Casio GW500A-1V G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch

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Casio GW500A-1V G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch

  • Quartz movement
  • Water-resistant to 660 feet (200 M)
  • Atomic Timekeeping: Receives time calibration radio signals which keep the displayed time accurate
  • Auto EL backlight with Afterglow
  • 29 times zones (30 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off

The shock-resistant design of the Casio Men’s G-Shock Atomic Tough Solar Watch makes it a one-of-a-kind timepiece. This tough watch is constructed with a durable black resin case, a stationary stainless steel bezel, and a black resin wristband with an adjustable buckle clasp for a personalized fit. A durable mineral window shields the digital-gray dial face, which features the time display, as well as the day, date, and month. The digital-quartz-powered watch includes adjust, mode, split/reset,

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  1. 283 of 284 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A few observations for a prospective purchaser, August 20, 2006
    By 
    Eric Krupin (Salt Lake City, UT) –
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    Having owned the GW500AJP-1AV for a week, here are my thoughts on some of the points raised by the reviewers of this and other G-Shock models:

    1. In my opinion, concerns about the thickness of the watch have been overstated. Certainly, if slimness is an *important* criterion for you, this isn’t your watch. But you’ll have no trouble fitting it under your shirt cuff. [Though the manual cautions that doing so will hamper the solar function.] Even my ridiculously slender wrists support it – physically and (I hope) esthetically – without difficulty.

    2. The G-Shock models are advertised as rugged. I’m not about to use mine as a hockey puck to put that to the test. But it certainly *feels* sturdy. [The thickness helps here.] And from what I’ve read about them elsewhere, they do shrug off a considerable amount of punishment.

    3. Everyone’s experience with receiving the timekeeping signal from Fort Collins will vary depending on the particulars of their location and the attention they pay to the manual. I live only 350 miles from the transmitter but with modestly sized mountains in between – which can be a dealbreaker. Although it took a longer period of motionlessness for the watch to lock in than the manual had told me to allow, it has received a strong signal ever since. [And keep in mind that the watch is accurate to 15 seconds a month even without synchronization.]

    3. When I first unpacked the watch, the battery level was at Medium – which you would expect after it having been in a box for who knows how long. After 3 hours of direct exposure to bright sunlight [which you should do in the early morning to keep the watch from roasting], the battery level has remained High ever since.

    4. The four control buttons are slightly recessed – for decreased vulnerability, I imagine. This means you will need to operate them with a directly perpendicular press by the edge of your fingernail, rather than an angled mashing under the meat of your fingertip. I can see why this irritates some people. [It did require a small mental adjustment on my part.] However, I think it was a legitimate design decision.

    5. The leftmost of the three circular “gauges” at the top of the display is meant to mimic the sweep of a minute hand on an analog watch. Speaking as someone whose attachment to that visual “pie-slice” style of time reading has been my main reason for sticking with analog watches until now, I think it’s a terrific idea. In practice, though, the gauge is too small to be useful for that purpose. [For my eyes, anyway.] However, I don’t mind particularly – since I think the three gauges look cool simply as decoration.

    6. Someone else commented that the black resin wrist band is not replaceable. I’m not sure if that’s true. However, replacing it would be no casual affair. So if you won’t be content with this kind of band, you should look for a different watch. I prefer leather bands myself. But this one is in keeping with the toughness of the rest of the watch and certainly comfortable enough to wear.

    On the whole, I’m very happy with this purchase. If you enjoy having an accurately set timepiece – and who doesn’t? – it’s difficult to overstate the satisfaction of radio-synchronization. A good mechanical watch is accurate to 5 seconds a day. A good quartz watch is accurate to less than 1 second a day. As long as it’s in signal range, this watch will be accurate to less than 1 second for the next 60 million years [http://tf.nist.gov/cesium/fountain.htm] – or at least until the US government stops broadcasting, at which point you’ll probably have other things to worry about. When someone asks you for the time, you will be able to give them *The* time.

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  2. 102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great but thick, June 18, 2006
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    Clay Marley “Rev” (Phoenix, AZ) –
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    I first bought a Casio G-Shock type watch back in about ’82, a DW-1000, actually a precursor to the G-Shock. Still works great to this day, though I’ve replaced the battery twice and replaced the resin band with a metal one. This watch has served me well over the years from hiking to scuba diving. So I decided it was time to upgrade to the latest technology – a solar powered G-Shock with “atomic” timekeeping.

    This new watch performs great so far. It synchronizes to the Fort Collins signal every night without problems. I live roughly 700 miles from the transmitter. In the good old days I used to dial in the time signal on a shortwave radio to synchronize my watches. It’s great to have a watch I can forget about setting.

    I was a little concerned before I bought this watch that Casio was relying on the time sync and the watch might not be accurate without it. This is important to me because I frequently travel internationally. Not a problem. My watch had last been synced about 6 weeks prior to my receiving it, and was off about 12 seconds. That’s 2 seconds a week or less than 2 minutes a year.

    The other feature I especially like is the easy world time – a couple button presses and I can show time at whatever time zone I am in. Other functions like the stopwatch are easy to use without constantly referring to the manual.

    There are 3 round dials at top. The left acts like an analog minute hand. The center shows the battery charge, and the right shows if any secondary functions are active, like the alarms or stopwatch. The text on the right dial is almost impossible to read regardless of how young your eyes are.

    I think this watch looks great, but it is thick – almost 5/8 inch thick. So if you like svelte watches this isn’t for you. The resin band is integral to the watch, so replacing it with a standard band is not an option. This is probably the only weak point.

    The manual is small and thick, but can be downloaded in PDF form from the Casio web site.

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  3. 48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great watch, but difficult to get replacement band., April 2, 2009
    By 
    Victor Wren (Austin, TX USA) –
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    This review is from: Casio GW500A-1V G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch (Watch)

    I got this as a gift from my wife, who paid over $100 for it about six years ago. Like others here I had very good experience with this watch. I had to be careful where I left it in the house, or it would not get a time lock. That wasn’t a problem, because the time could not drift much in a day or two. It was a little annoying that it tried to reset the time at 5AM, because I was awake and wearing the watch at that time of day, and the display would blank as it tried to get a signal lock. Touching any of the buttons would bring it back to life. I’m sure it would be even more annoying for anyone who works graveyard shift.

    I did not have any problems with the battery life. For the people who complain about the battery dying, completely discharging any battery causes damage to it. No rechargable will last long if it is frequently discharged (even car batteries). If you keep it in the top 1/3 of its charging range, the battery will last practically forever.

    I loved this watch, and wore it all the time. But I haven’t been able to wear it in a couple of months, because the band broke. Casio seems to be the sole supply of bands that will work with this watch, because it’s an unusual shape, but they seem to be treating this as a disposable watch. The watch itself will probably last for another fifteen years, but without a band, it’s garbage today. I would gladly rate it 5 stars, but the fact that it is a disposable watch gets it knocked down considerably. With Casio’s attitude that $100+ watches are disposable, I don’t know if I’ll want to buy another one of theirs.

    EDIT: Before I wrote this, I had ordered a replacement band from casiosalesandservice.com which does not appear to be directly affiliated with Casio. They listed the OEM band as “out of stock” but said they would collect orders for a future order, so I placed an order. A month went by, and I decided it was futile. Within THREE DAYS of posting this review, I get an Email saying the band has shipped. Interesting timing? In any case, they have the band in stock, now, and I’m VERY HAPPY to have my favorite watch back.

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