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Review | Casio G-SHOCK Aviator GW-3000M-4AER

Design & Specification

Domed mineral glass protects the dial and when viewed from the side or 3/4 view, it magnifies the numbers and text somewhat. It's like many divers watches and certainly different to the other G-Shocks we have reviewed. Whilst mineral glass does not shatter in the same way as a sapphire crystal, should it be subjected to a hard blow, mineral is not as impervious to scratches as sapphire. However, the glass is so deeply set into the bezel, it should be well-protected against the majority of scratches and scrapes.

Whilst many of the more expensive (think £280+) G-Shocks have stainless steel keepers, which is undoubtedly a nice touch, here it is made from resin. Whilst this is likely to be a cost-saving measure, we have found the steel keepers soon scratch and in this respect, a resin keeper is certainly more practical.

The back of the case however is stainless steel, screwed down and bearing the various features of the watch, etched cleanly on to its surface with the G-Shock logo taking centre stage. It is nice to see Japan rather than Thailand as a country of origin, although in reality the quality control is likely to be no different wherever your G-Shock is produced.

Casio G-SHOCK Aviator GW-3000M-4AER Casio G-SHOCK Aviator GW-3000M-4AER

The G-Shock Protection text is impregnated in orange onto the dark grey resin bezel and two large and polished buttons sit to either side, to adjust the watch and operate the various modes. These are deeply recessed to prevent accidental button presses but due their large size, can easily be operated when wearing gloves.

The main numerals on the dial are large and are placed at 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock and 6 o'clock respectively, with thick baton markers between. The text is clear despite the busy dial and are coated with neo-brite luminescent paint. They almost look cream in daylight but glowing in a reassuringly green hue in darkness. And it is fortunate that they do as there is no backlight, LED or otherwise.

On the inside of the resin bezel sits 10 minute markers to 60 minutes, finished in white. The abbreviated designations for the various cities of the world are highlighted in blue on the outer dial, for the world time feature and second time zone display. Finally, on an inner chamfered edge and displayed crisply in orange, are markings for the stopwatch.

The text on the dark grey dial displays multi-band 6 in orange, below which sits Tough Solar and CASIO in white text. Below the 3 o'clock position Tough Mvt. (i.e. tough movement) in white. Naturally, the text is small throughout, but concise considering that diminutive point size.

There are three subdials: a circular one at three o'clock, which displays the 24-clock format, with a bright orange sword hand for the minutes and a triangular light blue hand for the hour.

At the 6 o'clock position sits another circular dial, displaying the chronograph, with its elongated light blue hand clearly visible.

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