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on June 17, 2010
I'm a huge fan of G-Shock products and the look & design of this watch made it an irresistible addition to my collection. Since the case is entirely comprised of resin & the steel buttons along with the mineral crystal lens are all well recessed within the watch, I don't worry about anything denting or scratching anything off of this watch. There is good attention to detail & build quality from what I have observed. The orange colored features against the black face of this watch make it very readable in daylight. As far as the band, I find resin bands to be more comfortable, durable and less susceptible to failure since there are no parts to bend or wear out. I really enjoy the look & overall character of this watch. Some might consider it to be 'oversized' but it doesn't seem to be huge on my wrist.

Atomic timekeeping & solar power (or equivalent) have become basic requirements for all of my timepiece purchases. The biggest weakness of any "waterproof" or water resistant watch is the rear bezel seal. If you never have to tamper with that seal, you reduce the risk of compromising that seal and allowing water to enter the watch. This watch charges it's internal battery using sunlight which is incredibly convenient.

Any potential purchaser should be forewarned that operating this watch will require a careful review of the owner's manual and about an hour to familiarize yourself with the watch & it's functions. When I first unboxed this watch it instantly either awoke from sleep mode or programmed itself to my local timezone. It was accurate down to the second right out of the box as I compared it side by side with another atomic-timekeeping G-Shock watch. That is until I started pressing buttons according to the "quick start guide". Soon after pressing just a few buttons the watch was completely out of sync in every possible way, from the time to the day & date. I made the mistake of attempting to explore the watch's functions thinking that it would be intuitive like other G-Shock watches I've owned, but I was very mistaken. That being said I spent an hour tinkering with the watch & reading the entire instruction manual. I now know my way around this watch very well and have zero concerns about it being complicated to operate but I didn't reach that point without spending at least an hour of my time to figure things out.

This high precision timepiece offers some nice features, however I was disappointed that it completely lacks lighting capability. There is absolutely no backlight, or LED for momentary lighting of the watch face. The hands, numbers & like markings on the watch face glow in the dark for approximately 7 minutes after being exposed to light. You will not be able to read time precisely with this timepiece in the dark, but you'll be able to estimate within 4 minutes at the very most.

The other disappointing discovery I encountered is that the stopwatch function on this timepiece only counts up to 23m 59s elapsed. I was quite surprised that a G-Shock would not chrono over 24 minutes and I feel that this makes the stopwatch only marginally acceptable. I must admit that I don't use this feature very often, but I don't like the idea of limiting my timing to less than 24 minutes.

A feature that I do use regularly is dual zone timekeeping which this watch does flawlessly, and with DST independently enabled or disabled. A handy integrated 'zone swap' function to allow you to switch the time displayed on the watch's primary face easily & quickly between 'home' and 'away' time zones. Secondary 'away time' is tracked on the small dial between the center & #3 on the watch face. It should be noted that the secondary time is displayed in 24hr format on a very small area of the watch face which could be difficult to read for some.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase & will keep this G-Shock because of it's great looks, rugged G-Shock toughness, atomic timekeeping & solar powered rechargeable battery. World time is a bonus, but again I feel the stopwatch is somewhat limited for a G-Shock. I wish there was some sort of backlight or LED to charge up the glowing hands, markings & numbers too. Overall, this is one of my favorite watches & I would not part with it over the aforementioned disappointments.

Pros:
- It's a G-Shock! A virtually indestructible watch!
- Solar powered means you don't have to hassle with replacing a battery or compromising case seals which could let water in & brick the watch.
- Atomic timekeeping so you have extremely accurate time which calibrates daily in most areas and you also don't have to hassle with setting the day & date.
- Good looking watch with high visibility color scheme & detailed markings.
- Precise "tough" movement accurate while surpassing 12 G-forces.
- Dual time with integrated world timezone designations is great for traveling.

Cons:
- Initially difficult to use & set.
- Chrono/Stopwatch only tracks up to 23m59s of time elapsed.
- No backlight or auto EL feature found standard on most G-Shock watches.
- Small features could be difficult to read for some people.
- Only the primary watch hands and time markings glow in the dark for a limited amount of time before going completely dark. Day, date, 24hr secondary world time dials are not visible in the dark.
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on May 24, 2011
Right off the bat you need to know I like this watch ..... I won't dwell on it's features or specs as they are available on Amazon or the Casio website ..... I will address those questions and concerns that I had prior to purchasing this particular model .....

