The Best G-Shocks With Negative Displays For Every Budget

Have you ever wondered what a list of the best G-Shocks with negative displays would look like?

When it comes to shock absorption, G-Shock watches are king. They’ve been around since the 1980s, and they’re still going strong. But while most G-Shock watches look pretty similar, there are tons of variations. Some models even have negative display screens.

In this article, I’m going to review the top G-Shocks with negative displays. I’ll tell you why each model is great, and why you should choose a negative screen.

I’ll also share my personal favorites, and explain why I love them so much.

Our Best Picks

Casio Men's GD100-1BCR 

G-Shock GD-400-1CR Sports Watch

Casio G-Shock Men's DW6900BB-1 Black Watch

What’s a negative display watch?

This is a watch with an inverted digital display. With clear digits appearing on a dark background, rather than the standard dark numbers on a clear background. If desired, watchmakers can tint the digits or background of this display to give them a colored appearance.

Negative displays are not very legible if the angle is slightly off and the light does not reflect inside. In contrast, the positive displays do not suffer from this problem. You can read them from pretty much all angles and under all lighting conditions.

What is the advantage of a negative display watch?

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When viewed from an angle or in low lighting, reverse displays are more difficult to read than standard displays. So, why would anyone buy a watch with a reverse display?

  1. In contrast to positive display models, the analog hands on negative displays are much easier to read.
  2. Watches with a negative display are more difficult to read in dim light, but they are easier to read in bright light.
  3. This display adds style to the timepiece. They are perfect for those who like stylish looks. 

Top 7 negative display G-Shocks

Casio Men’s GD100-1BCR 

Best For Big Wrists

Casio Men’s GD100-1BCR 

  • Negative digital display screen
  • Super Illuminator Auto LED Backlight
  • Multi-time for four different cities
  • 5 Alarms
  • 12/24 Hour time Formats
  • Full Auto Calendar,
  • Quartz movement inside
  • Mineral crystal covering
  • Plastic case with a silicone band
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • 55mm case diameter

If you are looking for a super-rugged, yet stylish watch, then look no further than the Casio Men’s GD100-1BC. It is made out of tough ABS plastic and has a silicone strap that is both durable and comfortable.

On the front, there is a negative digital display that shows the time in the black text against a white background. And on the reverse side, there is an auto LED backlight that automatically illuminates when needed.

There are 5 alarms on this watch, including one-time and daily alarms. You can choose between AM/PM format, 24 hours format, and 12/24 hours format.

The watch also has a full calendar function to see what day and what month it is.

The quartz movement means that this watch is accurate to within +/-15 seconds per year.

And lastly, this watch is water-resistant to 200m (660 ft.) so you can wear it while swimming or diving.

Casio Men’s DW5600MS-1CR

Best Military Concept

Casio Men’s DW5600MS-1CR

  • Comes with a negative digital display,
  • Backlight Afterglow feature
  • Alarms with flash and buzzer for audible alerts
  • Hourly alerts to keep track of time
  • Stopwatch
  • Quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Well designed resin case and band
  • Water-resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • 42 mm case size

Casio is known for making some of the most reliable watches out there, and this Casio Men’s DW 5600MS-1CR is no exception. It is a quartz watch, which means it is powered by a battery inside and gives you accurate time readings.

This watch is made with a resin case and a rubber strap, which is tough enough to withstand the elements and yet comfortable enough for everyday wear.

It is also water-resistant up to 200m, so you can take it swimming or snorkeling with confidence.

This timepiece comes with a negative digital display, so you can see the time under poor lighting conditions. And the backlight afterglow will ensure that you can see the time in the dark, even better than regular luminescent watches.

And there are some other nice features such as the Alarm with flash and buzzer which gives you an audible alert when the alarm goes off, and the Stopwatch function which counts down elapsed time and splits time.

Casio G-Shock Men’s DW6900BB-1 Black Watch

Best Solar-Powered

Casio G-Shock Men’s DW6900BB-1 Black Watch

  • Solar-powered digital watch
  • Mineral crystal
  • Triple Sensor (Altimeter, barometer, thermometer)
  • Sunrise/Sunset function
  • Worldtime and Atomic clock
  • Resin case and band
  • Water-resistant to 200m (600ft)
  • 56mm case size

Casio’s G-Shock line is famous for its durability and toughness, and of course, the watches are always water-resistant to 200m. So what’s a better way to show off your love for such a durable watch than by picking up this black version?

Unlike other models mentioned earlier, this model is solar-powered, which means it never needs batteries.

This solar power watch also has a built-in triple sensor (altimeter, barometer, and thermometer), which means you get weather information right on the wrist.

But what sets this model apart is its ability to take sunrise and sunset readings. A few other watches can do that, but none quite as easily as the DW6900.

It keeps track of the atomic clock as well. No need of resetting the time. This timepiece syncs with the atomic clock to give you accurate time.

So overall, this is a great watch that is ideal for outdoor activities.

