Field Test: the Casio G-Shock DW-5600E-1V Braves the Elements in Iceland
Days prior to leaving for a once in a blue moon experience to Iceland, I had just addressed the inquiry that plagued my brain the most: which watch would it be a good idea for me to bring for the excursion? Whatever I brought needed to confront cold temperatures and blustery conditions. Must have the option to fit comfortably under different layers. Furthermore, must have the option to withstand knocks and thumps without precision being affected.
I picked the Casio G-Shock DW-5600E-1V —my alleged “adventure watch.”
I bought the watch in March utilized for $45 in arrangement of my first-historically speaking abroad trip—a five-day single man party in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. I required a watch that could withstand a ton of discipline, including late-night partying, swimming, sloppy ATV riding, long flights, showering and sleeping.
After some poking around on the web, I found the DW-5600E.- 1V It has a digital presentation, is shock-safe, water-safe up to 200 meters and reasonable. Beside its highlights, I love the watch on the grounds that it’s basic. It’s all dark, short some little writing in blue, white, red and gold on the face. It seems and appears as though a vintage watch, however has the form nature of something modern.
It held up flawlessly in Panama in the wake of beating the living hellfire out of it, so I concluded it ought to be the lone watch I took to Iceland. It has become the watch I pick when I need to go on adventures—whether that implies trekking dark sand sea shores in Iceland or hiking a mountain in Pennsylvania.
My spouse and I flew from BWI to Keflavik International Airport for a snappy side trip from Nov. 12 to 16. The second we landed, I pushed the time five hours forward, a change that took around 20 seconds.
Our first day was spent on the Golden Circle—a circle that highlights recorded destinations, cascades, a geothermal spa and geysers. The combination of 40-degree temperatures, strong breezes and piercing downpours made the primary day a good test for the watch. The watch got wet, beat by winds and thumped around as we visited Iceland’s normal and man-made marvels. We went through hours outside. True to form, the G-Shock DW-5600E-1V took care of its work with ease.
Trekking along the Golden Circle. Iceland’s stunning cascades.
Our second day was spent driving along Iceland’s south coast. The scene appeared to change at regular intervals. We’d pass through snow covered mountain ridges, lavish green valleys, little created towns and fruitless volcanic debris badlands all inside 60 minutes. While the climate was greatly improved along the south coast, there was still a lot of wet, wind and cold. Rather than unremitting precipitation, my watch was getting wet as a result of our nearness to monstrous cascades and dark sand beaches.
Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are two giant cascades that open up all of a sudden. You’re driving down the coast on Route 1 and there you see them. They are staggeringly wonderful. What’s more, while taking pictures and shooting video, my watch got truly doused. The G-Shock DW-5600E-1V had no issues. Skogafoss was likewise the site of the lone comment I got about my watch. It was the point at which a vacationer asked what time it was. I advised her, happily.
The greater part of our third day was spent at the world-popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which was shaped in 1976 during activity at the close by geothermal force plant. Individuals began bathing in its dinky, yet lovely blue waters. Presently, it’s quite possibly the most Instagrammed places on the planet. The thing everybody gets some information about when you advise them you’re going to Iceland is the Blue Lagoon.
I wore my G-Shock DW-5600E-1V the whole time through showering, swimming and putting on relaxing mud covers. Over the four hours we were there, a tempest would come through at regular intervals or somewhere in the vicinity and pelt us with downpour and minuscule ice balls. The watch went from chilling 30 degree temperatures to 104 degrees water temperatures inside the lagoon. It got scratched, knock, crushed into rock dividers and shrouded in silica mud. No scratches. No damage. It worked perfectly.
The rest within recent memory was spent driving, walking around Reykjavik, going to shops and cafés and taking in Icelandic interests. Regular vacationer stuff.
As much as I love my G-Shock DW-5600E-1V and appreciated that it has kept on holding toward everything I toss against it, it’s anything but an ideal travel watch. That’s in light of the fact that it doesn’t make some double memories zone setting. A capacity that permits you, with the press of a catch, to see your home time region would be amazing and down to earth for travelers.
There were times that I needed to understand what time it was in Pennsylvania rapidly, however there’s no capacity on the watch to do it. You could argue that all I needed to do was take away five hours from the time and presto, I have the opportunity. All good. In any case, I didn’t purchase this watch for movement. I bought it to have experiences in. I needed a watch that I could scale mountains, go SCUBA diving and trip across jungles with. I needed a watch that Indiana Jones could wear. I needed something that could withstand all the cool exercises and outings and undertakings that I plan to have.
And that’s what I got with my G-Shock DW-5600E-1V.
Photography by Christian Alexandersen