|Clasp Type||Push Button|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Special Features||Radio Piloté|
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Target Audience : Gent - Style : Sports - Item Shape : Round - Colors : Black - Materials : Stainless steel - 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.
That the time is always right, except for the other week when I sailed to Holland and it didn't adjust and I'd forgotten how to do it manually so I was an hour out the whole time there.
That it has an alarm, which turns off after 10 beeps, although it is quite difficult to set the alarm time.
Quite hard to read the smaller dials, you need perfect vision or to be wearing eye correction if you normally wear.
The small upper left dial, I think it is a 24hr clock, but is pretty superfluous.
I think the bracelet catch should have a more secure clasp than the current one, it has never come off but it just doesn't feel top quality for the price.
Overall its a robust watch which I wear for work in the construction industry so it needs to be tough, the strap has scratched but no other watch would stand up to what I put it through.
This is well worth it's price, but note some jewellery sites like watch shop.com have this on sale for £400-£450!
It's features are:
15G g-force proof -RAF tested and approved,
200m water proof - I'm a scuba diver and can say I've taken mine to 128m and still works perfectly!
Atomic multiband 6 - auto time update anywhere in the world
Solar powered- no need to ever open the watch
Highly illuminous - neo bright lume
Sapphire crystal mineral glass - scratch proof
24 hour indicator
Day if the week indicator
All in all, this is the perfect, all action everyday watch you can wear with a shirt and suit, and also to wear out as it looks expensive, feels expensive and still does it's job whatever you throw at it!!!
It's hard to summarise this, but this really is a perfect watch for any man.
Always getting compliments when wearing it, and the black stainless ion pvd strap it's really comfortable and string! It's scratch resistant too which means don't be worried about the strap getting silver scratches all over it..
For the price I would recommend to anyone.
Add to this it self adjusts to always keep perfect time/date, recharges itself, and it becomes an exceptional timekeeping device (never mind its legendary toughness, heritage and smart black metal strap).
Some may say the stopwatch that only goes to 24mins is a negative, as is the lack of back light. It also does not have a calculator, compass or altimeter. So please do not purchase this watch if you positively have to time something over 24 mins in pitch blackness; you may become enraged.
Had some problems reading the smaller dials etc but this encouraged me to go for a long over due eye test - got a new prescription and can now read the dial without problems (my eye sights problem - not the watch).
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