WatchUSeek Watch Forums banner

1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
547 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hi, I am a fan of Casio digital watches but I am not a huge fan of the resin watch bands that come with them. I understand part of the rationale is to keep the watches affordable (which is a good thing). However (this is personal opinion of course), most of the resin bands I look at on G-shocks and other Casio make the the watch look unnecessarily cheap (there are a few exceptions).

Some Casio models are relatively easy to replace the band with something better (PAW2000 for example that takes a standard 22mm band) others are not.

Just curious how you all feel about it. I don't intend to insult anyone who loves the resin bands, one thing I know is key on these forums is "to each their own" and there are no absolutes when it comes to personal taste. :)

But, going from the stock resin band on the PAW2000 and replacing it with a better quality better band (without a bunch of writing on it) I feel has made the watch look more substantial and I find it more comfortable to wear. I think Casio could improve the watch bands on many of their watches without adding too much cost. There are a few models with other kinds of bands but those seem rare.

The only positive I personally feel about the resin bands is they are pretty durable and you don't care what happens to them. So if your watch is mainly for really hard use I could see why you might not care.

Just curious how my fellow Casio / G-shock lovers feel about this question.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,352 Posts
I am a big fan of using a bracelet (depending on which model you are talking about--for some it won't work). I like Casio's combi bracelet (this is the bracelet for the GW-6900BC, but it fits on any DW-5600E, GW-5000, DW-6900, GW-6900, and others). I feel this makes the watch look less cheap and also adds to the toughness and durability (all bases covered). The bracelet is around $70-$100 though, so not cheap to buy.




 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,668 Posts
Funny you should mention it, I just finished looking at a bracelet for my incoming GW3500. At approximately $150 it cost almost as much as the watch, so that's not a viable option. Better to buy a whole different watch with a bracelet.

I'm not a big fan of the resin straps. I hated the strap that came on my G-511, it ruined the whole look of the watch with the bullbars and everything. A bracelet transformed it into a beast and improved the watch 1000%. They didn't ship it with the end pieces and it was a nightmare getting everything I needed for it, but well worth it now that it's done:



The strap on my DW-6900FSAS has a snake theme to it so I don't suppose I'll be switching that either, but that's another instance where the bracelet cost almost as much as the watch.



I think I saw the pix of your Casio with mesh bracelet and liked it a lot. I use what looks like the same type bracelet on several of my other watches at a fraction of the price of a Casio SS bracelet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,871 Posts
I am a big fan of using a bracelet (depending on which model you are talking about--for some it won't work). I like Casio's combi bracelet (this is the bracelet for the GW-6900BC, but it fits on any DW-5600E, GW-5000, DW-6900, GW-6900, and others). I feel this makes the watch look less cheap and also adds to the toughness and durability (all bases covered). The bracelet is around $70-$100 though, so not cheap to buy.




I've thought about splurging on a bracelet for my GW-5000. How's the comfort compared to the pliable standard 5000 strap?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,352 Posts
I've thought about splurging on a bracelet for my GW-5000. How's the comfort compared to the pliable standard 5000 strap?
It is comfortable once you have it sized just right. Nothing is more comfortable than the GW-5000 original strap though. I just feel that a tough, steel cased watch deserves a tough-feeling strap or bracelet to balance it out. The way the GW-5000 comes standard feels a little strange to me, because the case is so heavy and hard and the band is so light and soft and airy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,784 Posts
For the most part, I'm fairly happy with the stock resin straps on G-Shocks. As noted above, they're designed to be durable and inexpensive, and since most G's with resin bezels ARE designed for "hard use" resin straps are a good fit. Resin straps are waterproof as well, which makes sense for a watch rated for 200m water resistance.

I find the stock strap on the DW-5600 to be relatively thin and cheap-looking, but the stock straps on my DW-6600 and GW-6900 are more substantial, the rounded one on the GW-2310 is even thicker, and even the textured one the GW-5600J looks and feels more substantial than the "basic" 5600. The double-tanged strap on my GW-9000 feels like it's going out of it's way to be "tougher" than the rest, but I'm not sure if it really is.

All that being said, I hated the way the stock strap on my GW-6900 fit my wrist, and went out of my way to find alternatives. I finally settled on strap adapters with Zulu straps and find them more comfortable and somewhat more substantial looking. The downside is that I have had them "wear out" much faster than the stock resin strap has on other G's, and a "desk diving" friend had the PVD coating chip off every single piece of hardware on his Zulu-equipped GW-6900.

