I got myself a G-shock watch, with needles (see pic). It’s the GA-100-1A4ER model, a highly rated and applauded tactical, or outdoor, watch. It was this page on Rangermade about the top tactical watches, that got me started looking at this watch: http://rangermade.us/best-tactical-military-watch/
I love the combination of black and red and am completely satisfied with the aesthetics of the watch.
It’s a nickel and resin watch. The main functions are: multiple alarms, chronograph, timer, time zones, usable in diving. It is big enough, but comfortable to wear, and light.
Time set-up is quite simple, just choose the timezone (ex: “NYC” for New York) from the list, and the time is set automatically.
The readability of the red hand doesn’t pose any problem. The date is also clearly legible, you can choose several display modes of the 2 digital screens located in the bottom half.
I quietly giggled when I read other users’ reviews on the Internet before buying it. Especially those who say they are disappointed with the red color of the small hand, because it was not good at night with the backlight. It is obvious, that when you buy this watch, it is normal to see the red hand not as much as the white, otherwise go buy another watch. And if you really don’t see it, that’s because it is under the white one! It takes a little time to adapt and after that it will work for you. Personally that doesn’t bother me at all, and that’s what also makes the charm of this watch.
It is a very nice watch except for the stopwatch function, where the figures are small enough for a satisfactory reading, especially when the needle is in the front of the dial and masks the figures.
Otherwise the design is really very very nice! Lots of sporty looks. It’s a relatively large mens watch (it’s a G-Shock, what do you expect). The price is quite reasonable compared with the quality of the product. Reliable.
After 3 months of use, not a scratch despite the daily use in all circumstances. I could not yet test the tightness in diving.
In conclusion, I wanted this model for resistance to shocks, and the sports-oriented look. I am thrilled because I love the aesthetics of this watch, pleasant and easy to use, which in the end is the most important.
Here’s a Youtube vid about the GA-100-1A4ER: