I have enjoyed a long history with G-Shocks, owned over a dozen through the years, and currently own four models…including my venerable and beloved 5600 screw-back I bought in 1989.
About four months ago, I thought I’d test the Timex waters and purchase an Ironman Shock to see what all the hubbub is about. To my surprise and delight, the Shock is a formidable offering to the genre.
My new Shock boasts features my G-Shocks don’t have, like an 8 hour Indiglo function that activates the backlight with the press of any button, a dedicated 1st and 2nd main display time swap, date/day to day/date swap function, standard 30-lap memory, and different strap choices (like the velcro strap on mine) to name a few.
The Shock’s construction feels as robust as any of my G-Shocks, and the raised bezel (to protect the crystal) has nestled in it a dedicated start and split button not found on any G-Shock I have been aware of. But best of all, the Shock is vastly more legible than my G-Shocks and way more comfortable to wear.
Non-summative wholeness is at the root of a well-designed product. G-Shocks are a great example. But I can safely include the Shock as well…and further iterate that each part of the Shock has enough merit to fashion an ‘even more complete‘ whole of a product.
What do you think? Do you agree with some or all of this or believe me to be a cretinous G-Shock infidel?