Right now I'm experimenting with a non-glossy leather Zulu strap in the hopes that it will "weather" quickly and look more at home on a G-Shock:

6900 leather zoom.JPG

I think the strap needs to be subjected to quite a few more showers, and a couple of weeks or so of sunshine and swimming pool chlorine to get that "lived-in" look that leather jackets get after a while.


I hated the strap that came on my G-511, it ruined the whole look of the watch with the bullbars and everything. A bracelet transformed it into a beast and improved the watch 1000%. They didn't ship it with the end pieces and it was a nightmare getting everything I needed for it, but well worth it now that it's done:
I didn't look at the watchbands.com site back in July -- why would I when I knew of another place that had the end pieces? -- but the webpage for that bracelet now specifically says "NOTE: END COVERS # 10099723 & 10099724 SOLD SEPARATELY." It's possible that your headaches caused them to change that description so other people won't go through the same problem. :)

On the other hand, if you had bought your bracelet from PacParts instead, they wouldn't have automatically sold you the end pieces either. It seems like a lot of these parts suppliers cater to jewelers who know exactly which replacement parts they need, not hobbyists trying to modify watches as we like to do around here!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,833 Posts
Resin straps were one of the reasons I started buying G-shocks :)

Rubber is (was) my favourite type of strap on mechanical or analog watches. When I saw most of the g-shocks come with resin strap, it was a done deal for me.

Not a fan of bracelets, too difficult to find really comfortable one and not a fan of standard croc shiny straps. I like thick vintage leather straps, but that's another story.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
62 Posts
I personally love resin bands on non-dress watches. They are comfortable during physical activities and look good enough for most occasions. I don't like any kind of writing or markings on bands however.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,374 Posts
I'm a hater. I've owned a ton of Gs - Frogmans, Risemans, Gulfmans, Giez, screwbacks, etc. - and flipped them all because of the resin strap. They just feel crummy to me.

I currently have 5 G-Shocks, 4 of which are on bracelets and one strapped model that I just wear when riding my bike. The strap seems to work OK for that purpose.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,668 Posts
I didn't look at the watchbands.com site back in July -- why would I when I knew of another place that had the end pieces? -- but the webpage for that bracelet now specifically says "NOTE: END COVERS # 10099723 & 10099724 SOLD SEPARATELY." It's possible that your headaches caused them to change that description so other people won't go through the same problem. :)

On the other hand, if you had bought your bracelet from PacParts instead, they wouldn't have automatically sold you the end pieces either. It seems like a lot of these parts suppliers cater to jewelers who know exactly which replacement parts they need, not hobbyists trying to modify watches as we like to do around here!
That's not the bracelet I bought, but they do make mention of the end pieces now with the description of the bracelet on that page.

They did send me the end pieces for free in the end, but it would have been well worth the money to have known about them from the start and just bought them. I know the next time before I buy a bracelet for a G I'll ask about it here first. :-!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,784 Posts
Whoops! Not sure why I thought it was the other bracelet, but it's good to see they're mentioning end pieces for (at least) two bracelets now! :-!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,076 Posts
I'm a big fan of resin bands, just because they are so indestructible. I'm a guy who exercises hard every single day, and I sweat my butt off. I've had bracelet pins that corroded and crumbled on me from the sweat. Leather and cloth straps get sopping wet and funky smelling, and eventually fall apart. I can wear the resin into the shower with me, and it'll wash itself.

That being said, I find most G-Shock resin straps to be quite uncomfortable. The 5600 series straps seem to be universally comfortable, as are the G-9000 straps, but most other models are just plain painful for me to wear. I use strap adapters and Zulu straps on my other favorite G-Shocks.

The G-Shock composite bracelets are definitely nice, and a good compromise. Very comfortable, but G-Shock tough. I've worn one on my GW-5600 for the past year, and it's survived quite well. Comfy too.



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,980 Posts
I only wear resin, silicone, rubber or nylon straps. Never metal (don't like the feeling on the skin and that it's not flexible) and rarely leather. A resin strap on a watch with a resin bezel is a perfect fit and makes the watch look like it's "made from one piece" - I like that. The Casio resin straps are also pretty durable. I had a Citizen diver strap crumble after only 2 yrs of use. Never happened with a Casio strap so far. The only one that fell apart was on a vintage DW-5600C and the keeper on the strap of my DW-9900 but the strap itself is fine. So I'm quite a big fan of the resin straps.

cheers, Sedi :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
547 Posts
Discussion Starter #15 (Edited)
I like the composite bracelets. Looks great in your pics Buzzbait. One thing I don't like on the resin bands is when they put writing on them. I think if the resin bands all just came in basic black with no writing they would at least look a little better.

