I picked up the GA-2000 after being adequately suckered by G-Shock's promotional materials. I mean, this is the new generation of G-Shock materials right? Part of my fascination with this watch was its entry-level price ($130 retail, I got it $97 on sale at Macy's) pricing, its unique case material, and the fact that I can't seem to stop wanting G-Shocks.
I've got a few G-Shocks that get the most rotation. The one that likely gets the most attention is the DW5600, which I consider to be a design that ought to never change. It's lightweight and durability is part of its appeal, but I sometimes find the strap uncomfortable as it digs into my inner wrist. The metal caseback also seems to get uncomfortable, whether its prolonged exposure to unbreathable metal or the rigid edges that seal the caseback to the watch. Yeah, I'm that nitpicky about my watch fit. I picked up a GSTS "mid sized" G-Steel because I loved the strap so much. The design extends from centered lugs, giving it that Hublot flavor. Best part though is the lack of ridges on the inner section of the strap, eliminating the dig I get from the 5600.
But the G-Steel is heavy! And its caseback is also uncomfortable. Hence my appreciation for this new line of G-Shock Carbon Core watches that include what is referred to (in the marketing materials) as a "fine resin glass" caseback which extends into a newer lug system for a similarly styled rubber strap. The caseback here is shaped in a way so as to reduce ridges found on other G-Shocks. It hugs the wrist just right, sitting at an angle in such a way that a loose strap fit won't send the watch rotating over the far end of your wrist into "nurse style" should you choose to wear your watch with some room. The caseback has a definite plasticky feel to it, but I trust G-shock in their testing of a sturdy product and I'll buy into the idea that this caseback and integrated lug system is structurally as trustable as their 5600 line or any other G-Shock that endures Casio's factory cruelty of digital timepieces.
A few other notable observations:
-The negative LCD is always gonna be an inferior choice to a positive LCD.
-The hands are skeletonized here, lending more potential visibility to the blocked negative LCD's should it ever be 3:15 or 6:30.
-The pusher buttons rotate within their button guards and that felt cheap at first, but I kinda like it for some reason now? They're coated with a matte finish to give the impression of titanium, and I wonder if that's what they're made of? Also, they have good "action" or "play", with a certainty of having pressed the button that isn't met with physical resistance such that it's difficult to press.
-The "menu wheel" at 9pm is actually really helpful. Never thought about this, but I constantly hit "mode" on other G-Shocks without knowing what screen will come up next. 6900 models differ from 5600 in their organization of menus, and the G-Steel line also has a different order for these functions. There really is no consistency across the board over at G-Shock UI design headquarters, it seems. The ability to anticipate what mode is next is great.
-The keeper on the strap might be that carbon infused resin or it might just be cheap plastic. I'm inclined to believe its the latter. Upon strapping it on at first, this keeper has sharp plastic edges in its mold that provide just the slightest of scratchiness on the wrist. I took some sandpaper to it and filed it down just until it was smooth. I admit my wrists are tiny, and these issues might be specific to fit. Either way, I wish the keeper were smooth like the metal keeper on the G-Steel line, but I guess that would make the watch heavier.
-The thing is LIGHT. I have a casio MQ24 that is probably 1/6th the weight of this 64 gram G-Shock, yet considering the size of this watch makes its weight surprising almost every time I think about it. Coupled with the fantastic caseback, this watch fits great. The lightweight also lends to the watch staying put on the wrist. Like I mentioned earlier, the watch finding its way around the wrist on a loose fit won't be much of an issue because of the fit but also because of its weight distribution on the wrist.
-The bezel is made of a similar resin to other G-Shocks as opposed to what one would immediately assume to be the new "carbon core" stuff G-Shock is touting. Instead, that layer is reserved for the middle "core" that houses the movement. I'm uncertain if the caseback is of a similar calibre of strength as this middle core, but they do have distinctly different finishes. The carbon core is clearly carbon, whereas the caseback appears to be of a different finish.
-The yellow is awesome.
This watch hasn't left my wrist for a little over a week, and that's a long time for me. I've got a lot of watches I rotate through; automatics, hand winds, G-Shocks, smartwatches, all which I heavily critique its wrist comfort. Amongst dive watches on nato bands, dress watches on leather, sport watches on steel bracelets, and G-Shocks in various urethane braceletes, this one is the most comfortable watch I own. The Apple Watch with is fluoroelastomere band was one of my favorite fits for comfort, except for its lack of breathability making it feel sticky too frequently and a looser fit would render the heartrate sensor finicky. The GA-2000 has a comfortable caseback, a comfortable strap, and allows for that "loose" wrist fit to provide breathability all while keeping the watch centered on the wrist. Combine this level of comfort with the durability and the "fun" look that G-Shocks are known for and you have a watch utilizing carbon materials for under $200 USD. I was saving for a Gorilla watch, another aesthetically "fun" watch with carbon fiber materials but at an entry level of around $1k and arguably less of a reputation than G-Shock for consistency and durability made the GA-2000 an easy alternative choice for my carbon fiber cravings.