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Hi everyone, I think it's first time for me to post a thread in G-Shock forum.

I'm soon going into the army. I am looking for a watch I could take with me, and I thought G-Shocks were a must to take a look at first.



I narrowed my personal choices down to 2 G-Shocks and there is 1 G-Shock recommended to me by a website.


AWG-M100-1ACR, Aw-591-2Aer are my personal choices,


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GD350-8 G is the one I found when was in a search for "Best Military G-Shock".



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Function wise, the GD one seems like to be an obvious winner, but to me it just looks so ugly when I searched for wrist shots. I myself like dress watches without complicated dials in general, maybe that is why my personal two choices are analog style and quite clean (maybe not the second one, but I picked it because of the color). Obviously, if I had to choose between the two, I would pick the first blue one. It looks so good....









QUALITIES I AM LOOKING FOR

0. (PREFERABLY) ANALOG DISPLAY. I don't care much for digital time display, although if it fits all criteria below, I will have to take it.

1. STEALTH ALARM. Stealth alarm would be lovely, as I need to wake myself up quite often early in the morning like 5:30~6:00 am-ish. I hope I can actually wake up from it though. I'm a heavy sleeper...

2. LEGIBILITY IN DARK OR IN EXTREME BRIGHTNESS. So many reviews about how the watch was impossible to read. Ideally I would like to be able to easily set up alarm function while in total dark, but if that is asking for too much, perfect legibility on the current time in dark is good enough.

3. SHOCK RESISTANT. I'm not in a navy, but in an army, so SR would be more important to me than WR. I will go through some pretty heavy training involving crawling in mud / up the mountain, etc, and sadly no G-Shock offers sapphire glass, so I think I will have to prioritize myself in finding one with good SR.

4. SIZE. I do not have a big wrist - 16 cm, which is about 6.3" apparently. Therefore I think I need one that is not TOO big (case diameter less than 48mm preferred, but again, if it fits all criteria above, I will have to take it).

5. BATTERY. Anything over 3 years is fine, but it should have a life more than 3 years FOR CERTAIN. Plus, I don't want a solar powered one. I will go into a training once in a while but most of the time I will be working inside an office, with computers.

ALL OTHER FEATURES ARE NOT NECESSARY.

Water resistance, it should be enough to withstand the rain, 100m perhaps, I think that isn't a problem cuz most watches have that.

Stuff like GMT is TOTALLY unneeded.






If you guys have any that come up in mind, please do share!

Thank you in advance, gentlemen!
 

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Hi everyone, I think it's first time for me to post a thread in G-Shock forum.

I'm soon going into the army. I am looking for a watch I could take with me, and I thought G-Shocks were a must to take a look at first.



I narrowed my personal choices down to 2 G-Shocks and there is 1 G-Shock recommended to me by a website.

AWG-M100-1ACR, Aw-591-2Aer are my personal choices,

GD350-8 G is the one I found when was in a search for "Best Military G-Shock".

Function wise, the GD one seems like to be an obvious winner, but to me it just looks so ugly when I searched for wrist shots. I myself like dress watches without complicated dials in general, maybe that is why my personal two choices are analog style and quite clean (maybe not the second one, but I picked it because of the color). Obviously, if I had to choose between the two, I would pick the first blue one. It looks so good....


QUALITIES I AM LOOKING FOR

0. (PREFERABLY) ANALOG DISPLAY. I don't care much for digital time display, although if it fits all criteria below, I will have to take it.

1. STEALTH ALARM. Stealth alarm would be lovely, as I need to wake myself up quite often early in the morning like 5:30~6:00 am-ish. I hope I can actually wake up from it though. I'm a heavy sleeper...

2. LEGIBILITY IN DARK OR IN EXTREME BRIGHTNESS. So many reviews about how the watch was impossible to read. Ideally I would like to be able to easily set up alarm function while in total dark, but if that is asking for too much, perfect legibility on the current time in dark is good enough.

3. SHOCK RESISTANT. I'm not in a navy, but in an army, so SR would be more important to me than WR. I will go through some pretty heavy training involving crawling in mud / up the mountain, etc, and sadly no G-Shock offers sapphire glass, so I think I will have to prioritize myself in finding one with good SR.

4. SIZE. I do not have a big wrist - 16 cm, which is about 6.3" apparently. Therefore I think I need one that is not TOO big (case diameter less than 48mm preferred, but again, if it fits all criteria above, I will have to take it).