I have several well made all-stainless bracelets of varying types on my watches with stainless lug pins, never had any corrosion from a lot of use and lots of exposure to wet (including seawater). A stainless bracelet that is not held together with stainless pins is low quality and a bit of a ripoff IMO. But I agree resin is impervious to the wet conditions.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
187 Posts
I only wear resin, silicone, rubber or nylon straps. Never metal (don't like the feeling on the skin and that it's not flexible) and rarely leather. A resin strap on a watch with a resin bezel is a perfect fit and makes the watch look like it's "made from one piece" - I like that. The Casio resin straps are also pretty durable. I had a Citizen diver strap crumble after only 2 yrs of use. Never happened with a Casio strap so far. The only one that fell apart was on a vintage DW-5600C and the keeper on the strap of my DW-9900 but the strap itself is fine. So I'm quite a big fan of the resin straps.

cheers, Sedi :)
I am a bit fan of resin, too. But metal bracelet has an advantage that it somehow becomes molded to fit the shape of one's wrist. So if well engineered it can be very comfortable. Also a heavy SS bracelet can sometimes balance a heavy watch. I kinda like my seiko sumo's bracelet very much but for the titanium bracelet on my prw3000 I hate it as hell.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
547 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Here is a stainless bracelet (this one PVD coated but it can be had naked as well) that is very comfy, flexible and water/sweat safe. And it can be easily adjusted to any size. I have a few of this style very durable.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,045 Posts
I don't really feel the resin straps make them look cheaper than they already do so that doesn't bother me. The GW-5000 and giez straps are more comfortable than any bracelet I've tried.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
550 Posts
I would inject one other variable into the discussion.

I have Gs on resin, metal, and Zulu with adapters. I like them all, and enjoy the variety of "looks" that are possible.

I have a GW-1000 Frog and a Rangeman. I love them both, but they look ridiculous on my 6.5" wrists with their native resin. It isn't so much that the watch face is big...I am fond of big watches...but, no matter how tight the strap, there is too much "space"/clearance where the band curves downward. If I look straight down my arm with my arm extended, the body of the watch sits tightly against the top of the wrist, and there are large "gaps" of daylight showing through the "sides" of my wrist. [Those of you with big wrists probably have no idea what I'm talking about...those of you with smaller wrists that like big watches know, even if I've worded the description poorly.]

The solution for me, in all cases of "too much sunshine where the sun shouldn't shine," has been adapters with Zulus...I can get a nice, tight fit, and there is no silly separation between my wrist and the band. This is the only way I can wear a Frog or a Rangeman.

But on my 5000, 5610s, 6900, I am happy with the Casio resin that comes with the watch.

Cheers.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
547 Posts
Discussion Starter #20 (Edited)
I would inject one other variable into the discussion.

I have Gs on resin, metal, and Zulu with adapters. I like them all, and enjoy the variety of "looks" that are possible.

I have a GW-1000 Frog and a Rangeman. I love them both, but they look ridiculous on my 6.5" wrists with their native resin. It isn't so much that the watch face is big...I am fond of big watches...but, no matter how tight the strap, there is too much "space"/clearance where the band curves downward. If I look straight down my arm with my arm extended, the body of the watch sits tightly against the top of the wrist, and there are large "gaps" of daylight showing through the "sides" of my wrist. [Those of you with big wrists probably have no idea what I'm talking about...those of you with smaller wrists that like big watches know, even if I've worded the description poorly.]

The solution for me, in all cases of "too much sunshine where the sun shouldn't shine," has been adapters with Zulus...I can get a nice, tight fit, and there is no silly separation between my wrist and the band. This is the only way I can wear a Frog or a Rangeman.

But on my 5000, 5610s, 6900, I am happy with the Casio resin that comes with the watch.

Cheers.
I know what you mean. I feel that Casio with NATO/Zulu strap is a nice look and those kind of nylon straps are very durable. Good point. And those kind of straps are not very expensive so its a great alternative.

As I expected we have many opinions about resin straps, one of the things I enjoy about WUS is the diversity. Always another perspective to consider :)
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top