CASIO G SHOCK GBA 900: AN IMMORTAL SAGA WITH 38 YEARS OF HISTORY
CASIO G SHOCK GBA 900: AN IMMORTAL SAGA, 38 YEARS OF HISTORY. New release in our WATCH section Latest addition to the veteran sports CASIO watches, which after 38 years in the market continues to have fans all around the world.
The sports watch saga celebrates 38 years of history, in good health. Thus, in addition to large launches in Europe, Asia and the United States, also Laitnoamérica had its own event in a big way last week.
CASIO G SHOCK GBA 900: ANALYSIS BY MAYAYO
In 1983 CASIO G-SHOCK created a new class of “tank watches” They immediately received a great reception in half the world. We must not forget the revolution leap that it represented at the time: because watches with digital display were born just nine years before, when CASIO itself launched the first wristwatch with digital display on the market.
Since then the G-SHOCK has been faithful to that robust image design, although not as solid in practice. In all these years….Who hasn’t ever had a sports watch from this saga? I, like almost everyone else, also had it, and it lasted several years before dying crashed making a descent. Over the years its price has become more accessible compared to its rival GPS watches. In fact, and this last unit is launched at € 130 in Europe.
From the brand, they insist that its sustained way lasted already 40 years is due to: “CASIO’s G-SHOCK watches ensure the highest accuracy under extreme conditions. Therefore, they are the ideal solution for active people. Whether you are an athlete or an outdoor lover – anyone who wants to buy a G-SHOCK watch online will surely find their preferred model in casio’s online store.”
CASIO G-SHOCK: HISTORY 1983-2021.
In 1978, Kikuo Ibe was CASIO’S leading watch designer, and they just created the first digital watch. In 1981, he created a new team with only three members with the goal of making an indestructible watch. To do this Kikuo proposed a watch that surpassed the concept “Triple 10”:
- A battery with a lifespan of 10 years
- Withstand a fall of 10 meters high
- Pass the 10 bar water resistance test.
And also… to be commercially successful, this sports watch had to be at the same time multifunctional and stand out for its design.
Very different materials were tested, and the strength of the first prototypes was subjected to the most demanding requirements. But Ibe was not satisfied, not even the strongest metals fully protected the internal digital mechanism against shocks and other external agents., The target seemed increasingly distant…
Legend has it that one day, while watching some children in a park, Ibe, realized something: “The inside of a rubber ball that bounces is not affected at all by the shock effect.” Thus he developed a clock of hollow construction, with which the interior module was practically suspended.
The testing phase lasted almost two years. But, after more than 200 prototypes in which the development of the housing and the different parts was constantly optimized.
The result was the CASIO G SHOCK DW-5000C-1A watch. It was the first G-SHOCK that paved the way for the rest. G-SHOCK watches are since then the best known CASIO product line, icon of the brand.
CASIO G SHOCK GBA 900: DATA SHEET.
- 4 different colors
- Case / bezel material: Resin
- Resin Band
- Shock Resistant
- Mineral Glass
- 200-meter water resistance
- Double LED light
LED light for the face (Auto LED light, Super illuminator, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
LED backlight for the digital display (Auto LED light, Super illuminator, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
- Mobile link (Automatic connection, wireless linking using Bluetooth®)
- Hand shift feature (Hands move out of the way to provide an unobstructed view of digital display contents)
- Lifelog calculation function (Calorie and distance calculations based on step count), Including basal metabolic rate Daily data display: Step count, calorie, distance
- User profile creation
- Airplane mode
- Dual time (Home city time swapping)
- 1/100-second stopwatch
00’00”00~59’59”99 (for the first 60 minutes)
1:00’00~23:59’59 (after 60 minutes)
1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes)
1 second (after 60 minutes)
Measuring modes: lap/split timing, distance/pace display, auto/manual lap timing auto lap notification
Memory capacity: Up to latest 45 records (measurement start month, date, hour, minute, lap/split times, total time, distance, average pace, calories burned, lap number, time, distance, average pace of each lap/split)
- Countdown timer
Timer for interval measurement (up to five time settings)
Measuring unit: 1 second
Input range: 00’00” to 60’00” (1-second increments)
Others: Auto-repeat, 5-second countdown auto start, repeat (1 to 20 times)
- 5 daily alarms
- Hourly time signal
- Low battery alert
- Power Saving
- Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
- 12/24-hour format
- Button operation tone on/off
- Regular timekeeping: Hour, minute, second, am, pm, month, date, day
- Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no mobile link function)
- Approx. battery life: 2 years on CR2025
CASIO G-SHOCK WHY IS IT STILL SELLING SO MUCH?
In the face of its faithful, CASIO’s G-SHOCK watches not only stand out for their absolute robustness and their peculiar design. They also have their own technology of interest. such as watches with solar energy operation, the reception of radio signals, the electronic crown or SMART ACCESS technology that allows you to comfortably access the functions of the watch.
The wide range of G-SHOCK watches in CASIO’S online store is another asset in your favor. If you throw this style, surely there is a specific model for you to like. In the CASIO online store you can discover under the watches/G-SHOCK category a diversity of models and numerous additional features that might convince you.
Perhaps you have a dual user profile: On the one hand, if you enjoy doing outdoor activities or discovering unknown terrain here you have at hand for € 130 a digital compass, an altimeter, a thermometer or integrated barometer. On the other hand, there are athletes who prefer to use a solid and reliable stopwatch no matter what happens or a speed indicator.
In recent times, it is worth mentioning the exploitation of Bluetooth. Now they can also for example connect with the Smartphone and thus display incoming calls and e-Mails. Which is not a smartwatch, but it is no longer a watch isolated from the world, as in previous generations.
CASIO G-SHOCK GBA 900: CONCLUSION.
Anyway, the CASIO G SHOCK saga obviously can’t give the same services as a multisport GPS watch, that’s obvious. Nor does it pretend, In return, what they do, in value for money, they do very well. And they will continue to do so, that barring any surprises we will see them reach the half-century.
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