Casio celebrates G-Shock’s 40th anniversary with two full-carbon-cased versions of its first-ever G-Shock watch, the DW5000.

The new models, GCWB5000UN-1 and GCWB5000UN-6, each place the watch’s already high-tech solar-powered timekeeping (paired with Bluetooth and radio controlled accuracy) into a choice of two new lightweight, three-layer carbon cases, each with the G-Shock 40th anniversary logo engraved on the back and the year of G-Shock’s birth noted on the dial .

These are premium models within the extensive 5000 series, which has presented the rectangular G-Shock dial and case for four decades to ardent collectors. 

Available now for the first time in Carbon cases, each of the anniversary editions is built from three types of carbon materials – forged carbon, carbon fiber reinforced resin, and multi-layered carbon. Carbon layers also appear within the dial and the extra thick bracelet.

One model, the GCWB5000UN-1, boasts a monochromatic midnight black hue while the other, GCWB5000UN-6, features a spacey, textured purple design.

Not only are these debuts newly cased in carbon, each case is also somewhat thinner than earlier offerings within its Full Metal sister line. The thinner case and the carbon, case, bracelet and clasp means these new model weight in at 64 grams while the full metal series tips the scales at 167 grams.

Of course both watches feature all the technical features you’d expect from the newest 5000 series models, including the aforementioned solar-powered timekeeping with Bluetooth and radio control, as well as a Super Illuminator (high-brightness full auto LED backlight), shock resistance, 200 meters of water resistance, strong magnetic resistance, four daily alarms, a snooze alarm, world time, countdown timer (24 Hr.), a stopwatch and 12/24-hour time formats.

Look for each model to arrive in 40th-anniversary special packaging.

The G-SHOCK GCWB5000UN-1 and GCWB5000UN-6 are each priced at $2,000 and are available at select retailers, gshock.casio.com/us, and the G-SHOCK Soho store. For more information about the G-SHOCK brand, visit gshock.casio.com/us.

The Father of G-SHOCK, Kikuo Ibe, speaks during the G-Shock 40th Anniversary celebration in NYC on Nov. 9.

The new G-Shock GMW-B5000TVB Virtual Armor echoes the first-ever G-Shock watch, but with a sci-fi twist. Unlike the many recent iterations of this classic model, this eye-catching new edition is finished to look very familiar to gamers or anyone who regularly inhabits the virtual world.

The new G-Shock GMW-B5000TVB Virtual Armor.

With its familiar screen-shaped bezel, the new titanium-cased model foregoes the familiar B5000 brick pattern dial, replacing that classic look with a negative LCD and a geometric pattern printed on the crystal. Laser-engraved numbers and specs on the bezel and band also help deliver a high-spec gaming feel all around.

The case’s geometric camouflage (in black and brown ion plating) recalls virtual signaling while futuristic lugholes show off the case and the fine resin beneath. Even the function indicators mimic a sci-fi scene with their laser-engraved markings that conjure caution signs.

G-Shock technicians also coated the case back in diamond-like carbon (DLC) to enhance abrasion resistance. An orange inlay accents the light button.

Of course the radio-controlled, solar-powered GMW-B5000TVB delivers all the shock resistance and world-time features and technical specification you’d expect within G-Shock’s premium 5000 series. (See below for full specifications.)

Price: $1,700.



Specifications: G-Shock GMW-B5000TVB Virtual Armor

Case: 49.3mm × 43.2mm × 13mm titanium, sapphire crystal with glare-resistant coating, screw lock back, 200-meter water resistance.

Strap: Titanium, solid with one-touch 3-fold clasp.

Time adjustment: Radio-controlled watch, Tough Solar (light powered).

World time: Five World time 39 time zones (39 cities +coordinated universal time), daylight saving on/off, Home city/World time city swapping, auto summer time (DST) switching

Stopwatch: 1/100-second stopwatch Measuring capacity: 00’00”00~59’59”99 (for the first 60 minutes) 1:00’00~23:59’59 (after 60 minutes) Measuring unit: 1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes) 1 second (after 60 minutes) Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times

Timer: Countdown timer Measuring unit: 1 second Countdown range: 24 hours Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)

Alarm/hourly time signal:

5 daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm)

Hourly time signal

Additional Features: Neon Illuminator (Blacklight LED), full auto-calendar (to year 2099), power saving (display goes blank to save power when the watch is left in the dark), low battery alert, approx. battery operating time: 10 months on rechargeable battery (operation period with normal use without exposure to light after charge) 22 months on rechargeable battery (operation period when stored in total darkness with the power save function on after full charge). Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration and mobile link function).

Other Features:

12/24-hour format

Date/month display swapping

Day display (days of the week selectable in six languages)

Regular timekeeping: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, and day



For years G-Shock has paid tribute to the 1983 original TV-screen-shaped digital DW5000C model that propelled G-Shock to wristwatch fame. We’ve seen numerous iterations in recent years made with a wide variety of metals, finishes and colors.

