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Patek Philippe vs Casio G-Shock?

by Michael Weare
10 October, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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Venerable blogger and trusted watch media expert Ariel Adams, who has strapped more superlative watches onto his wrist than there are problems with the global economy, has recently become incensed with the puny hands on the new Alpina Startimer Classic Chronograph.

Alpina Startimer Classic

So aggrieved is Mr. Adams that he believes it could be a Swiss conspiracy purposely designed to arouse his ire:

Maybe Alpina is just messing with me. I can see them in Geneva giggling like 7th grade pranksters. “E-mail it to Ariel, make sure he thinks it is serious! Huh huh, he is gonna flip!” It wouldn’t be the first time…

In fact the diminutive size of the hands has upset him so severely that he commits to the blogosphere this baneful threat:

This watch gives me vertigo and makes me want to give up analog watches altogether and buy a digital Casio.

So let us suppose for one preposterous moment that Mr. Adams did decide to forsake analogue watches for a digital Casio. Were he not so apprised on all types of watches he might be surprised to discover that many of the features that he admires in analogue masterpieces are faithfully reproduced in Casio digital watches such as the G-Shock GLX-6900-7ER

Let us compare the features of the Casio G-Shock GLX-6900-7ER with that most admired of haute horology pieces the Patek Philippe 5013P Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar.

Patek Philippe Ref: 5013P Minute Repeater

Patek Philippe 5013 P Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

  • Gender: Mens
  • Movement: Automatic Calibre RS27 PS QR
  • Case: Platinum
  • Case Size: 37.5mm
  • Lens: Crystal Sapphire
  • Strap: Crocodile
  • Caseback: Solid
  • Accuracy +/- 3 seconds per 24 hours
  • Water resistance: not stated

Patek Philippe Ref: 5013P features:

  • Moonphase
  • Minute Repeater
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • Day/Date/Month display
  • Price: approx $650,000 (pre-owned)

The reference 5013 features 515 individual parts in the movement, making it Patek Philippe’s second most complex wristwatch ever produced.

Casio G-Shock GLX-6900-7ER G-LIDE

White Casio G-Shock GLX-6900-7ER

  • Gender: Mens
  • Movement: Casio Quartz Digital – no tiny hands to worry about
  • Case: Plastic – well, the first three letters are the same
  • Size: 53.20mm x 50mm – more watch for your money
  • Lens: Mineral crystal – the lens of choice for a watch you can take to the briny depths
  • Strap: No crocodiles were harmed in the making of the plastic resin strap
  • Caseback: Solid
  • Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (the Patek Philippe 5013P will plus or minus this amount in a week.)
  • Water resistance: 200 metres

Casio G-Shock GLX-6900-7ER G-LIDE features

  • Moon data display – this is Casio’s answer to Patek’s moonphase. It’s the little bubble to the left of the dial.
  • Tide Graph Display – Not content with just moonphase, the GLX 6900 7ER gives tidal movements displayed graphically based on your current latitude and longitude, and those all important lunitidal intervals to drop in during water cooler pleasantries.
  • World time function – Displays the current time in major cities and specific areas around the world. Where’s the World Time Function on The Patek Philippe 5013P?
  • Stopwatch functions: Like every Casio G-Shock this one comes with stopwatch functions only a nerd would use, but again, where’s the stopwatch on the Patek Philippe Ref 5013P?
  • 5 multi-alarms: Ariel could alarm himself to death with the plethora of alarms on the GLX 6900.
  • Yacht timer – the perfect prerequisite for that yacht regatta or yacht race for those times you turn up at the yacht club wearing your Casio.
  • Minute repeater – Yes, if you set the appropriate alarm you will hear this cheap little chipmunk squeak of a signal on the hour. Unlike the Patek Philippe Ref 5013P, the President of Casio has not, in all likelihood, personally ensured that the ‘gong’ or chipmunk squeak rings as clear as a bell, but he’s a busy man.
  • Snooze feature – they must have overlooked this invaluable ‘complication’ over at Maison Patek Philippe – come on, wake up guys!
  • Automatic Perpetual Calendar – the GLX 6900 will give you the correct date, and is perpetual for as long as the battery lasts. If you don’t press the backlight in the cinema every five minutes (tempting with what’s currently on offer) it will be even more perpetual.
  • Day/Date/Month display
  • Price: approx $120.00 (brand new)

So as can clearly be observed, going quartz digital actually gives you more accuracy and far more features than your average Patek Philippe masterpiece, and think of the savings. Looking forward to a full hands on review of the Casio G-Shock GLX-6900-7ER on A Blog To Read any day now.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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