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I've grown very fond of the ana-digi G-Shock. I owned an AWG100 but I had a few complaints about it that always had me wishing it were different. For the price point it was tough to beat though, so I just wore it and told myself someday things would be better... Well that day has come.

I've lusted after the GW3500 from the day I first saw it posted on here. I was always attracted to the GW3000 series, but I didn't want to lose the digital functionality that I already had so when the 3500 was introduced, I was ready to buy the minute I saw the first photo! Of course it took a little while longer to find one, but I finally found one on sale at Macy's after a day of phone calls. I still had to have a relative in a more robust retail market than my own to get it for me, but now it's mine!

For the record, most of my personal thoughts on the watch will come from my comparison to my other ana-digi since that's the only basis I have for comparison.

Some technical specs of the GW3500B:


  • Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping (US, UK, Germany, Japan, China)
    Receives time calibration radio signals which keep the displayed time accurate
    Auto receive function (up to 6 times per day/up to 5 times per day for China)
    Manual receive function
  • Tough Solar Power
  • Shock Resistant
  • Tough Movement
  • Auto hand home position correction
  • 200M Water Resistant
  • Full Auto LED Light w/Afterglow
  • Neo-brite luminous hands and markers
  • World Time
    29 times zones (48 cities + UTC), city code display, daylight saving on/off, home city/world time swapping)
  • 4 Daily Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm
  • Hourly Time Signal
  • 1/100 second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 23:59'59.99"
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
    Countdown range: 1 hour
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 1 hour (1-minute increments)
    Other: Auto-repeat
  • Full Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
  • 12/24 Hour Formats
  • Storage Battery: Solar Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Power Indicator
  • Power Saving Function
After a few weeks of wearing it I can safely say it's everything I wanted my AWG100 to be and more. I love the set of functions this watch has and I can honestly say that it lacks nothing that I consider important to me personally. The face is large and easy to read at a glance and the digital windows are larger and much easier to see. The lume on the hands and face is much more robust than on my AWG100. The glowing surface area is much larger making it much easier to read quickly and the hands are significantly easier to identify because they are quite a bit thicker. The GW3500 wears much larger than my old one too. It's heavier, but not annoyingly so and it looks much larger on my wrist, which I like. I've never been into overly large watches, but I don't like them to look puny either. This one strikes a good balance for me.

The only minor criticisms I have are the reversed digital windows can be a little more difficult to read. It's not too bad, but it is worth mentioning. The other thing I've noticed is the lume, which I don't believe Casio is known for anyway, does seem to have a more limited glow time than some others. After some exposure to bright light it glows like crazy, but it doesn't seem to last throughout the night. Not terribly important since it has a good Auto LED, but I have an old Citizen watch that would be glowing almost as strong in the morning as it was the previous evening, and this watch doesn't really do that. It'll get you through several hours after midnight though, so it's not a major complaint.

A few other observations worth note: I was afraid the yellow wouldn't be all that attractive but it's actually pretty subtle and I like it very much. Also, on both the G-Shock and Casio website, no mention is made of the Hourly Time Signal function. When reading the specs, I just assumed the watch wasn't going to have this function, which is one I really like having. I was prepared to live without but as it turns out, I don't have to. The watch does have this function, it just isn't mentioned on either site. It is listed as a function in the instruction book, which is a must read since this watch isn't exactly simple to get set up.


GW3500B-1A


The obligatory wrist shot
 

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Very nice review.

I had a GW-2500B that had a similar module and layout. I loved that watch and was sad to part ways with it, even though I said that would be the keeper if I had to have just one G-Shock. There were some things that just felt a little off, and the 3500 seems to have improved on those. The biggest thing, to me, was that the sub-dials on the GW-2500 were not symmetrical. I know it sounds trivial, but the sub-dials being the same size on the 3500 gives the face a more uniform look. I also like the color on the 3500; it gives it some character.

Hopefully I'll have one soon.
 

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Copied to 'Reviews'. :-!
 

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Great review.

Posted just before I received mine today. I ordered it from Solestop.com in Toronto. I was happy to find a Canadian retailer that had a good price on it. Great service and fast shipping too.

Amazing watch!

Guy
 

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I am deciding between the GW3500B-1a and the GW3000B-1a. I wanted to know ifyou can help me with the differences between the two.

My usage for the watches are going to be a primarily when I go swimming,travel between cities for work so time zones, and alarm clock.

I also wanted to know if any of the watches have a compass since I travel itwould help in the directions as well.
 

