As a Casio virgin, here are my thoughts for purchasing my first g-shock and/or other Casio series.
I've just recently been searching for my next watch and came upon the g-shock world. I thought I was totally set on getting a g-shock (actually still am), but I'm now considering something else for my first casio purchase which others may not have considered. My goal is to limit myself to own just 2 Casio's. I know that's hard to imagine for some, but I believe it can be done while satisfying all of my aesthetic/functional necessities. I'm set on owning 1 ana-digi, and 1 digital for a complete miniature collection. The ana-digi will be my daily work watch and has to be aesthetically pleasing (and also not look like a kids toy watch), yet functional in certain ways. It has to have an alarm with snooze, a cdt, resin band, and doesn't need to be g-shock, atomic, or solar. The all digital will fulfill my outdoor/sporty/hiking/jogging/mountain biking needs, so should be a g-shock with resin band and jam packed with everything you'd expect in a digital g-shock, with the exception of atomic and solar (not worth the extra price in my opinion). Theres really only 1 g-shock that could fulfill all of those needs (while adding atomic/solar), and that is the GW2500B:
It's the best looking ana-digi g-shock that provides a snooze alarm. In fact, it may be the only g-shock that is an ana-digi, atomic, solar, and snooze alarm. Every other ana-digi that has atomic/solar kills the snooze because there just doesn't seem to be enough room on the dials, but this module has the alarm settings shown in the digital portion. My only gripe with the GW2500 is that it's too expensive. For $250 retail, I can follow my plan of buying 2 casios for that price and getting much more for my money since the all digital will provide superior functionality. So which 2 to get! I've come up with these 2 beauties:
Ever since I saw the new "Black Label" Edifice series, I can't stop drooling. Specifically, the EFA131PB-1AV. It has everything I'm looking for in my daily work watch, and the only black label that has a snooze alarm (come on Casio, not all of us love jumping out of bed in the cold morning). With the resin band, I won't have to worry about dragging and scratching a steel bracelet across my desk all day, and it still looks as sharp as many watches costing much much more. The only drawback that I can see is that there's no backlight. Just an led light which I haven't seen yet. It's also no g-shock, but that's why this is a 2 watch deal.
As for the 2nd watch/full digital g-shock fulfillment, the G7710-1 has it nailed. It's one of the most feature filled g-shocks and with its incredible looking reverse LCD (some say the best one there is), along with a nice price, it's looking really good for my 2nd Casio to complete a miniature collection. I just wish the multi-function snooze alarm could be had on the edifice series.
Now both of these can be bought for $240 retail (around $160 street) which isn't too shabby. If anyone can come up with a better 2 watch collection that fulfills the needs as mentioned, I would be greatfully thankful. Or just 1 watch, besides the GW2500. I don't think another exists, besides the AW590, but its shape just looks odd to me . Since I didn't feel there was that 1 perfect g-shock to fullfill everything, it seems only logical to get 2, but only 2. Hence, the Edifice/G-Shock Marraige is created. Of course we all know who the Edifice is. She even has 2 nice legs, even though they're different sizes, but hey, who's perfect.
Those of you that own these, or want to; do you think this marraige is solid and will last?