Like most Batman fans, I am also a Superman fan. This is actually a logical consequence, as some of the greatest Batman novels include Superman as an antagonist (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Hush). The opposite is even more accurate, that is, in the greatest Superman graphic novels, Batman is an antagonist, such as Superman: Red Son and Kingdom Come.
My favorite, Superman: Red Son, explores an alternate reality Superman, that is, a Superman raised in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville, Kansas. In Superman: Red Son, Superman battles an alternate reality Batman and almost loses. Lex Luthor, Braniac, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Joseph Stalin, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen also make their appearance in this Elseworld tale. What I love about this is the ending which is totally unexpected.
Kingdom Come, on the other hand, posits a world where the members of The Justice League have retired allowing for dangerous and irresponsible superhero vigilantes to fill the void, which necessitates Superman to bring back order to the chaos surrounding him. Batman, again, initially plays an as one of the antagonists here, although they join forces at the end. The art by Alex Ross is really epic.
My other favorite Superman graphic novels include Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Superman: Birthright, and The Death of Superman.
Alan Moore’s Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? is set in a future where Superman has been missing for more than a decade and has been pronounced dead. It is a great finale to the silver-age era Superman.
Superman: Birthright is the best retelling of the Superman origin story.
And in The Death of Superman, Superman squares off against Doomsday, an unstoppable killing machine, and dies! A true comic event!
This brings us now to the question: What watch best exemplifies the Man of Steel?
While I am inclined to say Rolex Explorer, the toughest and most durable Rolex in the world, the ultimate Super Watch has to be the Casio G-Shock, or, specifically, the Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 from Casio G-Shock’s aviation series, the Gravity Master, and the world’s first GPS ATOMIC SOLAR HYBRID with CASIO-original GPS Hybrid radio-controlled technology built inside a TRIPLE G Shock Resistant structure. It is a totally indestructible watch meant to rule the skies.
In 1983, the Triple Ten concept led to the birth of the G-Shock. Under the said concept, the watch must have a 10-year battery life, 10-bar water resistance, and 10 meter dropping shock resistance.
Today, G-Shock continues to evolve and take up challenges beyond the limits of time and common sense. Case in point is the the Casio G-Shock GPW-1000. It features a carbon fiber insert band that ensures outstanding durability and Diamond Like Carbon coating of the bezel that provides plenty of abrasion resistance. It is designed to withstand shock of three forces: gravitational dropping forces, centrifugal gravitational force, and vibration. Like all other G-Shocks, the GPW-1000 is also water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters.
It is also the world’s first GPS hybrid radio-controlled and solar powered G-Shock. Its GPS Hybrid Wave Receptor, which is capable of receiving both GPS and radio signals, ensures accurate timekeeping virtually anywhere in the globe.
It also has World Time. With World Time, simply selecting a city name on the city code ring provides immediate access to the time in any of the 40 time zones. Other functions of Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 include ED light (Super Illuminator) Afterglow, 1/20-second stopwatch, countdown timer, daily alarm, low battery alert, full auto-calendar, and Power Saving (the hands stop to save power when the watch is left in the dark).
The various functions and absolute toughness truly make Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 the Super Watch!
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