Feature packed Aviator watch with some of the most exciting new features of the G-Shock line.
- Packed with most features which made the G-Shock line famous
- Quality materials
- Good price / quality ratio
- Not so easy to set up for users who never had a G-Shock before
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Casio is never late to surprise with their additions to the G-Shock line year after year. The 2014 model GA-1100 Gravity master is yet another masterpiece which includes some of the best features of the G-Shock line in a quality and professional looking tough resin case.
At the first setup of the watch, it might turn out to be quite complicated. This is indeed the case because the watch features pretty complex sensors and all kinds of functions like a thermometer, a digital compass, a countdown timer, etc. However by reading the user manual, you can easily figure it out.
I won’t be explaining in depth all of its features, but generally speaking, the thermometer will help you make accurate readings of the temperature in a large interval from 14 to 140 F, the digital compass will indicate which cardinal point you are looking at, to help you guide through unknown environments, and the world time will basically switch time zones without other adjustments; this is a great feature for business and pleasure travelers alike.
A thing which is easy to observe is that this is a surprisingly good looking watch. It is quite big, this is to be expected from every G-Shock, but it has very well designed proportions, so it will not represent a burden on your wrist. The dial is not too overcrowded and has a professional look along with the small digital displays in the right. It comes with a scratch resistant mineral crystal window and two other subdials.
The illumination is not very bright as you can see in the image above but it is very consistent. This is what I call good illumination on a watch. With a backlight for the subdials and brighter paint, this would have been a nearly perfect illumination. No matter if you plan to do deep water diving or late night runs the illumination is there to make the watch visible at a glance.
Although it has most of the features you would expect from a G-Shock of this magnitude it still misses something, which is the solar charging. Casio came up with this technology long before this watch was launched but still they didn’t include it. This probably happened for maintaining a lower price tag than its more evolved counterpart, the GWA-1100 or GWA-1000. Anyway, this will come up as a problem only after approximately 2 years when you will have to change the batteries. This can be done at home with the help of the internet (a lot of movies on YouTube teach you how to do it yourself), or at an authorized service.
If you want a tough G-Shock from the Gravitymaster series but you do not want to spend a fortune on top of the line models, then the GA-1100 is the best choice you can make.
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- Countdown timer and stopwatch
- Thermometer with a wide display range between -10 to 60 degrees C or 14 to 140 F
- Digital Compass
- Daily alarms
- 200 meter / 660 ft. water resistance
- World time with 31 time zones
- Neobrite index hands and markers
- Analog-digital display
- Mineral crystal dial window
My thoughts and opinions on the G-Shock GA1000.
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