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Vast improvement over synthetic rubber encased G-Shocks
on August 16, 2011
My father actually owns and still has somewhere the original Casiotron--the very first digital watch ever made. I joked that it now comes with a Happy Meal until I was living in Japan some years later and saw that old watches like that go for big bucks.
As for my claim to fame, I bought the original G-Shock. It had two unique features which would disappear in later versions. The back was built like a vault, with a big stainless steel disc protecting the guts of the watch--yet I still managed to get so much dirt in the thing that when it was being opened to change the battery and gasket the watch repairman asked, "How in the hell did you manage to do this?" And the light was actually a tiny white bulb on the side, because it predated "Indiglo." I also bought a Riseman in yellow--not the Men In Black edition--in rural Japan, which people from countries I never even heard of were begging me to buy a bunch of and send them to be sold on commission because apparently it was a rare watch.
I kept on destroying G-Shock watches because I'm an outdoor athlete, and kept buying new ones.
But I always wanted a nice, titanium cased Casio digital watch, particularly the Pathfinder, with all the same bells and whistles as my G-Shocks. It was always just too much money to spurge for one.
So one day I go by a tiny shop that sells odds and ends in Queens, New York City, and I see an old Pathfinder for $139. I go home and as I'm checking out the various Pathfinder watches online to see if I can get one I like better for a similarly low price, my wife--who is from Japan--says, "It's about time you bought a grown-up watch, so get the one your really want."
Now the reason I'm particularly happy about this purchase is not just because I finally got the one I really wanted and which will likely last me the rest of my life, or that it's also solar powered and that it's a Waveceptor that sets itself to the atomic clock (which is perfect because I'm an Astronomer and need the exact time to set my telescope up properly), but particular because of the first class service of the seller, Blue Dial Watches in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Honestly, I don't think I could have hoped for better service had I actually walked into a watch store and bought it in person. They shipped quickly, but not carelessly. The item arrived in a box with the sealing tape saying that if the seal is broken I should inspect the contents prior to accepting the package. Then inside the package, along with the watch of course, is a wet signed original sheet showing that it went through inspection prior to shipping, certifying that it is fully functional, free of any blemishes or defects, and various other important points. I could be completely confident that the watch was in absolute perfect condition.
But not only that! Blue Dial actually set it for my local time zone, so I could immediately enjoy the watch rather than having to go through the process of redoing the time and zone settings from the factory in Japan. It was also fully charged upon arrival, which is particularly noteworthy because it's a solar powered watch.
Absolute first class service.