1. The orange color is not overly bright or tacky .... It is more of a burnt shade .... Goes very well with the black ....
2. The resin band is thick and sturdy ... And light ..... Do I think I need the SS band as I typically get? ..... Nope .....
3. The small dial labels are difficult to see as I'm not a youngster any longer ... But .... After using that magnifying glass for the first time to read those labels, it is very easy to distinguish where those dials are pointing at a glance afterwards ....
4. Don't get hung up on the numbers at the end of the model number ... A GW3000b-1acr is the same as a GW3000b-xxxx .... The last four numbers only indicate the distribution region ..... The 'b' will change if you decide to get the SS band model ....
5. Nice raised lip around a unique domed crystal .......
6. The current time is ridiculously easy to set right out of the box ..... As soon as it sees light, it 'wakes up' and corrects the time to the currently set home city ...... It does this immediately without your assistance .... If the current home city is not yours, all you have to do is change it ..... The watch does the rest and corrects the time to the new home city .... You will also need to adjust DST .... If not, the correct time will always be an hour off ..... A previous reviewer was complaining that the time was always an hour off .... Voila ......
7. It's a big watch .... Make sure you have the wrist for it or it will look a bit strange ......
8. All the hands and dials are dead on accurate in respect to each other ..... Never owned a chrono that didn't have one of the dial needles a bit off .....
9. Thinking about buying the yellow GW3500 instead? .... the 3000 has a less busy and cluttered face ..... And looks much, much better than the 3500 ..... the bright yellow of the 3500 is kind of cheap looking ...... The 3000 does not have a back light ..... But
unless you absolutey need to see the dials, the glow of the main hands on the 3000 will take you through the night .....
10. This is the nicest of the analog specific g-shocks hands down ..... If you must have a 3500, at least wait until the new aqua or white color schemes come down in price .... In the mean time, buy this 3000 .....

16 Mar 2012 update .... Thought I'd just drop in and leave a current status .... I couldn't be happier with this watch .... It is a daily wear and it looks as good today as it did when I purchased it ....
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on June 13, 2015
I have had this watch for a few years. it has a major flaw. as a G shock rated for 200m, i expected alot more from this watch. it has condensation on the crystal when the temperature changes. I mean when I go outside from an air conditioned room, it fogs. I ride my bike on a summer day and it fogs. take a shower, it fogs. it fogged up so much it stopped working (ruined capacitor) and I had it repaired at the local shop. still fogs after the repair. the instruction manual included with the watch mentions that minor condensation will occur, and the solution is to wait for the temp to adjust. no such statement is on the instructions published online. "minor" is a loose term, because it looks like "major" fogging. does casio really market this a G shock? and for this price I would expect the watch to maintain a basic function- a clear view of the dial. consumer research indicates many casio g shock analogs will fog! I would not recommend any analog G shock
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on January 15, 2015
This is the least reliable watch I've ever owned. It's my first G-shock, and I was really proud of it initially. Then I went to Alaska to work for salmon season and it stopped receiving the radio calibration signal. I thought it was no big deal. I was after all surrounded by mountains. So I set the time manually and it kept on ticking. Fast forward two months to when I came home. I changed the time zone setting for eastern standard time. The watch was fully charged. No signal calibration after repeated attempts. I manually set the time according to the instructions (which is overly complicated operation and not at all user friendly, by the way). The watch started dying on me all the time. The hands stopped auto-correcting. The radio receiver inside the watch module stopped receiving. I sent the watch to Casio in New Jersey. They diagnosed the problem as being an issue with the module and fixed it under warranty. It's been two months and the watch now shows the same problems it did before. It doesn't calibrate and the solar powered battery dies all the time, despite charging the watch. Buyer beware, this watch is not worth the trouble.
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on March 8, 2012
I was taken with this watch as soon as I opened the box, and I was very pleased that I took a chance and ordered it sight unseen.

Radio time calibration is just awesome, if you haven't had a watch that has this feature before, then you are in for a treat. Solar- no batteries to replace for a long, long time. Awesome!
Two time zones always visible- I travel a lot for work; this going to be great! Preprogrammed calendar with date and DAY OF THE WEEK display!! You'd be surprised how often one can loose track of what the hell day it is when your on the road and not keeping a 9-5 or M-F schedule. The luminous treatment is great- just as good, especially on the hands, as my Seiko chrono. The indices are less bright, but the orange glows green!! So cool. Different shades of black/finishes are awesome, and the dial has depth that is noticeable even in the dark (when the lume is charged). It is a large watch for sure, but personally, when I travel, I like having substantial things from home with me (plus a stopwatch to play with if I get bored on the plane- I can clock the time it takes for the kids behind me to start kicking my seat!). However, as other reviewers have noted, you have to take some time and read the instructions in order to understand it's operation. Although playing with it and discovering how it works is part of the fun if you are into gadgets. Just remember, this is essentially a digital watch with an analogue display. The logic in its operation is very similar to that of a standard LCD G-shock. But with this model, the visual cues all come from the movement and placement of the various hands on the dial- as opposed to blinking numbers. The instructions basically tell you what buttons to push and how to push them, then what to look for on the dial. Once you figure it, you may want to keep playing with it, as I have found myself doing all day.

