G-Shock history, wow, where to start! The G-Shock line of watches was first introduced by Casio in 1983. The DW-5000C, designed by Casio engineer Kikuo Ibe was the first ever model introduced.
G-Shock is an abbreviation of Gravitational Shock, so named as it was designed to resist vibrations and mechanical shocks – an almost unbreakable watch. The DW-5000C also had a 10-year battery, it was water resistant and could survive a 10 metre fall.
The quartz timekeeping module has 10 layers of protection including rubber, urethane foam, hardened mineral glass and stainless steel.
Years of research and development went into the first G-Shock watch and at times it was felt that the project was destined to fail, 200 prototypes had been developed. However finally a breakthrough came when the team, inspired by a bouncing rubber ball, tried to develop the watch with the timekeeping module effectively suspended in a hollow structure.
From its introduction in 1983 it grew rapidly in popularity, with several new models introduced every year in the years that followed.
When launched all those many years ago the G-Shock was conceived as a utilitarian product best suited to extreme
In 1991 the Baby-G series of watches was introduced, specifically designed with the female market in mind.
- 1989 – AW-500 introduced, the first analogue G-Shock
- 1992 – DW-6100 introduced, the first G-Shock with a thermo sensor
- 1992 – DW-6300 introduced, the first MAN series FROGMAN model
- 1994 – DW – 6600 introduced, the first EL blacklight model
- 1995 – the launch of the first DW-6900 model
- 1995 – the first titanium FROGMAN was launched (DW-8200 Frogman II)
- 2000 – the first radio controlled watch was launched the MASTER OF G GW-100
- 2007 – the GULFMAN G-9100 was launched with a rust resistant structure where all pieces of metal exposed externally were made with titanium
- 2007 – the MUDMAN G-9000 was also introduced, designed to shut out mud and dust specifically for rally races
- 2008 – the RISEMAN G-9200 was launched with sensors capable of measuring altitude and temperature
- 2010 – the G-LIDE GRX-5600 was introduced integrating a Tide Graph and Moon Data
- 2010 – the GRAVITYMASTER G-1250 was launched, designed to withstand powerful gravitational forces whilst maintaining accurate timekeeping
- 2012 – brought the introduction of the GW-4000 GRAVITYMASTER with ‘TRIPLE G RESIST’ protection, designed to withstand shock, vibration and gravitational force
- 2012 – the GB-6900 was introduced, the first G-Shock designed to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth
- 2013 – the GD-X6900 was introduced featuring a case significantly larger than the DW-6900
- 2014 – the SKYCOCKPIT GPW-1000 was launched featuring GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR technology
In 2013 G-Shock celebrated its 30th birthday, by which time 65 million G-SHOCK watches had been sold globally.
Today typical G-Shock watch features include atomic clock synchronisation and Tough Solar functionality whereby even the weakest solar sources can power the watch.
Standard G-Shock models are updated twice a year and limited addition models are also frequently introduced throughout the year. G-Shock has also collaborated with other high profile brands such as Coca-Cola, Stussy and Levi’s to produced special edition watches.
G-Shock watches have become highly sought after and collectible items. It is thanks to the passion and interest of fans and collectors around the world that G-Shock has thrived for more than 30 years.
Here ends our rundown on G-Shock history but that’s not where it ends for G-Shock, they just keep going and going!