⌚ I’ve Added a G-Shock to My Watch Collection

G-Shock GWM5610-1

I’ve been wanting to add a G-Shock to my watch collection for some time. It’s incredibly difficult to pick just one, mostly because there are so many models with overlapping features and interesting designs. When I was a young Marine, sometime around 1991 or so, I found a G-Shock watch when out in the field one night. Some other Marine probably lost it in the dark and I subsequently found it. There was no telling who it belonged to and when it had been lost, because there were a lot of units in the field and it had been a month-long exercise. So I put it in my cargo pocket and didn’t think about it until I got back to garrison. It was probably something like a largish DW-5900, a round headed watch with three dial design.

When I got back to garrison and examined the watch, it was pretty much perfect. It had a broken band, that I replaced, but overall it was perfectly functioning and a sturdy and dependable watch. I used it moving forward until I was in Thailand for a few months. I was dating a girl named Lek for around ten weeks or so and she wanted it before I left. I gave it to her and she wore it everyday until I got back on ship and floated back to Okinawa. This was in ’92, so I only wore it for about a year.

I always had fond memories of the G-Shock series, mostly because it reminds me of my time in the Marines. I’ve wanted one for a long time, but they’re just so damn big and tactical looking. Even the more colorful versions are just too big to consider wearing in an office environment. It doesn’t help that I have relatively small wrists and forearms either. The larger G-Shock watches would look ridiculous on my arm. 😕

Fast forward to about a week ago, I decided to pull the trigger on a GWM5610. It’s reminiscent of the original 1983 DW-5000C that was designed by Kikuo Ibe. Here are three excellent articles about Mr. Ibe (1, 2, 3). One thing that struck me as odd about two of the articles is that he’s wearing the same shirt one year apart. He still wears a white DW-5000 G-Shock to this day. It is very similar to the original he released in ’83.

I’ve always been a huge fan of their AW-500. I liked the analog hands and the solar power. Unfortunately, it is an old watch and the technology is somewhat dated, if I were to buy a used one. When picking my G-Shock, I wanted three things…

  1. It had to be relatively small. As I stated earlier, big clunky watches are out of place in the office.
  2. It had to have solar charging. I’m not worrying about batteries any longer.
  3. It needed to be atomic, meaning that it needs to sync with radio signals that are set by an atomic clock.

These were the three things I was looking for in a watch. I narrowed it down to a few models and ultimately decided on the 5610 mostly because it was closest to the original designed by Mr. Ibe. So far I’ve been fairly impressed by the watch. I’m a big fan of the idea of atomic timekeeping. The watch can sync with all six transmission stations worldwide: two in Japan and one each in North America, the United Kingdom and Germany, plus the new station in China. Casio calls this Multiband 6. If you look closely at the picture above, you’ll notice the RCVD text in the top left of the watch screen. That means it received and synced with the atomic timekeeping radio signal early this morning.

I like this watch and the idea of the G-Shock line in general. They are dependable, highly stylized, and have a huge following. If you get a chance, check out r/gshock on Reddit. It’s a fairly active group and you might find something interesting there.