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I love this watch. I've had it for a while now and use it for work so I can time my breaks better. The watch came presented in a small round Baby G tin complete with a usage instructions booklet. The watch is actually a lighter pink than shown but it's still a beautiful colour and it looks really delicate and feminine. It's a lot less bulky compared to other Baby G watches I have seen on the market. I have small wrists so I was pleased that this watch catered for small wrists as well as larger wrist sizes. It's easily adjustable though, however the strap is noticeably shorter than previous Baby G watches I have owned. That's fine by me but for larger wrists this may be a problem.
The watch was easy to set up initially and it keeps its time well. It feels nice on the wrist. It isn't too tight, nor does it irritate the skin. The backlight is a nice addition and it's not too bright either so it doesn't blind you during the night. The watch has a protective scratch-resistant hard mineral crystal lens and it's water resistant to 200 metres. I find the watch to be really durable. I've been on holiday wearing it many times. I've been diving in and out of pools wearing it and it's still kept its time perfectly well!
The watch has a strong resin 17mm wide bracelet which hasn't faded over time. I've owned some Baby G watches in the past that have faded and ended up losing their looks. Luckily this one hasn't and it still looks really nice. I get a lot of comments on it and I like the fact that Baby G watches look quite retro and 90s in style. That's my favourite look so I'm more than happy with this watch!
I've replaced the battery and a new battery was only £3 from a market stall so that didn't break the bank. The watch also features multi time zones, a stopwatch and an alarm.
This is a lovely feminine watch that looks great, does its job and is a pleasure to wear.
Watches, for me, tend to be impulse buys. I'm not someone who has multiple watches, but at the same time I cannot be without one so as soon as one gives up the ghost, a desperate hunt begins to buy a new one as quickly as possible. That is how I came across the Casio Baby-G.
I work as an outdoor pursuits instructor and so demand quite a lot from my watch. When I saw this one half price at my local Argos I was drawn to its shock resistant claims and some of its other features. I'll try to outline these below, along with other things that I have found useful since buying the watch:
1. Shock resist feature
As I spend most of my work and leisure time outdoors messing about with boats, rocks, bikes and ropes, my watches take a bashing. One particularly sensible design feature is the way that the bezel of the watch stands a couple of millimetres proud of the glass watch face. This simple thing means that scratches on the face are much more rare than normal, in fact there is barely a mark on the face of my Baby-G. As for the rest of the built in shock resistance, all I can say is that I haven't broken it yet!
2. The display
The display on the Baby-G is neither particularly large, nor particularly small. There is, however, plenty of space for a clear digital display showing the time, day, date and alarm settings. Obviously the information displayed changes with the different settings but it is always clear and easy to read.
The natural follow on to talk about the display is to mention the light. So few ladies' watches have a light and I simply don't know why as I find it so useful. Slightly differently to most, the light works by making the actual digits light up, rather than the face around the digits. The light is white also and nicely effective. Much nicer than the old-fashioned green glow.
It is easy to change between the different functions of the watch and it is also surprising how much I use a stop watch. The controls are nice and simple, what more can I say?
To compliment the stopwatch is a count down timer. I use this to time the washing, the cooking, all sorts of things. The difference between the timer and the stopwatch is that you set the amount of time (say 12 mins for a pizza in the oven) and the watch counts down the time, beeping when it gets to zero. I understand that not everyone would use this feature but I find it very handy.
The watch has 4 alarms, which can be set to different times. They do, however have that really annoying digital watch beeping sound - but then it is a digital watch so what can you expect I guess. Personally I don't like being woken by a nasty beeping so tend to only use the alarm functions occasionally when I have no other option.
7. World Clock
The watch will automatically adjust the time when you are abroad simply by setting the major city for the time zone - London, Moscow etc. Personally, I don't travel often so have no use for this function but I'm sure it would be very useful to those who do jet off around the world a lot, or if you have friends or family around the world and want to check the time before you phone.
The Baby-G is waterproof to 10 bar which is 100m. Although this does not mean that you can dive with it, it is plenty for swimming, boating and other watery pursuits, or just doing the washing up without worrying!
In short, the build quality is good and the watch is showing no signs of wear. Although aesthetically I was not immediately taken by the Baby-G, it has grown on me and at least looks a bit more feminine than most 'practical watches'.
I wholeheartedly recommend this watch!