This particular model is smaller than the common G Series watches your all familiar with but rest assured size isn’t everything. The auto LED display is better than ever, and the Neo-Bright hands are a god send. All in all I was excited about the prospect of this watch and by the way it’s a totally affordable $100.
At first The resin band was a bit stiff and caused the watch to either ride up or down my wrist which was a bit irritating but I’m happy to report that after about a week or so the band broke in and is extremely comfortable. Given the fact that I have broken quite a few watches in my day due to my line of work and my chosen leisure activities the G-Shock series was a must. After about a month of wear and tear in the Fire Fighting Academy and construction fields the watch is still in prime condition after exposure to high heat, impacts, falls, and most any other normal wear and tear. The Ion finish shows no signs of deterioration and the band is still in pristine shape as expected. The Mineral Glass face has shown remarkable resistance to scratches as well, which is a huge plus for anyone that works with their hands.
Watch Features and Operation:
The Auto LED display is a wonderful interface and makes viewing easy no matter the lighting conditions. The Neo-Bright Hands make it possible to tell time in the dark without having to press the illumination button which is awesome when you always have bunker gloves on inside a structure full of smoke. The seconds counter on the left of the watch display makes taking Heart and Respiratory rates a breeze for those in the medical/first response fields or just the health conscious outdoor adventurist. The watch also has a Day and Date display that are accessible through the time keeping mode by pressing the bottom right selection button. The World clock is the next watch mode and like before you can advance though the time zones and cities by pressing the bottom right button. Next is the Countdown Timer mode which is fully adjustable up to 60 min. The Stopwatch mode follows that up. Both the Timer and Stopwatch are a 2 button operation bottom right to start and stop andtop left to reset, holding the top left button in will allow you to change the timer duration. That brings us to the final operational mode, the Alarms. To turn the alarms on and off press the top left button the bottom middle display will aluminate and de-illuminate based on the alarms that are currently on and off. Holding the top left button will allow you to change the settings of the alarm. The bottom right button allows you to cycle through the 4 alarms, pressing any button while the alarm sounds will snooze the alarm for 5 min. The final mode in the watch menu is the Hand Set menu and is activated by holding the top left button until the display flashes, then the hands can be advanced by pressing or pressing and holding the bottom right button. The watch has all the standard G-Shock features you expect as well:
• Shock Resistant
• 200M Water Resistant
• Auto LED Light with Afterglow
• Neo-Bright luminous hands and markers
• World Time
29 times zones (27 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
• 4 Daily Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm
• Hourly Time Signal
• Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown range: 1 minute to 60 minutes
Countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
Others: Auto-repeat, progress beeper
• 1/100 second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 59'59.99"
Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
• Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2039)
• 12/24 Hour Formats
• Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month
• Battery: CR1220
• Approx. battery life: 3 years
This watch is an affordable get it done watch that cuts out the flashy extras that drive the price of a watch up, Its basic rugged design allows it to function no matter how adverse the conditions and doesn’t have any foo foo features that may lead to malfunction. Its’ smaller face and over all smaller design makes it more practical for most every kind of use, What I’m trying to say is that you can wear this with your suit if you’re a 9-5 warrior and you can wear it if you’re a rugged outdoor adventurer. Its’ features and design allow it to fit many applications and the countless design choices make it customizable to your specific style and needs. This watch is a favorite of mine and while it doesn’t have any fancy compass features or any of that its reliability, ruggedness, and ease of operation will quickly win you over as it did with me, if given the chance and for me the $100 price tag earned it that chance.
This Review was written by a fellow Firefighter in training Kameron Strunk who has been a friend since grade school. Kameron has put this watch through its paces during our Fire Academy and trips to the mountains as well as daily use.