The new G-Shock MRG-B5000D-1

G-Shock now presents the MRGB5000D-1 and MRGB5000B-1, two new versions of the famed design that deliver the watch’s trademark shape within a case made with the same premium materials and artisanal finishing seen only on the brand’s high-end (and until now, round-cased) MR-G collection.

G-Shock makes the new watches with twenty-five individual components polished with the same high-end Sallaz technique G-Shock uses only on its premium watches. Underneath the finishing however, G-Shock constructs a particularly hard shell, starting with the bezel, which is made from a cobalt-chrome alloy that G-Shock says is four times harder than titanium.

The new G-Shock MRGB5000 models feature an intricately shaped bezel made up of 25 parts that have been individually finished with Sallaz polishing.

The cases on both models are made of the extra-hard titanium alloy Ti64 while the band is composed of DAT55G, another hard titanium alloy.

One of the new releases, the MRGB5000B-1 , is darker than the other thanks to its black coating on the case and band. The diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating is meant to resemble the original black DW5000C.

This model also adds gold-colored ion plating on the buttons and screw-lock case back, which matches other MR-G models. The second new model, MRGB5000D-1, is made with a silver-colored titanium carbide finish. Like the original DW5000C, the screen features a brick pattern and a red line frame around the digital display.

Both watches are as shock resistant as you’d expect from G-Shock. They’re made with the brand’s 25-piece Multi-Guard Structure incorporating flat springs and resin buffers between the components of the watch.

Of course, both the MRGB5000D-1 and the MRGB5000B-1 work with Bluetooth functionality that allows the watch to be connected to a smartphone via the Casio Watches app and to facilitate ‘Atomic’ timekeeping. The solar-powered watches feature 200 meters of water resistance, a sapphire crystal, Super LED display, 1 Sec. Timer (24Hr), five daily alarms, full calendar and world time. See a special G-Shock website for more details.

Prices: $3,500 (MRGB5000D-1) and $4,000 (MRGB5000B-1). Both models are available at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.


G-Shock adds a colorful new limited edition G-Steel model with the GM110RH-1A, the second watch made in collaboration with NBA star Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player ever to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft (2019).

The new G-Shock GM110RH-1A is the second watch made in collaboration with NBA star Rui Hachimura

G-Shock started the new design by adding a polished copper bezel to its GM110 case. Then, inspired by the colors of the national flag of Benin, where Hachimura’s father was born, G-Shock added yellow, red, and green accents to the dial and band loop on one of the GM110RH-1A interchangeable bands. The yellow hour hand, red minute hand, green inset dial and Y-shaped bridge offer a particularly high level of visibility.

G-Shock includes two interchangeable rubber straps with the watch. One is a black textured band with a metal copper IP buckle. The second is inspired by a West African Kente-cloth motif. Kente are specially woven festive ritual cloths used in West Africa. Finally, G-Shock engraves Hachimura’s signature Black Samurai logo on the back plate, band loop and packaging. This combines the Japanese character for 8 and a Japanese sword.

“The watch draws inspiration from my roots in Benin and Africa, which are very important to me,” says Hachimura. “The band design and watch face evoke elements of Beninese culture and I am delighted at how Casio brought my ideas to life.”

G-Shock includes two interchangeable rubber straps with the watch.

Of course the new G-Shock GM110RH-1A comes with the full range of G-Shock’s technical attractions, notably its superior shock resistance, magnetic resistance and 200 meters of water resistance, a full auto calendar, a three-year battery, world time display and 24-hour countdown timer.

Price: $420, available at select G-Shock retailers, the G-Shock Soho Store, and gshock.com.



I’ve been a fan of the newest colorful G-Shock Full Metal 5000 collection since early this year when I had the chance to wear an earlier edition for a few weeks. The combination of metallic finishes and creative coloring certainly add an attractive spark to what could be a very familiar high-tech digital timekeeper.

Clearly G-Shock knows it has hit on its hands with the collection, which might explain the regular updates with novel finishes within the Full Metal GMWB5000 line.

The latest addition, GMWB5000PB-6, is an eye-catching ode to Tokyo, G-Shock’s hometown. Here G-Shock ion plates the watch’s case in a pleasing purple and blue-gray, which the brand says “is inspired by the beauty of Tokyo at twilight when light and darkness interplay.” The two-tone finish includes a new hue of purple ion plating, alongside the deep blue-gray.

To complement that pairing, G-Shock has added color to the dial, where you’ll see touches of orange, purple and light blue. The dial, displayed in reverse LCD, is framed by a bezel and band with brushed finishing (which G-Shock calls ‘hairline) mirror-finishes, again adding a visual sense dimension to the entire watch.

The new GMWB5000PB-6 of course includes all of G-SHOCK’s premium technical features. These are: smartphone pairing capabilities via Bluetooth, self-adjusting multi-band hour and date timekeeping, Tough Solar Technology and a very useful phone finder function. In addition, the watch boasts 200 meters of water resistance, a super illuminator LED light, five daily alarms, and a digital display that makes the watch easy to read from any angle.

The GMWB5000PB-6 is priced at $600 and can be purchased starting in mid-September at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.