Casio G-Shock Men’s DW5700BBM

Casio G-Shock Men’s DW5700BBM

  • Negative screen display
  • Multi-function Alarm feature
  • Stopwatch
  • Countdown Timer
  • 12/24 Hour time format
  • EL Backlight with Afterglow
  • Quartz Digital
  • Mineral Dial
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Case Size: 49mm

This is another entry-level watch from Casio. This model is a bit larger than many of the other entry-level G-Shocks. It measures 49mm across.

What sets this timepiece apart from other similar ones is the fact that it has a negative display.

This is great for those that love outdoor activities. The watch is durable and can withstand anything you throw at it.

There are 4 different modes to choose from on this model, including counting down timers, alarm, stopwatch, and calendar.

Just like most watches on this list, it is powered by quartz and has an el backlight with afterglow.

Casio G Shock XL Series GA-700UC-3ACR

Casio G Shock XL Series GA-700UC-3ACR

  • Negative Display
  • Super Illuminator LED Light with Afterglow ( duration 1.5 or 3 seconds)
  • World Time
  • 31 time zones
  • Daylight saving on/off
  • 4 Daily Alarms
  • Hourly Time Signal
  • Quartz Digital Movement
  • Mineral Crystal
  • Water Resistant: 200m
  • Case Size of 53mm

While Casio isn’t exactly known for producing high-end luxury items, they certainly aren’t shy when it comes to making affordable models either. And this Casio G-Shocks is one of those affordable timepieces.

With several different variations of G-Shock models, this particular model is an XL series watch. It is a bit larger, however, and it comes with analog hands beside the digital display.

But the most notable features of this version are that it uses the reverse display, and a super illuminator LED light with afterglow.

Casio’s Afterglow means that once you release the button, the watch will glow for up to three seconds. This gives you plenty of time to see what time it is before the screen dims.

Some basic features of this timepiece include the world time function, daylight savings on/off, four daily alarms, quartz digital movement, and mineral crystal.

If you are looking for a high-quality, durable, yet inexpensive watch then this is a great option.

G-Shock GD-400-1CR Sports Watch

Best Sports Watch

G-Shock GD-400-1CR Sports Watch

  • Shock Resistant
  • 200M Water-resistant
  • LED Backlight
  • Auto Light switch
  • Hourly time signal
  • Countdown timer
  • World Time
  • Daylight saving on/off
  • 5 Daily Alarms
  • Full Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
  • Low Battery Warning Button
  • Battery: CR2032, Approx. battery life: 3 years
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 49.7mm

One of the most popular models within the G-Shocks lineup is the GD-400-1cr sports watch. It is the perfect combination of style and function.

Its design is based on classic military watches, and the shock resistance is there to make sure that you never have to worry when wearing it around town.

You get all the basic features of a G-Shock – the auto-luminescent display, the hourly time signal, a countdown timer, etc.

And since the GD-400-Cr sports watch is made for both men and women, you can even change the look of the watch depending on how you feel. You can purchase some simple straps or even replace the strap entirely should you choose to.

However, the thing that sets this apart from other models is the fact that this is a sports watch. So, you can wear it when running marathons and doing triathlons. It is definitely my favorite on the list.

Casio Men’s DW9052-1CCG

Casio Men’s DW9052-1CCG

  • 200 M Water Resistance
  • Electro-Luminescent Backlight with Afterglow
  • 1/100-Second Stopwatch
  • Auto-calendar out until the year 2099
  • Countdown Timer
  • Multi-Function Alarm
  • Hourly Time Signal
  • Mineral Crystal

If you are looking for something simple yet reliable then look no further than this Casio men’s watch. It has the basics covered, but packed into a stylish package.

This model is covered with a resin case with plastic bands. It is water-resistant to 200M, so it is suitable for everyday wear whether you work outdoors or simply prefer to stay under the radar.

However, there is no need to worry when it comes to breaking this watch either, as it is made from rigid materials and is guaranteed to last for decades to come.

This particular model comes with a daily calendar, 1/100 second chronograph, a countdown timer, multi-function alarm, hourly time signal, and of course, a mineral crystal cover.

What makes this watch so attractive? Well, aside from the fact that it is waterproof and shockproof. It also comes with an electro-luminescent backlight with afterglow, so it won’t lose visibility when it gets dark.

The quartz movement in it makes it very reliable and accurate. No matter how hard you try, you cannot beat a quartz watch for accuracy.

How to change the display on your G Shock?

It’s possible to change the display of your G-Shock but I recommend you use the services of a professional repairer. Here’s an educational video on how this is done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do negative displays use more battery?

There is currently no evidence that this display type consumes more battery than a positive display. In terms of daily usage, negative displays might consume more. The reason for this is that you tend to use the backlight more often since the display is barely readable in poor lighting. Herre’s a good resource to learn more on this subject.

Final Thoughts

Negative display watches give us options when it comes to G-Shock displays. That is why Casio isn’t giving up on making watches with them. Many are now turning to these watches to enhance their style. 

You can also check up on our guide on the best G-Shocks for military use.