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Contemplating buying a beater....

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So for the past 15 years I have not owned any other watch than a Rolex / Omega and/or Panerai.

I have never worried about wearing any of my watches anywhere, anytime doing any activity...within reason. Beach, ocean, pool, running, hiking, riding bike, volley ball...never worried about scratches, bezel popping out, the welded bracelet breaking or anything like that. It didn't matter if I was wearing SS or TT...I just wore and didn't think about it.

Now all of a sudden I am thinking about buying a beater like a G Shock or Luminox.

Why do I feel this way, is it b/c the new watches with ceramic bezel...polished links...weld spot on bracelet, heavier (bouncing around more if running) or is b/c they cost a lot more than they did 10 years ago.

Does anyone have a story about banging or dropping a ceramic bezel that didn't crack. I hate that I am going against my own advice to others (not to worry about it and just wear it)

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Ceramic is pretty sturdy. It'll hold up fine, otherwise Rolex wouldn't have used it.

Also, please use question marks if you're asking questions. I had to read your post a few times to get what you were asking

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There is a great misconception that the ceramic bezels break at the slightest bump which is complete rubbish. If there was a widespread epidemic of broken bezels we would have more than the few posts we've seen about it. Also remember that people will come online to complain about a broken bezel a lot faster than they would to praise how they smashed it on a rock and it still looked great. The latter will just get on with their lives.

I love the new bezels, the look beautiful and are a big improvement over the older aluminium ones. Although a lot of people will no doubt disagree with me, Rolex obviously doesn't and they made the move for a reason. Some will say "newer is not always better" but if there was no "newer" options there would never be any progress and I for one think this was a step in the right direction.

These watches are made to be worn daily and they will take whatever abuse you put them through but like any other high value item, a little care goes a long way and like any tools, you shouldn't abuse them unnecessarily or they will break.

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I don't blame you, my LV took a knock somewhere that was so minor I wasn't even aware, when I came to sell it someone noticed in a photo that the bezel pip was cracked, £500 for the insert, another £300 for the bezel...luckily I managed to trade it to someone that wasnt bothered, but it put me off the latest "improved" model.

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Just be smart. I wear my nice watches on weekends and during most days. I do get into some ugly situations where I am working on machinery and I take it off and go without or wear a Luminox that I keep in my desk. I try not to worry about desk diving and door dings, but if you are working construction etc wear a nice beater.

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So I got a Beater anyway.

I figured why not, not that I am overly worried about damaging any of my watches...but I really did need something to use for running. Tried that once with DSSD and couple times with GMTc...too much bouncing and sliding around on the wrist.

First I looked at the cheap-o digital's....then looked at some G-shocks.....was actually "Shocked" that some of them can cost over $500...but the ones I was looking at were in the $80-$120 range, but didn't like how they are so big and too futuristic looking.

I wound up with a Luminox all "Blacked Out" analog quartz with date. Very cool looking watch, very light weight. She gave me a decent price and I got it...wasn't really looking to spend even that much for a beater but you how could a WIS be caught wearing a $40 digital

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You would be surprised by how many hardcore WIS on this forum also have a $40 digital beater or two (including this guy). They have their place in anyone's collection.

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Well, it certainly sounds like you don't need a beater given the fact that you've been wearing your 'nice' watches for a long time and you've been doing just fine. But if the whole beater thing is just an excuse to get another watch than be my guest

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I have my Rolexes, Omegas and Panerai. I typically wear them in rotation to work and sometimes on weekends but certainly not as beater watches. Actually I just picked up a G shock and a Seiko Monster sk 315 a few weeks ago to serve as my weekend activity "beater watch".

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50 sterling is my limit for a watch i will either wear at work , leave on a desk , be it sound , lighting , or the coms consul while diving etc ,, and has to be quartz ,, so its right when i pick it up after a week ,, everyone with a nice watch needs a watch that isnt just as nice .

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I'll wear my Swiss Army or Wenger when necessary. If I'm doing something where it will just get dirty, like cutting the grass, I'll still wear an Airking. One trip to the sink with some Scrubbing Bubbles, and it looks like new.

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