When G-SHOCK first announced their upscale stainless steel range, G-STEEL, our first reaction was one of curiosity. When thinking on the brand, launched by CASIO in 1983, immediate associations tend to be: shock-resistant, sporty or outdoorsy. While the new range maintains resistance to shock (and water), all six pieces are more gentlemanly—crafted from stainless steel, with some incorporating resin bezels. After spending a week with two models, we realized a few things and, for lovers of oversized watches (52.4mm) with a penchant for brand nostalgia, these dressier timepieces pack a lot of functionality.
All six watches sport Tough Solar Power technology, meaning they draw energy from various spectrums of illumination guaranteeing battery reliability. There’s NEO-brite hands for quick night reading, which is further supported by a pusher activated Full-Auto Double LED. Other features include a World Time setting, the option to set up to five daily alarms, a stop watch and countdown timer. The case, in its entirety, looks like what one would expect from the brand, and yet the face (despite the epic amount of indicators and features) manages to look cleaner and more manageable. Altogether, it’s easy on the eyes and easy to navigate functionally. If you grew up wearing G-SHOCK, this is a reliable, adult range.
The G-Steel range is available online, with prices starting at $280.
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