When I was a kid, it was difficult for me to read an analog watch and quickly tell the time. Those were the days when people used to ask the time a lot. The first time I saw a digital wrist watch I knew that one of the major issues of my life was solved.
Later I learnt to tell the time from an analog watch without first doing the complex
math in my head still I never wore an analog wrist watch. Only Casio wrist watches were there for me.
Two of the Men’s accessories tough to replace are wrist watch and wallet. Thankfully my wallet is in good shape and hopefully it will go on with me for another decade but my Casio watch said good bye to me after a long and reliable service. It was time to go hunting for a wrist watch.
The criteria I had in my mind were:
- Brand Casio: It had to be a Casio watch. All my previous watches were Casio and with the choice they provide there is no need to look for anything else. My favorite is G-shock range of Casio watches.
- Solar powered: Most of my Casio watches started giving me trouble after the battery was replaced (from authorized service center) so I wanted something which did not require a battery. Also solar is more eco friendly.
- No frills: I like my watch to be simple. No thermometer, barometer or altimeter for me. I want it to provide just one function, to show the time and date. For everything else there is my cell phone.
- Budget: My budget was 10k-15k INR
The process for buying a product online in India is very simple. First you search internationally on the web. Usually on a review website or Amazon and other online stores which provide reliable customer feedback. Once you have shortlisted brand/model that meet your requirement then you start looking for them on Indian websites. Often the products are either not launched here or are priced heavily compared to their overseas counterpart. Be ready to start the process again if none of your shortlisted products are available in Indian market.
Finally I zeroed in on the Casio model known as King of G-shock Casio GX56 – 1AER .
The price was INR 8,995 (MRP) and it also matched my other criteria.
I was slightly apprehensive about its size. On the Internet there are mixed reviews regarding its size. Some say it’s too big for their wrist and some say it’s big but comfortable to wear. That made it difficult for me to buy it online without trying it first so I decided to buy from a retail shop.
I tried the watch in a shop and it was looking great and I did not find any problem wearing it. I went ahead with the purchase and now I have been regularly using it for more than 6 months.
There are few aspects which I like about the watch and there are few which I do not.
- Build quality: It’s a solid watch meant for rough use. I have not tried to throw it on a wall but I am sure it will come through unscathed.
- Plain and simple: It’s a simple no frills watch with only time and date elements displayed rather all kind of circles, bar and triangles which are displayed on many watches.
- Auto EL (Electro Luminescent): It’s a cool feature which makes the watch glow automatically in dark area if you tilt your wrist at a certain angle. A very nice and useful feature. This feature can be switched on/off.
- Double pin buckle: The watch strap has double pin buckle which gives it a firm grip once you fasten the strap on your wrist.
- Size: Once you get used to it, you might not notice until you put another wrist watch beside it. If you do something which requires bending your wrist (palm up) all the way then the watch might obstruct and you would have to push it up on the wrist. Not a big issue since we do not usually bend our wrist that way but still something to consider.
- Auto EL (Electro Luminescent): it’s a pro but still you have to get accustomed to the angle to tilt your wrist to make it glow. Also its takes sometime before it glow (Although less than a second but still you have to wait if you tilt your wrist quickly)
- Display: Although the watch is big in size yet the display is deep inside the watch and not that large. You might have trouble reading the time in dimly lit area specially at slanting angles. I wish they could have used the space more judiciously.
This watch is solar powered so you need to expose it to a light source. You can’t keep it in dark places all the time (wearing under shirt sleeves and storing it in a drawer). I have not found any problem till now regarding the battery. When not wearing it, I keep it on my work desk where it gets ample of light.
I am happy with this watch and it does all that I asked for but given a choice again I might try something else. I would suggest to try this watch before buying since the size could be an issue.
It can be called the Samsung Galaxy Note of watches, either you love it or hate it.