Baby G vs Casio G-Shock….
One of the engineers, Mr Ibe, over at Casio set himself a goal to create a shock and water-resistant watch. He worked on it and made many, many samples. Eventually, this led us to the G-Shock.
It wasn’t long before G-Shock became the most famous brand for rugged and durable watches. They have exceptional levels of resistance to water, shock, vibration, low temperatures, impact and even vibration and gravity.
The movements and components inside the watches are specially protected by advanced technology and materials.
Another factor that keeps G-Shock popular is the range of designs they come in. You can get square, round or hexagon-shaped. You can choose from analogue, digital or both. Either way, the style remains fresh.
G-Shock timepieces were initially designed for the military and extreme outdoor adventurers. They walk the walk.
Maybe you think a G-Shock will be expensive, given their functions and features? You’d be wrong. G-Shock is like the jackpot of watches. They offer basic models of their classic watches for under $50.
The higher-end models have solar power and Bluetooth options, but, they aim to make their watches worth every penny.
Casio managed to get durability, toughness and affordable tech rolled into their watches.
What about the Baby-G?
The Baby-G is the women’s version of a G-Shock. They resemble one another a fair bit. The first version came out in the 90s as a sign of boldness.
It has the same functionality as a G-Shock in terms of its resistance. It also has alarms, a countdown timer, a stopwatch and an hourly chime.
Baby-Gs are equally known for being hard-wearing and hold onto their value.
Let’s have a look at the main differences between the G-Shock and Baby-G watches.
The most obvious difference is size. The G-Shock is aimed at men and the Baby-G is made for women with smaller wrists.
The straps differ in size, as do the face sizes. The G-Shock tends to have a thicker case.
There are unisex versions, for anyone feeling like these labels might be a little sexist.
G-Shock watches come in a variety of colours but you’ll most often find black, white, silver, blue, white, grey and maybe red. You can find the rest of the rainbow, though.
Baby-G watches tend to offer more colour variation so if you want something vibrant, you’ll likely be able to find just what you’re after.
Water-resistance is pretty standard when it comes to today’s G-Shocks and the rating tends to be 200m.
Baby-G, however, only offers 100m as standard. So don’t make any plans to go diving in your Baby-G. Stick to a swim.
They’re both rugged and reliable. They also share a few features:
- Both have the e-backlight that improves visibility in low lighting
- They both offer temperature-resistance for minus weathers
- They both have great battery life. This varies, but Casio watches were built to last for years
- As such, they both have an automatic calendar
- They both have a stopwatch
Let’s look at one each:
This is an analogue Baby-G. It’s one of the best-selling of the whole range. It makes a bold first impression in white with rose gold accents and skeletal dial.
This model isn’t just good-looking, it offers durability too. It has water-resistance to 100m and shock-resistance.
It’s a versatile watch packed full of functions which make it perfect for travelling. It knows the time in 29 places including 48 major cities. It has an accurate stopwatch to one-one hundredth of a second, a countdown timer, both 12 and 24 hour time formats and an automatic calendar until 2099. You might also make good use of the alarms. There’s an LED backlight so you can read it in low light.
The watch itself comes with a resin band which is adjustable. Although it’s been noted that Baby-G watches are made for women and are therefore smaller than the G-Shock, that’s not to say they’re small generally. The case is a whopping 43mm.
- The white colouring is incredibly striking
- Decent water-resistance
- Comes out the box ready to use
- Accurate timekeeping
- Backlight could stand to be brighter
- Band needs breaking in before it’s comfortable
This watch is another statement piece. Contrasting its white sibling, this matte black finish is equally striking with golden accents.
Again, it’s shock and water-resistant, but you can get 200m out of this one.
It also offers magnetic-resistance which makes it a little more durable and robust.
The list of functions reads the same as the above, except it knows one more time zone and has a speed indicator. The LED backlight has an afterglow, too.
It also has a resin band and this is really resistant to excessive wearing. It holds fast, even when you get sweaty.
It’s huge at 55mm by 16.9mm
- Excellent resistance to all manner of extremes
- Rugged enough for the military
- Sporty design
- Dependable timekeeping
- It’s very big
- Light could be a little brighter
How do they compare?
Both the G-Shock and Baby-G have similar features:
- They have a very bold design
- They’re water and shock-resistant
- They’re incredibly accurate
- Easy to set up
- Comfortable on the wrist (eventually)
- Great value for the cost
The major differences are:
- The G-Shock has better water-resistance
- The G-Shock has magnetic-resistance
- The Baby-G works better with various outfits and occasions
- The G-Shock performs better outdoors
- The G-Shock is considerably bigger
The reality is, you don’t have to choose between the two. All it depends on is what your requirements are and go for the one that suits those the best!If you’re interested in learning more about rugged watches, you should read our article on what to look for in a good one here.