I love the idea of vibrating alarms. I think a vibrating alarm on a watch makes as much sense as a vibrating ringer on a mobile phone. Unfortunately, if you want a silent watch, you don’t have a lot of choices. Some options that come to mind are the Tissot High-T, the Tissot Silen-T, the Casio G-Shock GW-400J, and now the newest addition: the Casio G-Shock GL-7500HD.
The Casio GL-7500HD is a watch intended for water sports, the idea being if your swimming, surfing, water skiing, etc., you’re not likely to hear an alarm. Additional water-related features include a tide graph and water resistance to 200 meters (about 650 feet).
Here’s the full feature list for the Casio GL-7500HD:
- Vibrating alarm.
- Tide graph.
- World time (preprogrammed for 28 cities).
- Three daily alarms and one snooze alarm.
- Countdown timer.
- Stopwatch with a resolution of 1/100 of a second.
- Automatic calendar.
- Water-resistant to 200 meters, or about 650 feet.
As far as my own personal G-Shock collection goes, I usually don’t bother with anything that isn’t atomic and solar anymore simply because I think those are two very useful features that Casio has really implemented well (see the Casio G-Shock GW-400J). But if your criteria is less stringent, and your priorities are a tough, inexpensive watch with a vibrating alarm, The Casio G-Shock GL-7500HD looks like a very good fit. And it is readily available in the US for only around $80.