We all recognise the big plasticky colorful watch, Casio’s Gravitational Shock better known as G-Shock, designed to resist mechanical shock and vibration. Sports enthusiasts, trekkers and people who are into physical activities often tend to incline towards it and consider owning one as a prized possession which in a way defines their character, sort of gives a self approval that yes, I am rough and tough. It really goes well with a casual attire. While some think it is rather too big on their wrist, some think it’s over prized considering it’s all plastic look and feel.
In 1983, Casio engineer Kikuo Ibe designed the first G-Shock: the DW-5000C. It had a 10-year battery life, water resistance to 10 bar and was able to survive a 10 meter fall onto a hard surface (he tested 200 prototypes by dropping them from rooftops or third story windows). Now you know why it is a cult watch, nothing like it! Today, G-Shock ranges all the way from standard analog-digital to GPS solar hybrid watches. Refer to the official Casio site link to check out all the range they offer: https://www.casio.com/products/watches
In this post I will review my G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000-1A3 to prove why it’s a better investment than a smartwatch!
What does one do with a smartwatch? Check the time in XYZ place, set up timers, alarms, check the weather and for the sake of self satisfaction, check some notifications just to feel like a double O agent. Right? For everything else we eventually slide our phone out and explore. Now I completely agree that there’s a lot that a smartwatch can do, I mean it has a goddamm software running that can run apps, lets you change your dial face, notify you when someone calls so that you don’t have to take out your phone from your pocket everytime there’s a spam call. But with great power comes great responsibility and that’s where a smartwatch fails. Here’s a list of things you can’t do with a smartwatch on your wrist:
- No Scuba Diving and water skiing, no activities involving high capacity water
- No Shampoo, soaps, conditioners
- No dropping or subjecting it to other impacts
- No long trekking, poor battery life, I mean isn’t it enough that I have to charge my phone daily?
Apart from these, it has certain other drawbacks as well:
- Expensive compared to classic analogs/digitals
- Daily charging required
- Screen always-on time is pathetic
- Display-on lag time (minuscule) when one turns his/her wrist to look at current time
- We anyhow carry the smartphone with us all the time which literally does everything that we use a smartwatch for.
With my Casio Mudmaster, I have world time, dual time, stop watch, timer, alarm, date, day, compass and ambient temperature sensor. It is completely waterproof, dust proof, shock resistant (obviously!), back-light and has a freaking 2 years of battery life. It is very light weight, comfortable wrist band which is easy to clean and I don’t have to charge it daily! The smooth analog hand and gear movements are just such a bliss to watch at. Just like a car enthusiast would never choose an automatic over a manual transmission, similarly, there is just no comparison of the beauty and raw functionality that the G-Shock Mudmaster offers! Casio has even taken a page from the smartwatch playbook and included the option to turn on this LED anytime you raise your wrist. A tap of the button at 3 o’clock on the watch sends the second hand flying to 12 o’clock before then moving to a position on the watch to indicate which direction is North. The digital display at the top also shows the degree of your direction while the display at the bottom left of the watch face shows the current temperature.
I would still prefer hybrid watches like Fossil FTW1149 and Emporio Armani ART3001 over smartwatches as they have that original essence of a classic analog watch which also pairs with your smartphone to cater to your certain specific needs.
Next time I am going to a beach, I know which watch I am taking with me. Till next time!