|Case Diameter||50 millimetres|
|Special Features||Radio Piloté|
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Target Audience : Gent - Style : Sports - Item Shape : Round - Colors : Black - Materials : Resin - Movement Type : Quartz - Water Resistance : 20 atm - Glass : Mineral - Width : 50 - epaisseur : 15 - - Spécifications : Chronograph, Solar Energy, Radio Controlled
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The feature set of this watch is impressive. It supports Casio's six band radio controlled time regulation, meaning that if you're in Western Europe, the USA, Japan or China the watch should adjust itself automatically every day to show the precise time. Outside of that it reverts to the "usual" +/-15 secs a month. You also get a chronograph (accurate to 100th second if your "operating finger" is that reliable!), a world time function (dual time zone basically) and alarm functions. It's solar powered, so you'll never need to change a battery.
By comparison to it's predecessors in the "Aviator" range I believe that this model has a somewhat lager face, offset by a slightly slimmer case. The case provides all the usual G-shock protection, depth rated to 200M and this model has also been subjected to the dizzying limits of sustaining 15G (hopefully I'll not be testing that) and to prove the point Casio have used the RAF skiing team to promote this model, which I'm sure will be reassuring to know!
Operation is never going to be straightforward on a watch with this many features - especially when it's entirely analogue and not a digital readout anywhere, and this model in particular has baffled a few trying to perform initial set up. The main pitfall seems to be trying to adjust the watch when it ISN'T in timekeeping mode (indicated by the right subdial showing days of the week), I'll not go into detail here, but suffice to say the manual is quite detailed, although in fairness - if you've used a similar Casio four button watch - it probably won't take too long to master it.
The good points then? - In my opinion a fantastic looking watch, that's built about as well as any, and offers an extremely good feature set for the price. Once set (if indeed you need to at all) you won't have to adjust it till 2099! The timekeeping face is very legible in daylight, with clear markings and large numbers on a matt black background.
What's not so good - A little complex to operate for some tastes I suspect. The finer markings on the subdials are a struggle for my middle-age eyes under all but bright light. Night time visibilty, in my experience, has always been something Casio struggle with. Using Casio's "Neobrite" lume on the hands they retain good visibility in the dark, but the hour markers on the face less so. This is also the case on another similar Casio I own, and why they can't sort things so that the hands and the face all share the same lume, I don't know!
The watch comes in a few variants . The GW4000D has pure black/white markings and on ion coated black bracelet and usually commands the higher price, The GW4000A adds green accents to the black/white and is on the standard G-shock resin band, as is the base GW4000 which has orange accents. Functionality on all is the same.
All in all a good looking watch to my eyes, well made and with loads of functionality (some of it a little more than most will need I would suggest!). Not without the odd flaw and certainly not one for those wanting a basic timepiece, but then you won't have read this far if that's the case. In terms of "bang for your buck" Casio generally deliver, and this is definitely no exception. I'm very pleased with mine and have no regrets.
I knew I would test what charge the battery had by playing with it all evening, so I set it on the window sill for 30mins to charge before I cracked on. The manual does take a few reads to understand but I soon had my world time city set and then the alarm. I tried the alarm during the evening and found that the volume wasn't very loud. Hopefully that was because of the sounds of the house. Hopefully it will be better in the quiet of tomorrow morning to wake me up. Having said that if you want an alarm to prompt you during the day, you might miss it.
I love the size of this watch, it feels really substantial on my wrist. There are some who say it is just a dressed up GW-3000 but that one has too much going on around the bezel/circumference which makes the actual face smaller than this watch. The GW-3000 also does not have button descriptions on the front. With the amount of features and button combinations, this is quite useful.
As the title of this review says I also love just selecting the next feature in the cycle and watching the hands just spin!
Overall a great watch, little complicated to set up, but once done you shouldn't need to do any more set up. That does mean of course that when I go on holiday next year and want to set a new world time I will have to dig the instructions out again.
I bought this watch to use on holiday knowing that if I kept it charged it would always be ready to go with the correct time and never need setting again and wouldn't have a dead battery.
If I had to give it any criticism, it would be that the small dials are very difficult to read in anything other that good strong daylight. But I doubt I'll be playing with it as often now and will just be using it as a watch.
My one steamed up inside the glass while walking on a cold damp day, only had it two days so it has been sent back to vendor for replacement, told could take up to four weeks, so waiting patiently for the replacement.
Disappointing seeing as it's a premium g-shock, expected better, hope it's a one off!