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    Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    This review has been written for Lost In Mobile, hence the unusual comments in places, but I hope that it still conveys how fantastic this watch is.

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    As you may know, I am a fan of G-shock watches and am quite happy to write about them on Lost in Mobile because they are of course mobile and they are also technical. This site is not just about phones and tablets anymore and if it was, I would have long ago ran out of things to say. Also, it was with surprise that I checked the latest stats and 26% of the total traffic to this site is heading directly to my recent review of the GB-6900B/1ER. More than a quarter of the traffic since March 17th has been for a watch review which is a figure I can't easily ignore.


    Anyway, the GW-3000M-4AER is a watch I have looked at for some time from afar and I was never quite sure why. The orange strap married to the aluminium and black resin body make for an unusual combination, but one that works in my eyes. The side view of the watch body is stunning; resin atop aluminium atop more resin with clearly defined buttons that are glossed rather than matt. Add blue accents on the face and an extremely busy interface and you end up with a watch that you will either love or hate with a passion. The reason I love the design is because it is different from most G-shocks, but not childish, it is premium without being pretentious and it contains everything I need in a watch.


    I don't require Bluetooth connectivity to my phone, I don't want to be running apps on it and I certainly don't want it to beep and buzz every time someone tries to contact me. I want balance. A good looking watch that is deadly accurate and that can take daily knocks with no problems at all. If it happens to look fantastic as well then all the better, and that is why the G-shocks have long appealed to me. I get that many people feel that G-shocks are ugly and that they are not for adults, as evidenced by the messages received below when I showed a picture of the 3000M to Neil-

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    OK, so let's presume that Neil is incorrect and move on to the watch itself. It is obviously very different to most G-shocks purely because of the strap, a bright orange design that first attracted me to the watch. However, within 10 minutes of receiving the watch I had ordered a black strap because the colour is just too much. It does work, don't get me wrong, but I'm 43 years old and it just doesn't suit me. I find myself worrying about what colour shirt I am wearing and if it will clash with the orange strap (shudder) and the realisation that a watch should be subtly impressive dawned on me quite quickly. I want to enjoy the watch I wear, but I guess I don't want to show it off.


    And the image below from watchuseek sold the idea of a black strap to me.

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    In other areas the design is striking, but there are many practical aspects of this watch that deserve some attention. The domed glass front ensures that reflections are kept to a minimum and at times it magnifies the display when viewing from obtuse angles. It is a simple touch and one that I would like to see used more in other watches. The two pronged strap attachment ensures that there is minimal horizontal movement when the watch is worn. Again, a touch that most will not even consider, but in daily use it is a practical addition that offers benefits.


    The luminous hands and numbers work extremely well and supposedly only a small amount of light is needed each day to ensure they work throughout the night. I was initially concerned about the lack of a backlight, but in truth I haven't missed that function so far. And finally the bizarrely traditional date feature which works better than any digital display for me. It harks back to a previous time, but also does not feel out of place. Unlike the day marker which is an odd way to tell you what day it is- difficult to read, takes up too much space and is completely unnecessary anyway.


    The multi-band technology is as ever quite superb. Set your location and then let the watch do the rest. The exact time will be checked in the background each day, often multiple times, and you will always have accurate timekeeping. The watch will also auto-correct the hands every hour to account for knocks or strong magnetism. Solar power will keep it powered with ease provided it is exposed to sunlight on occasion. In my experience with any G-shock bright sunlight, even for a short time, will push it up to the maximum levels, but the official specs suggest that 8 minutes of sunlight will keep it going for 24 hours and less behind glass or under fluorescent lighting. Seeing the current power levels on the 3000M is a bit vague. In the timekeeping mode you need to look at the second hand; if it's moving at 1 second intervals the power is good and if at 2 second intervals it will need a top up. That's all you get, but the reality is that it doesn't really matter because you will likely never need to charge it consciously. The sun, and other light sources, will do that for you during normal daily activities.


    There are many other features included such as a daily alarm, a stopwatch which bizarrely indicates elapsed time up to 23 minutes, 59.99 seconds and the expected world time functions alongside automatic calendar functionality. I admit to not having played too much with these features for a number of reasons. They are somewhat fiddly to use on a non-digital display, I prefer to use my phone for stop watching and world times and the calendar takes care of itself. The fact that this watch takes care of itself once set up, like all G-shocks, means that you can just strap it on and you are done.

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    Conclusion


    Concluding a review of a watch is not always giving opinions of how well it works and how feature-laden it is. The 3000M does indeed pack in the features and offers much technology in a very small space, but that to me is not what's important. My GWX8900B which offers multi-band timekeeping, solar power and many other features present in the 3000M will be replaced by the latter. The 3000M costs £250 (rrp is £285) and the GWX8900B can be bought for less than £80, but that really isn't the point.


    To me, this watch is stunning and offers everything a G-shock enthusiast could want, but with a design that sets it apart from the rest. Even forgetting the orange strap, the actual design is completely different to most other G-shocks and indeed almost every other watch. I spent some time recently considering Citizens and Omegas, but came back to the G-shock and it was this particular model that settled the choice for me. It can be fiddly to use, the styling may not suit everyone, but this is by far the most likeable watch I have ever owned. It has personality, deadly accuracy and every feature most people could possibly need in a watch. I don't want a smartwatch, I want a smart watch, and this is the smartest watch I have owned, both physically and technologically.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Hi great review and very true as to your description of the wrist band. I too would like a black strap but not sure which one to get, can you advise me as to your replacement...cheers Andrew

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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Thanks for the review.



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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Hi Andrew

    I ordered this one for the 3500B (was told it would fit)- GW-3500B Strap - Tiktox

    Still waiting for the confirmation that it has been sent though, but will post an update to advise if it works OK.

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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Very nice. Not convinced that the complete stelthing works with this watch, but it is certainly different.

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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Hi just ordered one from the shop you sent the link too... they say its definitely the right one and is a Casio OEM but in black rather than orange. cheers

    Andrew :)

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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    I received the strap today and it's now in place-

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    However, I do not own any tools and every screwdriver I own is too big for the strap screws. Believe it or not I ended up using 2 of my daughters hair clips (sturdy and short) to unscrew the strap and a mechanical pencil to push the pin out. I have now ordered a proper kit:)

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    And guess what. I think I prefer the orange strap now...

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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Both are fine but the black is good as a spare I also found the spare bezel at Tiktoc GW-3000B Bezel set
    this will come up in their search Box if ever its needed.
    I worked out how to set the alarm after an hours worth of reading the manual ...just wanted to hear what it actually sounds like when it rings lol

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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Thanks for the thread. Yankeeexpress tempted me to the dark side and I bought a GW-3500 today. Thought that a black strap as an alternative would be nice and this thread convinced me. I have ordered a Casio GW2500 Band 10287236 from Amazon for $9 which is a pretty good price. Thanks again.
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    Re: Casio G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER review

    Watch arrived and is even nicer than these posts led me to believe. Thanks again.
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    As long as you follow those simple rules - you shouldn't listen to anyone about your watches.


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