Now that “full metal” is here on the bracelet version of the Casio G-Shock GA2100, I think I can safely say Cassio These watches are going to sell wildly. The resulting collection is called the Casio G-Shock GMB2100, and the specific polished steel version I’m reviewing is the reference GMB2100D-1A. The GMB2100 series finally brings the octagon-cased GA2100 case design concept to the more elevated metal look that many consumers have been asking for. Casio doesn’t have to do much to impress people, and the GMB2100 builds on existing models by combining materials and features in a watch that hits a great sweet spot for a large number of wearers. In essence, the GMB2100 family is really now a sister collection to the Casio GMWB5000 family (one of the aBlogtoWatch reviews here ), although it also makes up the G-Shock GA2100, GM2100 and GAB2100 model families.
So, what does it all mean? Fans of Casio’s trendy-looking GA2100 case with its octagonal bezel and relatively clean, analog/digital display can now enjoy the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the wearable elegance and fashion of a full-metal watch case and matching steel. bracelet. As I did with the Casio GMWB5000 collection, I’m evaluating the full range of GMB2100 models, including those in different colors and materials such as titanium. The first collection of GMB2100 models consists of three watches in steel with various coatings. This GMB2100D-1A is the “hero model” in all polished steel tone with a somewhat muted gray dial… and it looks great on the wrist.
The result is a highly functional tool with a powerful wrist presence that makes it more of a status piece than a sports watch. Indeed, the GMB2100 touts its durability with a large “Shock Resistant” label on the back of the case, but all the appeal lies in the polished case and the nice overall shape you get from the bracelet. In fact, Casio was inspired by the popularity of the Gerald Genta-designed Audemars Piguet Royal Oak for the overall shape and profile of the GMB2100. Companies have been doing that since the 1980s, and many watches that imitate royal oak over the years have been unsuccessful. Why is this Casio such a hit? Two reasons. First, in terms of 2022, the case profile and shape of the Royal Oak is very popular in pop culture, which means that people are more interested in this look. Second, the inherent value, functionality and convenience offered by the GMB2100 watch is immense.
The result is a product that people want to use in a look they love to wear. Casio prices are always very affordable and consumers know that there are no such reliable watches at lower prices. Therefore, the reliability and fashion that only Casio offers allows the Japanese company great market power in creating demand for such a hip watch.
The success of the G-Shock GA2100 collection prompted Casio to build the range very quickly. The first step was to add metal to the cases, and the second step was to increase the functionality of the Casio-made module by offering an upgraded G-Shock GAB2100 ( aBlogtoWatch review here ) that includes both Bluetooth connectivity as well as light charging. A solid solar system. Two months after the launch of the GAB2100, in June 2022, Casio decided to launch the GBM2100 family, which I am reviewing today. As I mentioned above, this combination of a more functional module and full-metal construction makes this G-Shock model family particularly attractive to fans.
The Casio GMB2100 is actually priced the same as the GMWB5000 when you compare the 1:1 versions of the watches (same finish and materials). The former is the analog/digital watch you see today and the former is a purely digital piece. Which you prefer is really a matter of taste, but only the GMB2100 has this unique case shape with an octagonal bezel. The bracelets of both the watches are identical. They use easily adjustable bracelets that use small spring bars to connect the links as opposed to heavy, solid steel links and more traditional pins. You still need a tool to adjust the size of the bracelet, but it’s very easy. Also, I want to remind people that unlike the more flimsy metal bracelets of the past, these bracelet links and deployants are solid solid metal and not flimsy stamped elements.
The case and bracelet design are in metal, but not just like the resin parts, but are designed to be as durable as Casio’s resin-based G-Shock watch cases and bracelets. The case is water resistant up to 200 meters and is meant to be knocked around (though I wouldn’t recommend too much with a metal case if you want to keep it pretty). Size-wise, the case is 43.2mm-wide, 13mm-thick and has a lug-to-lug distance of 49.3mm. It wears a bit on the large side due to the steep angle at which the lugs point down and the length of the end-links.
There’s a mineral crystal on the dial, which is probably the area I’d like to upgrade right away. Casio does this to keep the price of the watch down (mineral crystals cost less than the more expensive and scratch-resistant sapphire crystals), which, above $500, is still considered a luxury for many buyers. Casio will have some fancier versions of the GMB2100 with sapphire crystal in the future, but I wouldn’t expect those models to cost less than $800. Otherwise, there’s almost nothing to complain about in this watch from an enthusiast’s perspective.
For comfort I recommend the GMB2100 watch be gentle because, at 167 grams, you can feel it on your wrist. I don’t mind it, but going from a very light G-Shock resin watch to metal requires a mental adjustment. The heft feels good, though, the old-school way a heavy Swiss made once did. A modern Bluetooth-enabled movement that connects to a Casio smartphone app isn’t old school. It’s not a smartwatch, but Bluetooth connectivity allows the user to do a few things, most notably allowing the Casio app to automatically adjust the time on your watch so it’s accurate even when you’re away. traveling The second is the app’s ability to easily adjust things like alarms or the worldtime function on the watch without fiddling with tiny pushers and a tiny screen. With solar charging and an always-on feature, the GMB2100 is another “set it and forget it” Casio product that consumers will love because of its easy-to-carry assortment of gadgets.
Casio made the design decision to give this version of the GMB2100 a gray-on-grey face. It’s chic and fashionable, sure, but that means the light on the face isn’t strong. The good news is that there is an LED backlight feature to illuminate the dial on command. What’s more, the various shades and textures on the dial make the monochromatic look look relatively plain most of the time. Casio will, without a doubt, render the GMB2100 dial in various colors and styles throughout the lifecycle of this particular watch collection.
Consumers interested in the G-Shock GA2100 family and those seeking a more “lifestyle” look as opposed to sports watches will probably adore the Casio G-Shock GMB2100 series. On the wrist and visually, these are very satisfying timepieces that hit the sweet spot for many users. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Price of Casio G Shock GMB2100D-1A Watch $550 USD. Learn more on the Casio website here.
> Brand: Cassio
>Model: G-Shock GMB2100D-1A
>price: $550 USD
>size: 43.2mm-wide, 13mm-thick, 49.3mm lug-to-lug distance
>when The reviewer personally wears it: Hip is worn daily in most any conditions.
>Friend we recommend it first: Fans of octagonal bezels and metal cases who want a sophisticated look with Casio reliability and functionality.
>The best feature of the watch: A combination of really good features makes for a highly desirable watch that has the sportiness of a dressier watch, the sleek G-Shock. Well priced and well built.
>The worst feature of the watch: A mineral instead of sapphire crystal. A gray-on-gray dial isn’t for everyone. Casio may be releasing many similar products in a short line, which can make it difficult for some consumers to decide which piece is the best.