I bought the Casio G-Shock GW 002E IVER watch a couple of years ago and have not regretted it.
It cost me about £70 and I wear it all the time, however I've seen it selling for around £55. In my job I get a bit of rough and tumble and the watch has withstood the knocks without any visible signs of damage. The new resin build is much lighter and more durable than the old steel G-Shocks.
The big selling points for me were the Waveceptor atomic radio updated timekeeping and the Tough Solar battery recharging. Every night, well the early hours of the morning actually, the watch calibrates its time via radio transmitters located all over the world. Being solar powered you never have to worry about getting new batteries or it breaking down on you when you most rely on it. There is a dial on the face which monitors the power of the battery and I've never had to worry about it running out, even on a series of night shifts.
The backlight on this watch is really clever as well. If you are in the dark and you lift your wrist to check the time, it intuitively switches on its backlight for a few seconds without you having to press a button.
This watch has all the standard extras such as 200 metre water resistant, stopwatch, calender (which is displayed below the time) and a world timer - keeping you informed of times of various cities around the world, in case you travel a lot this is very handy.
And I suppose the most important thing about a watch is how it feels and looks. It is very light and never rubs on my wrist and, even though it is a resin build, does not look too cheap.
The only thing I could gripe about, and this is very insignificant, is the clasp is a little fiddly when taking the watch off.
I recommend this watch if you don't want to spend the earth but still have a G-Shock with all the necessary features and durability.
I thought I might share my opinion on a watch that I initially purchased as my "Work" watch.
Working as I do in a warehouse environment, many a watch has come to an unfortunate end in this physical environment. So when I shopped for another likely candidate, it was important that the next victim... I mean timepiece, was robust, reliable and if it looked good then that would be a bonus.
So, when I set my mince pies on the Casio G-300L-1Aves G-Shock Men's Combi Watch, I felt that it ticked all the necessary boxes.
A good looking watch that looked like it can hold it's own in the rufty tufty world of warehousing and to be honest, it hasn't let me down on that front. I've also used it when I've participated in various sporting activities and I find it comfortable and relatively unobtrusive.
Boasting an analogue with a quartz movement and also a retro digital display... which begs the question, why is digital always classed as retro when it's far more modern than the classic hand movement? I guess real retro would be a sundial!
Anyway... this is a very masculine watch, with a black band and black face. The case is resin and at 18mm thick and 45mm wide, it's definitely chunky without being too clunky in my opinion. Weight wise it's 300g which doesn't drag your knuckles along the floor and I often forget that I'm wearing it.
The strap is black leather and covers the back of the watch and I find that this makes it a little more comfortable and it doesn't irritate my skin like unfortunately some metals do.
This watch is also water resistant to a depth of 200m which is of no concern to me, although we are thinking of booking a cruise for next year, so you never know.....
Other features are a fully automatic calendar and the added bonus of an alarm. It also comes with a two year guarantee as standard.
My watch cost me £64.99 approximately 8 months ago and I see that it now retails at £48.97 on Amazon at the time of writing. I was happy to pay what I did, so it appears to be a real bona fide bargain at the moment. Almost makes me want to buy another one!
As you've probably realised from reading this review, I'm very happy with my G-Shock watch and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
Thanks for reading.
G-Shock watches are quite simply built to last. As I mentioned in one of my previous reviews, seeing this in modern technology nowadays can be a rare sight indeed. There is a large number of different G-Shock watches on the market which all vary in degrees of toughness depending on what you are going to be doing whilst wearing it. You have the usual ones which are waterproof to 50-200m and that's about it (which is great for those swimmers amongst us) and then there are those which are built to be abused. Think ice resistance, mud resistance and basically abuse resistant. They seem to have covered all the bases so far until they think up something new for their watches to be resistant to. Ingestion perhaps? I think a good number of them would even cope with that to be honest! If you are looking for a trusted brand of watch then this is the one for you.
The particular model which I wear is the GW-M5600-1ER, otherwise known as the Radio-Controlled G-Shock. The geek in me screamed out for this when I saw it because the design of it just echos classic Casio with the black casing and rectangular face. I can see me with my first black Casio back when I was much younger. I felt like the envy of the whole school. Then I realised most other young boys my age were wearing them... Still, it felt good.
