OK, everyone, I have the results of the first test. I had debated whether to hold all the results until the end, but decided to give updates after each test.
The first and most obvious test was the impact test. Both of these watches feature the word and claim Shock prominently on them. But I wanted to do more than a simple drop onto a hard surface. No, this test was dropping a brick onto each the watches from a height of 3 meters. The watches were set face down on a concrete sidewalk for this test and the block was dropped once per watch. You can see the pictures of the watches after the first test.
Both watches have suffered cracked crystals from this first test, although the Timex cracking is worse than the G Shock. However, as you can see, the G Shock suffered a spring bar failure. I was able to reattach it, but it still failed. The Iron Man has worse crystal damage but the G Shock would have been lost owing to the spring bar failure. I have to give this round to the Iron Man even though it suffered worse damage to its crystal. It would still be on the wrist.
The second test will be a low temperature test, so I threw both of the watches in the freezer for 24 hours. They will come out tomorrow evening and we will see how the cracked crystals affected the movements if at all. This test is not very extreme, but it is the best I could come up with during the summer. I will post the results tomorrow.
I've been collecting for a few years and have a decent collection of mostly budget and entry-level watches with a few mid-tier watches. I consider myself a lucky watch enthusiast, as the six watches i...