Casio GR8900a-1 G-Shock Review

This G-Shock GR8900a-1 watch is a robust and heavy looking watch, but in actual fact it is quite light in weight. But it is still extremely sturdy and if you want this as a sports

GR8900a-1 watch them it is certainly up to the task. It looks great both on and off the wrist, and it is surprisingly comfortable too.

G-Shock watches are known for their functionality, and the GR8900a-1 is certainly no exception to that. It has some great features and they are all easy to use and access. This model has a new design, and gives you a multi dimensional look which adds to the character of the watch.

Of course, as with all G-Shock watches, the GR8900a-1 is shock resistant. So if you do want it for wearing while you go about your sports or activities then you can wear this in confidence that it will stand up to anything you put it through.

The GR8900a-1 also has a very bright LED light, that can actually be used for reading a book with. Also handy if you are camping out at night, or on a night walk and you need to read a map as it will provide ample light for you to be able to read from.

A closer look at the GR8900a-1 G-Shock

Solar powered

You may wonder how this watch keeps the bright LED light and the power hungry functionalities of the GR8900a-1 all juiced up. Well, it runs off solar power, and is extremely effective in harnessing the power of the sun and turning it into long lasting power to run the watch.

Even when being used to its full extent, with the light and functions all being used at time, you will still get a lot of life out of this. And it will continue to stay charged as long as you are outside in the light. This is a great way to keep this watch running to its optimal levels at all times.

The GR8900a-1 also uses a power save method. When the watch is left in the dark it will go blank so that no unnecessary power is wasted. If the power does get low on the watch, then there is a power indicator that will let you know that it needs charging so you can get it into the light.

World time

If you travel a lot, you will not have to worry about what the time is in other countries. The GR8900a-1 has 31 built in time zones, covering 48 worldwide cities. You can also turn your daylight saving on or off, depending on where you are. So when you land in a different country you just need to change it to the right time zone and it will automatically set the watch to the right time for you.



The stopwatch on the GR8900a-1 uses 1/100 seconds so you get the most accurate times for your training or events you are at. You also have different measuring modes which include split times, elapsed times and then 1st and 2nd place times. These different modes will allow you to use the stopwatch more effectively in different situations.

Additional information

If you like to have an alarm on your watch, you will be pleased to hear that the GR8900a-1 has 5 different daily alarms that can be used. Set these up with different tones so you can associate a certain tone with a particular event or meeting you have.

There is a countdown timer on the watch too. You can set this to countdown from up to 24 hours. It will count down in 1 second intervals. The GR8900a-1 also has an hourly signal if you like to use one of these. If not, you can simply turn this off.

Final thoughts on the G-Shock GR8900a-1

This watch looks great, with the multi level face and the robust build of the watch. As usual with G-Shock watches, you get a lot of functionality, and this model has a really powerful LED light that can be used for reading. Overall the G-Shock GR8900a-1 is a great quality watch and also really good value for money at the price it is being sold for.


  • Hourly Time Signal
  • Auto-Calendar
  • Module 3285
  • Approx. Battery Life Approx. 3 Years
  • Battery CR2016
  • Tones Button operation tone on/off
  • Backlight Auto LED Backlight (Super Illuminator) with Afterglow
  • Water Resistant Up to 200M Water Resistant
  • Accuracy +/- 15 seconds per month
  • Alarm 5 Independent Daily Alarms (One-time or Daily)
  • World Time
  • Flash Alert
  • Stopwatch 1/100 Second Stopwatch
  • Shock Resistant

Rokok vs Investasi?

Tidak sedikit dari Anda yang memandang rokok sebagai bagian dari gaya hidup. Dan walaupun mayoritas perokok telah mengetahui dampak negatif tembakau bagi kehidupan mereka, hal ini sepertinya belum cukup bila dibandingkan dengan apa yang bisa mereka peroleh dari merokok. Sebagian pria beranggapan bahwa menghisap rokok dapat membuat mereka lebih percaya diri dan terlihat maskulin. Tetapi masihkah Anda berpikiran demikian, setelah mengetahui keuntungan apa sajayang bisa Anda peroleh dengan mengorbankan rokok?
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Horizon Investasi, anda dimana?


Salah satu aspek penting dalam berinvestasi, yang membedakan portfolio investor satu dengan yang lainnya, adalah penentuan jangka waktu investasi. Aspek ini begitu penting sehingga sering kali didiskusikan dari waktu ke waktu. Menariknya, pada kenyataannya definisi tentang batas waktu (time-frame) antara satu pelaku investasi dengan investor yang lainnya bisa berbeda-beda. Misalnya tentang istilah jangka pendek. Ada yang bilang itu di kisaran menit sampai satu atau dua hari, tetapi di kutub lainnya ada yang sebutkan itu adalah untuk waktu sampai dengan satu tahun. Bagaimanapun, ini adalah komponen penting dalam berinvestasi. Karenanya, mari kita dalami.

