try to contact your authorized service centre. I did, and the price was better than pacparts (even after the 25% off)My TB is still as perfect as the day I unboxed it but this thread plus a recent 25% off email from Pacparts has prompted me to check out parts availability and cost today and now I somehow wished I didn't...
Over $900 for a new bezel and bracelet! I have a feeling that thought will now haunt me everytime I wear it
Are there aftermarket Ti cases and bracelets available for these that are not DLC coated?
Yes this is 100% paint or something transferred onto the surface. I'm sure it buffed out. I've seen the same with transfer off an aluminum doorway. In that case I kinda ground the watch against the door frame by accident because it was a weird small gap between the door handle and frame. I thought it was a scratch through the DLC also but it rubbed off after a couple weeks just from wiping it dry after showering, etc.Hi All,
Firstly let me be utterly clear ... this post is not a complaint.
I absolutely love the G-Shock square. In fact I own over 20. Apart from the dream of tracking down an original DW-5000 in decent condition, I think this may be my perfect G-Shock. Black ... square ... titanium. It doesn't get much better.
Also I am a great believer in allowing my watches ( no matter what the purchase price ) to acquire their own character through the knocks, bumps and scratches they suffer in daily use.
All that said, I was surprised to turn it over recently and see how this scratch revealed an almost white surface under the DLC coating.
I love it all the more, and hope you love yours too.
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One good thing about matte coatings is as the wear happens it looks better. Part of the reason I actually wear my b5000v more often.OK, I've finally got some pictures of the TB wear points.
As I was taking these I was trying to get the wear points in focus, rather than have the entire piece attractively focused. It's also very difficult to separate glare from bare titanium on many of these. Around the outer and inner corners of the bezel, for example, there's no bare titanium, but many small nicks and dings where it's caught on something.
I've also scratched the anti-reflective coating on the crystal and managed to get some pictures of that. It's very difficult to see the scratching in person and almost impossible to get a picture of it. I'm virtually certain those came from the crystal rubbing against brick. You can see a primary scratch and also some some corresponding lighter scratches from other points on the same surface.
So far I've worn this watch more or less daily since I got received it Feb 20, 2020. I wear the TB for just about everything except for specific tasks. So working on the car or with hardware in the field at work or whatever. Pretty much anything but painting or where I'm worried about it scratching something. I think being generous I've worn other watches or not worn a watch for perhaps 1/5th of the time since then. Given all that I think a conservative count is about 10,000+ hours on this watch. That's not a large number in the scheme of things but just a figure for considering the current state of wear.
Some of these are better and some are worse or maybe show some extra detail so I'll just include all the pictures I took. Others are really to show the absence of wear. I've been really impressed with how the clasp has resisted almost any external sign of wear at all except some tiny dings on the outer edge corner near the "k" in G-Shock.
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I think without the dlc it would look pretty scraped. Mine is a safe queen (I keep it as a collectible). Kudos to you for wearing it as a daily.I wonder at least about the dlc on steel. I took mine on a trip to Hawaii and while walking in an outdoor shopping center I swung my arm into a cement pillar. I cause damage I'll show in a sec but I think it was because of the hard impact. If it was a sliding scrape for example it would have been fine.
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I will buy a replacement soon but only because I plan to have this guy for life and need to grab one while I can.
I am a cross between daily wear and "omg is that a scratch?" I wish it was just daily wear tho. Would save me 85$ for a new bezel I have to now pay. It does annoy me when people that are on a G-SHOCK enthusiast forum talk about how gshocks should only be daily wear tool watches. Doesn't make any sense to me. You want to buy a 1600$ Ti b5k and show no regard?,.. ok buuut kind of seems like a bad decision. Want to just buy the sun $100 resin squares or a f-91w for the cost of a Starbucks venti and not have to worry about worrying? No problem. But to not understand why a person would want to keep a collection of pristine examples? I mean people collect knifes that are designed to be scrapped against stuff.I think without the dlc it would look pretty scraped. Mine is a safe queen (I keep it as a collectible). Kudos to you for wearing it as a daily.
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