G-Shocks are my thing, they are indestructible, well almost, and I like things like that, just look at my choices of phone cases, iPad covers and so on, however I seen this little Casio (non G) on a forum, brand new as an unwanted gift, and at a great price, pretty much half the RRP. It was too good to let go, especially as it had the Altimeter / Barometer/ Thermometer sensor as featured on the G-Shock I currently have my eye on. I saw this as a good opportunity to evaluate this feature at a fraction of the price. If it is good, G-Shock gets bought, if not at least I know and my eye can wander at another!
The first thing I noticed is how so different this watch feels from my G’s. It feels light and flimsy, the strap feels as if it may actually break, it has a big face (50mm) but it feels light. The clasp looks small, the buckle is small and looks weak. Then I realised it’s not going to break, it is not delicate, it is just not a G. This is what normal watches feel like. I’m jsut used to wearing a tank commanders watch on my arm.
So when I got into it and wore if for a while it is comfortable, it looks good, and it is big, it ticks all my check points. I have wore it to work, out running, in the rain, on the motor (and MTB) bike and it has survived. The strap didn’t break, the clasp is still intact, everything still functions. It’s all pretty much good. However the face is scratched. After only a week and not only once. In many places. You can only see it at certain angles, but at those angles you can certainly see it!
So that is why I wear G-Shocks, yes they can get marked on the straps and bezels but really what can’t, but all my faces are scratch less. Some of my G’s have had a hard life, and as yet this Casio has not.
As for the sensor, honestly I have no idea if I am 150m above sea level or not, it can be calibrated and to be honest it is not meant for extremely accurate readings and it is fun looking at the barometer and seeing how I am as a weather forecaster (not good by the way), but all in all, it is a decent quality watch that although it lacks the toughness I like about the G’s it could easily appeal to those not so interested in the heavy duty look.
Oh and it must be alright as I’m still wearing it, and the I’ll be buying the G with the sensor, gimmick or not.