(Affiliate Disclosure: We earn a commission on qualifying purchases from our links to Amazon and eBay.)

Casio DW-291H: A Compelling G-Shock Alternative

Casio DW-291H: DW-291H-1AV DW-291H-1BV DW-291H-9AV

The recently launched Casio DW-291H series has been getting a lot of word of mouth exposure online and appears to be quite a popular model despite an under-the-radar release. It is a largeish 200M water-resistant watch with many features that equal or surpass the G-Shock DW-5600.

The one glaring omission is the lack of G-Shock-level impact resistance, but the DW-291H does look much more rugged than the average Casio watch. It is an “HD” model meaning “Heavy Duty.” The series is a worldwide release with the DW-291H-1AV (left), DW-291H-1BV (middle), and DW-291H-9AV (right). In Europe, the watches have a list price of 44.90 EUR each. We’re not sure of the official list price in the U.S., but they have been selling for under $40.

Here are some reasons why one might choose the DW-291H over a G-Shock DW-5600.

• Size: 50.5 x 50.4 x 13.5 millimeters (versus 48.9 x 42.8 x 13.4 for the DW-5600). Those who find the 5600 series too small may prefer this larger size. The larger size of this watch also means larger digits on the display. The watch also has bigger buttons that are operable with gloves.

• Approximate 10-year battery (versus 2-year battery for the DW-5600): Of course, real world usage may vary, and it’s possible for the DW-5600 battery to last much longer than two years.

• Multi-time with 4 cities, and world time: The DW-5600 and some other basic G-Shock models lack world time.

• 5 alarms: The DW-5600 only has 1 alarm.

• Button operation tone on/off adjustment: Another feature that the basic DW-5600 lacks.

• Illuminator LED light: Though it doesn’t have the EL backlight of the DW-5600, the DW-291H is backlit by the LED light with an amber background, which may actually be better than the EL backlight (like the LED backlight on the GMW-B5000). The afterglow duration is also adjustable to 1.5 or 3 seconds.

DW-291H Series on Amazon

(Disclosure: G-Central is independently managed by fans and is not an official G-Shock site. As an Amazon Associate and eBay Partner, G-Central earns on qualifying purchases, at no extra cost to the customer.)

Shop for new releases and see our top selections at: amazon.com/shop/gcentralhq
To use an avatar in comments, please register at Gravatar.

G-Central is not managed by G-Shock. To contact official support, visit world.casio.com.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *