38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2006
This is the best digital watch I have had. The other watches were "water resistant" but I found out that the water resistance went out the window once the seal was broken by replacing the battery which always seemed to be needed sooner than I expected. Since this is a solar watch I do not expect to have to replace the battery (and break the seal) for years. It was charged and at the correct time out of the box. It automatically resets the time every day from a signal in Fort Collins, CO. (No problem in IN) which is supposed to cover all of the USA. It also adjusted automatically to DST. In addition it has 5 alarms which are easy to set so I have used them through the day as reminders. The weak "link" so to speak may be the plastic band. It will likely break before the watch and I'm not sure it can be replaced.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2007
Delighted with this purchase:
1. High degree of functionality (solar-powered atomic watch, day/date/month calendar, times in multiple international cities (good for travel) stop watch, alarms).
2. Easy to set up out of the box.
3. Very helpful knowing that a watch always is accurate (synchronizes with atomic clock daily).
4. The watch/strap are heavy, but much of this is attributable to having a watch that (i)has a radio receiver, and (ii) is solar-powered (solar panel infrastructure + rechargeable battery).
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2005
I spent a few hours online researching my next Gshock. The first one ran out of batteries and after window shopping I ended up liking the features of the GW700A-1v the most. I considered the Casio GW500A-1V, but preferred the look of the 700. My reasons behind purchasing and recommending it are:
Bonus of having
Atomic time update
Multi city time zones as well as dual time option (I travel to Europe and have relatives in other countries so this is a personal bonus).
I don't think the watch is really all that heavy. I wanted a workout/summer/go anywhere watch and with the solar power and atomic time updates I really think I'll enjoy it for years to come.
It definitely pays to surf the net and compare pricing too.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2007
I have very specific requirements when I look for a watch. I am a career Army officer and I look for a watch that is rugged, has 12/24 hours clocks, has dual time zones, stop watch, alarm and is very accurate. This Casio answers those requirements. The traditional G-Shock construction is very rugged. The light is easy to use. The GPS synch makes the watch perfectly accurate and the solar power makes battery failure a non-problem. The only minor issue I have had was with the band. The piece that holds the tail down, is a little tight and has to be placed correctly to get the tail through. This is a minor issue and the watch has performed extremely well. The GPS feature does NOT work overseas so the watch will be as accurate as a normal G-Shock during deployment.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2007
This is a nice watch from Casio. it has everything I am looking for except the alarm sound is so low, can't hear it in a noisy environment. I recommend it to friend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2007
After some research (including reading these reviews) I decided to replace my Timex expedition after I had to replace the battery for about the 5th time (OK, I've had it for a while). Wanted solar, the Atomic setting function was a plus, but I wasn't sure how well it would work in northern New England. Got it on Amazon and then 2 weeks later they dropped the price $17 - but they graciously refunded me the difference so I was impressed not only with the watch, but how Amazon handled my transaction - after the fact.
Pro: Solid, well built, accurate - yes, it does sync with the Colorado Springs signal if I leave it in the window as the instructions describe. It came fully charged and I've left it in the sun a few times since and the battery meter hasn't budged. Has more features than I'll use - Haven't thought of a great use of the time recording function yet. Auto backlight is cool and handy if you don't have an extra hand to push the light button.
Con: It is large and a bit heavy, but as one reviewer said, you do get used to it after a couple of days. Wish the backlight would stay on just a bit longer - I know it's to save the battery, but I'd gladly charge it more often to keep the light on an extra second or two.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
I have some really expensive watches--Rolex etc. These keep time and look pretty but have little else to offer compared to the G Shock Solar Atomic Watch. This watch does virtually everything on its own. It is easy to use and takes a beating. I swim and snorkel, work out, chop wood, mountain bike etc with it. With my business, I travel the country and it resets itself for each time zone I cross. I also travel world wide and the time zone settings are very helpful. I just purchased this new watch for myself and gave my old one, also the same G Shock, to my neighbor's son who wanted one like mine. I couldn't ask for more. Great watch.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
This is a great watch. It keeps perfect time. (I have timed it against WWV on the telephone.) I have no problems with having it receive the Fort Collins, Co., radio signal every night, and I even wear my watch to bed, as the instructions say you are not supposed to do. When you go to bed at night, you are supposed to set it in a window in just the right position, with no metal nearby, to give the watch the best chance of picking up the Fort Collins radio signal. I can see this may be necessary if you are in one of the situations mentioned in the user's guide as being poor for signal reception, e.g., living downtown, or in your car, or in your kitchen, etc.
