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Here is my totally beat up watch after almost a year of weekly use. The purple scratches happened the second time I wore it. My best guess is that it came from someone's diamond earrings. The orange bump likely happened when I smashed it into a metal gate. You can't see the yellow part but it's like a linear smudge which I think happened when I accidental and violently dropped my watch and it slid across the floor. Never take your watch off kids. I have never seen the green bump before and I can't see it with the naked eye using my amazing close up vision. It must be one of those bumps where I think "that left a mark" and then can't find a mark.

Other than what this user mentioned and some smudges where the clasp hits the desk it all happens in the shiny part of the bezel. Naturally the bumper is designed to hit everything first. This is where all the action happens.

My conclusion: DLC is scratch resistant but not scratch proof obviously. It is still the most scratch resistant thing Casio makes other then, I assume, the titanium processing on the MRGs. I'm very satisfied with the DLC used to balance the softness of titanium.

Anyone concerned about damaging their DLC can either: be very very careful, not wear it, buy replacement parts, or learn to stop worrying and love the watch.

I'm looking forward to what the next year brings in scratches and dings.
Looks better than my steel after 3 months. Feel like I should have sprung for the titanium now.

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I’m personally impressed with the DLC resistance to scratches that I am reading here! Im no stranger to scratches since I have a speedmaster with hesalite and i’ve dinged, donged and scratched up that glass like no tomorrow and love it just as much as the first day I got it with no heartbreak about that glass, but I’d always welcome something that stays pristine longer!
 

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Here is my totally beat up watch after almost a year of weekly use. The purple scratches happened the second time I wore it. My best guess is that it came from someone's diamond earrings. The orange bump likely happened when I smashed it into a metal gate. You can't see the yellow part but it's like a linear smudge which I think happened when I accidental and violently dropped my watch and it slid across the floor. Never take your watch off kids. I have never seen the green bump before and I can't see it with the naked eye using my amazing close up vision. It must be one of those bumps where I think "that left a mark" and then can't find a mark.

Other than what this user mentioned and some smudges where the clasp hits the desk it all happens in the shiny part of the bezel. Naturally the bumper is designed to hit everything first. This is where all the action happens.

My conclusion: DLC is scratch resistant but not scratch proof obviously. It is still the most scratch resistant thing Casio makes other than, I assume, the titanium processing on the MRGs. I'm very satisfied with the DLC used to balance the softness of titanium.

Anyone concerned about damaging their DLC can either: be very very careful, not wear it, buy replacement parts, or learn to stop worrying and love the watch.

I'm looking forward to what the next year brings in scratches and dings.
So many memories makes for so much character, I love it! Given what a year it sounds like it's had I think it looks fantastic.

I'm personally impressed with the DLC resistance to scratches that I am reading here! Im no stranger to scratches since I have a speedmaster with hesalite and i've dinged, donged and scratched up that glass like no tomorrow and love it just as much as the first day I got it with no heartbreak about that glass, but I'd always welcome something that stays pristine longer!
+1. On the other end of things when I had my Damasko with their ~800 Vickers ice-hardened case, while technically impressive overall, I felt it too 'muted'/sterile and was unable to really connect. To me, the DLC coating seem to strike a comfortable balance between durability and shine.
 

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I'm personally impressed with the DLC resistance to scratches that I am reading here! Im no stranger to scratches since I have a speedmaster with hesalite and i've dinged, donged and scratched up that glass like no tomorrow and love it just as much as the first day I got it with no heartbreak about that glass, but I'd always welcome something that stays pristine longer!
Get some Polywatch.
 

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Alright, here's my over year old DLC steel bezel. Just a bit of silver showing on some edges.

To be very clear - I'm totally okay with this haha, not complaining. I'm very impressed with the durability. You probably have to zoom in to see these tiny marks.

Face of the bezel, below the 'K' in the photo.


Bottom right corner of the "lug."


And a few light scratch on the face of the bezel I hadn't noticed until taking these pics. Super light - bottom of the "K" going to the right.

 

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Alright, here's my over year old DLC steel bezel. Just a bit of silver showing on some edges.

To be very clear - I'm totally okay with this haha, not complaining. I'm very impressed with the durability. You probably have to zoom in to see these tiny marks.

Face of the bezel, below the 'K' in the photo.


Bottom right corner of the "lug."


And a few light scratch on the face of the bezel I hadn't noticed until taking these pics. Super light - bottom of the "K" going to the right.

After seeing these pics, I need to go get myself a rubber strap!!! Awesome watch!
 

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After seeing these pics, I need to go get myself a rubber strap!!! Awesome watch!
The metal bracelet is cool, but it doesn't fit my scrawny wrist quite right haha. But the ti square on the rubber strap would be a very nice light weight set up.
 

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Alright, here's my over year old DLC steel bezel. Just a bit of silver showing on some edges.

To be very clear - I'm totally okay with this haha, not complaining. I'm very impressed with the durability. You probably have to zoom in to see these tiny marks.

Face of the bezel, below the 'K' in the photo.


Bottom right corner of the "lug."


And a few light scratch on the face of the bezel I hadn't noticed until taking these pics. Super light - bottom of the "K" going to the right.

I thought the only steel DLC bezel was on the Porter TFC?

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I thought the only steel DLC bezel was on the Porter TFC?

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It was, AFAIK. He probably put the DLC bezel on there by buying the bezel separately.
 
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Both my DLC Casios (MRG-G1000B and GMW-B5000TCM) were extremely durable, not a single mark. This must have been one of the reasons their resale value was great.

But now I'm without a DLC watch. Hmmmm...

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are you feeling acute withdrawal? any particular reason for letting go of the 5000? it remains an obsession to me, despite my best efforts to move on.
 

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are you feeling acute withdrawal? any particular reason for letting go of the 5000? it remains an obsession to me, despite my best efforts to move on.
It is very nice, but I was never really at ease wearing it - the coating looks exquisite, but frail as well. When deciding what to wear for the day, the GW5000 won over the B5000TCM most of the time. Also, the negative display is really impractical. It is not bad, but not exactly legible either.

Maybe I should have gotten the TB instead. Maybe I will in the future. Right now I'm not buying new watches.

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It is very nice, but I was never really at ease wearing it - the coating looks exquisite, but frail as well. When deciding what to wear for the day, the GW5000 won over the B5000TCM most of the time. Also, the negative display is really impractical. It is not bad, but not exactly legible either.

Maybe I should have gotten the TB instead. Maybe I will in the future. Right now I'm not buying new watches.

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Thank you for taking the time to get back to me on this, both helpful much appreciated, keep well.
 

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She's looking as pretty as ever today.
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I tried the Ti in person when it came out and was quite excited to do so after reading about the watch. I wore my DW-5035D to the store. After putting on the Ti and then putting my 5035 back on, there was no way I could justify the Ti.

While DLC talks up a big game, I find that it overpromises and underdelivers in the wild. If it aspires to "diamond" hardness, it shouldn't scratch, ding and rub off with real use like I've seen on models which have been worn and not babied or case queened.

If you find persistent dings and scratches irritating, stick with the original, resin G's. You can still get the 5035D for about $300.

I like the fact that the 5035 is battery operated because that enables a much more audible alarm & chime tone and I don't have to worry about overcharging in direct sunlight or having it drain out if left in the case away from sufficient light source.

I was able to dial the trimmer into about +0.05 sec/day accuracy. As for battery change (which I haven't had to do yet), I like the idea of opening the case from time to time to lubricate the gaskets with silicone grease which gives me extra confidence when swimming with the watch. I don't like watches with Bluetooth dependency which I found to be buggy and a hassle (I got rid of my GMW-B5000 for that reason). If you want solar & MB6 the GW-5000 is the same price as the 5035D basically yet still full premium resin.
 

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I must agree with you - the DW-5035 is a fantastic watch. The loud alarm, relative autonomy of battery power & resin bezel/strap make an extremely rugged and useable 'beater'.
However, my GMW-B5000TCM-1JR is holding up really well and has some features which are a definite improvement - bigger buttons, sapphire glass, multiple alarms and time zones, STN display, all metal & light construction...
I wear a DW-5030 at work everyday - as an electrical engineer the resin (CF for me lol) bezel and strap are most important to me.
When I'm not at work I wear the camo ti - the DLC coating is holding up better than I expected.
I really like both watches, regarding the camo ti although the DLC isn't a negative for me I do dislike the poor alarm & lug articulation.
Casio - please make a ti cased DW-5000 with sapphire & STN ;)

 

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Has anyone worn the plating(?) of the gold buttons from pressing with your fingernails?

And the value proposition debate is a tough one. But it was too late by the time I laid my fingers on the exquisitely finished bracelet that shines under scrutiny. The psychological jump to SS from resin was an easy one, as I find, and as @gojira54 mentioned, the metal, STN display, the optional BT features, and the larger buttons to be value-additives. I wear my DW5600E quite a bit and do enjoy the CR2032 and louder alarm, but Tough Solar and auto-time sync are equally enjoyable. It was a tougher proposition going from SS to Ti, but the justification was near primitive for me. I derive some value on Ti as a material, the sapphire crystal, and it being a limited run that will likely hold value better, not that I ever plan to part with this one. Then it was just luck of the draw that I already had it whilst consolidating the collection. If I'm going to have just one 'treasure' square, the DW5600E notwithstanding, it's absolutely worth it to me. The G-D5000-9JR, however, well to that I'll echo the sentiment!
 
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