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    G-Shock alternative?

    Is there another all-digital watch model that is as tough, fashionable, varied, and full-featured as the G-Shock?
    The closest I've seen are some Timex Ironman models, but they've got horrid designs. Not to mention shock resistance (and probably water resistance) is nowhere as close as any G-Shock. No Atomic Solar models, either.
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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    As far as I'm concerned, G-Shocks are G-Shocks and no other watches offer the value G's do. As you mentioned Timex has a few similar models, but the designs aren't the best and shock/water resistance isn't on par with G-Shocks. You could always buy a Suunto (non solar and not atomic however) for around $300+, WR is only 30m on most models, however Suunto states you can swim and dive with it. But at that price I'd rather get a G-Shock. From Casio there's also the Protrek/Pathfinder series. The same features as a G-Shock, solar/atomic all that, pretty much the same shock resistance, most models WR at least 100m, prices range from $150 to as much as a bit more than $1000.
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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    The really hard part about your question are the words "tough" (really hard to beat a G) and "fashionable" (YMMV).
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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    Nope, there isnīt. But there is cool gadgets on the suunto and on the protrek with a very sharp look also.
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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    There are some that can meet one or two of those criteria, but as a "total package", G-shock is the stuff. Having said that, G's can't do EVERYTHING. Try running a few miles or swimming a few laps with one - not as pleasant as an Ironman. But then, that's what they are designed for. And Gs are the best at what they are designed for.
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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    Don't need or want an alternative with the exception of the Protek maybe.

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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    Competition brings forth innovation.

    Casio monopolizing the 'digital watch' market with the G-Shocks is the reason why there are no significant new improvements/features in digital watches, imho.
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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by entropy96 View Post
    Is there another all-digital watch model that is as tough, fashionable, varied, and full-featured as the G-Shock?
    The closest I've seen are some Timex Ironman models, but they've got horrid designs. Not to mention shock resistance (and probably water resistance) is nowhere as close as any G-Shock. No Atomic Solar models, either.


    - Horrid design? I don't think so
    - Shock resist? check
    - Water resist (200m)? check
    - Superior functions? check
    - Superior strap? check
    - Better price? check
    - Solar? fortunately not


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    Re: G-Shock alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by cal..45 View Post


    - Horrid design? I don't think so
    - Shock resist? check
    - Water resist (200m)? check
    - Superior functions? check
    - Superior strap? check
    - Better price? check
    - Solar? fortunately not


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    Not horrid, I'll give you that. Kind of meh to me though.
    Timex may have improved since I last used one, but their claims of shock resistance and water resistance were always over rated. Again, that was a while ago and maybe they are better these days.
    I do think their larger LCDs and some of the functionality is a plus.
    They look and feel cheap to me, so their pricing seems correct. This is part of why I mostly own screwback Gs though.

    I will say that I wish some brand would step up and get Casio to make some better modules. They really don't seem to be getting better. In fact, from a basic usability standpoint I think almost all solar modules are worse than the basic 1545 module.
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