Fast forward to today, the boy in me was yearning for this watch when I saw it. The technology is brilliant and flawless. The watch is radio controlled. It is multi region so when I hop across to the US, it will change to the local time there. Pretty cool to watch actually if you catch it in time! If I went to anywhere else in Europe or to Japan, it would be the same effect. It will also automatically update itself during Daylight Savings Time in Summer and Winter.
There are of course, the usual features we have grown to expect from G Shock watches. Water resistant to 200m, which is great because when I am not in front of the computer, I am swimming. I am not so much into the gym but swimming is a favourite of mine. I like to have a watch which I can trust not to leak water. I have had watches which were meant to be water resistant but didn't live up to it. Very disappointing. But no disappointment from this one. The face is also made from a scratch resistant material and I can say that there are no scratches. It doesn't get completely abused but it has its fair share of knocks and bumps, which is inevitable really. I fully trust that should I go on a hill walking expedition in the near future that it would survive the journey though.
World time is also included, along with a countdown timer, daily alarms and date display (I use these in conjunction with my alarm clock as some days I just can't get out of bed if I don't have a million alarms bleeping at me!)
The screen is clear and easy to read as we would expect from this brand. The buttons on the side are easy to press and hold when displays or alarms need to be changed. The watch is also very comfortable to wear on a daily basis, throughout the day and night. Some people don't like wearing a watch at night but I find this one easy to wear the whole time with no problems. It is a nice shape and fits well with the conture of ones wrist.
The watch is solar powered via a rechargeable power cell.
I paid £80 for my watch but it may have come down in price now.
I have purchased G Shock watches for a number of years now, for both myself and my husband.
I have purchased the mens watch style for myself, as I prefer the style, and like the black colour for work, rather than the bright pinks and blues
Both me and my husband have the radio control solar versions, which alter the time back and forth as required, and the battery can be charged by sunlight as well, which can be a bonus for the planet im sure.
I have personally found the watches are fantastic quality, and only one of mine having problems with the solar battery not holding its charge, which Casio rectified very quickly for me without hesitation
The face of the watch is clear, and the time accurate within 3 seconds
I have experienced not only quality form the watches themselves, but also a first class service from Casio, with the only draw back being the amount of function on the watch and the massive instruction manual
the watches are built to last, and stand up to the test of time when they are worn each and every day in a working enviroment
thank you casio for everything
This little Casio G-shock watch is a very sturdy little wrist companion. I normally wear it when I go out cycling, the combination of digital and analogue displays mean that I can check to see my lap-time while managing to keep an eye on the time of day, without having to switch between modes - a feature which is very useful indeed in situations where it's difficult to change between modes.
Both displays are very clear, and the glow in the dark strips on the hands definately come in handy, and there's a backlight button as an added bonus!
In terms of resilience this watch is top notch, I don't think I've ever once treated it with respect, I'm always dropping it or throwing it around or doing other things that probably aren't very good for it, but it holds up just fine. I've been swimming in it too a few times, and it did just fine!
A good, resilient watch.
I have been the proud owner of a G-Shock watch for three and a half years now since father christmas left one in my stocking. Since then I cannot fault the product in any way, it is an excellent timepeice. The model I own is the G-Shock combi (£58.69 from Argos), but having consulted friends who own different models, their experience seems to be the same accross the range.
G-Shock is the division of Casio dedicated to delivering tough, durable watches to cope with whatever your life throws at them. The brand has become synonymous with reliability and endurance.
In a word, Superb. It feels solid and durable, and i have certainly put it to the test. I work in a wholesale warehouse in the summer and it gets bashed around all the time, yet the face has remained scratch free and the frame has only minor digs in it. I wear my watch when surfing and again it passes the test with flying colours. It really is a watch you can leave on your wrist with confidence, no matter what the activity (unless diving at more than 200m according to the manufacturers although I haven't tested this myself).
I think the styling is well balanced, certainly on my model. Its chunky looking but not too brash. The yellow writing stands out but is'nt too gaudy or overstated. You wouldn't be embaressed to be caught wearing it at a dinner party and it certainly does not look out of place for casual wear.
You name it: stop watch, lap memory, alarm, barometer, thermometer, altimeter, digital compass, countdown timer, water resistance, moon/tide graph.