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I am deciding between the GW3500B-1a and the GW3000B-1a. I wanted to know ifyou can help me with the differences between the two.

My usage for the watches are going to be a primarily when I go swimming,travel between cities for work so time zones, and alarm clock.

I also wanted to know if any of the watches have a compass since I travel itwould help in the directions as well.
 

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I am deciding between the GW3500B-1a and the GW3000B-1a. I wanted to know ifyou can help me with the differences between the two.

My usage for the watches are going to be a primarily when I go swimming,travel between cities for work so time zones, and alarm clock.

I also wanted to know if any of the watches have a compass since I travel itwould help in the directions as well.
I've owned both. The 3000 looks cooler, but the 3500 is much more user friendly, especially for the functions that you mention. Neither of them have a compass.
 

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This is such a great review. Sealed the deal on my recent acquisition. Now that it's here, I agree with everything you've said. Hands down my favorite watch...... Ever!



Cheers,

Ken
 

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i was interested in buying either the GW3500b-1a or the g1250b-1a I was wondering is the only difference that the 3500 has atomic timing? Does anybody know
if there are other differences?
 

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Nice review. This is making me decide to buy this ove the Edifice M1100DB or the Edifice A1000B models that I was looking at. Being an owner of 4 G-Shocks already I like the blend of ana-digi too so it gets my vote.
 

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Great review!! My boss is a huge G-shock fan and after all his praise of the watch, I'm now leaning towards my first and was considering the GW4000D-1A which has a metal bracelet and the similar features it seems. My only other Casio is the black label EQWM1100DC-1A2 which I love. Any thoughts on GW4000D-1A?


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Great review!! My boss is a huge G-shock fan and after all his praise of the watch, I'm now leaning towards my first and was considering the GW4000D-1A which has a metal bracelet and the similar features it seems. My only other Casio is the black label EQWM1100DC-1A2 which I love. Any thoughts on GW4000D-1A?


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I own the GW40001-A on the resin band. I'm personally not a fan of the metal band on these watches since I don't feel the materials "blend" and don't like the look of the metal band after it gets scratched and dinged. Regardless, the actual watch attached to the metal or resin band is the same, with the exception of color.

This watch has replaced my Rolex Submariner as my daily watch. I think it's a great watch amd great looking watch (mine is the orange version). However, there is a definite learning curve regarding the use of the chronograph, alarm, etc. If you use these features a lot, a digi-analog is much easier to use. I just prefer straight analog.

So regardless of which band you choose, the actual watch is great.
 

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I just bought the GW3500B-1A. It is a terrific time piece for the price. I am very impressed with it, and how it works.

The one I received has a battery level of medium. I realize it must have been in the box for at least a number of months since the battery was fully charged. I put the watch in to sun light through a window for a few hours over the coarse of the day. The battery level went up to full. After a number of hours of wearing it the level fell back to medium. I would be interested to know how many hours of sun light it would take to move it from medium to full charge. I found the instruction manual a bit confusing in how they explain it.
 

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jeryg50 - I'd guess that when you took it out of the light, it must have barely been at the HIGH rating, and this is why it fell back to Medium quickly. I bought a 3500 recently and it also arrived on MEDIUM.. I put it near a window for a while (don't recall how long. Probably an entire day) and it has never went down from medium since. (It does sit fairly near a window on days that I don't wear it... but for me it definitely doesn't ever go back down to medium after a few hours of wearing it once it's been at high.

One note on the alarm - in case anyone is worried about it not being loud enough:
When I was buying this watch, I had been a bit worried that the alarm sound might not be loud enough. I've read other reviews mention that in general the GSHOCK alarms seemed to be getting less loud with more recent models. I also own a standard 5600, and the alarms are comparable - just about the same volume. They both wake me up just fine. (I'm nether a light or heavy sleeper)
 

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I just bought the GW3500B-1A. It is a terrific time piece for the price. I am very impressed with it, and how it works.

The one I received has a battery level of medium. I realize it must have been in the box for at least a number of months since the battery was fully charged. I put the watch in to sun light through a window for a few hours over the coarse of the day. The battery level went up to full. After a number of hours of wearing it the level fell back to medium. I would be interested to know how many hours of sun light it would take to move it from medium to full charge. I found the instruction manual a bit confusing in how they explain it.
I found that my GW2500 stays at medium if I have the auto illuminate on. It stays at high if the feature is off.

Cheers,
kev
 
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