The Casio G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch GS1100-2A has it all: It is strong and tough, it’s functional and smart, it’s good looking, and it all comes for a very good price (available for under $200.00 at the time of this writing). Casio watches have earned a stellar reputation in the watch world for those very reasons, and this Casio chronograph watch shows why the G-Shock line of watches stands out among the best values in timekeeping.
In the early 1980s, Casio set out to build a line of watches that never break, even those with analog chronograph watch movements, like the one we’re examining here. The result of those efforts is the G-Shock family of watches, now widely respected as the world’s toughest watches. This ultra shock-resistance arises from several layers of construction that work to isolate and absorb the effect of intense shocks, protecting the inner watch core. The Casio GS1100-2A, an analog chronograph watch, inherits this family trait of legendary toughness by means of its multi-layer build, encased in ion-plated stainless steel. It’s a real beater made to withstand the rigors of extreme activities, and it’s far more than adequate for normal everyday wear.
Not only is the Casio G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch GS1100-2A tough and strong, it’s functional and smart in several ways. First, this analog chronograph watch offers 1/20 second resolution with 60 minute capacity and split-time capability, ideal for running, cycling, rowing, or any activity that requires the measurement of elapsed time. Second, no one could ask for a more accurate timepiece, because its multi-band atomic calibration keeps the time right up to the second. Even without radio signal calibration, the Casio GS1100-2A maintains accuracy within +/-20 seconds per month, due to its precision quartz movement. Third, if you pile up frequent flyer miles, you’ll appreciate the world time function that delivers the time in 29 time zones (27 cities). Fourth, you will never need to change a battery, because it is solar powered. Drawing energy from light, even ordinary indoor lighting, it will keep running for five months on full charge without further exposure to light. Fifth, while it doesn’t have a rotating dive bezel, the Casio G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch GS1100-2A is ready for your next dive expedition, with neo-brite luminous hands and hour markers and its water-resistance rating of 200 meters. Finally, time can be read in 12 or 24 hour format, the auto-calendar is pre-programmed until the year 2099, it offers 4 daily alarms with snooze function, and more. Obviously, the Casio GS1100-2A delivers a lot of smart functionality.
While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, it’s hard to resist the classy, sports appeal of this Casio chronograph watch. Bearing the visual traits of the G-Shock family of watches, the Casio G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch GS1100-2A is designed with a dark blue dial that supports three black subdials and silver-tone markers and accents, all set in a black case that attaches to the wrist with a comfortable, black rubber strap. Given its large size, 49.8mm x 15.2mm, the Casio GS1100-2A fills the wrist. While designed large to house its functions and to provide easy readouts at a glance, it doesn’t hurt that its size commands admiring attention. It is a great looking watch.
While not intended for wearing with formal attire, the Casio G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch GS1100-2A, offering lots of sport watch appeal, is great for business, sports events and casual occasions. And, being made for extreme activity, if you can take it, so can this Casio G-Shock chronograph watch.