G-Shock is the world's toughest watch.
They're heavy, bulky, and "manly". They look good on soldiers and construction workers. Most importantly, they get the job done.
But what about women?
Most G-Shocks are too big and rough-looking for women.
Casio saw the problem and released Baby-G - a smaller, feminine version of the G-shock targeted specifically at active women.
- But can Baby-G compete with G-Shock on durability?
- Doesn't the smaller size make it more likely to break?
- And what are the differences between the G-Shock and Baby-G, after all?
Today, we'll get to the bottom of it.
Let's jump right in.
- G-Shock vs Baby-G: Size, Style & Looks
- G-Shock vs Baby-G: Build, Toughness, Water Resistance
- G-Shock vs Baby-G: Features
- G-Shock vs Baby-G: Price
- Takeaway & Summary
G-Shock vs Baby-G: Size, Style & Looks
G-Shocks are made for men, and Baby-G watches are made for women.
Here are the main differences of Baby-G watches when compared to G-shocks:
- Smaller size
- Shorter strap
- A slightly different face of the watch
- Baby-G branding instead of G-Shock
- More styles and colors
- More versatile
Baby-Gs are smaller than G-shocks and come with plenty of feminine styles and models available. You can find a baby-G to fit any outfit, while you're usually limited to wearing black with one of the regular G-Shock models. You can find them in red, green, white, purple, pink, silver, black, blue etc.
Since Baby-G's made for smaller wrists and look fun, they're also a good choice for kids. Many of the Baby-G models have unisex styling and will fit both boys and girls.
The smaller size also makes the Baby-G watches comfortable to wear in most situations compared to normal G-Shocks that are often limited to outdoors because of their size.
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Side note: G-Shock Mini and G-Shock S are the other two smaller G-Shock lines, similar to Baby-G but without the "baby" branding on the watch case.
G-Shock vs Baby-G: Build, Toughness, Water Resistance
Besides styling, the main difference between G-Shock and Baby-G is Baby-G's reduced water resistance.
- All G-Shocks come with 200 meters of water resistance
- Most Baby-G watches only have 100m water resistance, although there are models with 200m resistance as well
When it comes to toughness, Baby Gs are held to the same standard as regular Gs. Baby-G has the same shock resistance and construction quality as the regular G-Shock. In some situations, a Baby-G watch might even be tougher than a G-Shock because of its smaller size.
The reduced water resistance is not an issue - even as a recreational diver, you won't be going deeper than 40 meters which any Baby-G will handle just fine.
G-Shock vs Baby-G: Features
Basic features are the same on both G-Shocks and Baby-Gs. Here's a list of features that all models - both G-Shock and Baby-G - come with:
- Auto-adjusting calendar until the year 2099
- Countdown Timer (auto-repeat option)
- A vivid backlight so you can see the time effortlessly
- Date/weekday/time/millisecond readout
- 12/24h time display
If you pay some extra, you can also get advanced Baby-G features like:
- Multiple time zones
- Tide Graph
Features that Baby-G won't have:
Advanced features like Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6 are less common unless you go for the pricier import models. Baby G won't have any of the really advanced G-Shock features, such as compass, altimeter, barometer, vibration alarm etc. They take up space and are impossible to fit inside the smaller case.
G-Shock vs Baby-G: Price
Compared to G-Shocks, the Baby-G watches are slightly pricier with the cheapest ones retailing around $55, while a DW9052 G-Shock can be had for around $40. Still, the difference in price is not significant. Both G-Shocks and Baby-Gs give you a great bang for the buck, as they will last for years.
Takeaway & Summary
Baby-G is nearly identical to G-Shock in what it does.
If you need a tough watch that is also feminine, Baby-G is your best choice.
To recap, the main differences were:
- Reduced water resistance (100m)
- Smaller size
- Different styling & colors