Update on big “G”

Had this guy for a few months now and decided to update the experience so far.  A BIG watch for me this Casio “G” Shock GA-1000-1AER from their G-Aviation series, but nevertheless a serious piece of kit with very little in the way of gimmickry I have to say.

Might look cluttered - but not so!  A quick glance and you know the time - whatever the light conditions.

Might look cluttered – but not so! A quick glance and you know the time – whatever the light conditions.

Not least because unusually it is NOT an ABC watch, though it looks like it – and it’s not Radio Controlled nor Solar powered model, though again it looks like it should be.  This is a battery powered model, pure and simple.  I understand this is the first watch in this series to have twin sensors.  It also looks as if this big and bold dial should be cluttered – but it’s not and in fact is one of the easiest and clearest Casio “ana/digi combo” models I’ve seen that manages great analogue clarity and I mean “quick glance” stuff.  A quick glance in any light conditions and you can instantly read the time without fail.

The secret is in the detail of the dial construction, multi-layered with great white, almost 3D like indices and markers, in bright white plus great big hands for the analogue function, with plenty of luminous qualities to boot.  The watch is also amazingly light weight, so big as it is, with the ultra thin silicon/resin strap and flat buckle arrangement it manages to fit even my average wrist at 170mm.  Not a dress watch of course and not intended to be but it manages better than many surprisingly.

Multi-layered dial construction is the key to clarity.

Multi-layered dial construction is the key to clarity. Big markers, big hands!

And for night use, it’s pretty good and maybe one of Casio’s better efforts, which is also a real plus, as NOT being a dress watch, it could well be worn in situations where reading the time in the dark is exactly what you want.  A slight issue perhaps is the fact the digital displays are not illuminated and whilst a negative point about which others have commented, it appears in their respective reviews no-one’s marked the watch down because of it.  So I assume like me, they find as long as you can tell the time at night or in the dark, then that’s good enough.

The interestingly figured Seconds hand doubles as the compass.  That is the Digital Compass pointer – and in this respect it is excellent.  The bright white arrow head pointer is cleverly counterbalanced by the long double split pivot overhang, so making this a very clear and easily read pointer for compass North.  Nothing in the background distracts seeing the pointer at North, the digital upper window shows the general E,W S and North heading and the lower one the degrees of the watch head @12.  Super simple and very clear to read (however if you need to use a compass at night, then this is not the best watch for you).

For me it hardly matters as I rarely use compass much today anyway, but the other watch features – Alarm, Timer, chronograph and the really excellent World Timer all work fine and are easily used – and this is where the large dial seems justified somehow.

It’s probably the biggest watch I have and I doubt I’ll ever get another this size, but it’s amazingly light, it works really well and I can easily read the time anytime, anywhere and once on the wrist it’s forgotten – until you need to know the time.  So it’s a bit different, but the best part is simple – and I mean “simple” – it’s simple to read and amongst all that “apparent” dial clutter, it’s simple to tell the time – and that’s got to be good!

So basically I’m pretty satisfied with this model, though in all honesty today I suppose there is one function that maybe I’d like to see added.  Namely the watch needs to be Radio Controlled.  I say this as to change the analogue hands to the correct time, if inaccuracy creeps in as it will, requires you to go through a push button sequence.  You have to press button A (top left) until ADJ comes up, then use button D (lower left) to cycle through the options.  You then get to the time options which will flash in turn and adjust accordingly, which of course is no great hardship, but is time consuming and you have to remember which buttons to use etc.  IF it was simply a case of pulling out a center crown and adjusting the hands it wouldn’t be an issue at all, as there would be no trying to remember what to do.
As I say a minor matter perhaps, but it should borne in mind when considering a model without the center crown controlling analogue indications.  There will always be a digital sequence to go through to manage what should be a quick and simple operation.

But I still like this big watch and I wear it quite often – and that’s usually proof of a good buy.

My original feature is HERE for further information.

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