You can split most G-Shocks out in 2 groups:
The newer, expensive high-tech G-Shocks. These are your Bluetooth, solar battery, Multi-Band 6, triple compass etc. models.
The older, "classic" models that are cheap, simple and reliable. These ones are built to get the job done and come with no frills attached.
In today's review, we're taking a look one of Casio's older "workhorse"
models - the G-Shock DW9052.
We'll cover everything you need to know about this watch.
Let's jump right in.
- Introducing: G-Shock DW9052
- Features & Functionality
- Display & Legibility
- Buttons & Operation
- Wear: Size, Comfort & Style
- Bottom Line
- G-Shock DW9052 Tech Specs
Introducing: G-Shock DW9052
"If it ain't broken, why fix it?"
A perfect quote to describe G-Shock DW9052. The model's been around since 2002 and hasn't seen any significant changes. Due to its success, Casio has included it in its "G-Shock Classics" series.
At its core, G-Shock DW9052 is a very simple, practical watch that comes with no frills attached. Shockproof and waterproof - accurate and reliable under all conditions. It's your basic G-Shock that has everything you'd expect from one - nothing more, nothing less.
Let's take a closer look at Module 1659.
G-Shock DW9052 Features & Functionality
The Module 1659 inside G-Shock DW9052 runs with an accuracy of +- 15 seconds per month. It's standard accuracy for a quartz watch and will be enough for anyone's needs.
If you want "perfect" accuracy, you can adjust the watch once per month. It's not much work and will get you pretty close to perfection.
The CR2016 battery that DW9052 comes with lasts for roughly 2 years. While it's an O.K. performance for the price, you can expect up to 5 years of battery life from slightly more expensive G-Shock models - for example, the GD350 that we've also reviewed.
When it comes to features, G-Shock DW9052 covers the basics, but it covers them well. In addition to telling the time and date, the watch has:
- One daily alarm
- Countdown timer (with auto-repeat function)
You also have the setting to flash the display when the alarm sounds or the countdown timer ends.
The calendar works up until the end of the year 2099.
The alarm is loud enough to wake you up, but not loud enough to be reliable in noisy conditions.
The buttons beep every time you press them and can't be muted, which is the norm for budget G-Shocks.
You can only set the time forward and not reverse. For example, if you want to change your time from 12:31 to 12:30, you'll have to run the minutes all the way to 59, then 0, and then to 29 again. It's inconvenient, but easy to get used to.
Watch the video below for a quick demo of G-Shock DW9052 and its functions:
Display & Legibility
G-Shock DW9052 comes in many different colors, the 2 most popular being:
The readability of the display is good, but not great. That's for two reasons:
Reason #1: One third of the display is taken up by a "second-counter" bar. It looks "tactical", but doesn't add anything to the functionality of the watch.
Reason #2: It can be hard to make the digits out in low-light conditions, as the contrast "washes out" a little bit. But that's what you have the backlight for.
Like all G-shocks, G-Shock DW9052 comes with a backlight for visibility in darkness. The backlight is easy to activate and bright enough for you to make out the digits in all light conditions. It has a bluish color.
Side note: G-Shock DW9052 is an older model and doesn't have the "super-illuminator" backlight that some newer G-Shocks come with. This is a good thing, since the "super-illuminator" is often too bright, while the older backlight on this watch is easier on the eyes.
Buttons & Operation
The buttons are intuitive:
- One for changing between alarm, countdown timer, and stopwatch
- One for adjusting time/date/alarm/timer values
- One for a total reset
- One for starting/stopping the countdown timer and stopwatch
- And finally, a dedicated backlight button in the front
The buttons are big and easy to operate. After some practice, you'll be able to operate the watch without looking at them.
They don't protrude from the case, which gives them better protection & avoids accidental presses. As with most G-Shocks, DW9052 has "bumpers" in the middle of the watch that help you hit the right button on the go.
Side note: Because of its ease of operation and a dedicated backlight button in the front, we included DW-9520 in our list of best military G-Shocks.
Wear: Size, Comfort & Style
G-Shock DW9052 is on the big side with its 48.5mm diameter, but it's still a "medium-sized" watch when compared to other G-Shocks. It fits my 7.25" wrist and should be fine with wrists as small as 6.5". The watch is definitely not too big or bulky.
Side note: If your wrist is smaller than 6.25", take a look at DW-5600 which is a smaller, budget G-Shock.
DW9052 weighs only 2.08 oz. You'll forget that you're wearing it on your wrist, unless you have a tight shirt cuff. DW9052 is lighter than most other G-Shocks, especially the Casio premium line - Rangeman, Mudman, Gravitymaster etc.
G-Shock DW9052 comes in a black look with colored accents that would fit well on military and police outfits. With a thickness of 14.7mm, it is first and foremost an outdoors watch. It fits under my sleeve no problem, but this is not a watch that I'd wear on formal occasions.
I've read multiple accounts of people taking their DW9052 on deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mainly because they needed a simple, durable, and lightweight watch that could take a beating.
G-Shock DW9052 is for you if: You're looking for a simple, durable, affordable and lightweight tool watch that gets the job done - no matter the conditions.
G-Shock DW9052 Tech Specs
Tech specs from Casio's Website:
- Shock Resistance
- 200M Water Resistance
- Mineral Glass
- Shock Resistant 200 Meter Water Resistant
- Electro-Luminescent Backlight with Afterglow
- Mineral Crystal
- 1/100 second stopwatch Measuring capacity: 23:59'59.99" Measuring mode: elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
- Countdown Alarm Input range: 1 second to 24 hours Measuring unit: 1 second Auto-repeat function
- Daily Alarm
- Hourly time signal
- Accuracy: ± 15 seconds per month
- Battery: 2 years on CR2016
- Module 1659