Casio has launched a pair of new G-Shock sports watches that are inspired by the design of a freezing winter morning. The GMA-S110GS and GMA-S120GS have translucent green and gray straps and cases, respectively, with a metallic finish.
Unlike most of Casio’s launches so far this year, these two new G-Shocks have a small case measuring 49×45.9×15.8mm, making them a good choice for anyone with thinner cuffs. To put that into context for fitness enthusiasts, the slim Garmin Lily measures 34.50 x 34.50 x 10.15mm, while the skinny Fitbit Luxe measures 36.3 x 17.6 x 10mm.
The GMA-S110GS and GMA-S120GS aren’t smartwatches or fitness trackers though, and unlike some of Casio’s latest versions such as the G-Squad Pro, don’t have health monitoring tools like a heart rate monitor or accelerometer.
As reported by Casiofanmag.com, what you get here is the typical feature set we’ve come to expect from classic G-Shock watches. These include a stopwatch, five daily alarms, hourly time signal, full auto-calendar so the face always shows the correct date, and amber-colored backlighting.
If you’re looking for a simple watch to wear instead of a full-fledged running watch, you’ll also appreciate the 1/1000 second stopwatch; elapsed time, split time and lap time measurement modes; and speed and distance entry options.
The case and strap of both watches are made of translucent resin, and the watch is water resistant to 200m (deeper than many dedicated sports watches). The lens is made of tough mineral glass to resist scratches.
The pair is available now direct from Casio for £119 (about $160 / AU$220) – about the same as the Fitbit Luxe.
Review: sometimes simple is better
Opting for an old-school digital watch like the GMA-S110GS and GMA-S120GS might seem counterintuitive when there are so many great, inexpensive running watches like the Garmin Forerunner 55 and Polar M200 available, but jumping on the fancy features has real benefits.
First of all, training without instant access to your running stats and just timing yourself can be helpful for pacing, allowing you to focus on feeling a particular speed so you can better replicate it later in challenging conditions. race.
A simpler watch is also less distracting, allowing you to relax while running and just enjoy the experience rather than feeling the need to constantly check your wrist. It might not be ideal for every training run, but if running has lost its appeal in recent months, removing the tech can help you remember why you loved the sport so much in the past. departure.