August 12, 2011

G-Shock King GX56-1A Review

G-Shock King GX56-1A Watch Review
  G-Shock went with the old theory of “go big or go home”, go big they did! The so called King of All G’s is the GX56 and GXW-56 series. Quick clarity of the difference between the GX and GXW, GXW is atomic and GX is not. The watch is massive, large and in charge, monstrous, you gotta love it! It is a puny 55.5mm x 53.6mm x 17.5mm and is likely the toughest and most shock resistant watch on the market. 
  The GX56-1A screams masculinity, with it’s crisp hard resin case lines. This version is mainly black with accented areas of red. These include the four pushers, writing on strap, Shock Absorber on dial, resin around case back, and the newest shock resistant material Alpha Gel visible on the dial edges. Like all G-Shocks there are more features than you likely would every use, nice to have should you need them. Tough Solar Power is fantastic feature, not only do you not have to worry about not changing batteries, on a full charge the GX56-1A will run 11 months w/o further exposure to light. Impressive and convenient! Those familiar with G-Shocks will know most the standard features. Some quick notable features are 200m of water resistance, full auto EL backlight with afterglow, mud resistant, battery life indicator, world timer, 4 alarms, and of course shock resistant. Lastly, adding to the overall mean and stealth factor is the negative display. W&R has had this watch for well over a year now and find this to be one the easier to read negative displays. The watch has been worn without worry of what may happen to it, needless to say it has been abused. You would hardly know with only some minor wear marks, which is pretty amazing. 

Pros - Tough, mud resistant, 11 month power reserve, manly

Consideration - Can you handle the size?

Case: Black Resin
Case Diameter: 55.5mm
Bezel: Fixed 
Crystal: Mineral
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Resin
Movement: Quartz
Strap Width: 32mm
Power Reserve: 11 months
Water Resistant: 200m

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