Hands-On With The Casio G-Shock GMW-B 5000 D-1 ‘Full Metal’

Hands-On With The Casio G-Shock GMW-B 5000 D-1 ‘Full Metal’

In truth, it feels somewhat strange, writing an involved with the  Casio G-Shock GMW-B 5000 D-1 ‘Full Metal.’ Our news piece on it has been one of the highest dealt articles as of late; that’s insights testifying to the buzz that an all-metal 5000-Series G-Shock we expected to get. I was eager to see both the all-steel and the IP Gold variations in the metal (oh yeah!), however I left away wanting additional time with them to decide how well they’d reasonable, in actuality. That is to say, evaluated at $500 and $600 for steel and gold covered individually, we are not, at this point in the too reasonable segment normally connected with G-Shocks however are taking on some proficient outside the box and big brand jump and field watches… thus reasonable well, these two must.

All images by David Bredan

As I said, there are two forms: a full-metal case in steel as the Casio G-Shock GMW-B 5000 D-1 and an IP Gold covered one with the GMW-B 5000 TFG-9. Their internals are actually the equivalent nor are supposed to be restricted releases or JDM-just – Casio implied not to disturb the larger piece of the world this time and is making these two to-be hot dealers accessible in business sectors outside Japan. In light of your comments under the news story and via web-based media, I see there are a couple of inquiries as often as possible related with an all-metal G-Shock 5000-arrangement. Chiefly, these worry wearability and solidness, so let’s clear these up now.


During our BaselWorld 2018 meeting with Casio, I found out if these metal-cased watches varied in any capacity in their strength and additionally in-house testing and, amazingly, they seemed to have been very shocked by this question… After they understood I implied it and was looking for an authoritative answer, they affirmed that these watches of course get a similar kind of testing and are similarly just about as solid as their sap counterparts.

Before we talk looks, wearability, and butchered analogies, let’s take a gander at the amazing tech inside these two 2018 oddities. To put it plainly, Casio has thrown the lot at the Full Metal 5000-Series. The marvelous Tough Solar technology is there with a cool, Super Mario roused, block like example sun oriented board around the outskirts of the screen. At that point we have Multi Band 6 for radio controlled, nuclear clock exactness, invigorated up to 6 times each day (5 times each day in China), 300-city world time, 1/100th second chronograph, ceaseless schedule, every day alerts, and Bluetooth 4.1 low energy utilization availability. This last is designed to work with Casio’s “G-Shock Connected” application (for iOS and Android) at the same time, strikingly, this doesn’t transform any of these into a smartwatch, per se. All things being equal, the communication with the application was designed to upgrade the watch’s usefulness and precision, instead of transform it into a warning conveyance machine. A couple of cool things you can do with the application: you can adjust nuclear time from your telephone, you can set up updates in the application and have them appear on your watch – including explicit writings appeared in the surrounded part in the upper right segment of the screen, for example, “Birthday 01.01” and it will explain that in that little window at the pre-set time. You can likewise utilize your watch to help the application log your progress – press the right catch in the right mode on the watch and the application will accept that as a prompt and log your position and time on your telephone (however not on your watch). While I’m looking forward to testing this – particularly since with Tough Solar and Bluetooth 4.1 the watch won’t require charging – I don’t think I’ll be using these often.

One should comprehend the troubles identified with crafting a G-Shock from all metal. The original G-Shock began its life as a large wad of pitch with a timekeeping module stuck into it. This fun ball was, through the painstaking work of Kikuo Ibe and his colleagues, managed into the DW-5000C, the main G-Shock, dispatched in 1983. All things considered, the sap case itself had assumed a significant part in keeping the timekeeping module from breaking upon sway. By turning that external shield into metal – a rigid and unpleasant material that will pass on significantly a greater amount of the shocks and effects than its pitch partner – the internals of the watch become less disconnected and, thusly, more powerless. Thusly, the GMW-B 5000 D-1 and GMW-B 5000 TFG-9 element a pitch piece in the middle of the metal external shield and the dark inward module case – which is likewise made from metal. The upper right picture in the collage above shows this tank-like inward center and its twofold level external shields, just as the dark DLC-covered case-back that gladly says Shock Resistant on it.


