Timex Ironman vs Casio G-Shock


Timex Ironman vs Casio g Shock – In this day and age, with the many different advancement in technology, watches are becoming more advanced than ever before. Choosing one watch out of all of the different watches may be hard.

Two brands that have stood the test of time are Casio and Timex and in this article we are going to look a their respective most popular product lines namely the Ironman and G-shock range of watches.

Both makes of watches are popular with the military, hikers, sports competitors, law enforcement and those who need tough durable watches at affordable prices.

Starting out, let’s take a look at the Timex Ironman, then we’ll move to the Casio g Shock.

Timex Ironman History

Timex Ironman watch on tableTimex are likely to be one of the most well-known brands in the USA and have been making time-pieces since 1854.

In 1984 Timex collaborated with the the Ironman Triathlon to create a brand new digital the outcome was the Timex Triathlon.

In 1986 in a smart move they obtained rights to the Ironman name and produced the Ironman Triathlon watch.

This was based upon the original triathlon watch with a few upgrades including an updated look and color scheme and was now water resistant to 100 meters rather than 50.

The first generation watches were popular with law enforcement and military personal. The Timex Ironman has become Timex’s best-selling brand with various updates throughout the years.

Most Popular Timex Ironman Watch


Timex Men's T5E901 Ironman Classic 30 Gray/Black Resin Strap Watch



The Classic 30 Full-Size Watch has a number of reasons for making it the most popular in the range and its not just its affordability. If you don’t want to invest in a GPS but still want to monitor distance and time this will do the job.

It comes in 18 different color’s so depending on the look you want there are plenty of options.

The Features include – Countdown Timer, Water Resistant to 100M, Stopwatch and Indiglo Backlight

The Classic 30 has a stopwatch with a 30-lap memory if you need a bigger lap memory you can upgrade to the classic 50 or 100.

Customer Reviews – There are thousand of reviews online about this watch with pretty much the majority being very positive. The great price and durability of the watch was mentioned many times. A variety of users had tested this watch in different environments, some using it for work such as nurses and construction workers as well as those who used it for activities such as swimming and hiking.

The only real criticisms  seemed to revolve around the other the top ‘Ironman’ branding and that the watch strap gave out after a couple of years for some people.

There’s not much to fault with this watch, Its not a ‘showy’ watch and it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of  a smart or GPS watch but  it has all the basic functionality needed for most people’s everyday and leisure needs. When reviewers mentioned this watch in comparison to G-shock’s they preferred Timex’s less chunky design but this will of course be down to individual preference, there were users who had multiple watches who swore by both brands.



Timex Full-Size Ironman Rugged 30

Timex Ironman Rugged 30 Full-Size Watch


The rugged look of this watch certainly has a G-Shock look to it though in size its a little smaller.

The large font is a plus as its very easy to see the time and date.

It has all the usual features you expect from the Ironman range with Indiglo Backlight, Water Resistant to 100 meters, countdown, lap timer and  it can keep track of three different time zones.

It has a long battery life and dependent on how much use it gets could last up to 5 years.

Customer Reviews

Easy to use with a size that is just right a little bigger than the usual Timex and a little smaller than a G-shock. This one appealed to those who like the aesthetics of the blackout look. The main take away I get from the thousands reviewing this watch online is the value for money.

the main minus point for this watch is that in daylight sometimes the watch face is difficult to see and you need to press the Indeglo button to see it well, otherwise there seems to be no real issues with this timepiece.

Timex Ironman Rugged Blackout Watch
An affordable, rugged watch, that is perfect for everyday use or for outdoor sports such as hiking and mountain biking. Built to take a few bruises or bumps, great for swimming or just wearing in the shower, this is our favorite Timex


Video Tutorial

If you decide to purchase a Timex Watch and want a tutorial on how to use the different settings this is a useful video

Let’s move on to the G-Shock range from Casio;

Casio g Shock History

Casio released the very first G-Shock in April 1983, to meet the demand for an interest in tough, durable watches. 200 prototypes were tested by dropping them from third story windows and rooftops!

