Product Type: Casio Chronograph
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Arise Sir G-Shock, King Of The Digital Watch...
Casio G-Shock Watches
Member Name: Peakly
Casio G-Shock Watches
Date: 10/12/00, updated on 10/12/00 (2219 review reads)
Advantages: Will Last A Life-Time, Several Extra Features, Comfortable
Disadvantages: Expensive(?), Bulky, Hardly Ideal Evening Wear
(A) He wanted to see time fly
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?
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.
As with most digital watches, the G-Shock does more then simply tell the time. For a start - the obvious.
The alarm can be set to beep and flash (or one of the two) at any time day or night.
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'.
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.
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.
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...)
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.
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.
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, 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.
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