Since 1983, G-Shock watches from Casio have been known to be one of the toughest watch ranges in the world. They were designed to have a 10-year battery life, be water resistant and survive a 10 metre fall onto a hard surface. But since then, G-Shocks have included a wide range of technological achievements that set these watches apart from the competition. This list explores the best G-Shock watches in 2017.
G-SHOCK MUDMASTER TRIPLE SENSOR MUD RESISTANT WATCH GWG-1000-1A3ER
Summary: A rough and tough watch able to withstand whatever the world can throw at it.
Material: Tough Resin, Stainless Steel and Hardened Mineral Glass
This premium super tough Mudmaster watch, impervious to mud and made for all the dirtiest adventures. Caving, climbing, riding and potholing, you name it, this watch can take it. Not only does this watch have the Multi Band 6 Radio receiver, but it also has Home hand correction. This function ensures the watch continuously displays the correct time. It automatically adjusts the hands of the watch have been knocked out of place, or suffered minor exposure to magnetism, this means you'll always be on time. A perfect feature if you're expecting your watch to take a few hits and bumps. Another feature is the compass, at the single press of a button, the second hand swings round to display magnetic north. With it's nature green strap and tough black exterior this watch truly looks ideal for the great outdoors.
G-SHOCK GRAVITY MASTER GPS RADIO CONTROLLED BLUETOOTH WATCH GPW-2000-1AER
Summary: A super tough watch, perfect for aviation with a modern twist.
Material: Carbon Fibre, Resin and Hardened Mineral Glass.
The GPW-2000 follows the world’s first watch with Casio-original GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor technology built in, but with a modern twist. This GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor watch combines Multi band 6 capability to receive any one of six time calibration signals around the globe, with a receiver that acquires position and time information from GPS satellites. But unlike its predecessor, this watch has Bluetooth connectivity allowing this watch to connect to Android and IOS smartphones. Not only does this increase the features and practicality of this watch but also makes it easier than ever to access and use its current features. Design-wise, the GPW-2000 doesn’t stray far from its roots with a Triple G Resist construction for unmatched G-Shock toughness. The Triple G Resist design allows this watch to withstand the shock of three forces: Gravitational dropping forces, centrifugal gravitational force, and vibration. Making the GPW-2000 one of the toughest watches G-Shock has ever made and the toughest Bluetooth watch ever made. This feat is achieved by a carbon fibre insert band ensuring outstanding durability, while the Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating of the bezel provides plenty of abrasion resistance. With its metallic design and carefully positioned sub dials, this aviation inspired watch would not look out of place in a cockpit.
G-SHOCK GULFMASTER QUAD SENSOR SOLAR RADIO CONTROLLED WATCH GWN-Q1000-1AER
Summary: A perfect watch for beginner and experienced divers.
Material: Stainless Steel, Thermoplastic Polyurethane Resin and Sapphire Glass.
This new iteration of the Gulfmaster sees a massive overhaul to both the design and feature-set of the watch. Utilising the brand new "Quad Sensor" package, the Gulfmaster is finally suitable to use as a dive watch. The "Quad Sensor" branding is a slight misnomer, as this watch features no less than 5, very useful, sensors. The available sensors are an Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Thermometer and for the first time in a non-Frogman watch, a Depth Sensor. Along with those great features, this watch is also fitted with a radio controlled receiver. This allows the watch to pick up radio signals in order to calibrate to the correct time, in whatever time zone you are in. With the a blue accented resin strap and blue bezel, this watch looks like it belongs in the ocean.
G-SHOCK METAL STAINLESS STEEL RADIO CONTROLLED SOLAR WATCH GST-W310D-1AER
Summary: Tough solar powered timepiece in a formal looking case and bracelet.
Material: Stainless Steel and Hardened Mineral Glass.
Moving away from the traditional resin design that the G-Shock watches usually use, this watch is part of the G-Steel collection. A range created by using solely stainless steel for it's casing, making these watches tougher and longer lasting than their resin counterparts. The GST-W310D-1AER is a prime example of how remarkable these watches are. Whilst having the Multi Band 6 radio receiver built in, this watch is also solar powered, meaning the battery never needs to be changed and can be charged on-the-go. This watch also boasts 3 digital screens on the analogue dial to display other information, such as the date, day of the week and an alarm. With the features and design together, this super tough watch can be mistaken for a formal watch with it's sleek silver case and bracelet.
G-SHOCK WAVECEPTOR RADIO CONTROLLED SOLAR POWERED BLUE WATCH AWG-M100SB-2AER
Summary: A slim and simple watch with a lot to offer.
Material: Resin and Hardened Mineral Glass.
Design: Sport and Casual.