Just some of the functions available on various models, making these watches not only durable but extremely versatile.
Expect to pay upwards of 50 pounds for the G-shock name (possibly around the £40 mark on amazon), mine is a mid to lower ranged model and given its use so far and my expected continued use I would consider it very good value for money.
Brilliant watches from a brand respected the world over. The price bracket may not suit all budgets but consider it an investment. A friend of mine from work claims he has owned his for nearly 12 years. The strap broke after 8 but when he retrieved it from a draw a few days ago it was still ticking on its original now 12yr old battery and only 2 minutes out of sync.
Whether you are in to outdoor adventure or you work in a tough environment, this is the brand for you. Comfortable, smart looking, functional and extremely reliable, a G-Shock watch will not let you down.
I was looking for a new watch when the G-Shock caught my eye. These watches were previously highly sought after with insane prices of £100+ being acceptable!
Look & Feel
The G-Shock watch is pretty stylish. The case is made from a tough plastic, finished in a dark blue colour. The G-Shock logo is displayed on the top of the watch in yellow lettering. The LCD display is quite large and is very clear and easy to read, it is encircled by a silver ring which displays some of the buttons alternate functions and says shock resist on the bottom. There are four other buttons on the sides of the watch to adjust the settings, these are grey, are easy to press and responsive (unlike my old watch on which the buttons were so tiny they were almost impossible to press!). Below the display is the final button, this is black and has the G-Shock logo on it, when pressed it activates the backlight which is a cool blue. The strap on the watch is also plastic, but it feels much higher quality than some plastics as it is soft to the touch yet very durable. It's a chunky watch; the only fault I can find with it is it would look ridiculous on a person with a small wrist.
The G-Shock watch is pretty feature packed, its main feature of course is it's shock resistant. I haven't really tested this but in everyday use it survives knocks and jolts with ease. Another nice thing is it's water resistant to 200metres; unfortunately I haven't been able to go scuba diving to test this so I can only say that it survives the shower, bath no problem. It also claims to have a battery life of 10 years, glancing at the manual it says only if you activate the alarm once a day, once a day for the light, no signal etc. So if you're robotic and obey the instructions I have no doubt it will last you 10 years!
The watch also has a ton of other features such as an EDM (electronic data memory) which you can use to store phone numbers, this function I don't really use as inputting names and numbers with the watch buttons is rather tiresome. The next feature is the World time, I love this feature and it's great for when you're on holiday or just want to check the time somewhere else, to use this you simply press the back and forward keys on the watch and it will scroll through the time zones giving you the name of the place where it's that time. The next feature is the Signal and Alarm, you can customize an hourly signal which will give you two beeps at the time you select, by default this is set to be on the hour but say for example you have lessons that always start at 15 minutes past you can have it signal you then. The alarm feature is pretty insane offering you 4 daily alarms, I only use one of these to get me up in the morning, but if you're the kind of person who has alot of naps or something you'll love the multiple alarms. Next up you have a timer, you simply set the time, press start and it will count down giving you an alarm when the time is up, great for timing meals and such. A robust stopwatch feature is included giving you time down to a hundredth of a second, it also has a handy split function. The light feature is pretty good, a simple press of the G button will illuminate the display for around 3 seconds so you can tell the time in the dark, if you hold the G button down you will come across a really neat auto light feature, when activated it will illuminate the display every time you tilt the display to your face, how cool is that!
Price & Conclusion
Now a few years ago a G-Shock watch would cost you quite a bit of change, think £100 for a decent one. I managed to snag mine for the absolute bargain price of £30 (down from £69.99) from The Watch Hospital. If you are in the market for a tough, reasonable looking, feature packed watch that will last a good while, look no further a G shock is for you!
I purchased my original Casio G Shock in 1985! I was a builder back then and got through watches at a rate of about 1 per year. I bought the watch from Argos for £25, an expensive choice for your average everyday watch, but it came with a two year warranty and promised to be tough, waterproof and to keep good time. The watch has certainly lived up to all those things and more. The watch has been worn to work everyday since it was purchased and has taken a battering from a whole host of things including hammers, scaffold tubes, bricks etc. It has been run over by a dumper truck, droped from rooftops and still it soldiers on. I am now in engineering and the watch has been put though it's paces with a variety of hazards including a whole cocktail of nasty chemicals and several trips through various machines, it's also been subjected to welding spatter and 3 months working in a foundry. Alas I have managed to crack the face right across the middle, but it is still working and still keeping out liquids. Oh and I've only had to have the battery renewed once since I bought it. Probably the best £25 I ever spent.