Both of these are additionally water-impervious to 200m, which is all that could possibly be needed to guarantee dependable functioning under every wet condition. Your primary concern while dropping into a pool or vast water with one of these on ought to be not to sink… and this, flawlessly, drives us to wearability. Although I thought I had just been acclimated with wearing all-steel watches, I should say the G-Shock 5000-Series Full Metal pieces stunned me with their weight. Bearing at the top of the priority list that the arm bands were not estimated appropriately and the additional connections added significant weight to the general watch, I was as yet amazed by the weight of both of these two oddities. They felt overly substantial. The authority weight figure is 167 grams or 5.9 oz, and you do feel that on the wrist. In truth, I wish they were somewhat lighter, yet my view of their weight is the main motivation behind why I said I’d like to invest more energy with one of these as a survey – to decide how comfortable the weight and wristband design really are over a day’s wear.

On the wrist, both of these are a delight to wear, yet that is for various reasons. The all-steel form comes with a brushed bezel and highly cleaned (not covered!) lug structure just as connections, every one of which highlight both brushed and cleaned components. Being an aficionado of the 5000-5600 Series (see my survey of a considerably more reasonable, “Kikuo Ibe-style” 5600 here ), this 49.3 by 43.2 by 13.0mm case with its proportionate octagonal bezel looks awesome. The play between the brushed and cleaned components is particular, nearly like it indicated an absence of involvement with Casio with regards to crafting this shape from this material. All things considered, bearing as a main priority that this is a $500 watch and not a $20k Royal Oak, obviously they needed to work with more extensive and larger surfaces to keep expenses and manufacturing challenges at sensible levels.

Now, the IP Gold adaptation is a totally extraordinary monster. Indeed, it’s madly vulgar. Where the all-steel needs you to value the 5000 out of a more ageless material typically connected with holier-than-thou watches, this gold covered rendition in its all-cleaned look laughs notwithstanding every individual who even considers using phrases like “holier-than-thou.” I still can’t compel myself to aversion or discourtesy it though, in light of the fact that this gold monster will beat most different watches with regards to usefulness, precision, and durability (with one eminent admonition that I’ll notice in a second). On the off chance that it was on me to pick only one of these, I think I’d go all in and get the gold one, only for laughs… But I won’t. Although I haven’t had an IP Gold Casio previously – so I can’t comment on the long-term solidness of this coating – I will say that the showpiece that we got to look at as of now had some eminent scratches on its fasten and bezel (noticeable in some lighting conditions and undetectable in others, so the photos may contrast). In truth, I truly didn’t like how the watch had demonstrated scratches so rapidly – regardless of whether I saw how these showpieces are not being indulged by any means (a lot of watches tossed on a similar plate is the way they are conveyed around).


Despite its level-9000 pomposity, when it is great, the gold covered variant looks totally incredible. It’s as absurd but as, ehm, affable (for absence of a superior term…) as Mr. T. Notwithstanding, much the same as Mr. T, the IP Gold and its impact, I am apprehensive, will blur rapidly and when that occurs, you’ll no doubt be too humiliated to even think about admitting to your companions that you enjoyed it once – despite the fact that they did as well, yet they won’t let it out all things considered. That’s the Catch-22 of the Casio G-Shock GMW-B 5000 TFG-9 – further complicated by the way that, supposedly, this coating can’t be revamped or cleaned, so all the scratches you force, it will bear until you put resources into a substitution case and bracelet.

The all-steel form isn’t precisely a Nomos either: it’s a piece of sparkling metal with a digital screen, that’s what it is, or if nothing else how it will be seen by your non-WIS loved ones. I will say this, in any case: don’t let that trouble you. It’s an all-metal 5000-Series, which is the watch business likeness a hot tub with Angelina Jolie and Jordan in it. Path over the top, absolutely ’90s (early ’00s, best case scenario, but, if it somehow managed to happen today, you wouldn’t be astonished to see individuals actually get pretty amped up for it. After this said, what is left is getting one of these angels in for testing – the watches, not the women, I guess – and seeing in the event that they can be recommended as every day wear. Weight and generally wearing comfort will make it or break it for what has been quite possibly the most highly foreseen G-Shocks since 1983.

Again, the new Casio G-Shock GMW-B 5000 D-1 in hardened steel will retail for $500 and the new Casio G-Shock GMW-B 5000 TFG-9 with the IP covered gold outside will retail for $600. They’ll be accessible from mid-April in Japan and from early May 2018 in the US at select Macy’s, select retailers, shopcasio.com , and the G-SHOCK Soho Store. No word on accessibility in different pieces of the world from Casio now, however I’d be astonished to see these not be sold in most major markets.  gshock.com