G-Shock DW9052-1V Review: Durability Meets Affordability

Casio G-Shock DW9052-1V

$69.95
4.3

Quality

4.3/5

Durability

5.0/5

Aesthetics

3.5/5

Overall

4.5/5

Pros

  • Extremely durable
  • Excellent price
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Small display can be cluttered and hard to read
  • Alarm can be hard to hear at times

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When it comes to affordable and durable watches that can practically survive almost any kind of physical punishment, most people don’t have to look further than Casio’s G-Shock lineup. G-Shocks are typically a popular choice for those who live active lifestyles or work in environments that may not be suited for more expensive timepieces. In this G-Shock DW9052-1V review, I’ll cover one such option that may be perfect for those who are looking for a watch that fits this bill.

What is the G-Shock DW9052-1V?

The G-Shock DW9052-1V is a digital sports watch that features the Shock Resistant protection that the Casio G-Shock lineup is known for. This particular model is one of Casio’s older, “classic” models that are inexpensive and straight to the point in regards to what they do. The G-Shock DW9052-1V has been around since the early 2000’s and has not really been changed much since then.

While the watch isn’t considered a beauty by conventional standards, it is a workhorse and will likely be able handle anything you throw at it. The watch is extremely simple and practical while also being tough as nails.

G-Shock DW9052-1V Review

Price and Competition

The G-Shock DW9052-1V is a very affordable, classic G-Shock offering coming in at retail for $69.95. However, most places will have the watch listed for much less and, in most cases, you’ll be able to find it for around or even under $50! This is a steal for an everyday, do almost anything with it on type of watch for the level of durability it offers.

At this price point, this watch is comparable to other watches from other brands that have a similar look and similar features. For example, the Timex Ironman Classic lineup or other G-Shock models, like the G-Shock DW5600E-1V.

Aesthetics and Fit

The G-Shock DW9052-1V follows the same formula that most G-Shocks are known for. It has a chunky, rugged look that really screams durability. Although there are different colors available, the watch is predominately black in almost every colorway and the case and band are made of durable resin material that are also black in color.

The band features a stainless-steel buckle for securing the watch on the wrist. On the band, you’ll find 11 adjustment holes to customize your fit with the underside of the band being perforated to help with ventilation of the wrist as this material is prone to cause sweating.

The underside of the case and a view of the band

 The watch face is round and features a protective bumper that is fitted over the case. This is what provides the shock resistance from falls and bumps and also helps to protect the crystal from being damaged.

There are 4 stainless steel-colored pins on the watch face near each of the feature buttons. The pins are strictly cosmetic and do not appear to hold the watch together. Although they can be removed, as they are not screwed down, I don’t think it would be worth doing as it would just leave a hole around the bezel of the watch. My guess is that they are there to add a bit of color to a mostly dull looking watch.

Around the bezel you will see the features and the 4 corresponding buttons to use them. The buttons are fairly big and much easier to press than the buttons used on the DW5600E-1V, for example. The last button is on the front of the watch case at the 6 o’clock position and is used to activate the EL backlight.

As far as the fit goes, this is not a small and thin watch. From lug to lug, the case diameter size comes in at 48.5 mm with a thickness of about 15mm. The watch will look relatively big in comparison to thinner watches and will be hard to cover for someone who’s wearing long sleeve shirts, especially if there are buttoned cuffs on the shirt. However, this is to be expected as this is the classic look that the G-Shock lineup is known for.

Given the size of the watch, it looks best on medium to large size wrists and with a band length of 9 inches, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a comfortable fit around the wrist. If you have wrists that are on the smaller size however, for example, under 6.25”, then you may want to look for a smaller watch as a watch this size may look awkward when worn.

Lastly, the watch should have a lightweight feel to it as it comes in at only 2.08 oz. This model is much lighter than some of the more premium offerings from Casio such as the G-STEEL and above lineups.

Movement

The G-Shock DW9052-1V is equipped with the module 1659 and runs with an accuracy of ± 15 seconds per month. This is standard fare for quartz movement watches and should cover the vast majority of watch owners needs. A quick adjustment each month could get you perfect accuracy and doesn’t take much to do, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Display

The face of the watch is protected by Mineral crystal, which is more than enough when you think about the price point of this timepiece. While it isn’t as strong as Sapphire, Mineral crystal is durable and features strong scratch resistance and most people shouldn’t have to worry about bumps and bangs to the face of the watch.

On the watch dial, you’ll see a top and bottom LCD section which display the date-day-month and time, respectively. There is a circular sub-dial on the left side towards the middle of the main dial that is used to track 10 second increments when the watch is in standard time keeping mode. Every ten seconds, it fills a section of the dial.

