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An older model now, but still very useful and still looks good (2017).
on 5 April 2017
Casio G-Shock (Model G-7900A-7ER - Colour - white - Standard display).
Casio have since updated their fleet of G-SHOCKS and this is an older model and is one of four G Shocks I now own. What makes this one stand out is it can give you a good idea of the moon phase and tides in your area. If you set it up by the book, it won't be accurate to a specific region, but by using Google and entering your specific longitude and working out your regional lunitidal intervals, it becomes more accurate for your local area (there's even a specific app for doing this now as well). Just don't expect it to be exact!! I use this model for a beater and don't mind if it gets grubby or banged up. It cleans up well enough although it doesn't have the lovely smooth resin newer models have. The strap has a more plastic feel to it so it's not quite as comfortable as newer models, it also only has a single clasp. All of my other G Shocks have negative displays, so it's handy to have one watch with a standard display. The illumination is excellent and the entire face lights up in indigo. Due to the extra functions on this model, the light button is the G button on the base of the face.
1.). Comfort. Good. Not as comfortable as newer models and it has the "wings" underneath the strap and body of the watch to allow the strap to mould nicely to the shape of your wrist. Strap feels plasticy to make up the word and can feel sticky if you're hot and sweaty or in warmer weather. The strap is nice and wide with a single clasp but it doesn't twist or contort. It's not uncomfortable at all, it's a nice fit, just not quite as comfortable as newer models.
2.). Aesthetics. The watch and strap is "white with blue trim" with a simple SS single clasp. It has a standard / positive display which stands out really well in direct sunlight or in low light conditions, in very low light or zero light conditions the illumination is excellent. The white and blue really stands out and looks great. It's a thick and chunky watch and it feels good to wear, I definitely know there is a watch on my wrist however. The blue trim is a darker blue than many pictures, etc. Whilst this watch has additional features other G Shocks don't have, it's not over cluttered with information. You can tell at a glance easily which functions are enabled or disabled and it has an ample display to see everything you need to. 5/5
3.) Ease of use. Standard G-SHOCK order of set up (although bare in mind the extra set up required for the moon and tide features which makes this one a little more difficult than other models to set up initially), once set up, very easy to use. These watches are not complicated to set up for first time users for the most part. Whilst some models obviously differ from others in purpose, etc, they all share the same or very similar method to set them up. World time, stopwatch, timer and alarms, etc, are all very straightforward to select and use with the usual buttons. This model also doesn't have the button surrounds other models have, although the guards at the 3 and 9 O'Clock positions helps to protect the buttons from damage. Easier to use buttons if wearing gloves with this specific model too. As with other Casio G-SHOCKS or Pro Treks, the buttons have quite a squishy feedback to them, not a click or solid feedback. May feel odd if you've never used one before, but you quickly adjust to them. 5/5
4.) Display. Standard (positive) display, which is absolutely fine in bright sunlight or in low light and easy to make out at a glance (but this model has great illumination). In normal time mode you get the basic 12 or 24h time with seconds, day and the date, the small dial far left lets you know the moon phase, the centre panel is for the tidal levels. The area to the upper right lets you see at a glance what the stopwatches are up to from the home screen which is also handy. 5/5
5.) Illumination. Thankfully on this model is very good indeed. It illuminates the entire face and the main LCD and dials illuminate enough for you to be able to see and use all of the functions of the watch in absolutely any lighting conditions. As with my other G-SHOCKs, the "auto illumination" feature is a little over sensitive and can unfortunately trigger from other normal movements of the arm. Over time this hammers battery life. IMHO, best to simply disable this feature and use the button to manually illuminate as required. Light button much easier to access on this model than other models too. As with other similar G-SHOCKS of this age, you can specify if you require the illumination to remain on for 3 or 5 seconds. Unlike some other watches, the illumination doesn't remain on for as long as you hold the light button. 4/5.
Overall, an impressive watch for the money. All of the usual G-SHOCK features plus the extras specific to this rescue series model. These watches can potentially last indefinitely and they can most certainly take serious punishment and just keep on going. If you're purchasing a watch to last you for many years rather than as a fashion accessory a G-SHOCK will serve you exceptionally well for this purpose. Ultimately, do your research and choose the right model to cover your specific needs, different models of G-SHOCKS cater for many different purposes, so choose the right one before ordering!!
Would I buy a replacement if this model of watch was broken, lost or stolen? YES! Durable, comfortable, ample display, superb illumination, and.... It's a G-SHOCK!! Definitely recommended right across the board. This specific model I'd personally rate at 4 stars, but I'm directly comparing it against newer updated G Shocks. It's still a great watch!!