Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Casio G-Shock GL-160-3

The GL-160-3 was my third G-Shock. After 6 years with my unbeatable DW-6900 I thought it was time to make a change and let have a well earned rest to the DW-6900.
I made my way to a mall to see what new products had Casio released. And when I took a look at the G-Shock’s display I saw the GL-160. I felled in love immediately and I knew it had to be mine. What caught my eye was the polished stainless steel bezel which enhances the watch. The case and bracelet are like 2 in 1 made of blue jellyfish resin. The back case is protected by more resin, but in this part the material is more solid and is purple which matches very well with the blue jellyfish.

The bracelet has a nice detail with a lip and the end of the band so it won’t slip out of the ring easily. It has a feature that I love and not all G-Shock’s have, but personally, I find it’s a must. I’m talking about the illuminator button placed at 6 o’clock of the bezel. I think that they look more authentic with this button.

Ok, enough describing the watch itself, anyways, you can check it out yourselves with the pictures. Let’s talk about the different modes that has. Firstly we have the time mode, after pressing the mode button once you have the moon age and tide time interval, when you press it for the second time you have the time the sun rise’s and set’s, pressing again you have the count down timer, pressing once more the stopwatch appears and lastly 2 alarms, snooze and hourly signal.

At time mode, if you press the forward button, you can change the display view from the classical mode, which shows the time at the center with big numbers, at the top the date and at the bottom the day of the week, to the tide graph display, where at the center of the display appears the tide graph and on top there is the time with smaller numbers. You can see all that at the pictures.

I prefer this way to show the tide graph than the new Gulfman. It’s easier to read and you still have the time and date. The new Gulfman has the tide graph too small in my opinion, and it’s a very important feature if you are surfing, windsurfing or any other sport where the tide level is very important.

I’ve been using this watch while I was windsurfing with a friend. I always had the tide graph display switched on so we could know when they were going to be good waves.

With the reverse button in Time mode you can change the site. Pretty useful if you travel a lot.

The last thing I have to say about the display is the two tone colour display, which I find very cool. It helps you distinguish between the time and date. A feature that I now realize that I missed is the circular window that’s in the display. This window shows the lunar age.

Well, I think that’s all I can say about this incredible watch. I’ve been using it for 5 years more or less and I have changed once of battery, never had a problem with it and when I still take a look I like it as the first day I saw it.

Hope you enjoyed the review! See you soon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Casio G-Shock DW-5900C-1

As I promised at the previous review, here I go with the DW-5900C-1. I got this watch as a present from my grandmother for my birthday, so you can figure out that I have a sentimental attachment to the watch. I got it at 1993 (more or less) and been using it for two years. I was a pretty active kid by then so it took a rough treatment, and it stood it pretty well. As you can appreciate at the pictures, it is pretty worn out.
I find that the design of the interface of the watch is one of the best that Casio has ever designed. The only thing that I would change is the display of the time, that maybe I would make it a bit bigger.
At the bottom part you can find a window with the time and just above it there is the month-day date.
There are three circular windows on top of the window time. The left shows you the time as an analog watch. The centre one shows you the mode which are you in and if the alarm or signal is activated. The right window shows you a second’s display.
It would be great that Casio updated this watch with the tough solar and the atomic timekeeping, without changing the design. Maybe one day I recreate a possible GW-5900 with Photoshop or in 3D.

In conclusion, a great classic that has a few drawbacks but that in my opinion kick some ass to newer G-Shock designs. It lacks of illuminator, one thing that you can really miss, but we have to remember that we are talking of one of the oldest G-Shock designs and technology.

As always, I hope that you enjoyed this review!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Casio G-Shock DW-6900BD-1T

I’m a big fan of Casio G-Shocks, they’ve been my companions of adventures for many years. I can actually remember when I had my first G-Shock, a DW-5900C-1, in 1993 more or less, I’m not really sure. But, around 1995, when I saw in a shop the DW-6900BD-1T I felled automatically in love. By then I was 14-15 years old, it was a very active stage of my life. By then I started mountain bike downhill, which is a rough sport, and also many other adventure sports.

This G-Shock took quite a beating as you can appreciate at the pictures. I’ve been wearing it around 6 years, and I didn’t alternate with any other watch. One feature that by now is a sine qua non for G-Shock’s is the back light, but when I first saw it I was totally amused.

Furthermore, to activate the illuminator, you had to press the front button with a G on it, which I found a perfect place to locate it, as it is very intuitive to activate the light. In addition, the nylon strap gave a beefy look to the already sturdy G-Shock. This strap is totally comfortable, with just a drawback: the Velcro that adjusts the strap sometimes went loose when swimming or if you accidentally drag it somewhere.

The watch came with two additional straps which are mid nylon mid resin, in colour black and the other in red. A nice detail from Casio in case you didn’t feel comfortable with the Velcro band.

The features of the watch are the most common for a G-Shock: Time, stopwatch, timer, 5 alarms and hour signal.

There is not much more to say about the watch, it worked flawlessly through all the years that I've been wearing it, and it only took two changes of battery through 6 years of intensive use.

If I had to give a grade to this watch I would give him a 9 out of 10. I would give him a 10 if it had the tough solar and the atomic timekeeping as modern G-Shocks now have.

I hope that you enjoyed my review and next week I will post a review of the DW-5900C-1.