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Casio GS-1000J GIEZ Review (Adelaide Time Zone!)


Some folks awhile back were lamenting the dearth of "world time" watches that handle the Adelaide 1/2 hour time zone correctly. I received a Casio G shock "GIEZ" GS-1000J-1AJF from Higuchi a couple of weeks ago. It has the Adelaide time zone which can be set as either the primary or as dual.

It has the following zones: GMT LDN PAR ATH JED THR DXB KBL KHI DEL DAC RGN BKK HKG TYO ADL SYD NOU WLG PPG HNL ANC LAX DEN CHI NYC CCS RIO -02 -01.

Summer time (DST) can be set for each time zone individually.

It receives the atomic signals from Fort Collins Colorado and the two stations in Japan but does not work with the European transmitter. Reception is performed either automatically or manually.

It has a chronograph that times to 24 hours at 1/20th of a second resolution (using the bottom small-seconds subdial for fractions of a second). On the left side is a 24-hour subdial that displays the hour of the primary time zone (the time currently displayed by the main hands). On the right is a 24-hour subdial with a minute and second hand that displays the dual time. The dual time sub-dial doubles as the alarm setting display.

The large seconds hand is used to point to the various time zones as well as display the reception success/in-process state, and alarm on/off status, and seconds during chronograph use.

The instruction booklet is only in Japanese, but I am creating a state diagram and will post it when I am done.

The case is stainless with a mineral glass crystal, and is water resistant to 20 BAR. Like the Eco-Drive, it uses solar panels to charge a battery. The only indication of low charge is the seconds hand stepping. After certain periods of time in darkness, it no longer updates the hands. But upon exposure to light, the hands are motored to their correction positions. (I was initially disconcerted to find the hands spinning around when I opened the box from Higuchi -- they were setting themselves after being in the dark during shipment and some additional storage time since it arrived while I was on a trip.)

A great watch. My only complaint is the lume. It is scant and not very bright. But I can still read it after 8 hours of darkness.

Here are a couple of photos from a site:

 
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