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[Baby-G Review] MSG-C100G-1A — elegant and durable for every day

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After the watch exhibition Baselworld 2019 [which took place in March], many girls were eager to get fresh MSG-C100. This is not surprising – the Japanese over and over again improve their watchmaking craft, and designers hone their appearance “to a shine” in such a way as to get maximum approval from a potential audience. The Baby-G line does not usually receive much attention at an exhibition in Basel [unlike G-Shock, Edifice and ProTrek] – often it’s just its place on the stand and small promotional materials at the office. Casio website. The explanation of this phenomenon lies on the surface – men always examine in detail the functionality and “tasty” watch pieces [the manufacturer uses this and catches up with “hype, but for girls, most often they have a stylish design and small sizes so that the case does not protrude too much. MSG-C100G-1A is just such a model, which is why I got my review on the blog of Casio fans.

MSG indices are immediately associated with grace and modern fashion trends. Not because the Casio are positioning them like that, but because of their special charm, where the steel case plays an important role. Someone is used to calling MSG female G-Steel, and in some ways they are right – in fact, these are reduced steel shocks in a feminine manner. I think the analogy with Sheen [women’s classic lineup] and sports Baby-G is more correct. It’s brilliant to cross the classics with sports and impact resistance, getting an actually perfect product that will surely appeal to fans of both [or] one and [or] the other.

MSG-C100G-1A is primarily a watch for the style and effect of a female image. The rose gold steel case goes well with precious metal jewelry as well as discreet jewelry – girls like to impress with all kinds of accessories. The metal part of the case is solid, without any rivets – another plus in terms of strength and durability.

I simply must say about the size of the watch – it has become even smaller, even in comparison with the seemingly tiny MSG-W200 [45.1 × 40.3 × 12.4 mm 47.5 × 38.4 × 12.3 mm]. I agree, the difference is not so tangible in practice, but this is clearly the success of Casio engineers – the shockproof design requires a combination of several materials, and you need to somehow “pack” it into a single whole. Even on a very thin female wrist, the MSG-C100 looks harmonious and does not completely block the arm.

Processing of steel at the highest level – a smoothly polished surface reflects so much any light that I had to work hard for a normal photo. The good news for those who are afraid of scratches – the ion-sprayed housing is resistant to minor defects and abrasions. Round recesses in places where the clock’s usually have screws [top and bottom on the sides] are nothing more than a design solution for extra shine. The inner surface of these recesses has been finished in the form of microscopic circles in order to reflect light differently and enhance the “brilliant” effect.

The dial with the texture in the form of a “Christmas tree” also hints – the watch will fit perfectly into the classic elegant look, for example, under an evening dress, or a more casual casual. Still, this is Baby-G, and therefore should be universal in terms of situations and life events.

Separately, about the strap – at first glance it seems unreliable because of the very small width and thickness, but this is an erroneous conclusion. It is quite dense and flexible polyurethane with the same holder and steel clasp with “beveled” edges. The volumetric pattern on the strap is not only a design solution, but also an additional protection against slipping out of the holder.

The hour markers, as I understand it, are also steel, otherwise they wouldn’t shimmer in the light. If someone finds the gold on the arrow, marks and case redundant and distracting from reading the time from the analog zone, there is a good alternative – electronic windows. In the current time mode, hours and minutes are displayed in the lower window, and seconds in the upper window. You can simply see the date – just press the lower right button two times [once for the day of the week, and the second for the day and month]. The windows, of course, are small, but what can be expected from a 45.1 mm case? Well, at least the digital part is present.

The Japanese even managed to make the stopwatch display more or less convenient – minutes and seconds below, hundredths of a second above. At the same time, the measurement modes are not inferior to more advanced series – split time [time of individual segments], lap time and time of 1.2 places. There is a small truth – only one hour, but for simple tasks this is enough.

“Specifications of MSG-C100”]

  • Case / bezel material: Resin / Stainless steel
  • Resin Band
  • Neobrite
  • Shock Resistant
  • Mineral Glass
  • 100-meter water resistance
  • LED light (Super illuminator)
    (Selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
  • World time
    29 time zones (27 cities + coordinated greenwich mean time), daylight saving on/off
  • 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: 60 minutes
    Countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
    Others: Auto-repeat, progress beeper
  • 5 daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm)
  • Hourly time signal
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2039)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Regular timekeeping
    Analog: 2 hands (hour, minute (hand moves every 20 seconds))
    Digital: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: ±30 seconds per month
  • Approx. battery life: 3 years on CR1220 Size of case : 45.1×40.3×12.4mm
  • Total weight : 40g

The rest of the digital capabilities have not gone anywhere – world time for 27 cities, one hour timer with auto-repeat and sound notification, 5 alarms, hourly signal, automatic calendar and time display in 12/24-hour formats. Battery life is about 3 years.

Although the backlight is bright [even too much], it only fully illuminates the analog zone – digital windows are difficult to see. Personally, I don’t think this is a significant drawback – this is not the series where it is vital to read the electronic scoreboard at night.


If you prefer a high-quality watch with a classic slope, and want it to serve you faithfully for many years, then the MSG-C100G-1A is the same option. Do not be afraid of the small size and elegance of the steel case, in terms of impact resistance, the model is not inferior to the more sporty Baby-G. Moreover, the metal surface is protected from scratches, and standard digital features will help out exactly at the most necessary moment. Compact, stylish and sophisticated – for the same of our lovely ladies.

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