As featured on Crown Watch Blog, March 16, 2020
By Alvin Wong
Side Buttons of GMW-B5000D-1
IT’S PART OF G-SHOCK’S SECOND EVOLUTIONARY WAVE
The GMW-B5000 was launched in 2018 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the first-ever G-Shock, the DW-5000.
While the watch bears aesthetic likeness to its forebear (more specifically, the 1987 version of the DW-5000, which was renamed as DW-5600), the GMW-B5000’s all-metal construction roots can be traced to the MR-G collection that was introduced back in 1996.
Clad entirely in metal, the MR-G series ushered G-Shock’s then-burgeoning ‘metal age’. Previously, all G-Shock were housed in resin cases, which had cushioning architecture to protect the watch’s digital module, and featured manifold protrusions to protect the buttons and screen.
The first MRG-100 from 1996
The MR-G collection – and subsequently, the GMW-B5000 - pushed the concept further with its all-metal construction, while keeping to G-Shock’s ‘Triple 10’ promise of ultimate toughness: minimum standards of 10m free-fall endurance, 10-bar water resistance and a 10-year battery life.
MORE THAN A FACELIFT
Contrary to what it looks like, the GMW-B5000 series is NOT just a makeover of the DW-5600. Replicating the design and profile of the DW-5600’s case and bracelet with exacting detail using metal components is one thing. But ensuring the watch’s robust utilitarianism and modern-day functionality demanded a thorough overhaul from the inside-out.
GMW-B5000 Inner Case
On the outside, the GMW-B5000’s case is the result of countless rounds of forging, cutting and polishing. Meantime, the metal bracelet replicates the look of the original model’s resin strap using a dimple-pressing process. Underneath the hood, the GMW-B5000’s inner case comprises a series of carefully constructed housings with redesigned architecture to hold and cushion the timekeeping module.
GMW-B5000 LSI Layout
The collection’s evolutionary spirit can also be found in the tech it offers. The GMW-B5000’s digital module is boasts a variety of practical upgrades, such as Bluetooth connectivity with mobile phone app to access time-setting and phone finding features, amongst others; improved LED backlight display; enhanced film-based solar panel to suppress light while improving legibility; and state-of-the-art LCD screen.
THE FIRST STEEL AND GOLD ION-PLATED MODELS ARE LEGIT ICONS
Whether a lingering sense of awe from seeing a familiar G-Shock icon suddenly exuding regality; or the shrewd choice of hues (ion-plated silver or gold, no less), which helped the debuting GMW-B5000 watches make such deep impressions, the silver GMW-B5000D-1 and gold-plated GMW-B5000TFG-9 have now written themselves into G-Shock folklore as among the collection’s most stunning and storied debuts. It’ll be an understatement to say that the anticipation for the first wave of GMW-B5000 watches bubbled over in Singapore. Demand for both models proved overwhelming and were promptly sold out on the day of their launch in April 2018.
THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE G-SHOCK IS PART OF THE FAMILY
As it was back in 1996 when the first all-metal G-Shock was introduced, the GMW-B5000 was designed to express a more elegant and sophisticated facet of the world’s toughest watch. Taking the vision seriously, the folks at Casio introduced the G-D5000-9JR together with the launch of the GMW series in 2018. Priced at approximately US$69,500, the watch is similar to the steel and gold-plated GMW brethren, except that the case and bracelet is made entirely in 18K yellow gold.
AND IT’S ONLY JUST BEGUN
Soon after introducing the GMW-B5000D-1 and GMW-B5000TFG-9, Casio followed up with a range of GMW-B5000s that span new metal cases to new material combinations.
Fans are treated to limited editions like the GMW-B5000TB-1DR and GMW-B5000TCM-1DR featuring titanium cases and bracelets (with black DLC coating, and laser engraved camouflage black DLC coating, respectively), as well as more affordable options like the GMW-B5000G series (below), which come in a combination of metal bezels and resin bands. With more new iterations to come in 2020 and beyond, Casio sure is, ahem, putting pedal to the metal with the GMW-B5000 collection.
Other Full Metal GMW
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