...that if Rolex were ever to issue a contemporary piece with a plexiglas/acrylic crystal that the line would be around the block and down the street, right?
And like Micah, my 372 still looks pretty much brand new, in spite of its status as a daily-wear piece (same goes for my JLC Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm, which is almost a year old). That said, a few hairlines reinforce the vintage vibe, though as has already been pointed out, if that ain't your bag, Polywatch has your back.
Otherwise get a 422. Horses for courses, as they say...