G-Shock is the perfect beater watch.
Versatile, durable, functional and comfortable.
In today's review, we're taking a look at G-Shock GD350 - Casio's "stealth" military watch that comes with a rare vibration alarm feature.
We'll cover the good and bad sides of this watch, and help you decide whether the GD350 is the right G-Shock for you.
Let's jump right in.
- Introducing: G-Shock GD350
- Vibration Alarm
- One-Push Countdown Timer
- Display & Legibility
- Buttons & Operation
- Wear: Size, Comfort & Style
- Bottom Line - Is it right for you?
- G-Shock GD350 Tech Specs
Introducing: G-Shock GD350
"This new G-SHOCK was engineered for those special secret missions that demand precision and stealth." - Casio
- Vibration alarm
- Tactical looks & design
- Comfortable to wear
- Great value for money
- Large size
GD350 is Casio's military watch. But it flies a little bit under the radar in comparison to other G-shocks, especially the premium models. In our opinion, GD350 doesn't get the love it deserves - and when you're done reading this review, you'll probably agree.
First off, this bad boy doesn't come with the Multi-Band 6 atomic clock or the solar-powered battery that other "tactical" G-shocks are known for. But that's not really a downside.
Because when you about it, the atomic clock & solar battery don't add that much value for most people. Especially considering that:
- GD350 is already a quartz watch with great accuracy of +- 15 seconds per month.
- The CR2032 battery in the watch lasts for roughly 5 years before it needs changing.
But what makes the GD350 special is the inbuilt vibration alarm. In fact, if you shop around you'll see that G-Shock GD350 one of the few "regular, non-smartwatches" that have a vibration alarm built into it.
Let's take a closer look.
The vibration alarm on GD350 is not as strong as on Apple Watch, but strong enough to wake you up in the morning. When the watch vibrates you'll feel it, but no-one around you will hear it.
Vibration alarm works with all functions of the watch:
- Hourly time signal
Personally, I love it. While everyone else around me has beeping alarms, I can choose whether I want mine to be heard or not. And I've found it to be useful in many situations.
For example, I can set a vibration hourly time signal.
Now, all G-Shocks with an "hourly time signal" setting. When this setting is on, the G-Shock will beep twice every hour when minutes hit 00. The problem is, sooner or later this beep goes off in the middle of an important meeting, which is why I keep it turned off on my other G-Shocks.
But with GD350, I can set the hourly alarm signal to vibrate. That way, I get two short vibrations every hour. This means that I can keep track of my hours no matter where I am. It's a neat little feature that I'm a great fan of.
And then you also have your vibration alarms & timers. You can set up to 5 alarms with GD350 and split them over different days if you want to. The alarms are easy to set and toggle - faster than on my phone once I got used to it.
I use the vibration alarm to wake me up in the morning without disturbing my wife. And there's a whole number of other situations where you could find the vibration feature useful:
- Timing breaks at work
- Police & Military Operations
- Having an alarm in the office without others hearing it
- Keeping electronics out of the bedroom (but still waking up in time)
- And so on...
In short, vibration alarm was one of these things that I didn't realize I needed - until I finally got it.
Side note: You can't combine the vibration alarm with the normal beep. The watch makes no sounds in the vibration mode.
One-Push Countdown Timer
Another "special" feature you might find useful is the dedicated “START” button for the watch’s countdown timer. When you're on the main screen, the bottom-right button will activate your countdown timer instantly. The current time will still be displayed with the countdown happening in the line above.
I use the instant timer for sports and cooking. On most other G-shocks you'll have to make 2 presses to get to the timer, and one more press to activate it.
Display & Legibility
GD350 comes in 3 different colorways:
The Black & Gold model comes with a negative display. This means that the background behind the digits is black instead of the normal "gray" as you usually see on digital watches. The negative display model looks more "tactical", as the watch will be full black from all angles.
The only downside of the negative display is that it is hard to read in bright daylight. Fortunately, the golden-colored digits that the model comes with make the screen more readable. You'll be fine in about 90% of all light settings if you choose to go for it.
There are no issues with visibility on gray models with "normal" displays.
Like all G-shocks, The GD350 comes with a backlight for visibility in darkness. The backlight is bluish and the screen is easy to see when it's on. It's so bright that you can use it to find your way in the dark instead of a flashlight in a pinch.
Buttons & Operation
The buttons are intuitive:
- One for a total reset
- One for mode changing
- One dedicated to the timer
- A general adjust button
- Dedicated backlight button in front of the watch
They're also big and easy to push. After some practice, you'll be able to operate the watch without looking at it. As with most G-Shocks, there are "bumpers" in the middle of the watch that help you hit the right buttons.
Wear: Size, Comfort & Style
GD350 comes in an all-black tactical look that fits military or police outfits. The design is military-inspired, as you can see from the tiny "radar" on the front screen of the watch.
GD350 is a big watch at 51mm in diameter, but it's nothing out of the ordinary for a G-Shock.
Despite the large size, at 2.6 oz. in weight the GD350 is a light watch. It's much lighter than Casio's premium G-shocks - Rangeman, Mudman, Gravitymaster etc. You'll only notice it on your wrist if you're wearing it with a tight shirt cuff.
With a thickness of 17.3mm, it is first and foremost an outdoors watch. While the overall design does work with more "formal" outfits, make sure that your shirt cuffs have enough space to fit the watch under them.
There are "wings" where the strap connects to the watch. They fill out the space between your wrist and the strap of the watch, giving you a better fit. This especially helps people with smaller wrists, as the wings will contour the strap to your hand, making the watch fit better despite the large size.
Side note: It's mostly high-end G-Shocks that have these wings, which is why it's nice to see this feature on GD350 even though it is one of Casio's budget models.
Casio G-Shock GD350 is an impressive vibration alarm watch that is packed with features for a very reasonable price. Besides the big size, there is not a single thing not to like about the watch, considering that it's a budget model.
This watch is for you if: You're looking for a tough, durable, and affordable beater watch with a vibration alarm packed in.
G-Shock GD350 Tech Specs
Tech specs from Casio's Website:
- Shock Resistant
- 200M Water Resistant
- Auto LED Backlight (Super Illuminator)
- Flash alert
- Flasher with buzzer that sounds for alarms, hourly time signal, countdown timer time-up alarm
- World Time
- 35 time zones (100 cities + UTC), city code display, daylight saving on/off
- 5 Daily or One-time Alarms (1 with Snooze), selectable flash alert/vibration alert
- Hourly Time Signal
- Vibration Alert (Daily Alarms, Countdown Timer, Hourly Time Signal)
- 1/100 second stopwatch
- Measuring capacity: 999:59'59.99"
- Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
- Countdown timer w/Direct Access
- Measuring unit: 1 second
- Countdown range: 24 hours
- Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1- second increments, 1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
- Other: Selectable flash alert/vibration alert, direct start from timekeeping mode
- Full Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
12/24 Hour Formats
- Low Battery Warning
- Button operation tone on/off
- Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month
- Battery: CR2032
- Approx. battery life: 5 years
- Module 3403
- Size of case/total weight
- GD350 53.4 x 50.8 x 18.0mm / 75g