This year is my 44 Birthday and as a special treat my wife is buying me a new one, though I shall still wear the old one to work.
G-Shock +Introduction Well Casio produce the G-Shock (and Baby-G) range, very well i might add, was first made in 1983 with their fist model, the DW5000C. Each G-shock watch was originally made to meet the 'Triple 10' criteria, which consisted of a 10 Metre Fall (shock resistance), 10 bar (100 m water resistance) and 10 years use. It was made so that it could fall in any direction of 10 metres and survive the impact, not just the outer shell, but all the internal components. The G-Shock today has exceeded those original targets, with 20 bar (200m water resist), bashed against concrete slabs/trees etc (god knows i threw it against the floor my hardest and it didnt break) and over 10 years use so far. I have bashed and knocked mine on various occasions, at moment i work in an outdoor charity centre and its hit loads of tree but still survives. Each watch has a minimum 10 year guarantee, some have more but non less. The Range consists of the classic, sport and premium. http://www.baby-g.co.uk/gshock/index.asp I know 20 bar/200 metres is the depth of a scuba diver, of which i am not, but my watch is equiped to handle that crush depth and be water resistant too, so no worries if you wish to venture into the swimming pool with it on, its not likely to break. +G-Shock & Baby-G Both watches are made by Casio but the first is made for the male market and the latter the female market, albeit their advertising campaign unlike Yorkies only for men, does not prohibit women from wearing the male version, nor vice versa. Both watches are made to an unbeatable high standard and for their usuage and general quality they come at a pretty decent price. +The Strap The straps come in a variety of different styles usually material/cloth or hardened rubber, either way they are made to last, i personally prefer rubber, because it tends to be less susceptible to wear and tear. +Problems Encountered The only problem i encountered was trying to change the battery, its encased in many different protective layers, you just try and change it, it looks more like a maze than a watch when you open it up. +The Price I bought mine in Costco, it cost me around £45, the average consumer can expect to pay upwards of £60 (upto about £200 i think) for the G-Shock, and for the Baby-G upwards of £50. Both Brands can be purchased at just about everywhere that sells watches and/or electronics, even places like Argos/Index, just about anywhere to be honest, with very little price difference unless you buy it from Costco, a wholesaler which requires membership. +Functions You can expect the following from any G-Shock/Baby-G watch, *Water resist to at least 10 bar/100m (G shock only) (Baby-G 50m +) *Impact resist 10 metres *10 years use *Time function *1/100th Stopwatch *Alarm (usually more than one) *Illuminating Back Light From different models this can be expected *Telememo (stores phone numbers) *WorldTime *File Link *MEmory Function *Dual Time Contact Info www.g-shock.co.uk www.baby-g.co.uk © James D 2003
Remember those television commercials of lore that featured a cement mixer rolling over a G-Shock watch? The 30 ton truck gives the watch the business, followed by a nerdy spokesman that picks up the still running wristwatch, and grins gleefully at its miraculous survival. That demonstration certainly defined the limits of the G-shock's mechanical abrasion and pressure resistance, but a better measure of its durability would be to wear one, day in and day out, for over six years. I have done just that, and here is my analysis. Allow me first to introduce you to this watch line if you have never seen or worn one. I got this one when I was in America. Chunky Monkey: The secret to the G-shock, as far as shock resistance, is the rubber coating. Most G-shocks feature an insulating layer of rubber that protects it from its surroundings. It is also sealed for water resistance, my example is good to 200m. This protection gives the watch some heft and size. A G-shock is not a fashion statement (ok, so it might be, but it is not a Patek Philippe). If you hang out with military people, police, firemen, swat, runners, divers, rock climbers, etc., you'll notice many of them sport G-shocks. Some G-shock designs offer analog faces married with LCD stopwatches, some are strictly digital LCD, all are supremely rugged. My G-shock: My G-shock was issued to me in 1994 by the U.S. Air Force. It is the DW5600 model. It features a clock, a lap timer, dual time (time in another time zone that you specify, mine is always on zulu ((Grenwich meantime)) time). The watch is also back lit, it has an alarm and a stop watch. The styling is pure utilitarian, a black watch with numbers. It is water resistant to 200m. It is one tough customer. Analog (hands) Dial vs. Digital display: You can have your G-shock either way, but I prefer mine digital. I like being able to quickly change the whole face of the watch to what I want. When I want the timer, I want to see th
