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Casio G-Shock Solar Watch AWG-M100 $154.10 Delivered @ Amazon US via AU

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Casio G-Shock AWG-M100-1ACR Camel

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  • Crystal/Lens - Mineral
  • Size of case - 46.4 x 14.9
  • World Time - 31 Times Zones
  • Atomic Timekeeping (I don't think this works in Aus)
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • Solar Power with Power Saving Function
  • Battery level indicator
  • Multi-function Alarm, 1/100 second stopwatch
  • Countdown Timer, Auto-repeat function, Hourly Time Signal.
  • 12/24 Hour Formats,
  • Water Resistant - 200 Metres

Casio G-Shock AWG-M100 In-depth Review

Casio G-Shock AWG-M100A-1ACR $155.32 delivered. Camel.
Negative LCD display is harder to read.

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  • mineral lens is easy to get scratch… got at pro trek with similar glass specs… it's all ruined with lines.

    • +6

      Depends on the person. Most of my watches are mineral & not one scratch.

      Don't forget this is a Solar G-Shock for $152 + less with cashback.

      • -2

        well pro trek was meant for harsh environment.

        Obviously depends on the person… if lock it up behind the cabinet and never see a daylight of course no chance to scratch it even by little accident.

        • +2

          In contrast I've had a protrek I used for about 6 years daily and also while fishing, travelling and exercising. Even stacked it hard once while travelling and scratched the bezel as I came down a set of stairs. The glass only has a couple of minor marks.

    • +2

      Sapphire is way more scratch resistant than mineral, but can crack or even shatter. Mineral glass is much more resistant to breaking than sapphire but can definitely scratch. I tend not to have an issue with either (so personally prefer sapphire), but my wife will smash a sapphire watch within a few days. No such issue with mineral lens watches, they just get scratched. When the watch reaches the stage you can't read the time through the mist of scratches, she gets another one. You can polish the scratches out if they aren't too deep, but it can take a lot of time and I'm not patient enough unless it's a really expensive watch.

      Frankly the small gotcha with this watch is the atomic timekeeping is pretty much useless here in Australia. Maybe if you live up north and the weather is just right you might be able to get it to work by setting the watch to Tokyo, but for the fiddling around with that you might as well just set it manually.

      But, for $152 for a solar G-Shock that doesn't look too ugly it's a pretty decent deal.

      • How do you polish mineral glass?

        • +3

          diamond polishing paste with a dremel, or can get kits such as from polywatch (the glass version, not plastic) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb7fI4dfRk4. Suggest practising first on a watch you don't care about.

          • +1

            @PlasticSpaceman: The PolyWatch Glass Polish Kit appears to be about $40, does that sound right?

            • +2

              @sween64: It's stupid expensive for what it is, but yeah that's probably how much it sells for. You can get enough tubes of different grade lapping paste to last you a lifetime for maybe half that price, but it doesn't come in a fancy box with a stick or a piece of cloth….. :-)

    • +1

      well, I got scratches even on my pro trek sapphire glass (bicycle accident)

    • +3

      You can get a screen protector for a few bucks on EBay if you’re worried about it. I have one on a Casio watch of mine to prevent scratches on the glass.
      https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/124926511452?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mk...

    • +1

      got at pro trek with similar glass specs… it's all ruined with lines.

      I too have a Pro Trek (solar), no scratches, yes I used it a lot for hiking, kayaking etc, Not so much any more as I have a Suunto. No scratches that I can see,

  • Does atomic time keeping work in Aus?

    • Why not?

      • Because the radio signal doesn’t exist here. You can make an emulator if you’re that OCD

        • Didn't know that, I guess Atomic features is unless in Australia.

          • @kml22: No, not useless. There are ways and means. And if you ever travel overseas, it will be awesome!

    • +2

      If in northern Australia, it might every now and then get a signal from Japan. Usually at night, when the weather conditions allow the signal to travel further. You also have to set the watch to Tokyo. There are apps you can use apparently, but I suspect you might as well just set it manually and ignore that feature unless you are travelling overseas.

    • There is a workaround (but a convoluted and patchy one at that), I think most needing a 'synchronized time' feature will opt for more modern Bluetooth G-Shocks such as the recently announced Solar 'Casi-Oak'.

      Atomic time is still useful if/where locations allow, not really a feature/benefit if using in Australia though, and plenty of Solar G-Shocks don't have it, so it's not essential anyway.

    • +2

      I was a big fan of atomic sync feature - 'emulating' the sync signal from tower involves playing the sync tone from your pc using headphone and hoping for the best..

      Now don't bother and sold most of them :)

      Still handy if you travel to Northern hemisphere

  • Do i need to go outside to keep this working?

    • +5

      If you live in a house with windows you should be fine, it's nice outside though.

  • Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping

    Does it work in Australia? I tried that on my pro trek and no luck…

    • +2

      Depends where in Australia, but the nearest signals are in Asia so if you're in the southern parts it won't.

  • similar model got a bad review from customer, not enough to prove anything, but still can be considered
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Casio-AWG-M100A-1ACR-Solar-Analogu...

  • Genuine question - So in a world full of smart watches, what upsides would something like this have to offer, apart from it being Solar, especially when a smart watch can be had for the same price?

    • +6

      Don't need to charge it every few days?

    • +4

      I do a lot of oil and gas work, offshore and onshore where smartwatches are a big nono.
      I have a previous type of this watch for 12 years now that I use for work, still going strong (with a solar boost every now and then).

      I do find it annoying to setup though, must be getting old

      • +1

        How's the strap after 12 years?

        • mint, but im only wearing it on site, so not full time

    • +2

      Smart watch will eventually break down or battery won't hold charge. Watches generally last ages (you can hand it down to your children if watches are still a thing in future).

  • I do prefer the look of the M100A with the black and blue but am a little concerned about the readability of the Negative LCD. @WatchNerd do you have a Casio with a negative LCD? Also, how do you find the Auto LED light?

    • +1

      I don't own one, the only G-Shock I own atm is the DW9052 from this post. But I bought a Skmei 1134 negative & positive display back in the day when they used to be posted on here to see if I liked it and I still wear the positive but not the negative, I'm not a fan.

      If you are outside a lot they are easier to read but my thoughts are why make it harder than it needs to be.

    • Auto LED is handy - most of the time. If you wear it to bed though, your partner will probably start hitting you as it wakes them up with a blinding flash.

  • +1

    i'm pleasantly surprised the indices have lume…casio are usually pretty stingy when it comes to lume

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