G-Shock DW-6600 Review

One of the things you should never have to think about before jumping in a lake or doing an aggressive bushwhacking adventure is whether or not your watch is going to fill with water or get caught on something and fall off. The G-Shock DW-6600 by Casio is a watch that hasn't let me down since I got it over two years ago.

I have a few other watches that have their place, for instance social or formal situations, but even though they are waterproof, I would never bring them camping or use them for sports. One has a strap made of nylon webbing, which absorbs sweat faster than a frat boy can chug a pint. At my desk one day, I was trying to pinpoint the source of a certain unnatural stench, only to discover in horror that it was my watch band. The other watch I have is metal, and has fairly sharp corners. I worry that if I fall suddenly and brace myself with my hand, I might gouge a hole in my wrist.

The G-Shock has a hard rubber band that won't absorb water or sweat. The bezel, which is the same as the DW-6900, is angled, therefore preventing pressure point injuries should you take a spill. The display is easy to read and has a big button to activate the backlight. There is a 24h clock option, countdown timer, stopwatch and alarm feature. The watch is advertised as having an auto-repeat function, although there is no such mention in the manual. There have been times where it would have been nice to have this feature, but as it stands right now, I can't figure out how to utilize this mystery feature.

I've taken this watch snowboarding, where temperatures have gone well below -20°C (-4°F). And I've taken it scuba diving at depths of about 60 feet. And it has also survived male-bonding craziness: one day a buddy and I wanted to step up snorkeling around his lake, so we constructed a makeshift wakeboarding rope and tugged each other around for an afternoon. It was quite an upper body workout, especially when you got caught behind the rotar-wash, but well worth it, considering how much fun we had. Anyway, I wore the 6600 the entire time, and I still had it at the end of the day.

The 20mm strap has weathered well over the last few years. It's showing some wear, but has no signs of failure. Recently though, the strap retention band fell off. Since I'm not entering any beauty contests anytime soon, a small elastic has done a great job as a replacement.

I do find that the band as a tendency to accumulate a white coating, which I can only imagine is either dead skin or minerals from dried water. It's easily removed though, and only needs to be done, if you care, about once or twice a year. Should one break the band, my research assistant tells me a replacement can be had for about ten dollars.

The only downfall is, as I mentioned earlier, that I can't figure out the auto-repeat feature. Other than that, I have nothing bad to say about this watch. It's solid, waterproof, and has never let me down. I've seen that the new one has a big G on the face of the watch, (which I'm glad mine does not). So if you want to pick one up, dig around, I'm sure you can find the plain one for about $80.


  1. absolutely true, gshock wrist watch is never let anyone be down when you have it, like mine after i purchase this at PIJ. I use it daily, g-shock was certified hard to be knockdown. I can also wear this in social gathering not only for sports session.

  2. I've had my DW6600 since 2006 - I've bought one for my then teenage son, and the only thing I have to do to maintain it are a) change batteries, b) as you said, clean the minerals and dead skin cells off it, and c) occasionally pick the minerals off the junction of the watchglass and the casing with a sewing needle. It's rugged, dependable and inexpensive. Keeps on keeping on. I wear it everywhere. My wife hates it, though.

  3. The "auto" on a DW6600 is not an auto repeat, but an auto start of the stop watch. You can set it to a delay then it will count down, and the stop watch will start.

  4. My EDC watch is the gshock GW 6900 (black). It's a bit elegant with that black solar panel. 😎


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