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G-Shock Connects with G-Steel

(Sponsored Post) G-Shock first introduced Bluetooth connectivity on its flagship MR-G watch line, but it was only a matter of time before connectivity made its way into the rest of the collection. This brings us to the G-Shock GSTB100D-1A series.

Part of the G-Steel line of watches, the GSTB100D-1A features clad-guard construction that layers forged stainless steel over resin to maintain the brand’s legendary shock resistance, while adding the look and feel of a traditional mechanical watch.

G-Shock Layer Guard Structure

Like its G-Shock MR-G cousins, the G-Shock GSTB100D-1A is entirely analog – another first for the G-Steel line – with a three-subdial layout that will be instantly recognizable to any dyed-in-the-wool watch nut. Like all G-Shocks, it comes to the party equipped with a slew of features, such as dual time, a stopwatch, countdown timer, alarm and LED backlight. It also sports the G-Shock Tough Solar technology, so no need to worry about changing the battery.

Of course, with all these features, setting it must be an exercise in frustration, right? Wrong. This is where the Bluetooth kicks in and completely transforms the user experience. After a simple pairing process with the G-Shock Connected app on your cellphone – available for both iOS and Android – the G-Shock GSTB100D-1A allows the user to set the timer, set the alarm, specify the second timezone and even check the charge level. Additionally, should you misplace your phone, simply pressing the “FIND” button on the side of the watch will set off an incredibly distracting tone as long as your phone is within transmitting distance.

Tough Solar Power

Ah, but how do you set the actual time? You don’t, your phone does it for you. Every time you connect the G-Shock GSTB100D-1A, the G-Shock Connected app syncs the time with an internet timeserver to ensure that the watch is accurate to the nanosecond. And should you touch down in a different timezone, the G-Shock GSTB100D-1A will automatically adjust itself to local time. For more details or to order, see: http://www.gshock.com/watches/g-steel/gstb100d-1a Watch this video to see the watch in action: https://youtu.be/0IrRhsKYnOM

Rotary Disc. battery level and remaining time on the timer are indicated by a red marker that is visible through the clearance of the blades

The G-Shock G-Steel GSTB100D-1A retails for $400 and is available at G-SHOCK retailers, including Macy's, gshock.com and the G-SHOCK Soho Store.

Specifications for G-Shock GSTB100D-1A

• Shock resistant
• 200m water resistant
• Solar powered
• LED light (Super Illuminator)
• Afterglow
• Mobile link (Wireless linking using Bluetooth®)
• Dual time (Home city time swapping)
• 1-second stopwatch
• Measuring capacity: 23:59'59
• Measuring mode: split time
• Countdown timer
• Measuring unit: 1 second
• Countdown range: 24 hours
• Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
• Daily alarm
• Battery level indicator
• Power Saving (hands stop to save power when the watch is left in the dark)
• Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
• Date display
• Day indicator
• Regular timekeeping
• Analog: 3 hands (hour, minute (hand moves every 10 seconds), second)
• 3 dials (dual time hour and minute, dual time 24-hour, day)
• Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no mobile link function)
• Approx. battery operating time:
·5 months on rechargeable battery (operation period with normal use without exposure to light after charge)
·24 months on rechargeable battery (when stored in total darkness with power save function on after full charge)

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