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 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 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.
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.