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    Best G-shock for Aviation

    As G-shock experts, what do you think is the best version of the g-shock for aviation? When I was in the Army, I used to fly quite a bit with my Casio DW-280, which was kind of a kissing cousin to the G-Shock. I'm looking to pick up a new one.

    My preference would be to wear it on a 20mm NATO band or a standard rubber dive band. I'm a big fan of the Omega X-33 and Breitling B-1, so it should be along those lines, but obviously cheaper.

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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Judging by a current thread on the Pilots and Military forum, pilots seem to favour basic G-Shocks, since all the computational stuff is done by flight instruments.

    According to those pilots, 'pilot watch' is something of an archaic term.
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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Ah, nearly forgot - a basic G-Shock (DW-5600E, DW-6900, DW-9052) needs adapters to take a Nato / Zulu band. Rubber dive straps are unlikely to fit.
    Last edited by Sjors; August 30th, 2007 at 09:15. Reason: DW-5600E in stead of DW-500E
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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Here's a link to the discussion on the PilMil forum -

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...275#post485275
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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Here's a pilot's take
    http://philip.greenspun.com/flying/shopping
    Scroll down to the section on watches.

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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Rooney View Post
    As G-shock experts, what do you think is the best version of the g-shock for aviation? When I was in the Army, I used to fly quite a bit with my Casio DW-280, which was kind of a kissing cousin to the G-Shock. I'm looking to pick up a new one.

    My preference would be to wear it on a 20mm NATO band or a standard rubber dive band. I'm a big fan of the Omega X-33 and Breitling B-1, so it should be along those lines, but obviously cheaper.
    The DW5600 can be fitted with Zulu strap adapters (from countycomm.com). And, since it's been flown in space many times, is a good choice for an earthbound pilot too!

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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Here is a review of a watch and how it can be used as a pilots watch. It's not a G-Shock, but when reading the review one can certainly imagine using the features of the G-23xx series in the same manner.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-...stRecentReview

    Here is another review - scroll down to the watch - this one is for a dw5600
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-...stRecentReview
    Last edited by RWare; August 30th, 2007 at 04:50.

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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    The only pilot I know wears a 1970s Seiko 5.

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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    The only pilot I know wears a 1970s Seiko 5.
    That's interesting Seamaster ; I know 2 pilots, one wears a Seiko 5 (not sure of vintage) and the other wears a Casio F-91W.

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    Re: Best G-shock for Aviation

    Quote Originally Posted by kpatt View Post
    That's interesting Seamaster ; I know 2 pilots, one wears a Seiko 5 (not sure of vintage) and the other wears a Casio F-91W.
    Yeah the whole "pilot's watch" thing is out of WWII and the early days of the Rolex GMT. Pilots nowadays are just like everyone else. They wear what they like. Private pilots driving aircraft with bare instrumentation probably come closer to the "old school" than anyone else.
    Wear what you like.

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