G-Shock watches are now ubiquitous, since its birth some 30 years ago. And 2013 is the 30th Anniversary of the G-Shock watch. Built to be tough, G shock watches are also extremely fashionable and collectible, with new designs coming to market all the time. Loved by the military and rappers alike! This lens looks at the different styles of G-Shock watches. So whether you are looking for a tough watch for extreme sports - or even military use, or you just want a stylish statement on the wrist then check out the G-Shock watches on offer.
G-Shock Watches History
G Shock watches were first designed way back in 1984 - with the Baby G model being introduced in 1991. Initially they were very much designed as a "tough" watch, aimed at extreme sports fanatics - and for that reason, were soon picked up as a popular military watch. They are tough, and reasonably priced, so you can give a G-Shock hell, and if you should damage it (which is tough to do!!) it is replaceable.
When G-Shock was launched it shattered the old notion that a watch was a delicate piece of jewellery, that you could not go out and do sports and extreme activities in. Casio engineers set themselves the task of taking on the challenge of creating the world’s toughest watch. And boy did they succeed.
Nowadays there is a vast range, and they have gone far beyond the traditional black tough digital watch that typified there beginnings. They are still tough, and getting tougher - but now they are also a fashion and style statement. Coming in XL size (usually sized around 55.0 x 51.2 x 16.9mm) and a range of colours. Also with analogue versions for those of us that prefer an analogue watch. But let us be clear - None of that integral toughness that epitomises the G-Shock range is compromised.
"Using a triple-protection design for the parts, module, and case, the G-SHOCK offered a radical new type of watch that was unaffected by strong impacts or shaking. Its practicality was immediately recognized, and its unique look, which embodied its functionality, became wildly popular, resulting in explosive sales in the early 1990s"
G-Shock In Colour
It Does Not Have To Be In Black
The G-Shock range is many - and if you want a bright bold colour statement - then G-shock have you covered. Coming in both the normal size and the XL and covering a range of styles here are some colourful choices for your delectation.
So below are some of my favourite, more bold and colourful choices. Remember - that toughness is NOT compromised! You're just getting a more bright style statement. I notice a lot of women are wearing men's G-Shocks as well, as the "oversized" look is fashionable with the fairer sex.
My Top Ten G-Shock Watches
New Military Watches from G-Shock
Now I love a military watch, and when G-Shock release two new military style watches I get very excited. Part of the Solar military range the watches are the:GR7900NV-2GR7900NV-2
Built on the G-Shock standard pedigree of being uber-tough and rugged - with 200M water depth, the watches come in a great matte navy blue colour. You get all the standard features of a G-Shock *(solar power, LED, worldtime etc, etc) with the GR7900NV coming with added features of moon and tide graphs.
G-Shock Watches - Recommended
G Shock Aviator Range
G-Shock Watches get classy
The G-Shock Aviator take their design style from the avaitor and pilot style watches which are very popular watch designs. You still get all the G-Shock trademark ruggedness and toughness, but with a slightly more refined style. These are very classy watches, that can still function very much as military style G-Shocks.
(check out the G-Shock Aviator - GW-2500B-1 AER unboxing below)
These solar powered watches are said to be designed for cockpit conditions. With their analogue style, big buttons and luminous numbers in the key 4 positions on the clock face. Another aspect is that the watches are said to be able to withstand strong gravitational forces or "Gs" that comes with being a pilot, Not being a fight pilot or airline pilot I wouldn't know.
What I do know is that I am a fan of the analogue style of G-Shock watches, and the aviator range is right up my street. Stylish, tough and a little more expensive than your average G-Shock - these avaitor style time pieces from G-Shock are a cut above the resty and make a nice style statement - as well as functioning in tough conditions.
G-Shock Aviator Watch Review - G-Shock GW-3500B
These G-Shock Aviator watches are very much designed with the pilot in mind, and like a lot of pilot style watches, I think they are really stylish.
G-Shock Royal Air Force Watch
G-Shock Work With The Royal Air Force
We see G-Shocks being adopted and used more and more by the various military wings, including Army regulars. Now the Royal Air Force are getting in on the act, and working closely with G-Shock have come up with the GW-A1000-RAF watch (in the US this is the GWA1000-1A G-Aviation).
You get all the standard toughness and ruggedness you would expect from a G-Shock, but it also features a number of added elements. The GW-A1000 has a therometer, is watertight to a depth of 200M and can survice temperatures that range from a mighty cold -20 Centigrade to a full on sweaty +50 Centigrade. Add in the flight record mode and instant Zulu time and you have one tough watch, suitable to any military situation.
G-Shock 30th Anniversay
New Watches and New Logo
2013 is an exciting time for G-Shock. Not only is it the 30th Anniversary, but G-Shock are bringing a new rugged toughness to their already super tough watches. G-Shock coin this new era as a new start of the "Absolute Toughness" concept for the year 2013. As part of this they introduce their range of Initial Blue Limited watches, all with the new 30th Anniversary Logo on the back.
GA-303B-1A - Analogue style watch
GB-5600AA-A1 that harks back to the original more rectangle classic digital watch of the past
G-Shock 30th Anniversay Watches - Limited Edition INITIAL BLUE - G-Shocks
2013 is 30th Anniversary of the G-Shock, and to celebrate they are releasing Limited Edition G-Shocks, including one of my favourites, the G-Shock Mudman.