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    Getting my first G-Shock

    I'm looking at getting a new watch and I think I'll be choosing a G-Shock watch. If it is at all relevant, I am going to be a freshman in college (are these larger watches even popular among college students?). I was thinking about getting the GWM500A-1.



    I have a couple of questions that I would appreciate answered:
    1.) Will the watch look freakishly large on my 6.5" wrist?
    2.) How well does the solar power work? The official G-Shock site claims a full charge lasts 9 months, but I've also heard some heavy criticism online regarding the rechargeable battery.

    Also, any additional watch suggestions would be appreciated (my budget is $50 - $100).

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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    Not much out there, atomic and solar new for less than $100, I did find a similar model to yours for $90 at jcpenny, it is a special model in Japan, but here it's not so special. It's the gw-m500f.

    Right now the gw-5600j and the gw-m5610 are both about $120. - $130


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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    I suspect a lot of the "heavy criticism of the rechargeable battery" was of the rechargeable batteries Casio put into their first generation of solar/atomic watches back in 2003, including the GW-500 (no "M" as in the current version.)

    Those batteries apparently didn't last anywhere as long as they were supposed to (and I've seen quite a few threads like that myself) but for the most part people seem happy with the newer solar/atomics!
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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    Thanks for that tidbit Mike K! :) I think you might be on to something too -- by comparing the reviews of the two versions on Amazon, I notice far less complaints about the battery on the newer model. With the watch costing upwards of $80, I certainly don't want any issues with the battery!

    Does anyone know if this watch fits nice on a ~6.5" wrist? I'm not sure if its so big that it will look awkward. The reported length is 46 mm...

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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    In addition to your wrist circumference, you height and build contributes significantly to how big a watch appears on you.

    Best to try it on and look at yourself in a mirror.

    Otherwise, have a look at the G5600's. Solar no nonsense watches. Also the thinnest G's, and fit easily under shirt cuffs / sleeves during winter.
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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    I suppose you raise a rather good point. I'm a rather small guy (5'9" and like 120 lbs.), so I guess I'll just have to try it out myself. Also, as thin as the G5600's look, they just aren't as aesthetically pleasing as ones such as the GWM500A-1...

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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    this G wears small, don't worry IF you decide to buy it
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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    This watch should fit you well, it's designed to wear small.
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    Re: Getting my first G-Shock

    I have one of these and it is actually pretty small compared to the other Gs I have. As for the solar, it seems to be excellent so far.

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    Thanks for the info everyone. :) I'm glad to hear that it "wears small" -- the 46 mm size scared me at first. haha. Anyway, I'm definitely getting this watch now!

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