5. BATTERY. Anything over 3 years is fine, but it should have a life more than 3 years FOR CERTAIN. Plus, I don't want a solar powered one. I will go into a training once in a while but most of the time I will be working inside an office, with computers.

ALL OTHER FEATURES ARE NOT NECESSARY.

Water resistance, it should be enough to withstand the rain, 100m perhaps, I think that isn't a problem cuz most watches have that.

Stuff like GMT is TOTALLY unneeded.



If you guys have any that come up in mind, please do share!

Thank you in advance, gentlemen!
I own an AWG-M100A. It's a beautiful watch. Regarding your requirements listed above.

0. The white hands on the black dial are very easy to read.

1. The alarm sound is very weak, and it does not have a vibration option.

2. The LED light only illuminates the hands, not the three LCDs, so the latter are not visible at night. Even in the daytime, the negative LCDs are hard to read except in bright light. Setting the alarm in the dark is a challenge on most G-Shocks. To do so it's best to have a dedicated (5th) light button, and you have to mute the button beeps otherwise the light will go out when you press any button that makes a beep (there are other recent threads on this). There are some other variations of the AWG-M100 with a dark dial and positive LCDs recently posted on other threads here. Unfortunately, the LCDs are still not illuminated at night.

3. It should have decent shock resistance.

4. It is definitely a smaller G, and should fit a smaller wrist with no problem.

5. It is solar powered, so I guess that removes it from your list (I guess I should have noted this before replying to all of your other points).


For your training and going through the mud, maybe a battery-powered Mudman would be a good choice, although it's digital only. Like this:

G9000-1V - G-Shock, Mens, Tough, Water Resistant, Analog, Digital, Watches | CASIO America, Inc.

I don't have one, but my GW-M850 has a similar module (Edit: Actually, the G-9000 is not the Mudman version that's similar to the GW-M850. It's the solar/atomic GW-9010). Unfortunately the alarm sound in the 850 is very weak (not sure about the G-9000). Also, the G-9000 has red buttons. I'm not sure if the Army allows red buttons on a watch. The G-9000 does have a dedicated light button and a reasonably-big CR2025 battery, which should last longer than the stated 3 years unless you use the light and alarm a lot.

I'm sure many others will reply to this thread with additional info. Good luck with your search.
 

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I own an AWG-M100A. It's a beautiful watch. Regarding your requirements listed above.

0. The white hands on the black dial are very easy to read.

1. The alarm sound is very weak, and it does not have a vibration option.

2. The LED light only illuminates the hands, not the three LCDs, so the latter are not visible at night. Even in the daytime, the negative LCDs are hard to read except in bright light. Setting the alarm in the dark is a challenge on most G-Shocks. To do so it's best to have a dedicated (5th) light button, and you have to mute the button beeps otherwise the light will go out when you press any button that makes a beep (there are other recent threads on this). There are some other variations of the AWG-M100 with a dark dial and positive LCDs recently posted on other threads here. Unfortunately, the LCDs are still not illuminated at night.

3. It should have decent shock resistance.

4. It is definitely a smaller G, and should fit a smaller wrist with no problem.

5. It is solar powered, so I guess that removes it from your list (I guess I should have noted this before replying to all of your other points).


For your training and going through the mud, maybe a battery-powered Mudman would be a good choice, although it's digital only. Like this:

G9000-1V - G-Shock, Mens, Tough, Water Resistant, Analog, Digital, Watches | CASIO America, Inc.

I don't have one, but my GW-M850 has a similar module (Edit: Actually, the G-9000 is not the Mudman version that's similar to the GW-M850. It's the solar/atomic GW-9010). Unfortunately the alarm sound in the 850 is very weak (not sure about the G-9000). Also, the G-9000 has red buttons. I'm not sure if the Army allows red buttons on a watch. The G-9000 does have a dedicated light button and a reasonably-big CR2025 battery, which should last longer than the stated 3 years unless you use the light and alarm a lot.

I'm sure many others will reply to this thread with additional info. Good luck with your search.
Thank you so much for your detailed overview of the watch! Yes, I'm leaning more towards AWG-M100A as well. If I don't find other (better) options through this thread, I'm most likely getting that one... Although I JUST realized that you wrote it's solar powered. Didn't know that, oops.