Istilah dari jangka waktu investasi atau sering disebut dengan “Time Horizon†pada prinsipnya merupakan periode waktu dari sejak investasi dipilih dan diambil sampai saat asset tersebut dicairkan (likuidasi). Range-nya untuk jangka waktu ini bisa begitu panjang. Dari sekian menit sampai investasi yang ditahan berpuluh tahun lamanya. Sebenarnya tidak ada jangka waktu yang benar “pasâ€, itu akan tergantung sekali kepada jenis asset investasi, preferensi risiko, tujuan utama investasi sampai kepada gaya atau perilaku investasi si pelaku investasi itu sendiri.
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Gold as an Investment?

Numerous commentaries in the media, both on television and in print, would have us believe that gold is a bad investment. Headlines warning investors to avoid the yellow metal are commonplace. Examples such as “Five reasons not to own gold”, “Gold is in a bubble”, “Gold as an investment – think again”, “Gold is a bad hedge”, “Gold is a pointless rock,” and “Why gold is a bad investment” can be found with a simple Google search on gold and investment.

Each of the above points are addressed and debunked in the BMG Special Report, ‘Six Biggest Myths About Gold’ which readers of this article are strongly encouraged to read and which can be downloaded for free at

These articles miss the point, because they treat gold as an investment. To fully understand gold’s role in an investment portfolio, we need to adopt a new mindset, a gold mindset.

Simply put, gold is not a bad investment, and gold is not a good investment. Gold is not an investment at all – gold is money.

While many people believe gold is an archaic relic that has no role in today’s sophisticated, computerized, paper-based monetary system, three facts contradict this popular misconception:

1. Gold, silver and platinum are traded on the currency desks of the major banks and brokerage houses, not the commodity desks. Traders understand gold is money to be traded against paper currencies. 2. The world’s central banks hold about 30,000 tonnes of gold in reserves. While there has been a lot of media attention given to central bank sales in the past, gold holdings have only declined by about 2,000 tonnes since 1980. Central banks have become net buyers since 2009 and have been adding gold to their currency reserves. Central bankers understand gold is money. 3. The turnover rate between members of the London Bullion Market Association is over $20 billion per day, with volume estimated at five to seven times that amount. Clearly, this has nothing to do with jewelry sales and everything to do with the exchange of money

The definition of “investment” is the commitment of money or capital to purchase financial instruments or other assets in order to gain profitable returns in the form of interest, income or appreciation of the value of the investment. Through this transfer of capital, in the expectation of a profit, an investor gives up their capital and puts it at risk. The investor receives a return in dividends or interest as compensation because their capital is at risk; they may get back less than they invested, or they may get back nothing at all.

However, physical gold bullion or physical paper currencies locked in a vault are not invested; they are simply being stored. Since neither is invested, they don’t earn interest or dividends, but they don’t have any counterparty risk. The major difference between gold and currencies kept in a vault, however, is that gold’s purchasing power increases while paper currencies lose purchasing power year after year.

Both gold and currencies can be taken out of the vault with ease, and the proceeds invested by giving them to someone else in return for dividends or interest. An interesting perspective can be gained by calculating whether the proposed investment is likely to return more gold ounces than were originally invested. For example, the 44 ounces of gold required to purchase the Dow in 2000 has now dwindled to fewer than nine ounces. Might as well have left the gold in the vault. Since gold maintains and even increases in purchasing power, there is no need to put it at risk in order to earn a minimal amount of interest or dividends.

Figure 1 illustrates how gold has not only preserved but also increased its purchasing power from 1971, when the gold standard was abandoned, to 2011.


Figure 2 illustrates how all of the major currencies have declined over the last decade when measured by gold ounces.


It is crucial to recognize that physical gold bullion, held directly or on an allocated and insured basis in a vault, is not an investment because it is not someone else’s promise of performance or someone else’s liability, and as a result has no counterparty risk. All other forms of gold ownership are, in fact, investments. Paper gold certificates, unallocated bullion accounts, ETFs, shares in gold mining companies and futures contracts all have counterparty risk, and are either someone else’s promise of performance or liability. They may have their place in a portfolio, but they are all investments. We hold physical gold in a vault, we hold physical currencies in a bank, but we invest in financial assets.

By : Nick Barisheff, As President of Bullion Management Group Inc. (