Overall, I am very pleased with this watch, much more so than many of the expensive mechanical watches that I have had over the years. For the price, it is definitely a good deal; especially given its accuracy, features and near indestructibility. I recommend this watch to frequent travelers, or really anyone who likes the features of digital watch, but prefers the aesthetic of an analogue display. Thanks for reading and have great day!
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on June 1, 2011
I don't want to repeat too much what was already written and the reviews were a huge factor in purchasing this watch. Thanks to those who took the time and wrote something.

I wanted an all analog watch that I never have to set or have the need for a new battery. Coupled with that, anti-magnetic, self-correcting hands if knocked out of alignment made this watch a slam dunk.

The watch is very light, sits very well on the wrist and doesn't dominate your arm. Sliding it under a cuff would be very hard, but why would you need to? The only things to be aware of are: the writing on the bezels is very small. Setting up the watch is tricky in the sense that you need to pay attention to the timing of how long to hold the buttons. Two seconds shows the result of the last sync while 5 will start a new one, etc.

I would recommend this watch to anyone, it's unique that few places carry it and the orange dial is perfectly noticeable without being gaudy.
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on March 8, 2014
This is a attractive looking watch and has many interesting features. My number one complaint about this high end piece of crap is that it can't be used in the dark. No backlight, luminous marks and numbers only glow for about 8 minutes and fade away. A two hundred dollar watch that is useless at night, who in their right mind would manufacture a expensive watch that's useless unless it is daylight out? Very surprised at Casio for this outright fraud. Casio makes several watches under $50.00 that manage great nighttime use, backlit, LED, etcetera but, not the high end model. This failing was not pointed anywhere on the product page, thus the fraud, they have to had complaints on this feature, oh well, live and learn - shame on you Casio!
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on May 6, 2011
I ordered this watch a few weeks ago and i'am very satisfied with it, very nice looking and sporty, looks very well built. The black and orange color looks very sharp and the solar power was great and thinking that I don't have to replace the batteries and the atomic time keeps it accurate all the time. The instructions on how to adjust the time and use the functions of the watch was very clear and easy to understand, if you're the kind of tech savvy you won't have any trouble dealing with this watch. The size of the watch is bigger than the usual g shock but very light, the glass on the watch is very clear. will recommend this watch if you like an accurate, little maintenance, tough and good looking watch this is it.
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on February 20, 2014
Although it's a large watch it is NOT obnoxiously large. It is extremely light. Setup was a snap but you will need to read the manual or download it to your mobile device until you get used to it. Mine actually set itself to the correct time when I pulled it out of the box and all I had to do was set the date.
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on August 13, 2013
First off this watch looks awesome. That was what initially drew my attention to it. I love the black and orange color scheme and I think it contrasts well. The recessed dials are awesome it really does look like it came out of the cockpit of a jet the way it's set up. Even the hands on all the dials look like they belong on gauges in an airplane.

The price is a little expensive but the quality and fit/finish of this watch is perfect. Everything lines up perfectly, nothing about this watch feels "cheap". Also it has features like automatic hand positioning every hour from five minutes before the hour to five minutes after the hour. If your hands are ever off the tick marks (if you jar it hard enough to somehow do that) it automatically corrects for this to align them perfectly. So every time your second hand moves for example, it will always align dead on with the corresponding tick mark. Also the solar feature and automatic atomic time keeping are great. You never have to worry about changing a battery and compromising the seal on the back of the watch. Also every night from midnight to 6am it attempts to receive a radio signal to reset the watch time to the correct atomic time. All you have to do is set it near a window and it will do the rest.

The stopwatch feature is a little lacking since it only goes up to 24 minutes but without a digital screen they did the best they could with the analog hands. Plus it's kinda cool to watch an analog watch go through a stopwatch mode. The watch does not have a backlight but it does have luminous hands and numbers/ticks. Alot of people complained about the lack of glow but it seemed adequate for me. It is by no means bright but once your eyes adjust to the darkness you can read the faint glow of the watch just fine.

The watch is NOT hard to set up. That was the second big complaint from everybody. If you have any pateince at all, have even a little understanding of watches, and about 10 - 15 minutes then this watch is a breeze to set up. Just read the instructions and it all goes fine.

The strap is nice and thick and the watch face is large but not overly large that it looks ridiculous on smaller wrists. Overall I am 100% satisfied with the watch and it operates with such precision it's kind of amazing. Trust me it's not a $30 Timex.
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