Friends, The Time Has Come To Share...

Aug 12, 2020,10:34 AM
 

... My findings on a watch I have fallen in love with: The Casio G-Shock GMWB5000TB-1 - Titanium.  




Okay, sure, it’s not exactly a “Purist’s” timepiece, but it is a for-sure beater that can be appreciated.  For starters, it has the classic G-Shock case – only difference is this one is made from Titanium – and it is practically indestructible.  It weighs almost nothing and the comfort level on the wrist is fantastic.


Feature wise, it’s loaded with everything you’d expect from a watch with a chip inside of it.  For the sake of respecting our highfalutin horological community, I will put quotes around the complications: 1) “Perpetual Calendar”; 2) “Dual-Time Zone” Display; 3) “World Time” - Tracking of Five Different Time Zones; 4) “Alarm” With Five Separate Alarm Settings, Plus “Hourly Chime” On The Hour; 5) “Countdown Timer”; 6) “Reminder”; 7) “Time & Place” – A Super Cool Function That Allows The Wearer To Push A Button On The G-Shock And The Smartphone App Will Capture Current Latitude and Longitude, Current Address Along With A Map; 8) “Phone Finder”; 9) “DST” Can Be Set On/Off Per Country; 10) “Chronograph”; 11) And, Oh Yeah, TIME MODE smile





Pairing the G-Shock with a Smartphone is super easy.  Just download the app from your phone’s corresponding store and away you go.  Once the watch has been paired, a wizard walks the user through the setup, such as customizing the name of the G-Shock, etc.  Every time the watch and the phone subsequently connect, the phone syncs the time on the watch, as well as any settings the wearer may have changed on the watch or on the phone (such as the adding/editing/removing of an alarm or reminder, etc.). The home screen shows the five selected time zones and the battery level of the watch is displayed in the upper-left-hand-corner of the app.

There's a super cool function - Time & Place - that captures the wearer's Latitude and Longitude, as well as current address and map, with just the push of a button.  









A great tool for the Real Estate Agent in all of us.





All of the watch's features can be addressed from the app, such as the Alarm, Countdown Timer and Reminder functions...












With any new timepiece, there are things we love, things we hate, and things we can live with. For example, I love that there is an accelerometer in the watch which activates the display light when it senses the wearer’s wrist turning over.  That said, I’m not crazy that the G-shock is not a fully-connected “Smart Watch” per se, in that it does not display text messages or allow for the control of the phone from the wrist, something I can live with. Wearing the watch for several months now, there is nothing that I hate.  The bracelet is well crafted and for some reason, the links do not catch the hair on my arm – something that cannot be said about a Rolex bracelet.





PROS:

  • Extremely Lightweight
  • Extremely Easy To Read
  • Loaded With Cool Functions
  • Easily Controlled With Smartphone App

 

CONS:

  • Takes about three full days in the sun the completely charge.
  • This is NOT a “smartwatch”.
  • It does not display mobile phone information, such as text messages or email.
  • Does not allow for the control of a smartphone from your wrist.




 

At the end of the day, I highly recommend this G-Shock. Casio has a couple of different styles to check out, including one that looks like camouflage (shown above). And sure, a sticker price of $1,700 may (G) shock you, so it's not for everyone. Of course, I hear you all saying, “But Scott, it’s not mechanical. It doesn’t have moving parts. You can't wind it. It doesn’t have a soul…”  And I really have no argument against those arguments.  What I do know is that I love it and it has a worthy place in an otherwise eclectic collection.

Cheers, Everyone.

-   Scott


SS [Some pictures courtesy Casio G-Shock Website]


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Nice! I too own a few GShock..

 
 By: janef : August 12th, 2020-11:01
One of my favourite (craziest) watch .. 😬 I don’t really know how to use all the function but I find it very funky.. never fail to raise some eyebrows whenever I put it on .. 🤩 🥂 Jen ...  

That's A Lot..

 
 By: elliot55 : August 12th, 2020-11:05
... Of watch right there.

it is easier for me to remember an address (and how to get there) than it is to use a watch with all those functions

 
 By: cazalea : August 12th, 2020-13:17
I'm just geographically adept and push-button retarded. And only willing to invest about 5 minutes in learning how it works. That's why I like mechanical watches. G-Shocks sure look mean though. Cazalea

I Know This To Be True About You...

 
 By: elliot55 : August 14th, 2020-10:18
... And I know for fact that electric scooter does not have GPS Or does it?

Thanks For Looking. .

 
 By: elliot55 : August 12th, 2020-11:39
... Mon ami.

Thought about the TI version...

 
 By: Ronald Held : August 12th, 2020-12:34
But I own a SS version and the Ti cost is too much.

Had The Stainless Steel Version...

 
 By: elliot55 : August 12th, 2020-13:36
... Which is also fantastic. And if I'd had known the Ti version was coming, I would've held off. As it turned out, when the titanium one arrived, I gave the stainless steel one to my brother and he loves it.

Actually I wanted the DLC version but settled for the Gold IP...

 
 By: Ronald Held : August 13th, 2020-11:12
If I knew the Ti version would be out at a certain dare, I would have held out.

I Think The Gold Version...

 
 By: elliot55 : August 14th, 2020-10:19
... Is also very cool. Being a "Goldman", I think that's enough gold for anyone. Besides the gold watch my grand dad left to me, I do not own a gold watch. Platinum, Steel and Titanium for this "Goldman".

If I was a Gold guy...

 
 By: Ronald Held : August 14th, 2020-11:06
I would opt for the Gold Hamilton PSR.

Intrigued by Gshock but

 
 By: Mostel : August 12th, 2020-15:42
being a digital... quartz... no matter how glorified or wrapped in elevated metals... it is what it is... maybe I would consider one if I was a mountain climber, etc... but hey... many people buy things that are 'insanely durable' and never really 'test' ... 

I Am Actually Quite Surprised...

 
 By: elliot55 : August 14th, 2020-10:20
... By how much I love this watch. It was unexpected.

Why not enjoy it?

 
 By: Mostel : August 16th, 2020-14:36
In these times where we all want to feel 'more protected' and align ourselves with some notion or product that makes us feel less vulnerable, 'invincible' etc... it makes sense. no doubt the Ti elevates the watch wearing experience.

Your T-version with positive screen looks fab.

 
 By: Geo : October 17th, 2020-04:17
and I am sure the titanium version wears more comfortable than my steel. Very interesting watches this 5000 line. GEO

I joined the Gshock gang recently too!

 
 By: jml_watches : October 18th, 2020-14:10
Hi I've just added a Gshock recently too! Not a titanium one - but still on a bracelet. Went for one on the plastic combi bracelet. Have to say - barely use any of the functions. Like the time synching bit & that's about all I've used. It's light & comfor...  

Hey JML...

 
 By: elliot55 : October 20th, 2020-09:25
... I really like the color combo on that one. Looks great! I almost always use the app to make adjustments to the functions, like the countdown timer, et al. As an amateur chef, what I'd really like is a thermometer function that can connect with a probe... 

You never know. With G-Shock what they might add as a function

 
 By: jml_watches : October 20th, 2020-13:28
In your cons you mention that it's not a smart watch. Have a look at the new glide series, think it's got much more of that functionality, it that's what you'd like. Seems to get lots of positive response from you tubers. Cheers JML

Life is too short to not to buy what appeals to you..

 
 By: Ronald Held : October 20th, 2020-10:29
No matter mechanical or electronic.