As quietly as usual, the Japanese electronics manufacturer has updated the GA-1000 series of aviation-themed shock-resistant watches. Their new Casio G-Shock GA-1000-2A features a sporty body, which is similar in its styling to that of the last year’s Casio G-SHOCK GW-A1000-1ADF Smart Access watch. However, this new “aviator” sports a lot more readable dial with analogue and digital displays combined for (almost) perfect usability.
Being a rightful heir to G-Shock legacy, the new Casio G-Shock GA-1000-2A is equipped with a shock-resistant stainless steel body, which is coated with a thick layer of soft to touch resin.
The ion-plated black bezel is, too, protected from a surprise blow with four shock guards that additionally provide a firmer grip when you want to operate the watch using any of the four huge polished push-pieces at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock.
As usual, the watch is literally loaded with functions that will please almost any adventurer seeking for a perfect travel companion.
Besides a highly accurate compass, there is also a thermometer, an alarm, countdown timer, as well as a world clock that stores 48 cities and 31 time zones in its vast memory. Since some countries still experiment with daylight saving time, the time in each zone can be displayed with DST turned on or off, which makes it quite convenient for a frequent traveler.
Although this watch doesn’t feature a solar cell, the SR927W battery that animates this watch can supply it with power for around two years, which is just fine because you will have to visit service anyway in order to keep its guaranteed water resistance of 200 meters (those gaskets need change once in a while).
Since the mechanisms that Casio uses for their G-Shock family offer superb shock protection, but are not that impressive in the accuracy department with their famous +/- 15 seconds per month of “within specs” deviation, the watch is also equipped with a radio module that will regularly receive a calibration signal from the closest atomic clock tower and adjust the hands as needed.
If you happen to live in a place where there is no such signal available, you will probably not be happy with the timekeeper’s ability to keep good time, but there are not so many places after all (or, at least, not so many places where people can actually afford a watch that costs more than their entire village makes per year.)
So far, the watch is sold in Japan at around $290, which makes it a very affordable beater for those who just can’t spend their weekends lying on a sofa and playing Super Mario with their imaginary friends.
Casio G-Shock GA-1000-2A specification
Price: Approx. $290
Movement: Quartz, Made in Japan
Power reserve: 2 years (using SR927W battery)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, world time, countdown timer, stopwatch, alarm, auto-calendar, digital compass, thermometer
Case material: Stainless steel, rubberized
Bezel material: Matches case
Case size: 50.80 mm x 52.10 mm
Case height: 16.60 mm
Dial: White, LED backlighting
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 200 meters
Crystal: Inorganic glass
Case back: Solid