To ensure excellent visibility at night, it also features neon illumination with internal black light LEDs so that the tip of the second hand and the graduations on the face glow in different colors. It also uses sapphire glass with a non-reflective coating for wind protection. It also comes with a year battery and super-bright LED light. It also features a direct time-stamp function capable of storing the time with a single button push, a stopwatch that can also be started with a single push, and a super-bright LED backlight.

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The series first hit the scene in and has been in production in one form or another since then, and the current iteration is pretty much the most basic G-Shock you can buy. Which brings us to this review. I wanted to see just how much abuse the most basic G-Shock could withstand before failing, and my torture testing went far beyond the occasional knock on a door jamb; I threw it, dropped it, hit it with a hammer and ran over it with my car to find its breaking point.

And I was surprised to find how much abuse it could take. Setting these things up, as well as the time and date, is a little clunky and take some time to figure out. This is more of an annoyance than a fatal flaw. More on this in a second. Alternatives: The Timex Ironman Original is another tough, functional and cheap digital watch with roots in the s.

The DWE, on the other hand, is comparably minimal. At Its design, still firmly rooted in its s upbringing, is far more mundane. More specifically, Ibe stipulated an ability to withstand meters of water pressure and survive a meter fall year battery life was initially stipulated though not initially achieved.

But the meter fall? I have a few things to say about that. When I first got my hands on the DWE I tossed it over my shoulder on hardwood flooring to prove how careless you can be with a watch like this.

Photo: Andrew Connor So I took the watch off and gave it a few good thwacks on wood and metal surfaces…nothing. Ready to kick things up a notch, I dropped the watch from the first-floor balcony of my building.

Again, nothing. So I went up one more floor. Nothing, not even a damn scuff and all functions appeared to work properly. Looking to further the abuse in a more creative manner, I go inside and grab a claw hammer. I tried it again, failing to cause any perceptible damage. I rested the watch on its side and delivered another strike, leaving just a small scuff. I then attacked the DWE with several fast-paced hits to its side and face.

While the watch took on a couple of small dings, it otherwise continued functioning like it was just taken out of the box.

So I climbed to the third balcony of my building and dropped the G-Shock; it landed face-down with a loud, plastic-y thud. After the long walk down I picked it up to find it fully functioning. There appeared to be some concrete dust collected on the front of the case that wiped off easily, and the only damage sustained appeared to be a slight loosening of the screw holding the resin strap onto the case.

So I tried the drop again, throwing the watch up into the air a few more feet before it arced back down to the ground. Finally, I forcefully threw the watch at the wall of the neighboring building and witnessed the G-Shock ricochet its way to the ground.

No sign of any damage. Shifting into first I slowly roll over it over and…nothing. No damage appeared to be done. I tried again, going into reverse. Still nothing. Finally, I set the watch on its side and tried for a third time. As I rolled over the watch, I hear a pop. The case back popped off, dislodging the screen and movement slightly from their once-impervious housing. The cracked digital display had nothing on it and the plastic case, slightly deformed as it was ground into the pavement, finally showed the serious scuffs I had been looking for.

The case back was not going to attach back on. The watch was, at this point, irreversibly fucked up. The only thing working, amazingly, was the backlight. I had finally succeeded. I bought it to have adventures in. I wanted a watch that Indiana Jones could wear. I wanted something that could withstand all the cool activities and trips and adventures that I plan to have.


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