e timer. Some might prefer the analog dial and the small digital stopwatch that is associated with it. I find the little one hard to read. Either way, just choose what you like the best, and the one that suits your activity. Durability and Battery Life: Wow, my G-shock is still on its original battery after six and a half years. About three years ago the back light started to dim. I don't know if it was battery or bulb, but now it is barely visible. This all the while the clock section was keeping very good time, losing a second or two a month. The lack of back lighting doesn't bother me, because of the nature of my work, light emitting watches could become a detriment. If you are either engaged in combat or end up on the ground in an evasion situation, an Indiglo watch could spell big trouble because of the amount of light it emits. In Air Force parlance we call spurious light sources such as these "Shoot me Here" lights. I have had to replace my watch band, the replacement is not holding up as well as the original, I should have bought a true Casio replacement band. I bought my replacement at Wal-mart because I'm the stingiest, I guess you get what you pay for. The original G-shock case has some scarring, but I've been wearing it for almost seven years, day in, day out. The watch remains serviceable and in excellent condition. Times Change: My watch is a Japanese model, I think many of the newer ones are Malaysian or Chinese. This company must also compete, so it has expanded its manufacturing base internationally. I don't have experience with the new ones, but if the company remains true to its reputation, all of the G-shocks should be worthy, rugged, outdoor watches. I believe many of the new G-shocks offer indiglo style lighting, a plus for the non-tactical user. Value: This is a strong selling point for the Casio G-shock. You can buy one of these fine watches almost anywhere from around £30 to a max of
about £100. I'd probably opt for a middle of the road model, getting up around 300 dollars places this wristwatch priced out of its original market segment. Conclusion: Remember the first digital watches, the Texas Instrument's watch with red LED display and time only function? Those days are long gone, and for probably less than one of the TI originals went for, you could be wearing a G-shock, a watch tough enough to survive being run over by a concrete mixer. Just make sure your wrist is not in it when that happens!
(Q) Why did the man throw his watch out of his window? (A) He wanted to see time fly Boom Boom Just as the classic joke about the chicken was soon updated to feature such alternative punch-lines as 'the dinosaur crossed the road because it was the chickens days off...' and 'the chewing gum crossed the road because it was stuck to the foot of the chicken', the above can be adapted as so. (Q) Why did the man throw his watch out the window? (A) In hope that he could disprove, then sue, G-Shock. The G-Shock watch is, so they say, unbreakable. True? Well personally, I've been too scared to find out. I've gone as far as smacking it gently against a wall, but never been brave enough to leave it under a moving tank or drop a piano on it's head. But lets work on the theory that the G-Shock is indeed unbreakable - does that mean it's any good? APPEARANCE The G-Shock comes a variety of models, but these vary only in slight colour differences and positioning of buttons - basically, they are very similar. This is not a bad thing though, as the basic design itself is appealing, depending on your preference. If your the kind of person who wears their watch as a fashion statement, perhaps more likely to opt for the style of a Rolex then the practicality of a less attractive make, the G-Shock isn't really for you. It's design is incredibly bulky, this is so that is can be marketed as strong and durable, which it is, but at the expense of size. Just about everyone remarks on the sheer size of my watch, maybe that's because I have small wrists, though I never had any complaints when I wore a slinky hand-face Adidas number last year. The G-Shock generally has a large digital face, and a host of buttons with a thick strap - not exactly evening wear! If, however, your the kind of person who tends to go for sports watches, this is for you. The
