COM­PLEX TIMES

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

The Ca­sio GW-A1000 looks like a very busy watch with a hand­ful of push but­tons and di­als. If it looks in­tim­i­dat­ing, it is. For the watch is im­pos­si­ble to op­er­ate if you haven’t read the man­u­als thor­oughly. And there is quite a lot to go through, for this watch can do a fair bit, es­pe­cially for an ana­logue watch.

The build qual­ity is ex­cel­lent, with high­grade plas­tic strap and body of tough­ened metal. And de­spite be­ing a rugged GShock model, it doesn’t feel heavy on the wrist. Be­ing so­lar pow­ered watch, there is no need for bat­ter­ies.

Well, you are not spend­ing a packet just to know what time it is. This watch can tell the tem­per­a­ture too, though in Fahren­heits. Also, re­mem­ber that body tem­per­a­ture can skew the read­ings, which are shown as com­bi­na­tion of the minute and sec­ond nee­dles. A smaller ring on top shows the 24-hour time, while an­other one be­low shows the day. The fly-back func­tion al­lows the watch to shift modes in­stan­ta­neously. It isn’t called a pi­lot’s watch for noth­ing—it can show the time in many other cities too. Press the push but­ton on the left, pull the crown out and turn it to se­lect the city of your choice. This is quite easy, though you have to wait a few sec­onds for the watch to go from one time zone to the other. You can use the mode to ac­ti­vate a stop­watch too, once again a fairly com­pli­cated process.

While the watch has lu­mi­nes­cent di­als which work in dark con­di­tions, it does not have any il­lu­mi­na­tion that would have added to the ease of use. In the dig­i­tal era, this watch is per­haps for the purists.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

If you have the pa­tience, this watch has the time.

GG

GW-A1000 Price: ` 29,995

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