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    Just when the GW2500 Aviator was slowly carving a niche in the ana-digi line, here comes a new GW3500 ana-digi, from the Gravity Defier lineage. Similarity to GW3000, its analogue cousin, is obvious.

    For normal timekeeping, the new watch has yellow trimmed hour & minute hands with, what looks like, good lume. A World Time feature has the city name in the top LCD window and the time in hrs-min-sec in the lower LCD window. The usual Chronograph, Timer and Alarms can be viewed in the upper and lower LCD windows. My guess is that the sub-dial at 3 o'clock is for an additional at-a-glance 12-hour (single needle) World Time readout, apparently without any AM/PM indication. (In the event, a 24-hour dial -- with a less gawky needle -- would have been much more sensible and, in line with the aviator theme.) The sub-dials, at 9 o'clock and 1 o'clock are mode/status indicators. Surprisingly, despite having two LCD windows, Casio has persisted with these sub-dials, whereas all this info could have been conveniently consigned to the LCDs, ie mode in upper window and relevant data in lower window. As an example, the Pathfinder PAW5000/ProTrek PRG500 has a 'clean' main dial with no sub-dials; it cleverly manages to display the mode, followed two seconds later by the data, in a single LCD.

    Except the additional Tough Movement, all other features are similar to the GW2500. Of course the big plus feature of the GW3500 is the Gravity Defier label which lets accurate time-keeping by the pilot at 12Gs (if indeed, he hasn't passed out by then)!!

    Despite the largely superfluous sub-dials, the watch is quite attractive and overcomes all the shortcomings that dogged its analogue counterpart, the GW3000. The new model has a LED light (GW3000 had none). If the ana-digi GW2500's mechanisation is anything to go by, the new model possibly has a 60-min auto-repeat countdown timer (GW3000 had just 24-min) and five alarms (GW3000 had one). Knowing Casio, the watch is likely to show up in more colours in the coming months.



    A quick heads-up on the sub-dials:

    Mode Indicator sub-dial at 9 o'clock >

    - T1, T2 = Home, Dual Time Setting
    - WT = World Time
    - ST = Stopwatch
    - TR = Timer (Countdown)
    - AL = Alarm
    - C = Charging
    - L, M, H = Low, Med, High (Battery power)
    - PS = Power Saving
    - R = Ready (waiting for manual signal reception)
    - W = Work (signal reception in progress)

    Status Indicator sub-dial at 1 o'clock _

    - A-LIGHT (Auto Light selected ON/OFF)
    - SNZ (Snooze ON/OFF)
    - ALM (Alarm ON/OFF)
    - SIG (Hourly Signal ON/OFF)

    Dash _ in bottom LCD window just above DST (Daylight Savings Time) & SPL (Split time during Stopwatch operation) indicates these are 'active'.
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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    What the [expletive deleted by moderator] I only just got mine and they went and released a new model....... Anyway I'm not too upset, even though the new model has better features, I still like my GW3000 waay better. Yellow is no fly zone for me. Except on the tissot PRC200 ofcourse
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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    Figures, as soon as I buy a 3000 they fix the problems, still a great watch just does not carry the usual g-shock features! :D The 3500 is a great looking watch, any idea on cost and availability?

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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    I really like it! I could do with one of those.

    Google's throwing up zero other information at the moment. It's not on Casio's pages or any of the usual speedy listers like Tanaka.
    The Search function on vBulletin forums isn't very smart. If you want to search for a complete string in the G-Shock forum, or for posts which include multiple words, use Google, and enter site:forums.watchuseek.com/f17 into the search box. Then use normal google syntax after that to enter your search.

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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    I see that the GW2500 and GW3000 went and had a baby. Not sure if I dig it or not. The subdial at 3 (if the same as GW2500) is the WT but there doesn't seem to be any way of indicating am or pm (the longer upper display of the gw2500 displays this info no matter what mode you are in). I'd like to see the full feature set before rendering judgment. I might end up digging it after all.

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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    Quote Originally Posted by Shademantis View Post
    .... The subdial at 3 (if the same as GW2500) is the WT but there doesn't seem to be any way of indicating am or pm (the longer upper display of the gw2500 displays this info no matter what mode you are in).
    Shademantis: I quite agree with you that apparently, there is no way of checking if it is AM or PM on the 3 o'clock sub-dial. I fail to understand why they couldn't have a single-needle 24-hr dial for this display. Casio just might have messed up an important WT function in the GW3500.
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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    Here is a comparitive shot of the GW3500 and its analogue cousin, the GW3000. No written material available yet.

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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    Ok now I am thinking of getting the GW3500.. Damn watchuseek....

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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    I like the yellow on this watch
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    Re: New GW3500 Gravity Defier

    Quote Originally Posted by Shademantis View Post
    I see that the GW2500 and GW3000 went and had a baby.
    ha - that's a good one.

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