1. How weak is the alarm sound?

2. Solar powered cells... I just don't know a lot about those. Would you say it's enough to power up the battery and use it for 3 years+ when the daily routine is spent inside a building? Maybe fluorescent lights from the bulbs charge up the cells too?
 

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Thank you so much for your detailed overview of the watch! Yes, I'm leaning more towards AWG-M100A as well. If I don't find other (better) options through this thread, I'm most likely getting that one... Although I JUST realized that you wrote it's solar powered. Didn't know that, oops.

1. How weak is the alarm sound?

2. Solar powered cells... I just don't know a lot about those. Would you say it's enough to power up the battery and use it for 3 years+ when the daily routine is spent inside a building? Maybe fluorescent lights from the bulbs charge up the cells too?
1. The alarm sound ranks with the weakest of my seven G-Shocks. Most of them are a bit louder, but none of them are what I'd call loud.

2. A work day of office fluorescent light can probably maintain the current charge level, but not increase it. Brighter light will be needed to increase the charge level, for example from Mid to High. See the chart below.

If you're really set on an AWG-M100, and you want to be able to use the additional features besides basic timekeeping, I highly recommend you consider a version with positive LCDs (dark characters on a light background). There are at least four versions I've seen with positive LCDs. I use my AWG-M100A as a simple analog watch, because it's just too difficult to read the negative LCDs under many lighting conditions.
 

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If I were you, I'd go with the GD-350. But you're saying you prefer analog, so... I would hesitate to get the AWG models, because although they are decent in their own right, they do fall short in a number of respects. They are TERRIBLE for reading in the dark, if you want to know more than just the time. The LCD dials are not back lit. They are essentially unreadable in the dark. Also, if you like using timers, I'd stay away from the AWG. While it does have timing functions, the display is too small to be of convenient use (fine for "in a pinch" but not much else).

I'd keep looking at other G-Shock models. There are MANY of them, especially analog. Also, consider one of the older Aviator models, which are more affordable than the latest ones.
 

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When you google image military g shock the most popular one is the basic 6900 digital. I don't see many military people wearing analog as the digital will better to display 24 hour time format which you will live and die by.

The lights on the lower end analogs aren't great and as for an alarm, you def won't need it in basic training and when stationed somewhere you can have an alarm clock. Vibe alarm is unneeded unless you really need it as a special ops member etc...Stay away from negative LCD displays for they are very hard to see in day light. Solar G's are good for at least 10 years before replacing the battery and for a more basic solar G it will be charged for 8-10 months about with zero exposure to light. Literally one full sunny day outside and it's good for another 10 months. I would prefer the atomic solar 6900 for precise time keeping and it syncs pretty much anywhere daily unlike other G's that have to be out by a window. Since you will be in an office all day for your army job any higher end G like a Rangeman would be over kill.

Get a cheap digital G then see what the on base PX has to get with your military discount should you like anything else. The watch will be abused in basic training.

DW-6900-1V (most popular military cheap G) only 2 year battery life though.


Solar atomic version, a bit nicer GW-6900-1



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IMHO, you really can't go wrong with a GW6900 - it's extremely hard to beat at the price.
Features: multiband 6 (atomic sync timekeeping) / solar power / world time / 5 decent volume alarms (inc. snz.) / 24 hr countdown timer / stopwatch
PLUS - timeless classic 'G' design / big but not too big / very comfortable to wear.
Mine, as you can see, has been mildly modded, and is one of my favourite watches of all time.


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Take a look at this long and fact-filled thread on the subject, and the links within: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/best-g-shock-army-1318114.html

This question comes up quite often around here, and there is no "best" answer.

Members with military experience often lean toward basic models for multiple reasons: you'll want a watch that's legible, you probably want something inexpensive because your new watch is likely to be abused in the way G's were designed to be abused, it may be lost or stolen, and you'll likely want a G that's small enough to easily fit under a uniform sleeve.

For all of those reasons, inexpensive and basic G's like the DW-5600E and DW-6900 are frequently recommended.
 

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Hi everyone, I think it's first time for me to post a thread in G-Shock forum.

I'm soon going into the army. I am looking for a watch I could take with me, and I thought G-Shocks were a must to take a look at first.



I narrowed my personal choices down to 2 G-Shocks and there is 1 G-Shock recommended to me by a website.


AWG-M100-1ACR, Aw-591-2Aer are my personal choices,


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GD350-8 G is the one I found when was in a search for "Best Military G-Shock".



