Monday, December 1, 2008

The twelfth G

And the G-Shock for December is . . .

. . . the DW-5600E.

The votes came in on the watchuseek G-Shock forum and while this one led from the start, there was a strong end push for the GW225A-1 Frogman. However, this classic, iconic G-Shock prevailed and will be on my wrist for the next 31 days.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

11+1 Gs. A poll.

I'm done. Here it is November and I don't have a twelfth G-Shock for December. Have a look at this post and vote for the watch you'd like to see me repeat for December. Leave a comment if you like to let me know why you voted the way you did. See you in December.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Tells the time. Day or night. That is all. This is kind of the anti-G-Shock. No date, no alarm, no stopwatch, no second time zone, just the time. I'm going to have to learn to tell the time with an analogue watch again.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Still playing. Just not posting.

Sorry for the lack of activity. A month away from the computer in August sort of killed any momentum I had going for me.

I did get a pic of the watch for August however.

A blue, basic model Gulfman. It took everything the sun, sand and water could throw at it. There may have been a day or two I didn't wear it. It was vacation after all.

September saw the G300 come out.

This watch was the banner model for quite some time on the watchuseek G-Shock forum. The photo was excellent and prompted many "what model watch is that?" questions. I asked that same question myself, and after a time found one for sale.

October's watch is a special edition Mudman.

The TLC Mudman commerates Toyota's Land Cruiser team's entry into the Dakkar rally. The rally was cancelled, so all us watch geeks couldn't live vicariously through the team and wear our fancy watches.

I didn't buy it because of the Toyota connection though. I wanted a colourful G, and this is a very, very bright watch. I've had a few people ask me if it was a kids watch. It realy does get noticed.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Here' s what Casio has to say about the Frogman:

The Frogman has resurfaced as one of G-Shock’s 25 Anniversary Limited Edition releases. With its Solar Power and Dive Function, the Frogman remains an aquatic masterpiece. Engraved with a commemorative 25th Anniversary logo.

Big, chunky, inexpensive, it's everything a G-Shock is meant to be and more.

Monday, June 9, 2008


This is what comes to mind when you say "G-Shock".

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Time for a dash of colour round here!

This one arrived from Singapore just in time to brighten things up. April was kind of wintery with all kinds of snow and cold. Even today there was a dusting of snow on the ground early in the morning.

But you can see green grass trying to get through. Go little green grass! Grow!

This is a very interesting model. It's quite loaded with features including one I'll probably never use a tide graph. And did you notice that it's yellow?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Phew! Don't know what happened yesterday. I must have walked into a reality distortion field.

For those of you following along at home, I have been wearing one G-Shock a month for a year. April's G-Shock is the hated and revered GW-300.

It's big, it's round, it has red highlights (I like red) and it has some fantastic features. Why the hate? Well, a bunch of these have either had a bad rechargeable battery, a bad module, or both. There are stories of perfectly fine watches malfunctioning for no apparent reason, and repaired watches crashing. Fortunately mine has been going strong for about three years and will hopefully keep going for many more.

The two main features on this watch are the solar cell that recharges the watch's battery and Casio's Waveceptor technology which receives the time signal broadcast from Colorado. With these two features the watch should never need a new battery nor need to be reset.

This was my first G-Shock and I'm looking forward to wearing it this month as it has been out of the rotation for awhile. Stay tuned for more.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


The third G-Shock of the year is the venerable DW-5600E.

This one should be in any G-Shock collection. The 5600 is a direct decendant of the original G-Shock, the DW-5000C.

Casio's G-Shock brand really took of 25 years ago after the famous "slap shot" commercial. You can see it along with some corporate G-Shock history on this page:

Friday, February 22, 2008

Nice day. Wrist shots.

We G-Shockers like taking pictures of our watches.

The sun was out. The temperature rose above 10 degrees. And I needed a pic or two for the "Friday What You Wearing?" thread on the G-Shock forum at

So here's a few of me riding home from work, wearing February's GW-1400DA of course. And for those of you who don't know what I look like, I took a quick pic for the panda portrait group on as well.

See you soon!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Review. GW-1400DA

I briefly introduced February's G-Shock for the month, the GW-1400DA, but here's a more in depth review.

The first thing I noticed about this watch is that it is big and shiny. I've been used to G-Shocks on resin bands so my first metal G-Shock was a real eye opener. Some G-Shocks impress you with their size; some with their colour; but this one catches your eye with the glint off its stainless steel bracelet and bright metal bezel.

Another attention grabber is the analog dial and hands. If you mention G-Shock, most people will automatically come up with "digital watch". This one is a combination analog/digital watch. The big hands and dial are suplemented by three tiny lcd window subdials. These subdials handle all the features on this watch other than telling the time. Well, they tell the time, too.

The centre sub dial does most of the work. It displays time in hours and minutes, seconds, month date, day, battery charge level, world time (30 cities in 29 time zones), alarm, stopwatch, hand setting mode, atomic time signal reception, daylight savings mode, and automatic illumination mode. That's a lot of functions, and information for one tiny sub dial.