Front view of the DW9052-1V case and dial

To the right of the circular sub-dial there is another second counter in the shape of a bar. The bar fills up each second and when it gets to the 11th second, it begins to remove the previous filling until it’s fully blank. It does this again and again and in conjunction with the other sub-dial it is meant to give the wearer an analog time tracking function. Overall, these two sub-dials do not appear to add much to the watch outside of design elements as most people seem to prefer that these were removed in favor of a bigger digital display.

One of the main complaints is that the watch display can be hard to read for those with bad eyesight or have trouble reading small text. The display is relatively small and can also looked washed out a bit when looking at it straight on.

Battery & Features

The G-Shock DW9052-1V is outfitted with a CR2016 battery that is expected to last for around 2 years. While this isn’t as long as some other watches that fall into a more expensive price range, it’s still a pretty good amount of time given the price point of the watch. A good thing, however is that the battery can be replaced once it’s dead, if you so choose to do so.

When it comes to features or complications, the G-Shock DW9052 keeps it really simple. While the watch can tell the time and date, it also features a daily alarm, a countdown timer, a chronograph (Stopwatch) feature, and the EL backlight.

Side of the case with a view of the buttons

The auto calendar is set to work up until the year of 2099. You shouldn’t have to do any adjusting of the calendar after the initial configuration phase when you first get the watch. The alarm on the watch can be set daily, however, it is not a very loud alarm and can be easily missed in noisy environments or if you’re a heavy sleeper.

The chronograph mode allows the wearer to measure elapsed time, split time, and 1st-2nd place times. All times are measured in 1/100 second units during the first 60 minutes and then in 1 second units afterwards. Max stopwatch time is 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

The Electro-Luminescent Backlight is another feature that is found on most of the G-Shock classic models. This is a handy feature for those who anticipate wearing the watch in dark environments and need a quick light to check the time. The backlight is activated by pressing the feature button on the front of the case.

Lastly, like all other G-Shock models, the DW9052-1V features shock resistance and 200M water resistance (660 feet).

Pros & Cons

Here are my pros and cons of the G-Shock DW9052-1V:

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Pros

  • Extremely durable and can more than handle everyday physical abuse.
  • Great price for what is being offered in terms of features and durability.
  • EL backlight can be useful for dark environments.

Cons

  • Small display is cluttered with unnecessary sub-dials and can be hard to read due to small text size.
  • Alarm is not very loud and can be difficult to hear in situations such as noisy environments or when sleeping.

G-Shock DW9052-1V Specs

These are the specifications from Casio’s website

  • Shock Resistance
  • 200M Water Resistance
  • Mineral Glass
  • Shock Resistant 200 Meter Water Resistant
  • Electro-Luminescent Backlight with Afterglow
  • Mineral Crystal
  • 1/100 second stopwatch Measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″ Measuring mode: elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown Alarm Input range: 1 second to 24 hours Measuring unit: 1 second Auto-repeat function
  • Daily Alarm
  • Hourly time signal
  • Accuracy: ± 15 seconds per month
  • Battery: 2 years on CR2016

Final Thoughts and Who is the G-Shock DW9052-1V for?

In this G-Shock DW9052-1V review, I covered one of Casio’s classic G-Shock models. It’s a watch that has simple features, a rugged look, and does what it’s supposed to do well in a variety of environments. I believe this could be a great pickup for anyone who needs an everyday watch that is simple, but durable. If you like the look of rugged, outdoorsy type watches then this would be a good offering. For those who are in career fields or hobbies that require a timepiece that can stand up to physical and environmental hazards, I would recommend checking this watch out.

I hope you enjoyed this review of the G-Shock DW9052-1V. If you have have any questions or just want to let me know how you feel about this watch, please leave a comment below!

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8 thoughts on “G-Shock DW9052-1V Review: Durability Meets Affordability”

  1. Hi Thanks for sharing this great review on Casio G-Shock DW9052-1V.

    I like its features and specifications like water resistent and Electro-Luminescent Backlight.Battery life is good as well. This watch is ideal for outdoor work and its very good for everyday use.
    Keep up the good work!

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  2. Hey,

    This seems the perfect kind of watch for my 15 year old nephew. His birthday is coming up soon and I was wondering what to get him and this watch seems like the perfect gift. He will be able to impress all of his mates with it and show them all the features on it. I like that it is shock resistant because it means he won’t have to take it off all the time when he goes running or plays sports.

    I will let you know if I do end up buying this for my nephew and if I have any further questions then I will let you know, if that is OK with you?

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

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    • Thanks for reading Tom! It’s absolutely ok to let me know if you have any questions. It’s a good watch for people who are active because of the shock resistance and durability of it. I think he’d be satisfied!

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  3. Hi Jerry!

    Very nice product review, I have a watch like this for some years and like you mentioned it’s very resistant and reliable.

    I adore watches and even have a small collection, I bet I will be visiting your website very often 🙂

    Continue the great work

    Cheers

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  4. Great review Jerry! I love the shock resistance, water resistance, overall durability, and the battery life. Though it has a small display the battery life and price range is great!

    Reply

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