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[Baby-G Review] BGA-230-1B — pleasant compactness in a tough case

Reviews of Baby-G high-impact women’s watches rarely appear on the blog. It’s not a man’s job to look at women’s watches, but sometimes I ask myself the question “if not Casioblog.RU, then who?” And everything falls into place. Yes, shokans, very few resources illuminate such a gentle direction, but this does not mean that the clock is not worth it. Even as they stand! Consider the tiny BGA-230-1BER in a detailed review on the Casio fan blog.

The BGA-230 case has declared itself as a watch for girls, but in a masculine look [BGA-230 – for women, but in a masculine style]. Much of the appearance of the BGA-230-1BER really indicates a masculine focus: no delicate color shades, hearts, Swarowski stones, etc. Typical G-Shock style in a smaller case. The Japanese thus allude to compatibility in the style of “he and she,” when the husband and wife are in the same image.

There is no concrete compatibility [with certain G-Shock models], here is your own field for selection.

Sizes. Dimensions of 48.9 × 42.9 × 15.3 mm can hardly be called large. The watch turned out to be very compact and pleasant. Compared to the GW-3000 and PRW-3000, the difference in size is palpable. The strap was difficult to wrap around my wrist, but the supply of 2-3 holes still remained.

The informative part of the dial looks even smaller. Case, bezel, buttons – all this requires additional space. Choosing Baby-G, you always choose the G-Shock philosophy: glass under the protection of bezelless protectors [bulge], buttons for protecting the side plastic protrusions.

In general, the appearance is very close to minimalism. The gold inscription “Baby-G” and “Protection” stand out a bit against the general black background, but this is typical branding.

Let’s go over the functions. The main functional “core” takes on a small electronic window and an additional analog window at around 9 o’clock. It is not difficult to guess that the mini-arrow is responsible for simultaneously displaying time in another time zone. The main hands show home, mini window – time in another country. The feature is so common in Casio watches that I no longer find it unusual, but its usefulness should not be underestimated. Traveling is very welcome.

“Specifications of BGA-230”]

  • Case / bezel material: Resin
  • Resin Band
  • Neobrite
  • Shock Resistant
  • Mineral Glass
  • 100-meter water resistance
  • LED light
    Selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow
  • World time
    31 time zones (48 cities + coordinated universal time), daylight saving on/off, Home city/World time city swapping
  • 1-second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 59’59
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
    Countdown range: 60 minutes
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
  • Daily alarm
  • Hourly time signal
  • Hand shift feature (Hands move out of the way to provide an unobstructed view of digital display contents.)
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Regular timekeeping
    Analog: 2 hands (hour, minute (hand moves every 20 seconds)), 1 dial (world time hour and minute)
    Digital: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: ±30 seconds per month
  • Approx. battery life: 2 years on SR726W × 2 Size of case : 48.9×42.9×15.3mm
  • Total weight : 46g

The electronic dial was made small. So small that even the milliseconds of the stopwatch did not fit [00:00 format]. It is also difficult to consider indexes, but generally possible. Immediately obvious, electronics is not the main thing here. If you wish, you can use it, but there are also more convenient sports solutions.

The “Hand Shift” function [arrows are in a neutral position so you can see the electronic window] works. In the current time mode, the main arrows can slightly close the world time window and in this case I did not find a way to activate “Hand Shift” in manual mode.

Backlight. The usual yellow LED, which can illuminate for 1 and 3 seconds [set in the settings]. I will not say that the lighting is perfect, but you can consider the time. The non-shaded coating on the main hands can be fueled by backlighting for a faint glow. In this case, I usually write “better than without backlighting”. For some reason, yellowness does not cause delight.

The strap is made in the best traditions of relatively inexpensive polyurethane.

It will last a long time, cracks may appear after 3-4 years of aggressive use. The watch is made for centuries, but a lot also depends on the environment.

Conclusion

The BGA-230-1BER was not a discovery. The watch is made taking into account all the shock-resistant characteristics of the G-Shock direction. The complete lack of advanced technologies [solar power, radio synchronization] indicates the budget and availability of the series for many girls. Girls should evaluate the appearance, but I already see a good option for a growing son, who will not be embarrassed by the inscription “Baby-G” [due to his age], and I will be calm for shock resistance and water resistance. Compact sizes are just in the subject, it remains only to find the male color.

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