Lets start with what I've put my G-Shock through: Rock climbing, Raft guide/Swimming rapids, Painting[watch was covered in paint], Sand from various trips to the beach and laying in it while shooting, Scraped against rough pool walls, Search and Rescue, Various sports- Soccer, Wrestling, Ski accidents, Mountain climbing, High temperatures and Freezing weather. In short I don't treat it nicely, not out of neglect but high activity. I just purchased my second G-shock, the first lasted about 2.5 years before the battery died. I replaced the watch band about 4-5 times before finding a sturdy one with metal parts. The watch itself has remained intact. The screen is well protected with the raised frame and has never had water leakage. The only down side, you cannot purchase the battery from anywhere. The battery is special made for G-Shock, in order to replace it you must send the watch to G-shock. This is the only reason I purchased a new one, so as to avoid the shipping hassle. To sum it up, G-Schock is a bomb proof watch and totally worth the normal price. If you can find it for $45 its a steal.