Retrospective Review: My G-Shock vs. My Luminox
As the proprietor of both of the watches above, and knowing that here and there they are rather comparable, a retrospective survey appeared to be all together. The G-Shock GW3000BB-1A I bought imprudently one day in a department store; I had wanted a tough watch and preferred rocking a G-Shock at the time.
Several years later, before a trip around Mexico, I concluded that I didn’t want to bring my more costly pieces but wanted a fun ‘expedition’ watch that I didn’t have to stress over. Enter the Luminox Recon Nav SPC.
Both watches are rugged, look stylish and are extremely difficult to harm. They have high water resistance (200M), great night visibility (tritium tubes vs luminescent paint) and wear overall quite stout on the wrist without seeming comical, appearing instead to be tactical. Here are my thoughts on how they break down:
The G-Shock looks great, is entirely fashionable and has some epic features. That said, it is infuriatingly difficult to operate without the little 100+ page manual that comes with it. As I would see it, product design ought to be undeniable, but with its four buttons and interminable invisible menus to navigate, good karma on the off chance that you don’t cary the manual on you. Daylight savings time changes are a significant problem, knowing what mode you are in is more awful and the alleged ability to do a brisk time zone change is impossible for everything I can figure.
That’s most of the bad, and honestly its pretty bad, but at almost a large portion of the cost of the Luminox, it has a lot going for it.
- Fantastic legibility at almost any angle
- Light and comfortable strap, hard to notice even with its big size on the wrist.
- Cool chronograph feature (in the event that you can start it) where the center recycled turns a full rotation each second for the first 15 seconds. It appears as though you are reading an altimeter in freefall and is distant from everyone else worth buying the watch for. Unfortunately it stops and becomes a typical chronograph after the first few seconds.
- Slightly domed acrylic crystal
- Solar controlled, no batteries required
- Radio controlled time from regional towers everywhere on the world. Accurate is an understatement.
- However on the off chance that you like to run your watch a little fast it is no simple feat to accomplish.
- Day and Date
- Very bright lume at first, gets dull decently fast nonetheless, doesn’t last all night.
- For little wrists, the strap is long, I needed to cut the end off so it didn’t flounder around.
- Unique, recognizable styling. The cool children will take notice 🙂
- Basically the top range similarly as G-Shocks go.
- MSRP: $280, a good arrangement less expensive on the auxiliary market.
Luminox Recon Nav SPC
For genuine adventuring, this Luminox has no equivalent. It is outfitted with a ton of helpful features, and takes a lot of styling signs from the Breitling Navitimer. What it needs sun oriented force and radio time setting, it more than compensates for in build quality and ‘toolishness’.
- Anti-reflective (AR) Sapphire Crystal at this value point is great to see.
- A removable compass to assist you with getting your bearings, it goes unnoticed on the rubber strap.
- GMT 24 hour hand complication to track multiple timezones.
- An ingenius walking Tachymeter which effectively tells you your ground movement speed. I discover ordinary tachymeters pretty futile as I don’t fly planes.
- 60-click rotating bezel with tritium pip.
- Plastic case/bezel feels hard, but seems a bit cheap.
- Tritium tubes on records and hands, excessively bright throughout the night with purple and orange markers to show orientation. It is a truly amazing sight when you glance at it in the night.
- Swiss made (for what its worth).
- The side of the comfortable rubber strap has a ruler on it in Inches/mm. I’ve utilized this few times when I couldn’t locate a legitimate one.
- High legibility in day and night with contrasting white hands on the black dial.
- Easy to utilize standard crown.
- Date complication.
- The compass functions admirably with a little circle floating around inside a liquid chamber.
- Pretty much the top range of Quartz Luminox.
- MSRP: $450, a good arrangement less expensive on the auxiliary market.
Between the two, on most days I would take the Luminox easily. It is a reason built, great looking and easy to use tool that could literally be a lifeline in the event that you at any point get lost in the wild. Anyway I own both, and on the off chance that I feel so strongly, why not sell the G-Shock and move on? Well, there is a certain appeal to the G-Shock that makes it more fun than the Luminox, and loans hip youthful style to your wrist. A G-Shock is an exceptionally versatile piece, because it tends to go with anything in an effortless manner, and transmits that the wearer can let free and have fun.
In whole, both will look badass, both can be the solitary watch you’ll at any point need, and I feel both are appropriately priced.
What do you think? Comment below!