Casio G-Shock BGD560PKC-1 Pokémon Baby-G Watch Review

Who’s up for another watch review?!  I got my hands on a very limited edition Baby G a while back and I thought some photos and thoughts might be fun.  If you agree, read on!  If you don’t, stay tuned for more flashlight content next week!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There is a whole host of Baby-G watches.  There is only one version of the Pokémon Baby-G.

Price

These go for $110 new, but this watch has been out for a little while, is limited edition, might be considered “rare” and any prices you see will l likely vary from the original $110 MSRP.

I bought mine at Delores Jewelers, and I recommend you do too!  If they still have them, anyway.  They have a bunch of other watches you’ll probably want.  This isn’t a sponsored post, I have just had great experiences with Delores Jewelers…. (my latest three new G-Shocks have been from there!)


Short Review

This a super fun Baby-G, and if you’re at all a Pokémon fan person, then you will probably enjoy owning (and probably wearing) this Baby-G!

Long Review

Official Feature List

  • Shock Resistant
  • 200M Water Resistant
  • EL Backlight with Afterglow
  • World Time
  • 29 time zones (48 cities), daylight saving on/off
  • 4 Daily Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm
  • Hourly Time Signal
  • 1/100 second stopwatch
  • Measuring capacity: 59’59.99”
  • Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown Timer
  • Measuring unit: 1 second
  • Countdown range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
  • Others: Auto-repeat, time-up alarm
  • Button Operation Tone on/off
  • Full auto-calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
  • 12/24 Hour Formats
  • Accuracy: +/-30 seconds per month
  • Battery: CR1616
  • Approx. Battery Life: 3 years
  • Module 3290

What’s Included

  • Casio Baby-G Pokémon Watch
  • Casio Tin in Pokémon ball shape and color (seen below)
  • Price tag
  • Manual (seen below)

Package and Manual

Here’s the “Pokeball” case for this Baby-G.  I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting this nice touch of a feature – it’s quite neat!  The tin is hard to open though, and you should be careful – if you squeeze the edges you might deform the ball.

The watch is very much on display on the inside of the Pokeball.

Typically I replicate the manual here, but I’ll just link it, in this case.

Look

This is a black Baby-G with a positive screen.  From the front you’ll note minimal “Pokeness” of it.  Basically it’s going to look like a black G-Shock.

Let me note here that there’s some dispute of whether the whole Baby-G line is considered an actual G-Shock or not.  I don’t know the official answer, but I know my answer:  I consider Baby-G watches to be G-Shocks.  So if I refer to this watch later as a G-Shock, that’s why.

This watch has the typical four buttons of a Casio square.

The band has much more Pokémon design.  There are multi-color designs on both side of the band.

The keeper also has some design.  It’s printed with “0:25” which I believe is related to this being a 25th anniversary Baby-G celebratory model.

The four-screw caseback also has some Pokémon designs, too.

Build Quality and Materials

It’s my opinion that this Baby-G is much more G-Shock than Baby-G.  It feels much more substantial; the build quality is great.

For example, see the image below.  On the top is this Pokémon Baby-G.  Below it is another random (but regular) Baby-G.  Also black, so they share that feature.  Note how much thicker the Pokémon watch band is.

Band

As stated above, the band is much thicker than standard Baby-G watches.  It’s still standard resin, though – with a matte finish.

The band is also surprisingly short.  On my medium wrist, I have three holes left.  If you have a >7.25″ wrist, I’d probably not buy this (as a wearer).

Size and Comps

Size of case / total weight
44.7mm x 40.0mm x 12.5mm / 44g

On the wrist, this Baby-G feels much more like a regular Square than the other Baby-G’s I have.  To wit, the others are just a shade smaller than I want to wear, but this one is not; I feel comfortable wearing this on my ~6.75″ wrist.

For reference, here’s my titanium Square (which I love).

And here’s the Pokémon beside another Baby-G.  It’s bigger, in particular in width.  Note how much wider the screen is.

I’d say that the Pokémon Baby-G is much closer in size to this titanium square…

Screen, Backlight and Module

The Pokémon is a positive display watch.  Positive display means lighter color background with darker color letters and numbers.  The module is a 3290, and you can view the manual and all the features here.  This module was released in 2014, and uses one CR1616 battery.  Broadly speaking, this module is used in other watches, such as the BGD-500.  (Possibly more, but definitely this.)

What that boils down to is that the Pokémon Baby-G is a “new” watch in design only (essentially).  Nothing at all wrong with that!  Many of my favorite G-Shocks are variations on a theme, and have the same module!  But the point is if you like the size and shape of this one but either can’t find or don’t want the Pokéness of it, then you can find that same set of features in other BGD-500’s.

The full feature list I’ll leave for the manual to cover.  But interestingly about this module, is that it offers two time zones.  First there’s the home time zone.  One click of the MODE (C) button and you’ll have your second time zone option – so this could be a great travel watch if you move between two time zones frequently!

The backlight also holds one last secret Pokémon feature:

Clicking the Light button causes the (fairly dim) backlight to come on and there’s a little Pikachu display hidden there!  It’s a nice touch!

User Interface and Operation

There are four buttons on this watch.

These buttons are labeled as follows:

A: Adjust
B: Light
C: Mode
D: Search

Here’s a better look:

The buttons are easy enough to press, though they do have the typical square tiny size buttons.  The “A” button is not recessed, though, as on many models (mostly the DW series, I think).  I’m glad it’s not recessed; that makes the button hard to press, and prevents the nice symmetrical look you see above.

I am not going to cover how to use the UI in this post.  The manual covers that fully, and all the functions work right.  You’ll have to adjust the watch manually, as it’s not an atomic model.

App

The Pokémon Baby-G does not make use of the G-Shock mobile application.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Size
  • Positive display
  • Great Pokémon design
  • Smaller size good for smaller wrists

What I don’t like

  • Availability is limited

Notes

  • This watch was provided by me for review. I was not paid to write this review.  I purchased this watch with my own money!
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