It’s back. The G-Shock Aviation watch has a brand-new lead timepiece. Casio has spared nothing when it comes to outfitting the G-Shock Aviation watch with features. First of all, it’s an atomic watch (automatically switches to correct time in your area, if a signal is available), is triple G resistant, waterproof to 200M, solar powered, a calendar, has a Celsius and Fahrenheit thermometer, chronograph, stopwatch, world time for 29 different zones, is shock resistant, and finally has a beeper alarm.
Plus, it looks great. What pilot of the air force or just about any person wouldn’t want the GWA1000FC? It’s a cool watch; review after the break.
Price as Reviewed: $500 at Casio G-Shock
What’s This G-Shock Like?
Smooth. It ticks away at the time, with an accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per month (with no atomic signal calibration). It’s only slightly large and heavy, but still looks expensive, rugged, and well-built. After hopping down to Broadway with the previous flagship Aviation G-Shock, I left Casio’s awesome showroom with this model. The only real issue being that it was never calibrated to the correct time, and as a result, I had to do the work myself manually, which took about 45 minutes, when I realized setting the GWA1000FC is very much a complicated process, which is best explained via online videos on YouTube, or Casio’s handy online manual, available as a PDF.
G-Shock Aviation GWA1000FC-2A Gallery
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Why couldn’t I just let the atomic timekeeping do its work? Getting an atomic signal takes anywhere from 15 minutes to a whole night, and isn’t available to most people who own computers, live in cities, near high-power electrical cable, or just about anywhere where — you know — people actually live. So think of it as an interesting feature, but one that might not be able to use. Which of course, utterly defeats its purpose.
But in the daily struggle of making sure your life is balanced in such a way where you can get from point A to point B without dying or failing the objective, this G-Shock doesn’t fail. Without exposure to sunlight, you’ll observe it lasts 6 months on a full charge. How can you tell it’s running low on juice? The second hand will start skipping from 1 to 2 second intervals.
And don’t worry: the GWA1000FC-1A has a calendar. The day, date, and time are all at your perusal, plus there’s a 24 hour time dial for the European aviation watch specialist.
And one more thing: the electronic crown. For the first time, G-Shock has introduced a crown, that once unlocked and pulled out, allows you to adjust the time and various other settings. From a design standpoint, it adds character and class to a rugged, action-ready watch.
In the exchange of five Benjamin Franklins, you can get yourself a top-notch G-Shock that few others will have. It looks good, operates as a fantastic timepiece, and will last you for ages, considering it never needs a conventional battery change. Just one bit of caution: as much as I enjoy this watch, it can’t be helped that the midnight blue/black version is so much cooler looking than the black and red model reviewed here; that one costs one Benjamin more than this one. A pricey gadget, this one.
- Great design.
- Super reliable.
- Comfortable to wear.
- Plethora of functions and features.
- Somewhat bulky and large.
- Atomic timekeeping is hard to perform.
- High price.