Some of those Kinetic's are a bit funky
. They remind me of some of the Oakley watches which I believe are powered by the same movements... I have a soft spot for Casio's as well and I could do with a G-Shock in the collection. Thanks for sharing
Just to be clear, the Casio isn't technically a G-Shock, it's solar powered and radio controlled though. It's my scruffy watch, in that it's the watch I care least about getting scuffed. It's weakness is it can only use the UK and German time signal - which I've found is largely OK for a fair amount of europe, but it gets nothing in the far east. I think I may well splurge, at some point, for a true G-Shock, multiband 6 solar - there's just something about the idea of something that gets energy from light, and syncs time via radio waves, that seems kind of ideal to me.
Multiband 6's tend to be special import collectibles: 5 bands are more affordable and you'll almost certainly never need the extra atomic clock.
The one big tip on buying G-Shocks: the resins yellow and go dirty quite quickly with UV! So avoid the white, pale and translucent models unless you are willing to put up with this. Solid blacks, reds, yellows, or the rare all-metal models are the ones to do for - the greys can do well too. But that $1000 translucent "ice" Frogman should probably ne kept in its box except for special occasions...
Have to say, I quite like some of the Edifice models, too - that one was a gift, something of a suprise, they do feel different to other Casios, somehow - very nicely made and finished, almost remind me of Seikos - I guess they were doing that whole Toyota / Lexus thing with the branding.
The nicest Casio I've seen was an early Oceanus. It was styled a classic cushion case Heuer, didn't do anything fancy, but the build quality was amazing - it looked completely at home put next to an Omega. In fact it looked better - the what used all sorts of texture tricks (like polished and brushed metal, carbon fibre face) in a very subtle way:
I've got several Rotary quartz watches, too - that are fairly classy looking - but at the end of the day, they're just quartz watches in reasonably nice cases. Don't know why, but I've always been drawn to Seikos. Were I spending a wedge on a watch, whether I'd go for the Mulder-special Omega DeVille (would have to be an auto) or a Grand Seiko, I'm not sure...
The classic mechanical chronos are super-cool, but parts and servicing are wince-making.