Casio at one point in time was the nerdiest brand out there. Known for scientific calculators and electric keyboards, it had the same brand prestige as Urkel. Nowadays, Casio is now being worn by celebrities and athletes alike: Usher, Tom Cruise, The Rock, etc.
Why? Because of one thing: G-Shock.
First, Let’s Briefly Talk About the G-Shock’s History
Casio G-Shock, also known as ‘Gravitational Shock’, is a collection of watches that are meant to withstand tough conditions and designed for sports, military applications, and outdoor life. All G-Shocks have the basic offerings:
- Countdown Timer
- Water Resistance
The first G-Shock, the DW-5000C, was created by Kikuo Ibe and was designed with toughness in mind. In fact, the early prototypes were thrown off multi-story windows in order to test the durability.
This watch was not like your mechanical wind-ups, or the typical analog faced dials where the hands were susceptible to snapping off the stem. This was a basic digital-faced watch that was meant to stand the test of time.
Early G-Shocks focused on durability and toughness while offering the basics. It was the early 90’s and digital faces were the biggest thing since sliced bread (see our article on the Casio F-91W if you’re interested in a bit of history behind Casio’s iconic digital watch).
Enjoy this nostalgic commercial, which is clearly dated but the premise is the same; G-Shocks are stronger than a bull:
Today’s G-Shocks are bold and outlandish from their earlier counterparts; available in bright orange, neon yellow, or purple, these watches are as eccentric as the commercials themselves:
With a crazy and diverse lineup, here are seven watches that needs your attention if you’re in the market for a tough, multi-purpose timepiece that stands out from the crowd:
So, With the History Lesson Complete, On to Our Picks for 7 G-Shocks You Should Consider
This GA100L-4A is available in orange silicone motif, and has the usual offerings at a great price. Featuring a 50mm case, it’s chunky for those big wrists and has the features you want in a G-Shock such as: 200m water resistance, analog and digital combination face, day/date dial on the corner. What’s not to love?
The MTGM900DA is not as ‘hip’ looking as the GA100L we saw earlier, but this watch holds a lot of punch in terms of functionality: it has atomic world timer, solar powered with a battery life of 9 months(!), power saving function, 4 alarms, snooze alarm… This is a steal of a deal (especially if there’s a zombie apocalypse anytime soon).
G-Shock has certain functionalities that may be obscure to some of us, but this GW7900B-1 might be the watch for the sailor in you. With a built-in tide and moon graph alongside either a 12 or 24-hour layout, there’s no excuse for you meeting the yacht party in Croatia with this on your wrist.
If you want to live your inner James Bond or be stealthy, then you should get the GD120MB-1 or the G-Shock ‘Military Black’. Still shock resistant and loaded with all the features you expect from a G-Shock: 200m depth of water resistance, 5 independent alarms, world timer, multi-time with 4 different cities available quickly… if you have to go from Cairo to Brussels to stop a nefarious villain from stealing the launch codes of the only micro-atomic bomb in the world, you won’t lose track of time with this G-Shock on your wrist.
What? That’s a thing. If it’s not, it should be because I would watch that plot unravel.
Here’s a retro design offering that is the ‘no frills’ version of the G-Shock lineup: DW5600E-1V. 200m water resistance, various stopwatch options (elapsed time, split time, etc.), illuminated digital face, countdown timer. That’s it. Basic and simple… and more or less bomb proof.
The GA-110TS-1A4 has a different face design than the GA100L-4A we saw earlier, and it’s personally my favorite design of the G-Shock. With the digital readout at 12 o’clock vs. the digital readout at 4 o’clock, the GA-110TS-1A4 looks more presentable and dignified. It offers the same features (world timer, stopwatch, backlighting, 200m water resistance), but in a different layout. Different strokes for different folks!
Here’s another personal favorite of mine that is newly released: DW5600CU-9. A throwback from the original G-Shock, the DW-5000C, it pays an homage to the originator but with a redesign to appeal to the millennials of today: bold colors like this bright yellow motif, minimal face design, but still offers the basic functionalities you expect from G-Shock.