The sub dial to the left indicates alarm on, hourly time signal, power save mode, and charge battery. The subdial on the right is a 10 second counter.

Two other big features of this watch are its solar powered battery and the atomic time signal reception.

Exposing this watch to any light source charges its battery and it can run aproximately nine months under generally light use from a full charge. Of course wearing this watch will expose it to light constantly charging the battery keeping it running for the life of the battery. However Casio doesn't really say how long that is.

Three times a day, in the early morning, this watch will attempt to calibrate itself to a radio signal broadcast by the National Institute of Standards and Technology from Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. By resetting to the correct time daily, the already very accurate quartz movement (+/- 15 seconds per month) is even more accurate.

Casio has placed two LED lights at the 3:00 and 9:00 position to allow viewing in dark conditions. These are very bright and light up the whole face of the watch. In fact they are so bright, they can light up a dark room for a few seconds while they are on. Auto illumination is a mode where the LEDs can be activated by turning the watch towards your face so as to read it. This consumes a lot of power and isn't really recommended for G-Shocks run on regular batteries, but being solar powered, auto illumination isn't a problem for this model.

To compliment the LEDs the hands and four markers at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 are lumed. This lume seems quite bright after being charged up , but does fade quite quickly. The LED lamps actually make this lume unnecessary but it is a nice feature if you want to save battery power, or do not want your watch lighting up every time you check it in the dark.

In regular light this watch is very legible. I've been noticing how quickly I can make note of the time with a quick glance at the dial. The finish on the hands and the colour of the dial work together to make the hands really pop out, especially at an angle as if one were catching a quick glimpse of the watch.

I was quite surprised at how comfortable the bracelet is after it was sized to my wrist. It is a bit of a hair puller, but I've only noticed that infrequently. It has a combination brushed/polished finish that complements the watch head. It feels solid and substantial and balances the watch on the wrist. The braclet is held closed by a push button signed deployment.

When I held the watch for the first time there was a bit of dissapointment. Being a metal G-Shock, I was expecting the whole watch head to be made out of metal. But it is a combination of plastic and metal with the bottom half being plastic and the top half mostly metal. The two materials are different visually with the metal being polished the plastic a matte grey. This look is picked up in the bracelet, but where the bracelet is all metal and feels substantial in the hand, the watch head feels tinny, almost cheap depending on how I hold it. Now I know this is a G-Shock, and therefore tough by definition but I was expecting something more from the looks of this watch. However, even the more expensive G-Shocks share this composite construction and in daily use it doesn't make any difference in performance.

Did I mention this watch is thick? It's thick. And that combined with built in face protectors means the dial is waaaay down there. The face protectors also cut off the top or bottom of the dial depending on how you're looking at the watch. In fact, it took me some time to realize that there is a lumed marker at 6:00 as at regular viewing angles it is impossible to see.

I wasn't sure about this watch at first. I bought it because I liked its looks and atomic and solar features. But the sub dials took away from the looks, I thought. And the plasticky feel was turning me off. But I knew I was wearing it for a month so I had to go ahead and live with it. But living with it hasn't been a chore, as I've grown to like the middle sub dial and tolerate the other two. And as mentioned, the composite construction of the head hasn't been a issue. I love the rest of the watch's looks and especially its legibility. I know I'll miss it in March.

Friday, February 1, 2008


G-Shock number two is an ani-digi with some nice features. But we should talk about February first.

When I asked my wife which watch I should choose for this month she said it had to be the red one. Well I'm saving the red one for something different, and I just recently received this one from a seller on ebay. And seeing that the chapter ring is red I knew it would be okay.

I discovered this model when a poster on the Watchuseek G-Shock forum was asking about the availability of a solar charged, atomic time signal receiving G-Shock that looked "classy" or "dressy". He was also looking for something "squarish". I did a bit of searching and came up with this. I liked the looks of it so much I decided to buy it. Thanks again, Watchuseek forum.

I'm going to wear it awhile before giving it a review. But all in all I do like this watch a lot.

"Lume" shot.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The rules.

Well the guidelines for the project.

  • A different G-Shock every month for one year starting on the first of the month.

  • If I have to buy a G-Shock it should be under $100.

  • However any amount less than $100 can be added to a future purchase.

  • At least one post per month no later than the 15th of the month on the current watch.

  • My rules, my blog, I can change them if I want. But I probably won't.
Any suggestions are welcome. I'll be posting a list of some of the models I'll be looking for soon.

Thanks for following along.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Welcome to 12 Gs. One G-Shock a month for a year. Hopefully I'll be able to offer a bit of insight, history and maybe some good stories about Casio's popular, usually inexpensive, and rugged by definition watches.
Check back for irregular updates. But you can count on a new model every 15th of the month. In the meantime check out 12 Gs sibling, 50 Gs. And learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about G-Shocks at the Watch U Seek G-Shock forum.