The Ironman Shock is Better than the Standard G-Shock. Change My Mind.

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.

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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. 

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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?

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I think you're 100% correct. The larger display makes it a more functional tool than a G-Shock, and at the same time it doesn't compromise on practical durability. 

I'm a huge Timex fan, and have been my adult life. When I got "into" watches online I was surprised to see Casio being touted as the "God Tier" watch brand, when in my experience Timex was the brand everybody wanted/wore. Casio was viewed as the cheap alternative if you couldn't afford a Timex. 

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KristianG

I think you're 100% correct. The larger display makes it a more functional tool than a G-Shock, and at the same time it doesn't compromise on practical durability. 

I'm a huge Timex fan, and have been my adult life. When I got "into" watches online I was surprised to see Casio being touted as the "God Tier" watch brand, when in my experience Timex was the brand everybody wanted/wore. Casio was viewed as the cheap alternative if you couldn't afford a Timex. 

That is true! There’s nothing ‘cheap‘ at all about the Ironman Shock. I also love its endearing quirks…like its uniquely-shaped digits and uniquely-resonant beeps.

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I believe that Timex uses decidedly less premium plastics. Beyond that, I got nothing. I have no idea if the exposed screw heads are equally fake or not.

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Congratulations you found the light! Lol

Great watch!

Cheers!

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Here’s a sure-to-be popular take: GShocks just aren’t that useful. 
 

Now I have 3 of them, so don’t tar and feather me just yet. But those tiny metal buttons aren’t easy to use, and are next to useless if you’re being active. I’m perplexed when people list the functions on these watches. Do you guys actually know how to access all that stuff?  I’m literally wearing a watch I like the look of, checking the time and date, and dreading daylight savings time. 

Ive used an Ironman for years as a running watch. I can check run time, hit a lap split, or turn the light on at full speed which is more than most Gs will let you do. 

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OscarKlosoff

I believe that Timex uses decidedly less premium plastics. Beyond that, I got nothing. I have no idea if the exposed screw heads are equally fake or not.

The screw heads may be fake — it‘s hard to tell by looking at it. The case though has a ‘unibody’ feel that is again a Timex quirk that makes me giddy. 

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thekris

Here’s a sure-to-be popular take: GShocks just aren’t that useful. 
 

Now I have 3 of them, so don’t tar and feather me just yet. But those tiny metal buttons aren’t easy to use, and are next to useless if you’re being active. I’m perplexed when people list the functions on these watches. Do you guys actually know how to access all that stuff?  I’m literally wearing a watch I like the look of, checking the time and date, and dreading daylight savings time. 

Ive used an Ironman for years as a running watch. I can check run time, hit a lap split, or turn the light on at full speed which is more than most Gs will let you do. 

I really love the buttons —  so easy to find, push and manage. 

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It's your watch so only your opinion matters.

Chacon a son gout

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It is not square nor octaganal, therefore it can not be supperior. 

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thekris

Here’s a sure-to-be popular take: GShocks just aren’t that useful. 
 

Now I have 3 of them, so don’t tar and feather me just yet. But those tiny metal buttons aren’t easy to use, and are next to useless if you’re being active. I’m perplexed when people list the functions on these watches. Do you guys actually know how to access all that stuff?  I’m literally wearing a watch I like the look of, checking the time and date, and dreading daylight savings time. 

Ive used an Ironman for years as a running watch. I can check run time, hit a lap split, or turn the light on at full speed which is more than most Gs will let you do. 

I can't figure out how to turn off an alarm I accidentally set on mine. (I could read the instructions but I'm lazy.) 

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As I inch my way toward geezer-dom, I have noticed that none of the G-Shock digitals have very large displays: this Timex has very legible numbers.

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Never see many Timex watches in peoples wrists in Australia, Citizen and Seiko , older guys my age , G shocks and Apple watches on all the Gen Xers  Gen Y and Rarely the odd TAG . My area is southern Coastal around 60 km from Sydney proper , not rich , working class and on the beach front yeah some money , In Sydney different story , but Orient and Timex , no , Oris and Longines in the Shire along with lots of TAGs and the odd Breitling !!! This is subconsciously tallied …. 

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Lbakken

As I inch my way toward geezer-dom, I have noticed that none of the G-Shock digitals have very large displays: this Timex has very legible numbers.

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Lbakken

As I inch my way toward geezer-dom, I have noticed that none of the G-Shock digitals have very large displays: this Timex has very legible numbers.

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Chronos14

Never see many Timex watches in peoples wrists in Australia, Citizen and Seiko , older guys my age , G shocks and Apple watches on all the Gen Xers  Gen Y and Rarely the odd TAG . My area is southern Coastal around 60 km from Sydney proper , not rich , working class and on the beach front yeah some money , In Sydney different story , but Orient and Timex , no , Oris and Longines in the Shire along with lots of TAGs and the odd Breitling !!! This is subconsciously tallied …. 

Timex has a rich history with the working man in the states. To me…the Ironman Shock personifies this well.