G-Shock has never pretended to be a fashionable product (not to say it hasn't been promoted as 'cool', just not in the same sense as a Rolex), it is more a practical product that it's ok to wear. If you like the modern, bulky style over the somewhat 'limp' look of designer watches, then the G-Shock should be right up your alley. The people best suited to it though? Those who simply want a durable and reliable watch, perhaps those who work in unpredictable environments such as building sites - the G-Shock shouldn't break under a falling brick. FEATURES As with most digital watches, the G-Shock does more then simply tell the time. For a start - the obvious. -Alarm The alarm can be set to beep and flash (or one of the two) at any time day or night. -Stop Watch The stop clock can run for up to ten hours on my model, displaying the mili-seconds up to the hours. The stop clock also has a 'split/reset' button, along with the normal 'start/stop'. -Light A large 'G' button on the front of all G-Shock watches lights up the screen in full glow for roughly 3 seconds, or 4 if pressed in and held. There are also a series of less common features, although I'm not sure these apply to all models. -BPM The BPM is used for such things a DJ'ing and certain athletics events I believe (since I do neither, it isn't that handy to me). The basic idea is to press the large 'G' button (when on the 'BPM' screen) in time to the music you are listening to, then playing it back. The watch will now beep/flash/both in time with the rhythm you just inputted, until you make it stop. -Shock Resistant This is the infamous G-Shock ability to with-stand strong shocks that would break an average watch. Tests include placing it beneath a chair-leg or stamping on it with high-heeled shoes (not that I would know...) -Water
Resistant Perhaps not a very exciting feature, but I'm not sure if this is exclusive to my model only. Obviously, this means you can take a shower or accidentally put your hands in the washing up with breaking your G-Shock. -Plastic 'Grips' I'm unsure of the official name, but this basically refers to the set of plastic 'grips' or 'rests' that lie beneath the watch face. These allow the bulky watch to fit onto your wrist comfortably and easily. PRICE My G-Shock was £120. I know this is a fair old price for a watch, but my case was special in that it was purchased aboard and the model is extremely new. The average G-Shock in the UK however is around £50-£70 I think. This may still seem expensive, but if you think in terms of value for money - a G-Shock, unless you lose it or blow it up, will last you forever. A designer Calvin Klein watch is likely to cost triple that price and break at the slightest knock. OVERALL Overall, I would recommend a G-Shock, but only to a certain group of you. If you like small, delicate, eye-pleasing watches, then the chances are you will be put off the G-Shock at first sight. Some people see a watch as a time-telling device, others view it as a fashion statement - you should decide which you are, the pick accordingly. If you someone who likes a practical watch, and prefers the bulky, modern digital style - the G-Shock is perfect. It has a lot of features, and if you would put them to genuine good use, then a G-Shock could be £60(ish) well spent. Long-lasting, durable, deceptively comfortable and littered with features. Very large, far from 'classy', rather expensive by digital standards. For me, the G-Shock is perfect, for you, it may not be. All I can give is my recommendation though, and I think it's great. G-Shocks can be found in all major catalogues, and on the shelves of the
vast majority of jewellery shops.
I own a g-shock and I must say it is the best watch I ever had. It is not so much the functions, which you find on most digital watches, but the amazing durability and the trust Casio have with their amazing 5 year guarantee. I once dropped this from my balcony on the sixth floor, almost risked injuring someone severly but amazingly, the watch didn't hit anyone and was still intact without even a scratch. I haven't dropped any other watches from that height, but I doubt they wouldn't break. The watch itself is available in all sorts of colours, and different straps as well. The most common strap is the velcro one, but be warned, once you sweat in it, you won't be able to get rid of the stink. The functions are the usual ones: alarm clock, stopwatch and countdown. Obviously there are the other little settings, like whether you want the "illuminator" to go on every hour or the hourly beep and so on. The watch being very big is also good for concerts. When you enter a mush pit it acts as an amazing weapon and can inflict serious damage, if you want it to that is. I think that maybe its size is rather excessive, but then again it wouldn't be as durable but people would stop asking you whether it has an incorporated coffee machine!! Another defect is that it doesn't really match with formal occasions, but if your a sporty person, or want to show yourself as one, there is nothing more perfect than this watch. The price is rather spiced, but its almost Christmas so you might urge yourself to spend that little bit extra or just ask father christmas to do you a favour. The watch is worth it. Casio definitely trust their product, if your watch breaks within 5 years, they'll give you a new one, for no additional cost, at least thats what they claim, but quite honestly I think they'll find something to charge you on. Anyway back to the watch. Its good, if you like the style, don't stand their looking at it,