The solar powered battery has been working perfectly, too. There are three battery level indicators on the watch face: low, medium, and high. When I got the watch, the level was on medium. I imagine it had been in the dark for quite a while. So to charge up the battery, I just set it in a sunlit window on the east side of the house one morning and then set it in a sunlit window on the west side of the house in the afternoon. (I thought I read somewhere in the user's guide you are supposed to do that once a month or so anyway.) It has been on high ever since then.
It also displays the seconds, minutes, hours, day, date, and month, which is very helpful for someone as forgetful as I am. There is no question that the letters and numbers on the watch face are large enough so I can see them without squinting or wearing my cheaters.
It also has a neat backlight that you can turn on by pressing a button or, if you are in the dark, by turning your wrist so the watch face faces you.
The user's guide is small and the printing is small as well, but readable. It is rather thick, though, because it is translated into English, Spanish, and French. It is laid out well, easy to understand, and as far as I can tell, covers all the bases. I say as far as I can tell because I have not used all of the functions of the watch so I have not read the instructions for those functions I have not used.
I see that several other reviewers have complained about the watchband. I have no problem with it. It feels like a watchband. The plastic is hard but not too hard. I suppose that is to make it more durable.
I have owned the Casio GW700A for only five weeks, but I can say I am very pleased with it so far.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2012
I was very curious about atomic time keeping. I was worried about buying a very expensive watch, just to discover that it would not get the signal from Fort Collins in Colorado. So I opted for this model and I am so happy to say that even here in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, it still works and get the signal! We're slightly further than 1800 miles away from the antenna in Colorado, but I confirm that the signal is still considered strong by the watch! For those wondering, Casio has this little logo on the watch that says is the signal is absent, weak, medium or strong. I'm presently getting a strong signal even with all the distance it has to cover! Keep in mind that I live in one of Montreal's subburbs (so no skycrappers around).
On to the watch now! Firstly, it's not as big as some users say it is! I was over at Walmart to look at some of the other Casio models and this one would be average size. It's just a tiny bit bigger than my other watch, which is a Citizen Eco-Drive. Another thing that I like is how deep the glass on the face is! It's about 2-3mm below the bezel, so I'm sure this will protect it from scratch as well!
Being used to an all-metal watch for years, this Casio model is fairly light for me! The strap is a little hard to bend though, but not uncomfortable to wear. I find my metal watch more uncomfortable...
I also appreciate how clear the numbers are on the watch! So many casio models have very big face, but tiny characters! Plus, all the information I usually need are on the face as well! Name of the day, time (with seconds), month and the day's number.
The watch came with a charge at medium level. I left it by the window for a whole day and it now indicates a full charge! I've been a long time fan of solar watches (Eco-drive are awesome!) and I don't have any doubts this model will also last for years! I always hated to go change watch batteries when I had my old Seiko...
The light is also very clear and makes it easy to read in the dark!
To be honest I never used any watch to time anything. If I'm serious about sports, I'd probably buy a real chronometer or something.
To me, this is the perfect watch for relaxed wear, go outside, do some sports, go fishing, golfing, etc. It's not too expensive and if I break it, I won't cry about it. For formal wear, I'll use my other watches.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2008
I bought this G-Shock to replace my (still running!) 15 year old G-Shock watch. While the old unit still runs, I found that the protective rubber that encases the electronics of the watch was starting to fall apart, so the watch is essentially exposed now. It still looks like it could take a beating, but there are exposed metal rivets that keep on snagging on things. Those rivets tend to get caught in your sleeves and will start to tear the fabric over repeated wearings, so I finally gave in, and bought this new model.
Of course the new model is just as G-Shock tough as my old unit, and I'd expect no less. But in the world of electronics, 15 years is a long time, and this new watch eclipses the old one with it's new features.
First, the solar charging is awesome. You can put it out in the sun for about 10 minutes, and that charge is long enough to last a week. Keep in mind when you first get it, you'll probably need to charge it for a bit longer though, probably 45 minutes to an hour.
Even better, this thing synchronizes with the atomic clock in Colorado (forgot the name, the main amazon product page has it though) so it's super accurate. The synchronization is the reason that you have to keep this unit fully charged, though. To preserve battery life, once the battery reaches 50% capacity or less, it will no longer attempt to synch. With my old watch, I always knew that it the time wasn't 100% accurate, and I took the time it indicated with a grain of salt. With this guy, when I look at the time, I know that it's right to within millisconds.
There are a lot of neat other features that this watch has that the old one didn't have as well. For instance, you can set the backlight to automatically light up, depending on the angle of your wrist, without having to press a button. More gimmicky than necessary, but it's fun to show off to friends.
All in all, for the price of the purchase, the watch is well worth it, especially considering that I expect it to last me at least as long as my old G-Shock watch!