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August 07, 2015

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Angelo

A few observations: The Watch Ninja is Tom Brady----loaded with experience, still competing and succeeding. The Watch Ninja Master is Roger Staubach---retired. All the experience in the world, all the knowledge----but for all intents and purposes, away from the game. I'd rather be the Ninja than the Master in this respect. Regarding Bloat: I have Watch Bloat. But like my 20 pound cat who will eat all the food he can get---even if it's not good for him---and is fat and happy----having too many watches---Watch Bloat---makes me happy. It might not be a healthy habit, but the lack of discipline has its rewards----and that is, temporary thrills when I purchase another one (that I don't really need) and receive it. Mine are Tier I and maybe a few Tier II.

Angelo

Those of us with "Watch Bloat" are "Watch Gluttons."

Ulysses

It's lucky i'm glutton intolerant.

Angelo

Ulysses: I wish I could say the same. I have clutter in my life because of my compulsion to "collect" and purchase things----watches are the least of it because they don't take up too much space. I am working to be more disciplined in choosing more carefully. Do you have to actually work at being disciplined and not being a stupid consumer----or does it come naturally that you are selective and aren't even tempted to make impulse buys?

Ulysses

I was making a joke, but since you ask. I was raised in a family that was "poor", and have for the majority of my life not been wealthy enough to indulge my appetites. I guess you just have to learn to cope with it, or you gain "the sight" (from "The Matrix") where you can see things, structures and mechanisms for what they are and realise the futility and detrimental impact of participating in our great Capitalist utopia. Even though I have money now, I find it frustrating to choose something to buy because we're all bombarded by so much choice. I'm sure it's even worse in the US where there must be supermarkets with entire aisles devoted to a thousand varieties of ketchup. To reference another famous movie, "the only winning move is not to play." But you must play, otherwise our economy would collapse.

I still lust after watches but since I am self-aware enough to know that I can temporarily be overcome by a tidal wave of emotions (lust mostly), I know that I need to give myself time to let it pass and then make a more rational decision.

The last few weeks I have been scouting around for a new camera. I want great image quality AND a high zoom factor. Apparently for sound physical reasons you can't have both in the same device - everything is a compromise. I don't like compromise, because I don't like knowingly purchasing something that has a deficit, yet pretty much every product available has a flaw of some sort. When I was a kid I had to be extremely frugal, and to make a bad purchase was cause for great personal shame. As a result, I can't give in to my whims and urges without a great deal of thought. That probably isn't the way normal people think, but then I am a unique and beautiful snowflake.

Angelo

Well, it's interesting----I heard someone who relocated to the U.S. (from Russia) talking about our supermarkets. They couldn't believe the staggering amount of choices. But they viewed it as a huge positive. The guy said that when shopping for something like detergent----in Moscow, when he was growing up, there was one choice. One brand, one type. Here----there could be half a dozen or more varieties of the same brand of detergent----and 6-10 different brands! So you end up choosing from 20 or more detergents. Same for bread, milk, pretzels, toothpastes, and yes, ketchups (and mustards). My sister is someone who doesn't like being overwhelmed by choices. I know people like her who have a hard time deciding and end up putting off purchases----"paralysis by analysis." I don't have that issue. I like a wide range of choices, though I don't always choose wisely.

Lee_K

I am a fan of G-Shocks, having owned one for seventeen years (still ticking!) and I just recently bought a Casio Pro-Trek outdoor watch for my hikes in the mountains. The Pro-Trek provides me with a compass, an altimeter, a thermometer, a barometer, and sunrise/sunset times in addition to standard functions like four alarms, stop watch, countdown timer, and world time capability. It's also solar powered and synchs to the time signal transmitted from Fort Collins each night. It's perfect for my outdoor activities.

Casio G-Shocks and Pro-Treks are tool watches to the extreme, and I wouldn't even consider the ones in the MT-G series (metal cases, sapphire crystals) because to me it is like putting lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig -- and a wonderful one at that -- but the resin case and recessed crystal of a standard G-Shock is there to provide the legendary protection from harsh condition use. These watches can be worn to hell and back and will be happy about it. Cops wear them, soldiers wear them, and anyone who wants a true Beater Watch should consider owning one. I would never even consider giving a $1000+ watch that kind of duty.

Casio does manufacture some analog-faced watches in their aviation series and they are pretty good, although they have weak lume and unfortunately not the best reliability. I had a GA-1000 for about a week before the backlight function failed and I had to return it to Amazon. I still liked it for what it was, a tough analog watch that has some useful functions but I think my Seiko Monster fills that niche just as well for about the same price.

The fact that teenagers have taken a liking to G-Shocks is a matter of anti-fashion -- something that teens are prone to do. They are huge and bold on the wrist, come in a plethora of wild colors and variants, and are cool because they are NOT a watch from the traditional manufacturers. Ah, kids these days...

herculodge

Good points, Lee, but the G-Shock I'd buy would indeed have sapphire. It would be this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CASIO-GSHOCK-GRAVITYMASTER-GPS-ATOMIC-SOLAR-SAPPHIRE-CARBON-WATCH-GPW1000-1A-/111739512973?hash=item1a0431a88d

Lee_K

Thanks Jeff for the link. There is a lot of technology in the GPW series -- GPS sensors inside that synch up with satellites if the watch can't connect to one of the six terrestrial atomic clock signals broadcast around the world (Fort Collins, Colorado is the broadcast location for those of us in the US). For some strange reason they threw a sapphire crystal on there, but the case is still the standard G-Shock resin. Nothing wrong with that at all, and you get a strap that is carbon fiber reinforced as well.

For a little more than half the price of the GPW series, there is the GWA 1100 which loses the sapphire and the GPS sensors, but still has atomic time synch and solar charging: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Casio-G-Shock-GWA1100-1A3-Aviation-Series-Gravity-Defier-Mens-Watch-/331536678397?hash=item4d31203dfd

herculodge

I like the GWA1100 that you have linked, and I also like the more expensive sapphire version. It's only about 100 more and it's worth it to me to have sapphire: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Casio-G-Shock-GW-A1100FC-1A-Men-Shock-Resistant-Sapphire-Glass-Resin-Band-Watch-/111549415904?hash=item19f8dd01e0

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