Casio G-Shock G-Aviation GWA1100 Watch

Casio G-Shock G-Aviation GWA1100 Watch

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When it comes to watches that will stand up to just about anything you can throw at it, there’s one lineup that’s probably at the top of just about everyone’s list–the Casio G-Shock. The Casio G-Shock G-Aviation GWA1100 is brand new to the collection. These watches have proven themselves over time, and have an enthusiastic worldwide following. They offer a variety of styles, all with full complements of functionality; when it comes to the more vividly-colored models, we’ve most commonly seen these in the digital displays. With the latest addition to the Gravity Master line, however, we see an analog display paired to a day-glo orange case with a compass.

With this particular Casio G-Shock GWA1100, big and bold seems to be the name of the game. Along with the bright coloration, we’ve got a case that’s just a hair under 54mm–definitely not a subtle piece. Should your wrist be up for this particular mission, though, you’re going to get a cornucopia of functionality. My favorite of the feature set (which my own older Giez G-Shock has as well) is the solar power paired with the atomic time-sync. This is a great combo, as you’ve got a watch that’s just going to keep on running and always be accurate.

But wait–there’s more! For those more outdoors-oriented, you pick up a digital compass function (yup), 200m WR, the ability for the watch to remember your bearing, and a 1/20th second stopwatch (up to two hours). Or, if you’re planning to do some world traveling instead, this watch has you covered as well, with a world time function (covering 29 cities plus UTC) and a daily alarm function. Regardless of which camp you’re in (or perhaps both–on a backpacking trip to Europe?), you’ve got luminous hands, and auto-on LED illumination on the dial.

Fortunately, it seems like even with all of the functions, the larger case actually enabled a relatively clean dial, which should help with keeping track of the functions as you’re using them. This is a good thing, because the UI of these analog G-Shocks can sometimes be a little tricky to get down (with mine, I had to carry a cheat sheet in my wallet for quite some time), especially if you’re not wearing it on a daily basis. I still think that these sorts of watches (again, based on my experience) work better with digital displays for utility, but I understand the appeal of an analog display.

If you’re looking to pick one of these up (for yourself, or a gift–you know, Father’s Day is right around the corner), bring $650 along to the store (or head over G-Shock.com) when they become available right at the start of June. While the styling (read: size and color) of the watch won’t be for everyone, for those it sits well with, they’ll be strapping on a rather reliable (and on-time) watch. casio.com

Casio G-Shock G-Aviation GWA1100: Tech Specs from Casio

  • 200M Water Resistance
  • Triple G Resistance
    • Shock Resistance
    • Gravitational Force Resistance
    • Centrifugal Force Resistance
  • Auto LED Backlighting
  • Neo-brite luminous hands & markers
  • Digital Compass w/ Needle Indicator
  • Tough solar power
  • Bearing Memory
  • Daily Alarm
  • 1/20th Sec. Stopwatch
  • 60 Min. Countdown timer
9 comments
rclayton
rclayton

An aviation watch should, IMHO, also have an altitude function.  The hiking Casios have it.

terencekuch
terencekuch

I've had the blue-indicators black-case version of the GWA1100 since they came out a few months ago (Amazon had it shipped to me from Japan, to my surprise). I agree it's an excellent watch and very light and comfortable for its size, although the tiny blue indicators * and the date display are hard to see except for people with 20-20 eyesight and in bright light at that. The only function I would change is the 24-hour dial (do we really not know if it's day or night?) and replace it with UTC/GMT time, useful for travelers and others. 

*The orange-cased model shown in the post has mostly white indicators - should be considerably more legible.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I have a collection of G-Shocks that is a dozen strong, I really like them for the unfathomable delta between price and functionality, and with all the styles and colours, there is a G for everyone. This one, not for me. While I have a few, I have come to realize that I like my Gs to be all-digital, and the ones with handsets get worn the least. I have never handled or had an interest in the Aviation series, so I'm not sure if the crown works in a traditional sense, but with other Gs with hands, I do appreciate that they are adjusted automatically, with pushes of buttons, not with the winding of a crown, The adjustments are precise and purposeful. 


One thing I will say about Gs is to not trust the tale of the tape, you really need to try them on. The measurements are always based on the maximum distances. In the case of this watch, the 54mm will be from the tip of one of the crown guards to the tip of one of those case 'ears' on the opposite side. So, this is a big watch, make no mistake, but it will wear nowhere near as big as 54mm, and thanks to the modern materials and construction, they weigh very little and they are easily forgotten about - it's not like wearing a boat anchor. 

Jimxxx
Jimxxx

Why is this watch featured as brand new when it was announced at Basel world 2013, and has been available since?!

Jimxxx
Jimxxx

Spec sheet full of errors,,,

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

At 54mm and my shishkabob stick wrists, perhaps this particular  G-Shock could be my ankle watch. I could start a whole new trend.

Henryus
Henryus

I really like how Casio has transitioned to analog display. Still feels expensive for  a plastic watch, but the analog face is making me give it another look

PhilMaurer
PhilMaurer

@rclayton too much liability...  Someone uses this and does not calibrate correctly, and hits a mountain...  Pilots of plenty of tools to make sure they are at the correct altitude and they all cost way more then this watch.

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