The Best Casio G-Shock Watches That A (Rugged) Man Can Buy In 2020
Casio celebrated its 100 millionth shipment of G-Shocks a couple of years ago.
It's a brand beloved by both the SAS and hypebeasts—fans include soldiers, firefighters, and astronauts; collaborators include Stüssy, Levi’s and A Bathing Ape. The “unbreakable” original with its “triple 10 patent” – a housing of ten protective layers designed to survive a 10-foot fall, be water-resistant to 10 bar (100 meters) and have a 10-year battery life – now comes in dozens of versions with all sorts of modern trickery: Bluetooth, solar power and smartphone connectivity, to name three. It has continued to push the boundaries of material science with its premium MR-G line, using titanium and Japan-developed cobalt base alloys.
On February 14 G-Shock releases three new watches in its GM-6900 “Triple Graph” series, featuring the addition of a stainless steel bezel and high-quality finishes.
“We’re always looking to give customers the wow factor,” founder and father of the G-Shock Kikuo Ibe told Esquire’s watch annual The Big Watch Book recently. “To keep toughness while challenging new technologies. The expected level of fun in G-Shock’s design is getting higher and higher, so we are trying to achieve that expectation.”
To mark the unveiling of the new watches, and celebrate the only design icon to earn a Guinness World Record for having a 24.97-ton truck driven over it, here are the seven best G-Shocks you can buy today.
Based on the first-ever G-Shock made more than three decades ago, the retro, rectangular stainless steel case belies all sorts of whizzy tricks, including Bluetooth, world time for 300 cities and smartphone connectivity.
One of three new models to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of the DW6900 in 1995, this sits between high-end and street style, featuring bold colorways and metal-covered bezels.
Casio 3GA 2000-2A
Notable features include a carbon fiber-reinforced case, guard-less buttons, a front light button, a double case back structure and multi-color resin bands. The Carbon Core Guard gives the GA-2000-2A very lightweight, at just 64 grams.
This 2010 model is resistant to very low temperatures, and comes with moon and tide graphs for sailing enthusiasts. We like the pops of yellow, too.
The chunky, solar black-out "Rangeman" features a black face on a black resin band. Triple sensors can keep track of altitude, barometric pressure, temperature and direction readings, all available at your fingertips.
From the G-Shock premium line, the solar-charging, GPS-enabled Bluetooth model softens its cutting edge chops with its strap, the surface of which features a traditional Japanese bishamon kikko pattern.
A throwback to the decade that launched it, this model from G-Shock's Super Clear Skeleton Series combines a smoky grey case with a fluoro pink dial. The watch face illuminates automatically when you tilt your wrist upwards.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.