I’ve been in the throes of a motherfucking hankering for one more G-Shock watch to complement the G-Shock I already have. I finally picked one! It’s the GA-700AR-1A from the Adrenaline Red series. It doesn’t have the solar power or atomic clock sync I wanted, but it’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m nothing if not vain.
This choice was the result of my going to Macy’s to try on watches instead of just look at them online. I had been worried the bigass chunky XL size G-Shocks were too big. But when I walked up to the watch counter, the XL size Adrenaline Red GA-700 immediately stood out to me. The all black outside with candy apple red face friggin pops.
I tried it on along with a few other shapes & sizes of G-Shock. Turns out, my fear of the chunkalunk XL G-Shocks was unfounded, as the XLs are big but don’t look out of place on my wrist, the medium/large round ones are totally fine, and the classic squares are kinda dinky on me.
The GA-700 model doesn’t have solar power or an atomic clock signal receiver, so even though I loved how the Adrenaline Red version looks, I didn’t buy it right there on the spot, because I needed to ruminate and reflect back at home.
There were 3 contenders, the Adrenaline Red GA-700 plus its GAW-100 counterpart that is atomic & solar (but that solar power means the face can’t be the shiny chrome red, light needs to pass through), and the Neo Tokyo GAW-100 which is my preferred GAW-100 colorway.
I hemmed and hawed, and the Neo Tokyo GAW-100 is still pretty dang dope, but ultimately, I just like the looks of the Adrenaline Red GA-700 the most.
So, I ordered it from Amazon for $20 less than Macy’s, and appropriately, I also bought a bunch of workout supplements I’d been meaning to restock anyway. I hope some Amazon warehouse worker somewhere gets a kick out of packing a box with this G-Shock and several brosupps.
UPDATE: I love this stupid-ass watch! It is most definitely dumb as hell, and yet somehow manages to fit in with work attire. The candy red chrome face was totally worth giving up the solar/atomic features. I’ve got my Citizen PCAT for when I need something more subdued.
(Like many Casio models with complicated faces, the extra screens on the face don’t do a whole lot. The round one top left is just a mode indicator, and the top right thing is a second “hand.” The lower screen is the main thing that actually does stuff. )