A Casio G-Shock that gives analog time show, packs most features you might probably want, is available in metal on a bracelet and has a very reasonably priced worth in addition? It is right here, it is referred to as the Casio G-Shock G-Metal GSTS110D-1A, and I used to be excited to see how this arguably extra grown-up G-Shock faired on a day-to-day foundation!
The G-Shock has all the time been a little bit of a conundrum to me. On one hand, you’ve got obtained a watch that defines sturdiness and reliability. In reality, it is the go-to observe for a lot of members of the armed forces. However, you’ve got obtained the stigma of a watch that always displayed the refinement of a Tonka truck – to a fantastic extent, on account of the truth that so many G-Shocks are plastic (which is definitely higher at being shock resistant than metal). Nevertheless, the G-Shock MT-G (hands-on here) and MR-G (reviewed here) are comparatively “grownup-wanting” watches which, when you’re not going to put on them with a go well with, will not make you come off fairly so sartorially challenged.
For these unfamiliar with the older siblings, Casio launched the MT-G and MR-G watches earlier this yr. Marketed because the excessive-finish G-Shocks, these metal fashions have been solely obtainable in Japan for a while however at the moment are being bought around the globe (very similar to Seiko with their excessive-finish Grand Seiko watches). Casio has had an extended evolution in creating watches with analog dials, along with metal watches. The rationale for this, merely put, is that a digital watch in plastic is extra sturdy. Conscious of the truth that consumers spending hundreds of dollars on a watch need a number of the aforementioned “premium” features, Casio has launched watches just like the MT-G, the MR-G, and their youthful, extra reasonably priced sibling- the G-Metal.
In fact, these are a number of the most excessive-tech watches you’ll be able to strap in your wrist and as such, aren’t completely designed with aesthetics in thoughts; plus they got here with not very G-Shock-like worth tags. For the MT-G, you are speaking about slightly below $1,000 whereas the MR-G will set you again a cool $three,000. To deal with the demand for a extra reasonably priced worth level, enter the Casio G-Shock G-Metal GSTS110D-1A watch.
Stripping the dearer MT-G and MG-R watches of features just like the titanium end and the “GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor” know-how (GPS time setting, principally), this Casio G-Shock G-Metal GSTS110D-1A nonetheless gives rugged options like shock resistance, 200M water resistance, solar energy, LED mild on each the face and an LED backlight, world time setting for 31 time zones together with an choice to activate/off daylight financial savings time, 5 day by day alarms, hand shift to get the analog palms out of the best way if you might want to, a stopwatch, countdown perform, and a calendar that is preprogrammed till 2099. As a resident of Los Angeles whose definition of journey is a hike on Runyon Canyon, I do not notably want most of those options, however it’s comforting to know I’ve obtained a watch that may deal with just about something.
When it comes to seems, Casio has actually tapped into what arguably many trendy shoppers are on the lookout for in a watch. Utilizing no loud, virtually-cartoonish colours seen on some G-Shocks, and having a easy chrome steel bracelet and case (with protecting black urethane surrounding the case sides and lugs) renders a very discreet-wanting watch, by G-Shock requirements. The Casio G-Shock G-Metal GSTS110D-1A bezel has “G-SHOCK” up prime and “SHOCK RESISTANT” down on the backside with smaller font “ADJUST,” “MODE,” “LIGHT,” and “SEARCH” on the edges with the corresponding button to activate the respective function.
In easy black, the textual content just isn’t too distracting however legible sufficient to be learn simply on the Casio G-Shock G-Metal GSTS110D-1A. You will additionally discover the skinny black urethane internal bezel for additional safety. Now, the addition of the black urethane across the face and as an internal bezel is probably not for everybody so far as its seems are involved (it jogged my memory of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, hands-on here in white ceramic), however it’s essential in retaining the shock absorbing talents of the watch as metal is not fairly so nice at being shock absorbent.
I’ve to confess that I actually just like the face of the Casio G-Shock G-Metal GSTS110D-1A. To start out off, the outermost ring of the dial has minute indicators and the highest portion of the hour indicators. I say prime portion as a result of the dial and hour markers slope down at an incline, after which flatten on the lowest degree of the dial. It provides such an awesome depth to the dial, I actually admire how a lot it makes the entire thing pop with out utilizing loud colours. You possibly can actually inform the designers of this watch put a number of thought and care into ensuring this watch has the boldness that a G-Shock guarantees, however with lovely, virtually delicate design cues you can’t assist however discover. Kudos to the design workforce for this consideration to not solely element, however to the hanging, aggressive design ethos of G-Shock.
This watch does one thing actually fascinating by combining analog arms with three digital indicators. Whereas that is nothing new per se, it is in distinction to the G-Shock MR-G which has the extra excessive-finish-showing analog palms on the indicator dials, although digital is certainly extra correct. Does it make the watch look much less “mechanical?” Positive, however that is not likely why you purchase a G-Shock, particularly for those who’re extra finances-acutely aware. The truth that this Casio G-Shock G-Metal GSTS110D-1A is nearly a 3rd the worth of the MR-G helps take away the sting of dropping these analog arms. If the analog palms get in the best way of studying any of the indications, urgent and holding the underside button on the left aspect of the case for three seconds strikes them out of the best way and doing the identical as soon as once more permits them to maneuver again to the present time.