The Best G Shock Watch from Casio – 2017 Reviews

Welcome, and let’s try to answer that surprisingly complicated question for you. Casio’s G-Shock line of watches was first released in 1983. 1983! Let’s put that in perspective for a second...that was before laptop computers, Microsoft Windows or MacOS even existed.

Casio has sold tens of millions of G-Shock’s since that first DW-5000C came off the line, and there have been many hundreds of different models produced. So how can we possibly say which are the best G-Shock’s?

Well, realistically, we can’t. But this isn’t an article about the history of the Casio watch, or about collecting them. This is an article about choosing your own G-Shock. What’s gonna work for you to wear right now?

With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the important features of all of the G-Shocks, and what you should be looking for in choosing one of your own:

Choosing a watch

Price - You can find a G-Shock for $25, and you can also find some models for literally 100 times that amount. So the first step in narrowing down your choices is to talk to Mr. Wallet. What’s he saying?

Intended use - The next thing to think about is, where will you be wearing the watch? Is this a “wear it every day to the office” watch, or a weekend watch, or a “drag it through the mud while I’m running a Spartan Race” watch?

Features - Do you need a countdown timer, or a stopwatch feature? Altimeter? Compass? Barometer? This also goes back to intended use. That barometer might be overkill if you’re a cube warrior.

5 Casio G-Shock watches that are popular right now

Here are five of the currently most popular choices available:

DW9052-1V Shock Resistant Resin Watch - $40

​Features
  • ​Alarm
  • ​Stopwatch
  • ​Countdown timer
  • ​Hourly notification
  • Waterproof to 600 feet
  • 12/24 hour formats

This is a really nice entry-level G-Shock. It’s medium sized at 48mm, water resistant down to 600 feet, and it’s available in several different accent color combinations, including matte black, black with high visibility yellow, and even a black with reversed LCD model. This would be a great starter watch for a young person, or an equally great choice for someone looking for a watch that they’re not worried about getting beat up.

G100-1BV Classic Analog-Digital Watch - $55

​Features
  • Alarm
  • ​Stopwatch
  • Backlight
  • Waterproof to 600 feet

The G100 is a dual-display watch: nice big analog hands, combined with a handy second digital display. This makes a great option for the world traveller who wants to keep track of the time back home, and with a 3-year battery life, they have plenty of time to get there!

It’s also in the middle of the size scale with a 48mm case, but the operating buttons are plenty big enough that even those of us with sausage fingers can easily operate the watch. Another handy feature of the G100 is that it’s resistant to magnetic effects. You be surprised at how much everyday magnetism, like speaker magnets, can throw a watch off. And that’s to say nothing of the more powerful magnetic fields encountered by scientists, pilots or folks in a computer lab.

G9000 “Mudman” Mud- and Shock-Resistant Watch - $65

​Features
  • Alarm
  • ​Waterproof to 600 feet
  • Dual stopwatches
  • World time

The G9000 is a little bit of a step up from the previous two watches. It’s got all of the shock resistance that you’d expect from a G-Shock, but it’s also low temperature resistant, which is a great feature for snow sports enthusiasts, hunters, and ice fishermen.

It’s billed as the “Mudman”, because in addition to the water resistance, it’s specially designed to be mud and oil resistant. But if it’s already water resistant, seems kinda dumb to also call it mud resistant, right? Well, as it turns out, that actually is a different thing. It’s water resistant because the case itself is sealed against water. But because the operating buttons are covered separately, no grit or dirt can get underneath them and make the buttons unusable. Boom, mudproof!

It’s got a countdown timer, and it’s also equipped with dual 1/100th of a second stopwatches. Those do split times and elapsed times. Another great feature of the Casio Mudman is that it tracks world time in all 29 time zones.

GW6900-1 Men's Tough Solar Black Resin Sport Watch - $80

​Features
  • Alarm
  • ​Stopwatch
  • ​Waterproof to 600 feet
  • ​Countdown timer
  • World time
  • Automatic backlight - just tilt your wrist and it’ll light up!

The 6900 is a little bit of a twist in that it’s solar powered. But don’t worry about a cloudy day. Once it’s charged, it’ll stay powered for months in total darkness.It’s a touch smaller than the previous watches at 41mm, and what’s nice about this model is that it syncs with the atomic clock at the National Institute of Standards in Boulder Colorado. Which basically means that you’ll be accurate to within one second every 100,000 years!

GA110LN-1A Anti-Magnetic Black and Neon Blue Resin Watch - $85

​Features
  • 4 independent alarms
  • ​Stopwatch
  • Waterproof to 600 feet​
  • ​Countdown timer
  • World time
  • Magnetic resistant

And finally, we come to one of my personal favorites, the GA110. Between the neon blue highlights, the massive 55mm case, or the modern design of the face, I’m not sure what I love most about this watch. So I’ll just go with all of it! It’s got all of the features we’ve been talking about, from world time to dual stopwatches. But it’s the aesthetics that really got my attention on this one. I love the blue analog hands...I love the second chrono dial...I love the big day of the week display. If you want a distinctive watch that can handle whatever you throw at it, then I think you’ll agree that the G-Shock GA110LN fits that bill.

Wrapping up...

So now that you’ve seen some of the best that Casio has to offer, what’s your choice? Discrete yet capable, or bold and out there? Or maybe you’ll go with more than one option. You can never have enough watches, right?

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