Introduction & G-Shock History
There was a desire to create a durable wristwatch that would be able to withstand basically anything that Mother Nature had to offer. There were little to no offerings of such a watch during the 1980s.
In comes Casio, who designed and brought along the DW-5000C, which would evolve into the G-Shock we all know and love today. It had a 10-year battery life, 100m water resistance, and was able to survive a 10m fall.
There were stories of the Casio design team dropping prototypes off of the Casio headquarters window to test it out. Not sure if any of that is true but one thing is certain: G-Shocks are built to last.
The innovative insides of a G-Shock involve adding elements to protect the quartz movement, such as building a floating cradle where the movement sits in to absorb impact, the exterior rubber bumper, the stainless steel case, the mineral crystal. All these features compounded to something that can withstand the shocks of gravity, creating an impressive product for Casio.
The claim further became etched in stone on December 12, 2017, when G-Shock earned the Guinness World Record for “the heaviest vehicle to drive over a watch”. Guinness World Record drove a 24.97 ton truck over the Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1. The G-Shock is the first watch by any company being able to withstand the challenge.
As the model evolved, it gained popularity and in turn, gained features that are readily available to G-Shock models like atomic clock synchronization, solar charging capabilities, and chronograph technology.
It gained popularity with the millennial crowd, with the bright neon colors of the rubber bumper and stamp being key factors on top of the protection offerings. G-Shock has collaborated with various fashion brands like Maison Martin Margiela, Stussy, Bathing Ape, and countless others cementing their legacy within the ‘hypebeast’ crowd.
If you’re interested in G-Shocks and want a watch that will last longer than you, let us at Gracious Watch help guide you to see which model works best for you…
Their typical line-up consists of either the square- shaped or the circle-shaped G-Shocks with a selection of either pure digital or a digital-analog hybrid. This is a very personal question to start things off and only you can start the day off right with this one. Do I like the full digital aspect of time, or do I like the hands? Your first inclination for how to read time will easily determine the path you should take.
Pure digital watches typically come in the square-shaped format, while the hybrid will be the rounder-shaped variety.
Next is the sizing: digital versions of the G-Shock will provide smaller wrist space and not as intrusive as the hybrid versions. It’s also more discreet due to a more streamlined silhouette, so it’s perfect if you want a watch that would match your incognito lifestyle.
The opposite can be said for the hybrid variety, which is bulkier, more pronounced with a chunkier rubber bumper, and a thicker silhouette overall. Both will still offer the same durability you expect, just in a different package to accommodate all tastes. The square DW5600M is a great example of a simple, no-frills, G-Shock companion.
Whichever you choose, all G-Shock watches come standard with these features:
- Shock Resist and minimum 100- meter water-resistance
- Extended battery life or a rechargeable battery
- Countdown Timer
- 12/24 hour format
- Auto calendar
- Hourly time signal