Affordable and good looking watch with all the quintessential features of the G-Shock line
- Good looking
- Has all the basic features of the G-Shock line
- Pretty bad backlighting
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The Casio DW9052 is yet another very popular G-Shock that combines all the basic features of a tough, shock-resistant watch in an accessible item for everyone. If you are looking for a watch that can withstand the bad treatments of an active life but at the same time have a light design that is suitable for everyday use, then the G-Shock DW9052 is right on point.
It features a basic design with a regular resin strap that closes using one pin and multiple tightening levels and a case with a stainless steel back which has four buttons on the sides that I will talk about later on. However what is somewhat interesting or unusual is the display, because it is actually split into two different parts with a little indicator in between. On the top, by default you can see the day of the week along the date and bellow the time is shown with hours, minutes and seconds.
The buttons on the sides have different functionalities in order to maintain a user-friendly approach as Casio likes to do on their watches. The down left button is used to enter the configuration modes of the alarm, countdown timer and respectively the stopwatch. The upper left button is used to set the values of all the different modes, the upper right button resets all values to default and the down right button is used for starting/stopping the countdown timer and stopwatch. This was a very basic description of the functionalities of the buttons, but there are a whole lot more things to know about these that can be read in the watch’s manual.
The alarm sound is pretty loud to wake you up, although I would not recommend relying on it in any noisy environment, the backlight is good only to the extent that it simply exists to make the display readable in the dark, but in any other way it is just mediocre. You won’t get any kind of smart settings for it, like auto illumination once you get in darker places or any stuff like that. Also, undoubtedly you won’t see a thing on the display when making dives underwater. For some, this may be a big thing, for others maybe not so, but I considered it to be worth mentioning.
There are plenty soldiers deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan that have been equipped with this G-Shock mainly because they needed a simple, lightweight watch yet practical and with lots of functionalities. And many of them successfully returned with a still functioning and ready for action watch proving that Casio did a good job with the DW9052.
Finally, the astounding number of positive reviews that this watch has received can be seen as a good indicator of how the majority of people perceive it. You can weigh the pros and cons and decide whether the Casio G-Shock DW9052 is a watch for you.
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- 660 ft. / 200m water resistance
- Countdown timer with 1-second measuring unit and range up to 24 hours
- 1/100 second stopwatch
- 12/24 hour format
- EL Backlight with Afterglow
- Daily alarms and Auto Calendar
- Case size of 48.5 x 43.0 x 14.7mm / 59g
- Approximately 2 years of battery life
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