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When it comes to watches, I'm a bit like King Henry VIII.
Only instead of Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived, my mnemonic watch history is more Lost, Broken, Broken, Broken, In a Draw, Broken, Lost, Broken, Broken.
One constant there has been with my wrist furniture is that they have all, always, been a Casio. I hadn't planned it this way, but my Casio CV goes back to the days before the iPod where people became brand-centric, it just seems that the only watch company who manufactures watches I like at a price I'm willing to pay are made by a company that used to be better known for their calculators than their time-keepers.
I had the Casio Data Bank back in School - the calculator watch that merged Casio's two best interests - the watch that ended it's life in a draw as they were ultimately banned by grumpy teachers who thought they would be used for cheating by sneaky kids - sadly, I would never had taken this opportunity, as I couldn't work out how to use it properly.
To my most recent purchase - the Casio 5034 or G1000D depending on who you ask, but for what most people would be known as a member of the G Shock family.
Designed to be proper-strong watches I'm supposedly entering a relationship with a watch that may be 'till death us do part', since I'm not planning on taking many more mathematics exams, and this watch won't do sums, but it is "Shock Resistant".
To be fair, the watch didn't flinch an inch when I told it that it's mother was a Digital, but the shop assistant did raise an eyebrow.
The G Shock name has been around since the baggy trousered days of 1983, although they came to attention more recently with the range of garishly coloured Baby-G that lots of people on the TV wore, and some singers. Mine's not one like that, as these sorts of time-tellers would clash with my jeans.
This model is one of those with more functions beyond just that of telling me the time - extras such as the date, but not the actual month or year, for this detail, you'd need also to be close to a newspaper - a stopwatch for when you need to time something that is incapable of timing itself - and I can access the current time in any one of 29 different world cities - although to do this, the actual hands of the watch have to wind all the way around to show you the time of, say, NYC(New York), (BKK)Bangkok, SYD(Sydney) or a collection of other shortened names like RGN or WLG, which I'd need to carry around a list to remember where they are, this can take a while to do, and you're left feeling vulnerable to any emergency time-requests until the hands are back in UK position - There's also an alarm that will go off at a random time of day until you figure out how to change it or switch it off.
Being shock resistant, the watch is capable of being taken to 20Bar before it would relent and begin to let in any cog-killing water, sadly, this being the equivalent to being 200 metres underwater, the wearer would probably have drowned when proving his point though, and I'd always hoped that mini-submarines would come with their own clocks built-in, and as big as the stainless steel links on the watch strap will stretch when unclipped, I'm pretty certain that it'd struggle to get over the hands of a robotic arm.
The casing is a mixture of stainless steel and resin, so at least the drowner can rest assured that there'll be no rust on their bones.
So far, every time I've looked at my watch, I have been encouraged by it's ability to respond by knowing what the time is, except for the day when I'd accidentally left it on Athens time and was 2 hours early for work. It feels sturdy, and after owning it for around 4 months, I haven't yet broken it, or left it on a sea bed, so it is performing admirably, but for a recommended retail price of £180, I'd expect it to too.
Brilliantly, I got mine for half price in a coincidence whereby I turned up to buy it on the first day of a Sale at John Lewis in Brent Cross.
All in all, It's a watch that tells a time which I blindly trust, with some benefits that require the pressing of buttons.
Or it's just a watch.