The Multi-band 6 radio receiver and a solar powered dial are now staples in the G-Shock range, and have been implemented on nearly all of the watches in their premium collection. But what if you wanted just those two features in a more affordable and lighter to wear watch? That's where the AWG-M100SB-2AER comes in. This neat watch is a smaller and thinner model than its premium counterparts, and boasts the built in Multi-band 6 radio receiver and is entirely solar powered. Due to its smaller design, the AWG-M100SB-2AER is a lot lighter than say an MTG watch, and much more modest too. The perfect watch for those who are on-the-go and don't want a heavy or over-imposing watch weighing them down.
G-SHOCK MEN'S DUAL DISPLAY MOON AND TIDE WATCH GAX-100B-1AER
Summary: Filled to the brim with somewhat unusual features, but handled in a simple and easy to use way.
Material: Resin and Hardened Mineral Glass.
Design: Sport and Day-to-day.
G-Shock has always had a focus on putting somewhat unconventional features on there watches. But although they can seem unusual, they always have a sense of usefulness (and are always fun to play with). TThe GAX-100B-1AER is no different, not only featuring a chronograph, that's accurate from 1/100 sec to 60 minutes, and an automatic calendar that updates to the correct day, but it also has a tide indicator and current moon phase. The tide indicator is displayed at the top left of the dial near the 2 o'clock position and very simply tells you whether the tide is low or high. The moon phase display is on the bottom left and displays what phase the moon is currently in, be it semi, half or full. These are great features to have on a watch and are handled so simply that they are great additions to an already practical watch.
G-SHOCK GRAVITY DEFIER ORANGE RADIO CONTROLLED WATCH GW-3000M-4AER
Summary: Striking orange watch with a high level of shock resistance.
Material: Resin, Stainless steel, Hardened Mineral Glass.
Design: Aviation and Robust.
Every watch that G-Shock has released were created with durability in mind, watches that can stand the test of time and the elements. Those values are instantly apparent in the GW-3000M-4AER. This watch has all the fantastic features you would expect from the high end G-Shocks. Such as the Multi-band radio receiver, solar powered movement and 200m water resistance. But what makes this watch different, is its design. This watch was built to withstand extremes, with every build detail designed specifically for use when flying. Featuring shock resistant hand formation, meaning that this watch can take a hard knock without the hands coming loose or breaking. The gravitational forces test, built to withstand intense gravitational changes, as you would experience in a jet. It also has an independent bezel structure, with the bezel being separate to the case, this allows the front of the watch to experience high levels of shock without damage. The GW-3000M-4AER lives up to the G-Shock name.
CASIO G-SHOCK SOLAR RADIO CONTROLLED BLACK WATCH GW-M5610-1ER
Summary: Slim and sleek watch filled with premium features.
Material: Resin, Thermoplastic Polyurethane and Hardened Mineral Glass.
Design: Slim, Slender and Casual.
A smaller entry to the G-Shock line-up the GW-M5610-1ER is an incredibly thin model at only 15mm thick making this one of the slimmest G-Shock models made. The design is very reminiscent of the DW-5000C-1A which was G-Shock's very first watch. This slender watch features the Multi-band radio receiver and is also solar powered which for a model of this size is very impressive. If that wasn't enough, this watch also boasts a chronograph accurate to 1/100th of a second to 25 hours, an automatic calendar, and an automatic backlight for the digital screen. The GW-M5610-1ER is also water resistant to 200m which makes it suitable for showering, swimming, and scuba diving. Despite this watch's small size, it ticks all the right boxes.
G-SHOCK TOUGH SOLAR WORLD TIME CHRONOGRAPH WATCH GR-8900-1ER
Summary: The best day-to-day watch with great features on a simple format.
Material: Resin, Aluminium, Hardened Mineral Glass.
Design: Casual and day-to-day.
The last watch on this list is the GR-8900-1ER which I consider to be the best day-to-day watch. The overall look of this watch is quite basic as it is a black military-inspired piece with an aluminium bezel which is its main 'stand out' detail. But despite it's somewhat simple and straightforward design, it has plenty of useful features. The GR-8900-1ER has a built in chronograph that is accurate from 1/100 seconds to 24 hours and with a split lap timer. It also features a regular timer, that measures in 1/1 seconds to 24 hours and features an audible alarm on completion. Other features also include 5 daily alarms, an automatic calendar, and solar powered movement. With all these features it's easy to presume that it may be hard to use these features as there is no clear indication. That's where the brilliance of its design shines through. This watch's face is fully digital and selecting each feature is done with a simple press of a button. The digital screen tells you which function has been selected and which one is being used. With a simple design, plenty of features and an easy to use format, you can see why this watch has made the list.