Much as we mechanical watch nerds like to wax poetic about handwound and automatic movements, we’d be hard pressed to deny the advantages of an affordable, feature-laden Casio G-Shock. Made to have the crap kicked out of them, G-Shocks are durable, water-resistant, and are available in more variations and models than you can possibly keep track of.
However, most of these are admittedly rather tactical looking — even the simple all-black models have military associations, given how many guys are sporting them under a uniform. So what if you want the G-Shock specs without the tactical look?
We’d recommend the “transparent jelly style” G-Shocks, part of the Clear Skeleton Series and available in three new colorways. Part of the über-popular DW5600 model range, these new colors feature a one-tone chromatic color casing and matching band in a transparent jelly style with negative LCD displays in a matching color tint (i.e. the numbering on the display of the blue DW5600SB is also displayed in blue).
As usual, the new models are shock-resistant, water-resistant to 200m and feature a stopwatch, multi-function alarm, countdown timer, 12/24-hour time formats and built-in EL backlight. Available this month from G-Shock retailers (including Macy’s) and gshock.com, they retail for $110.
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