Three years after teasing a solid gold Casio G-Shock, the Japanese electronics giant has unveiled a limited edition G-Shock G-D5000-9JR in Solid Gold. The watch marks the G-Shock’s 35th anniversary and is limited to just 35 pieces.

Incidentally, G-Shock celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2018, but the celebrations began early in 2017 and looks like it will continue well into 2019. Since its launch in 1983, Casio’s G-Shock models have become synonymous with toughness and pragmatism. In 2017, it chalked up a major milestone selling more than 100 million watches.

The watch is made from 18K yellow gold

The gold G-Shock started off as a “dream project” of the watch’s creator Kikou Ibe. According to Ibe, it was his dream to combine G-Shock’s “ultimate toughness” with a material like gold, which he considers an “ultimate metal”. We first got a glimpse of concept gold watch in 2017 during the brand’s 35th anniversary jamboree in New York City.

It may be recalled that last year at Baselworld, G-Shock unveiled a trio of “full metal G-Shocks”. The GMW-B5000 to mark its 35th anniversary and it instantly became one of the most talked about watches at the fair. Three full stainless steel models were unveiled – one in regular stainless steel (GMW-B5000D-1), a gold-plated version (GMW-B5000TFG-9 ) and a special edition black DLC-coated version for Japanese retailer Porter (GMW-B5000TFC-1). All three watches carried the G-Shock 35th anniversary logo on the caseback.

The watch was first unveiled as a concept in 2015

The G-Shock G-D5000-9JR ‘Solid Gold’ has three-part 18K yellow gold case which is 43.2 mm in diameter, 50 mm lug to lug, and 13.0 millimeters in thickness. It is water resistant to a depth of 200 meters, a rarity among solid gold watches. It is paired with a yellow gold integrated bracelet attached to the case via triple lugs. This distributes the stress across four points instead of two for greater durability.  

MUST READ: G-Shock: The Making of an Icon

The watch features Tough Solar charging and features a negative screen display unlike the concept watch. It features Casio’s Multi Band 6 radio technology for accurate timekeeping. Accurate time is obtained via terrestrial radio wave reception from six transmission stations worldwide. The watch is only available via G-Shock boutiques in Japan. Reservations can be made starting May 15 via website and deliveries will take place each month till the end of the year.