In the year 2000, Casio released a few of their last screw back G-Shocks, outside the "Master of G" line. Among them was a new model in the "G-LIDE" series, the model GL-110. It's kind of a peculiar model in that it looks like a few others in the G-Shock line-up, light on some features and yet possessing one coveted feature seldom found in even modern G-Shocks--showing the time concurrently in both stopwatch and countdown timer modes.
Tribe125 put it best, saying "The GL-110B-3UR, one of those slightly out-of-the-way models that shouts 'Tough old G-Shock' across the room, but leaves you to wonder, 'Yes, but which one?' A bit of generic anonymity can be quite appealing."
Incidentally, the G-LIDE series was started in 1999 outside Japan (1998 in Japan) and the name is a combination of the "G-Shock" prefix and Glide. The word "glide" was chosen to represent board related sports, such as gliding on your surfboard or snowboard. Notice the board shaped ellipse surrounding G-LIDE. Certainly these watches can be safely used for any water sport, but the popularity of boarding had the most influence on the series name. Personally, I think it's a limiting name. I'd prefer "Hydro", in a wave icon of some sort. No need to have a "G-" prefix, as it's very clear this watch is a G-Shock. But then, the snowboarders would probably feel left out.
The GL-110 was produced in a variety of models: GL-110B, GL-110V, GL-110AS, GL-110TC, and possibly more. Some were offered with reverse displays. A number of variances occurred in lettering (red, yellow, orange, black), resin (black, blue, white), and bands (resin, fabric).
Two of them were collaborative limited editions for two events: The Air & Style snowboarding event (GL-110AS), and The Triple Crown of Surfing event on the North Shore of Hawaii (GL-110TC). They came with fabric/velcro bands with plastic connector ends labeled for the events.
I didn't know anything about this line prior to acquiring my GL-110TC. I was looking for an older solid screw back G-Shock and wanted something a little thicker/larger than the more common G-2000. Few people seem to know about the GL-110 line, so I faced little bidding competition for it on "that auction site". The band was really badly worn, although still functional, so I'd have to locate a replacement. Unfortunately, the original band can't be bought any longer (if you have a spare one, contact me!). However, there are a few other models that are mostly compatible, so substitutes are available. I'm currently looking into a couple. The unfortunate thing is that the bezel on the GL-110 is rather unique, so a direct replacement can't be found (I thought about going with a black one to match a black band). The closest ones I've seen are the G-100, AWG-100, AWG-101, and MRG-1 (some may require a little trimming).
Visually, it's a very appealing G-Shock. Not just for the thickness and solid heft, but because of the subtle visual touches. The 1st graphical pie-counter is slightly larger than the rest and trimmed with chrome (looks nice, but is hard to read except in bright light). The pie-counters have a bluish background, while the primary LCD contrasts with a gray background. The [P], , [SPL], and [Auto] markers are in white text that disappear in the view, but are nicely visible when a black LCD segment appears behind them for indication. Also, G-SHOCK and SHOCK RESIST are engraved in the steel ring, rather than imprinted upon the resin bezel as seen in many modern G-Shocks (probably done to cut costs). The G-LIDE emblem is raised, rather than simply painted onto the dial face. Here are some views of the watch, both with and without the bezel:
(this shot looks much better than reality, as the back has numerous fine scratches, though still looks good)
Functionally, there's not a lot to say really. It has the 2261 module (sharing the same functionality with the 2161, and 2251; the 2161 is in the G-2000). The functionality appears similar to the 1545 module found on the DW-5600E. One alarm, one stop watch (24 hrs), and one countdown timer (24 hrs). The alarm beep tone is about as loud as the DW-5600E. It is new enough to have the nice beep tone change when returning to the time display, after cycling through the modes. The LCD display is one of the best features. The smallish time digits are bold, crisp, and very easy to read. The backlight is super bright (even after 11 years of use) and like the 1545 has the option to light up when the alarm or CDT alert goes off. But where this watch really shines is in it's feeling and appearance. It's a VERY solid watch. Chunky and substantial, without being overdone. I imagine the iconic DW-5600C feels similar in weight. I'm glad I got the GL-110. Once I find an appropriate band/bracelet, it'll definitely be in my G-Shock daily rotation.