They were instantly popular and G-Shock have now released hundreds of different models in this range. In 2017 they celebrated their 100 millionth shipment worldwide for the G-shock.

G-shock have such a huge amount of different models to choose from so in this article where we are comparing them against Timex we are looking for the more affordable G-shock’s that have similar functionality.

Casio G-Shock Sport Watch DW9052-1V

Casio Men's G-Shock DW9052-1V Shock Resistant Black Resin Sport Watch


If you have read other articles on our site you probably know that we are big G-Shock fans.  This model is a great value for money watch that is very popular with other G-Shock enthusiasts.

This is a standard issue watch with everything you would expect from this brand, its a bit cliched and I keep trying to find other words to describe the G-Shock but rugged and tough are the terms that are synonymous with this watch.

This is on the lower end of the spectrum of the many to choose from Casio but still has a lot of great features including being shock resistant, countdown timer and stop watch. Its also a little smaller than some of the others in the range so won’t look as big on the wrist.

Reviews – This watch is probably one of the most reviewed online. Customers describing it as ‘without equal’ and ‘the best budget watch you can own’. They liked how easy to set up it was and that you get what you expect from a G-shock a  dependable set and forget watch.

Some found the watch ‘a little busy’ with too much going on, so a little difficult to read, others mentioned that the alarm wasn’t particularly loud and wouldn’t rely on it. Both minor issues really in the scheme of things.

Two main advantages of this watch compared to the Timex watches are that while Timex are water resistant to 100 meters, this watch has a 200 meter water resistance. It also has a raised bezel which protects the watch from scratches, you’ll notice that Timex watches offer get scuffed and scratched on the watch face but this won’t happen with this watch.

If you are looking for tough and affordable then this would be our top choice.


Casio G-Shock Sport Watch
  • Shock-resistant sport watch featuring multi-function rectangular dial with afterglow EL backlight, daily alarm, and countdown timer
  • 48.5 millimeters resin case with mineral dial window
  • Quartz movement with digital display
  • Functions include multi-function alarm, 1/100-second stopwatch, hourly time signal, auto calendar, and 12/24 hour formats
  • Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft): In general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving.


Casio G-Shock GX-56BB Blackout Watch

Casio G-Shock Men's Black Out Basic Series All Black Resin Watch DW6900BB-1

If you liked the look of the Timex Blackout you might be having second thoughts after checking out this black beauty! The price barrier might be a little higher but before you make a choice let us look at some of the features and reviews first.

Shock resistant and water resistant to 200 meters and with military time or 12 hour time, the blackout comes with stopwatch, back-light and just looks great!

ReviewsLike us many of the customers who had purchased this watch were seduced by the stealthy, tactical, black-ops aesthetic it has. Many had purchased G-Shocks before so knew what to expect in regards of functionality and durability. Some reviewers found the watch hard to read without the use of the back-light. 

Casio G-Shock Blackout
  • Shock Resistant And 200 Meter Water Resistant
  • 12 and 24 Hour ( Military Time) Formats, Hourly Time Signal, Multi-function Alarm
  • Full auto-calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
  • EL Backlight with Afterglow
  • 1/100 Second Stopwatch Measuring capacity: 00'00.00"-59'59.99" (for the first 60 minutes) 1:00'00-23:59'59 (after 60 minutes)



 The Toughness of G-Shock Watches

G-Shock continue to innovate and launch new watches this is a great video that goes into the materials used for these durable watches and why they are the choice of LEO’s, Sportsman, Navy Seals and your Average Joe on the street!


So we have compared G-Shock vs Ironman, both of them have stood the test of time. While G-shock have a much greater range with different price points the Timex are great budget watches especially for those who are into sports or outdoor activities. The Casio Blackout is still one of our favorite time-pieces so we are a little biased but this would be our top pick from the four watches we looked at above.