Since the sub-brand was first released in the ’80s, the G-Shock line of ruggedized watches has been synonymous with raw, unadulterated durability. That all started with the DW-5000C. Now, in 2018, Casio is rereleasing a limited edition update of that watch with a body made entirely of steel, available in silver or ion-plated gold.
Inspired after 35 years by the original 1983 DW5000 design with its square shaped bezel and brick pattern face, this upgraded 5000 series watch boasts a modern, lustrous, full stainless steel housing, while maintaining a vintage aesthetic that nods to G-SHOCK’s origin.
Water resistant to 200m, the 5000-Series will sport 49.3 x 43.2 x 13.0 mm cases and will weigh around 167 grams with the bracelet attached. In terms of features, you get the usual G-Shock treats including a world time, 1/100th-second chronograph, perpetual calendar, daily alarms, automatic LED backlight, and more. The new watch versions raise the bar even higher, though. They’re equipped with Tough Solar charging that gives a massive 22 month-autonomy, plus Multi-Band 6 automatic reference time synchronization, and Bluetooth 4.1 for connectivity with your smartphone.
The Casio G-Shock “Full-Metal” 5000 Series looks like is gonna be another wild success. The GMW-B 5000 D-1 is scheduled to launch in April, starting at $600. The gold-plated GMW-B5000TFG-9 will be available for $700.