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Function wise, the GD one seems like to be an obvious winner, but to me it just looks so ugly when I searched for wrist shots. I myself like dress watches without complicated dials in general, maybe that is why my personal two choices are analog style and quite clean (maybe not the second one, but I picked it because of the color). Obviously, if I had to choose between the two, I would pick the first blue one. It looks so good....









QUALITIES I AM LOOKING FOR

0. (PREFERABLY) ANALOG DISPLAY. I don't care much for digital time display, although if it fits all criteria below, I will have to take it.

1. STEALTH ALARM. Stealth alarm would be lovely, as I need to wake myself up quite often early in the morning like 5:30~6:00 am-ish. I hope I can actually wake up from it though. I'm a heavy sleeper...

2. LEGIBILITY IN DARK OR IN EXTREME BRIGHTNESS. So many reviews about how the watch was impossible to read. Ideally I would like to be able to easily set up alarm function while in total dark, but if that is asking for too much, perfect legibility on the current time in dark is good enough.

3. SHOCK RESISTANT. I'm not in a navy, but in an army, so SR would be more important to me than WR. I will go through some pretty heavy training involving crawling in mud / up the mountain, etc, and sadly no G-Shock offers sapphire glass, so I think I will have to prioritize myself in finding one with good SR.

4. SIZE. I do not have a big wrist - 16 cm, which is about 6.3" apparently. Therefore I think I need one that is not TOO big (case diameter less than 48mm preferred, but again, if it fits all criteria above, I will have to take it).

5. BATTERY. Anything over 3 years is fine, but it should have a life more than 3 years FOR CERTAIN. Plus, I don't want a solar powered one. I will go into a training once in a while but most of the time I will be working inside an office, with computers.

ALL OTHER FEATURES ARE NOT NECESSARY.

Water resistance, it should be enough to withstand the rain, 100m perhaps, I think that isn't a problem cuz most watches have that.

Stuff like GMT is TOTALLY unneeded.






If you guys have any that come up in mind, please do share!

Thank you in advance, gentlemen!
Hi Humanalien, there are some considerations for choosing a watch for military purposes.

1) color: stick to dark colors like black, green , grey etc. Tactical colors in short, no bright colors to compromise your position away while the rest of your gears and camo are tactical.

2) digital: I read that you prefer analog. You might want to look into digital. There are many instances where precise digital timings are requirement during operations. Eg. Synchronization of time to your teams to the last seconds. Digital stopwatch/timer for count downs/physical tests etc.

3) compass function: while you may be equip with military compass or GPS, it's good to have a compass on your wrist for quick checks to ensure you or moving in the right direction during navigation or movement towards your targets.

my 2 cents.
 

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I'd start with something smaller, like the 2310 above or a 5600. Your main requirements are going to be an alarm and something that will fit easily under a sleeve. You can always go different later once you figure out exactly what you want.
 

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One last thing... you won't be able to rely on a G-Shock to wake you up. Not with the more recent models, that is... unless you go with a GD-350 that has vibration, and you're responsive to that kind of thing.

I have a G-3000 that has one of the loudest alarm tones for a G-Shock. It sounds loudest when on your wrist (something about the back plate being pressed against your wrist). I was able to wake to its alarm once, but only if I'd had a thorough night's sleep. But unfortunately that design uses a protruding hard bezel that is prone to getting nicked.

Btw, an even louder alarm tone is featured on the SGW-200 (standard CASIO, not a G-Shock). That's pretty much a runner's/jogger's watch. Inexpensive and good to have as a backup.
 

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Thank you guys, all of you for such heartfelt suggestions.

I think I will lean more on the digital watches now. Analog watches suit my style better, but I realized I can't hunt two geese at once with only one shot; I need to prioritize what's more important, and that is efficiency, not style. I can buy a more stylish (personal terms of course) g-shock later on, after the army service. I am thinking of GD350 or DW9052 or maybe even GW2310.

GD350 is looking good with its vibration alarm function. But again, I decided that vibe alarms aren't 100% necessary either (since it seems that both types of alarms are not sufficient enough to actually wake me up).
 

