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(Video) Buying G-Shock? 7 Things To Know Before You Make The Decision

The G-Shock is actually a line of watches manufactured by the Japanese electronics company Casio, designed to resist mechanical stress, shock, and vibration. G-Shock is an abbreviation for Gravitational Shock. The watches in the G-Shock line are designed primarily for sports, military, and outdoors-oriented activities.

Nearly all G-Shocks are chronographs, with either a digital display or a combination of analog and digital. Other features such as a countdown timer, world clock, alarms, electroluminescent backlight, and also water resistance are included in most models. Newer high-end models in the particular line also feature GPS, compass, or even radio-controlled adjustment known as Multi-Band.

Many people still do not know what that they have to know or even expect when buying watches from this very famous brand. They just buy them according to the recommendation of others or even based on their guts. So, it is best to watch this particular video as it tells you guys what you need to know before you buy your own G-Shock.

1) Gives Rashes

Allergic contact dermatitis, in terms of watch rash, usually occurs due to an allergic reaction to nickel or certain polymers used in watches and watch bands. If you feel you might be allergic to these materials, getting an allergy and dimethylglyoxime test may be in your best interest.

2) Auto Backlight Feature Depletes The Battery

The auto backlight feature is activated using a built-in gyroscope within the watch. Most people would advise against using it on a non-solar watch as it will drain the battery. The backlight is probably the most battery-draining feature.

3) Negative Displays Are Cool But Hard To See

Negative displays mean that the letter or even characters are light-colored and the background is dark. It means a watch with a display that is harder to read in low light. No, not hard, just bloody impossible. They are nothing more than a fashion statement.

4) Viable Alternatives Available

  • Casio Pro Trek – most similar, GPS and hiking features
  • Suunto – stylish, tough enough, GPS and hiking features
  • Timex – budget pick, good sports or running features
  • Luminox – tritium lume, military looks, occasional durability issues
  • Victorinox Swiss Army – analog pick, reliable, affordable
  • Regular Casio – for especially tight budgets
  • Seiko – automatic movement, versatile design, tough enough
  • Citizen – quartz and automatic movement, versatile design

5) One G-Shock Is Not Enough

G-Shock buyers often fall victim to the ‘just one more’ mentality and may want to buy another G-Shock to the point of being obsessed with it. While some people who use a G-Shock for work or the weekend are fine with having just one G-Shock for many years and possibly decades, a lot of people will end up buying more and more.

6) People Look Down On Your G-Shock

There are watch snobs out there who will scoff at G-Shock, just like there is every other kind of snob out there. You shouldn’t let a fear of what irrational people might think to stop you from enjoying your life the way you want to. There are also some enthusiasts who like expensive mechanical watches actually G-Shock watches too.

7) Atomic Time-Keeping Attributes Aren’t Worth It

Atomic time-keeping feature is a ‘gimmick’ because most people say it doesn’t work half the time. It’s true that it might not always work, and depending on the location, people may have trouble with the Multi-Band 6 radio signals due to distance or physical obstructions of some sort, even though they appear to be within the range according to Casio.

Sources: YouTube The Time Teller.

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