very model to Iraq and then Afghanistan (with a trip to Hawaii in between) and it performed flawlessly.
Comfortable, durable band - plastic is surprisingly sturdy
Alarm loud enough to wake me up
Easy to find light button
Has all the necessary functions - without the flashy stuff you know you'll never need anyways
Crystal face is shielded by the casing - very scratch resistant material and shielding protects it well
Very waterproof. I've had it down to 50ft underwater, and I wear it regularly in the shower - never any fog or condensation inside
For how long I've had it (almost 2 years now), the casing and the band have no scratching, cracking, or visible wear and tear - and trust me, I have been rough with it.
The only thing is the "ADJUST" button. I wish it wern't recessed into the casing so that I could adjust the alarm easier, but this is a personal preference rather than a design/manufacturing flaw.
Again, I highly recommend this watch. It sits at the perfect line between cost and durability. It's not so expensive that I'd be afraid to put it to the test, yet the quality and durability is far superior to watches that cost far more.