In 1981, Casio engineer Kikuo Ibe’s set about creating the ‘unbreakable watch’ after dropping, and thus breaking, a pocket watch his father gifted him. He conceptualised a watch with a ‘triple 10 philosophy’—one that had water resistance up to 10bar, minimum battery life of 10 years and most importantly, a watch that could survive a minimum 10-metre drop. A couple of years later, the first G-Shock was born.

If you have ever owned or seen G-Shock watches, you probably know they choose form over fashion. They are made out of chunky pieces of military-grade materials that can not only survive extreme scenarios but also offer tons of useful features.

That brings us to the G-Shock GA 2000, the Japanese watchmaker’s latest addition in the Indian market. Casio says the watch comes with a Carbon-core guard, which is basically a resin case reinforced with minuscule amounts of carbon fibre. This makes this one of the lightest G-Shock watches ever made, without compromising on toughness.

G-Shock fans can finally say there is a God, as the GA 2000 comes with quick-release removable straps, a first for any G-Shock watch, and a feature taken from Casio’s Protrek range of watches.

The GA 2000 finally comes with quick-release removable straps, a first for any G-Shock watch.
The GA 2000 finally comes with quick-release removable straps, a first for any G-Shock watch.

The mechanism of the removable straps is very simple and is compatible with other strap makers. And thanks to its flexibility, the straps can finally be flush with the case when kept horizontally, meaning this is way more comfortable than other G-Shock watches.

Coming to the dial, it spans 48.7mm in diameter and looks decent on the wrist. The strap may appear a bit skinny in proportion when compared to other G-Shock watches if you have a particularly butch wrist.

The ‘tech’ in the GA 2000 is similar to other watches in the range—you have world time, stopwatch, LED lights, multiple alarms. Although it misses out on a few features like a barometer, altimeter and Bluetooth link, but for a mid-tier G-Shock, that’s excusable.

The way you interact with these features, however, is refined, thanks to the button structure shock resistance, eliminating the need for an external button guard. This means you have better tactile feedback when pressing buttons, another innovation for G-Shocks.

The GA 2000 will not measure your heart rate, nor will it show your smartphone notifications. But that’s the essence of it, it makes more sense to appreciate its robust miniaturised mechanical prowess.

To conclude, at 8,995, the GA 2000 is perhaps the most reasonable G-Shock in the line-up, with innovative features and functional, customisable, lightweight design.

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