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I agree that the 3 small circular displays in the AWGM100 are little hard to see. I would at least get the positive display version, if that's the model you really like. The newer AWGM100SB looks pretty good in all black and positive. http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/g-shock-november-2015-releases-2527818.html

If you like to go for digitals, there are a ton of selections! The DW6600's a military classic, but unfortunate they are a little hard to find since Casio don't make them any more. The DW6900 / GW6900 is the closest to that for current Gs. I posted these pics before: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/nother-case-g-shocks-ideal-field-watch-2580890-2.html#post22407954 You can find more in the forum.
 

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1. STEALTH ALARM. Stealth alarm would be lovely, as I need to wake myself up quite often early in the morning like 5:30~6:00 am-ish. I hope I can actually wake up from it though. I'm a heavy sleeper...

2. LEGIBILITY IN DARK OR IN EXTREME BRIGHTNESS. So many reviews about how the watch was impossible to read. Ideally I would like to be able to easily set up alarm function while in total dark, but if that is asking for too much, perfect legibility on the current time in dark is good enough.

3. SHOCK RESISTANT. I'm not in a navy, but in an army, so SR would be more important to me than WR. I will go through some pretty heavy training involving crawling in mud / up the mountain, etc, and sadly no G-Shock offers sapphire glass, so I think I will have to prioritize myself in finding one with good SR.

4. SIZE. I do not have a big wrist - 16 cm, which is about 6.3" apparently. Therefore I think I need one that is not TOO big (case diameter less than 48mm preferred, but again, if it fits all criteria above, I will have to take it).

5. BATTERY. Anything over 3 years is fine, but it should have a life more than 3 years FOR CERTAIN. Plus, I don't want a solar powered one. I will go into a training once in a while but most of the time I will be working inside an office, with computers.
1. Only a few G's are with vibration alarm (stealth as you said), including the GD350, GB5600B, and couple of older models.

2. I find the GD350's a little too bright at night with 2 white LEDs. Most G's with EL are acceptably bright without being overkill. However, NONE of the G's allow you to set the watch (like alarm function you said), while using the EL/LED. As soon as you press another button, the light will go off! Making it extremely difficult to set the watch in the dark, without a secondary light source. I believe some Timex Indiglo watches can stay lit pressing any button, making it easier for setting.

3. All G's are shock resist and 200m water resist.

4. The GD350 could be a little big for your wrist size. Some people also find the "wings" uncomfortable, and need to remove them. The 5600 is smallest G currently in production. It's very easy to fit under the sleeve, and may be more comfortable for you.

5. Most G's last a long time in battery. Casio usually under claim the battery life in the specs. As long as you are not getting models like GA1000/1100, with 2 tiny batteries that only last 2 years, you will be fine. Solar is not bad either, and mostly worry free. The rechargeable battery can easily last you a decade!
 

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However, NONE of the G's allow you to set the watch (like alarm function you said), while using the EL/LED. As soon as you press another button, the light will go off! Making it extremely difficult to set the watch in the dark, without a secondary light source.
Another recent thread stated that if you turn off the button beeps, pressing another button does not turn off the light. Even still, setting a G in the dark without a secondary light source is not very convenient, although it may be possible on a G with a dedicated light button.
 

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I have spent 8 years in the Army as a First Sergeant. Teaching civilian men how to become a complete capable soldier. I can recommend you any digital G. That will be more all you really need. You don't need any fancy stuff. Like solar or atomic. Ofcourse if you have it it can't do you any harm either. ☺
Any digital G will be a good companion. I have worn a DW6900 for 8 years. Bought it at my base during my own training to become a Sergeant. Almost all my buddies wore a digital G.
Good luck and cheers! 😉👍
 

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Wolf888, are any US Army soldiers allowed to keep a cellphone with them at all times, or only when on PTO? I left the military before cellphone use became widespread.

Cellphones are seriously effective alarm clocks. Most these days can play any MP3 file you wish, so you can use a song fragment or even edit a file to vary the loudness (start off soft and gradually increase).
 

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Take it from a former Marine infantryman (0311). The only watch that lasted through mountain warfare training at Bridgeport, desert thrashing at 29 Palms, weeks in the field on Camp Pendleton, and, finally, Helmand Province, Afghanistan was this one... and it only cost ~$10:

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^ While not as rugged as a G-Shock, its slim profile enables it to "slip past" many scrapes and hide nicely under the protection of a sleeve when out and about. From what I understand, insurgents made wide use of this watch... I wonder if they got the idea by copying the US military?

And of course, thanks for your dedicated service to our country! :-!
 
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