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Inspired by motorcycle design. To be released in Japan first, but we’ll see some action on this series real soon. At 51mm x 17mm, these are huge. The features are what you’d expect; world time, five alarms, WR 20bar, countdown timer, stopwatch with split, three year battery, and auto LED, but does not include radiation detection or seismic forecasting as was rumored by jittery bloggers around the Pacific rim. Click one of the pictures below to see larger images.
UPDATE: August 28, 2011
For those of you who are new to the Casio G-Shock line, here’s a plain English description of the features and functions of this series (that I found on the European Casio site).
** Auto-LED light
A light-emitting diode (LED) is used to illuminate the watch face, incl. the feature of an Auto Light Switch that illuminates the display when the watch is angled towards the face.
** Shock resistant
Shock-resistant construction protects against impact and vibration.
** World time function
Displays the current time in major cities and specific areas around the world.
** Stopwatch function – 1/1000 sec. – 100 hours
Measures with an accuracy of thousandth part seconds the meantime and the end time. Signals confirm the starting/stop selection. The measuring capacity reaches up to 100 hours.
** Timer – 1/1 min. – 24 hours (with automatic repeat)
For fans of precision: the countdown timers help you to remember specific or recurring events by giving off an audible signal at a preset time. They then count back automatically from the preset time. The time can be set to the nearest minute and up to 24 hours in advance. Ideal for people who need to take medicines every day or those who do interval training.
** 5 daily alarms
The daily alarm reminds you about recurring events with an acoustic signal at the time you have set. You can also activate hourly time signal that indicates each full hour. This model has 5 independent alarms for flexible reminders of important appointments.
** Snooze feature
Each time you stop the alarm, it sounds again after a few minutes.
** Automatic calendar
Once set, the automatic calendar always displays the correct date.
** 12/24-hour timekeeping
Times can be displayed in either a 12-hour or 24-hour format.
** Mineral glass
The tough, scratch-resistant mineral glass protects the watch against unsightly damage.
** Resin case
** Resin band
Natural resin is the ideal material for wrist straps thanks to its extremely durable and flexible properties.
** 3 Years – 1 Battery
The battery supplies the watch with sufficient energy for approx. three years.
** Water resistance classification (20 bar)
Perfect for free diving without scuba gear: the watch is water resistant to 20 bar / 200 metres. The metres value does not relate to a diving depth but to the air pressure used in the course of the water resistance test. (ISO 2281)
** Accuracy. +/- 15 sec seconds per month
** Type of battery. Model CR1220
** Dimensions approx. 55mm x 51,2mm x 16,9mm (H x W x D)
** Weight approx. 72 grams
UPDATE: August 31, 2011
This series has been released and has been selling so well that some of the usual vendors are out of stock already. A quick look at eBay reveals that ogt-clan has some inventory and are selling for the reasonable price of $186 for the black/black or the white/white and $172 for the red/black (shipping included).
Watch Tanaka has posted the following video clips on YouTube. If you select a resolution of 1080 and click the full screen icon (lower right) you can get a really good look at the details.
UPDATE OCTOBER 15, 2011 – Since this first reporting of the introduction of the GA120 series, the black/black and white/white models have been released in the US and are available at Macys and amazon.com. As I reported elsewhere in this blog, I went to Macys to buy one, but was disappointed in the size of the digital displays which I wanted to be able to use for bicycle exercise trip timing. If it had been only about fashion, I’d be rocking one right now. This design is stunning!
AKA GA-120A-7ADR GA-120B-1ADR GA-120-1ADR GA120A-7A GA120B-1A GA120-1A