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Indestructible Stealth Bomber For Your Wrist
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2018
I own a Casio Edifice ECB500D-1A. It is a watch, which I wear, each time I went out. Sure, it is a sports/dress hybrid, kind of watch. However, the watch cost, too much to wear in the outdoors and has, too much of a fancy look to wear, more than, casually. Therefore, I went on the hunt for an all-black, military, stealth-looking, solar-powered, heavy-duty watch, which I can for the outdoors. I saw the G-Shock GX-56BB Blackout Series and was in awe. It had the features I wanted and more.
**THE GX-56BB IS NOT MULTIBAND 6!!!!**
BUILD: The GX-56BB is made of resin with a solid, matte black finish. The dial window is made of mineral. The digital display is gold. The combination gives the watch a stealth-like, military, look. The GX-56BB is large and well-built. It has a thick, 17.50-millimeter case, which consists of a new, triple-layered, structure, which has a soft and hard, urethane with Alpha GEL. Part of that structure can be seen on the inner-edges, beneath the solar panels. The Alpha GEL is what makes the watch have shock absorption, vibration isolation and dissipate heat. That triple-layered build is awesome, making the GX-56BB, durable and virtually, indestructible. Once, I saw a magazine, which showed, each layer of the structures, more in-depth and in 3-D. As a bonus, the watch is 200 meters (650+ feet), water-resistant, magnetic resistant AND mud resistant. With that said, I have always wanted a mud resistant watch, which is why I wanted the Casio G-Shock Mudmaster. However, I got this watch with that feature for less than half the price. Also, to add to the durability and indestructibility of this watch, I would recommend, purchasing wire-face protection, bull bar. The bull bar adds increased protection and style to the watch.
FEATURES: As I mentioned above, the GX-56BB is not Multiband 6, which is a feature of the similar, but increasingly expensive, Japan version (GXW-56BB-1JF). This means, with the GX-56BB, the user will have to manually set the time. With Multiband 6, the time will set, automatically via radio waves from the watch’s built-in antenna. To start off, one of the coolest features of this watch is the tough solar power. This is a rare feature for a sports watch. The power-saving mode is an added bonus to this feature, adding longevity. Users will know, when this feature is activated, when they see “PS”, directly under the date on the display. One example of the power-saving function is, if the power-saving mode is selected, if the watch is in darkness for an extended period of time, the watch will shut off. The power-saving mode is, so sensitive, if the watch is under the user’s sleeve for an extended period of time, the watch will power off. The power-saving feature can be manipulated. For example, when out of use, place the watch, face-down! Now, if the watch is exposed to any kind of light, the watch will restore power and all of the settings will remain the same. Next, there is the mud-resistant feature. I decided to test the mud-resistance of this watch, while I was at Myrtle Beach. While in the water, I buried the watch in the wet sand for a few minutes. Afterward, I took the watch out and it was completely covered in muddy sand. I plunged it in the water and the watch was still, functional. Not to mention, the watch looked like it had not been in any kind of elements, whatsoever.
OTHER FEATURES: The GX-56BB has a world time feature of 31 time zones OF 48 cities and UTC (Universal Time Coordinated Universal Time). Another feature is daylight-savings time, which can be turned on/off. Another cool feature is the watches EL backlight with afterglow. The color of the backlight is, as a combination of blue and green on the display. In addition to the backlight, the GX-56BB has an auto-light feature. This feature can be turned on/off. With auto-light activated, the display must be aimed towards the face and the light will power on. Users will know, when this auto-light feature has been activated because an “A.EL” will be displayed, right above the seconds. The GX-566BB has four, daily alarms and a snooze function. Then, there is a button operation tone, which can be turned on/off and an hourly time signal, which can be turned on/ff. The GX-56BB, also has a full-auto calendar, countdown timer, a stopwatch, and 12/24 time formats.
VERDICT: The GX-566BB is a jack-of-all-trades, making it a must-own, ESPECIALLY for the outdoors. In addition to the price, build, and the features, which I mentioned for this watch, the purchaser is surely, getting a steal.