A Guide To Casio G-Shock Watches


If you need a tough watch, G-Shock is a perfect choice. The folks over at G-Shock’s development team wanted you to stop believing that watches are breakable items and after testing over 200 prototypes, they created the best combination. It follows the now famous Triple 10 concept – 10-meter free-fall endurance, 10-bar water resistance and a 10-year battery life. The first one was created in 1983 and ever since Casio made sure you have a variety of models to choose from. Of course, all of them have at least some features in common and bellow you can read what they are.

Design and Structure

three images of Casio G Shock features

G-Shock watches have an unbreakable case that protects the watch from free-fall shocks. The same applies both to the resin cases and the band. Additionally, all the important parts inside the watch are protected with cushioning materials. The band is made from a combination of urethane resin, has a 150-degree range of movement and provides the balance between comfort, wearability, and flexibility.

A bit more about its shock resistant features. Casio adopted knobby protective forms that will keep it safe from different impacts. This is not only useful for the case and band but also for the glass surface and buttons. The weight of the watch is carefully designed to give you stable hand movement. Also, the watch can operate normally under strong gravitational forces that surpass 15G.

Another important characteristic of G-Shock watches is the solar powered battery. It’s rechargeable through solar panels that are located on the face of the watch. This also means you don’t have to worry about the battery running low.

The self-adjusting timekeeping is super practical as it allows the watch to correct the time as you’re moving through different time zones. This is achieved thanks to a powerful amorphous antenna that controls 6-station radio wave reception. (two in Japan and one in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, and China).

Since 2013, Casio upgraded the triple sensor technology to the 3rd generation. What it does is measures direction, barometric pressure/altitude, and temperature. Let us talk more about the movement. There are four main technologies that cover movement- tough solar, multi-band 6, auto hand home position correction and hybrid mount construction. They are all combined to offer reliability. Finally, GPS satellites are there for the current location, Daylight Saving Time status and automatic display of the correct time.

As for the models, they are separated into a few categories- metal/titanium series, origin models, vintage/classical models as well as a variety of limited editions. Check out some of the most popular models below.

1 – G-Shock DW9052-1V

G-Shock DW9052-1V

This watch is affordable, aesthetically pleasing and has plenty of technical features.

Amazon’s very own best seller – the DW9052-1V. Let us start with its most important features. It’s shock resistant and water resistant up to 200 meters. The case and the band are crafted out of black resin and the case diameter is 48.5 millimeters, making it not too large nor too small. As for the display, it has an EL backlight with afterglow and a multi-function rectangular dial. You’ll also find some useful settings like a daily alarm and countdown timer with auto-repeat function. There’s also a 1/100 second stopwatch with different measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place time. Not to forget hourly time signal, auto calendar and 12/24 hour formats.

BUY | $39.99+

2 – G-Shock GA110GB

G-Shock GA110GB

Black resin combined with the golden face.

With this watch, Casio created a powerful look by incorporating the golden face. Just like the previous one, it’s shock resistant and water resistant up to 200 meters. This one is also magnetic resistant and has a combination of an analog and digital display. More features include 4 daily alarms and 1 snooze alarm, it covers 29 times zones, has daylight saving modes, hourly time signal, stopwatch, countdown timer and a full auto-calendar.

BUY | $96.94

3 – G-Shock DW5600E-1V

G-Shock DW5600E-1V

A timeless and classic digital watch.

The third and the last one is a classic digital watch that just as the last two is shock resistant and 200-meter water resistant. Both the case and the band material is resin, with the case having a 45-millimeter diameter. The design is simple and not too flashy. The features of this watch include EL backlight with afterglow, a multi-function alarm, 1/100 second stopwatch, countdown timer, auto-repeat function, hourly time signal, auto calendar and 12/24 hour formats.

BUY | $43.91

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