Absolute toughness and reliability paired with wild and vibrant colours are just a few adjectives to describe what is labeled as “the world’s toughest watch”. Designed with that very intention Kikuo Ibe, a Casio engineer developed the G-shock after he dropped and broke a pocket watch that was handed down to him by a loved one. Since it’s debut in the 80’s, G-Shock has universally earned its spot and is in a league of its own in the world of watch enthusiasts. This peculiar shaped unbreakable beast has made it’s way to the wrists of fire-fighters, watch geeks and has even walked the red-carpet on several occasions. Yes it wasn’t long before the 2000’s that Kanye West, Justin Bieber and various rap-artists gravitated towards the G-shock!
But besides the hollow case, all that additional cushioning, the urethane case and bezel and even a strap that isolates the watch from any major impacts, why does a Casio G-Shock perfectly fit into any watch collection? Let’s be honest it isn’t one of the most aesthetically pleasing watches now is it?
G-Shock’s are a must have for every watch collector or maybe everyone!
A tough nut
Literally designed to withstand Armageddon, this beast has withstood it all – drop tests, hammer tests, vibration test. Infact the watches have even been electrocuted. Amongst the rather tough models, the one that does come to mind is the GD-400, the only G-shock with a pull-bar face protector, particularly designed for extreme athletes. A tough, affordable and durable companion that can handle all kinds of harsh conditions that you subject it to. So don’t worry incase your child drops the watch to the ground or you slam it against the pane of the door, these watches are built to last and can handle almost “anything”.
Soft on the pocket
Hard specifications with a soft budget. Usually a first watch for when we you’re in high school, these beasts are priced from as low as ₹ 8,000 (approx). So be it the bluetooth connected watches or the G-Steels, you can budget anything between ₹ 10,000 – ₹ 30,000 for a new collectable to your collection. However, there are a few limited editions such as the gold Casio G-shock G-D5000-9JR pure gold edition that was priced at approximately ₹ 50,00,000. It was limited to just 35 pieces.
Now although G-Shock watches are the best in terms of utility and toughness they also never really stop trending. Although big and chunky as most call it, G-shock is constantly introducing refreshing new designs that also match contemporary street wear fashion. Much like the recently introduced analog-digital combination watches of GA -2100 /GA -2000 series. A watch considered ‘cool’ by the watch enthusiast community, it never fails to impress. Sport it with a suit or with a pair of shorts, G-Shocks are always ‘the perfect match’.
Power Packed Features
Depending on the model of your selection, be it the Gravitymaster, the Mudmaster or the Gulfmaster, which are some of G-shocks most power-packed watches, you have access to features such as Solar power, shock resistance, super high water resistant, multiple time zones, moon data, sea tide graph, alarms, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, stopwatch, auto calendar, compass, bluetooth connectivity, wave captor receptors, GPS.. and these are just to mention a ‘few’.
G-shock is the outcome of a dream to create a “watch that never breaks”. Since the 80s, be it the first analog digital watch or the Frogman DW6300, G-Shock has been putting highly collectable watches out there. Yes collectables, infact on a global level there are entire watch forums that are dedicated to the watch. Based on the triple 10 philosophy, water resistant of 10 Bar, 10 year battery life and surviving a 10 meter drop, this new way of watch building has certainly shattered the traditional roots of delicate watchmaking.
Disrupting and reimagining the normal, G-Shock is known as the ultimate tough watch because of its terrific design and structure and over the top technological features. It is not just a watch but a feeling!
Much like the hobby of watch collecting, you can’t ever own just one G-Shock.