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Seven of the Best G-Shock Watches You Can Buy Right Now

In production for over 35 years, the G-Shock is the global standard in toughness for a wristwatch. We highlight seven of our favorites.

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Casio has been making the G-Shock for over 35 years now. The brainchild of Casio engineer Kikuo Ibe, the original G-Shock DW-5000C had a 10-year battery life, water resistance to 10 bar and was capable of surviving a 10-meter fall onto a hard surface. A 10-layer cover atop the quartz movement keeps the guts of the watch safe, and a hardened mineral crystal and stainless steel case back ensure that it can survive in the harshest of conditions. No wonder that the G-Shock has become the primary choice of soldiers, adventurers and athletes since 1983.

Over 100 million G-Shocks have been sold worldwide since then, and the Casio wave shows no signs of slowing down. Of course, this means that there are more G-Shock models on the market at any given time than you can shake a stick at, making it difficult to keep track of them all. Here, then, are seven of our favorites from across the different G-Shock categories, which should at least provide a jumping-off point:

DW9052-1V

A simple and subtle G-Shock, the DW9052-1V is a long-time favorite of military personnel. Featuring button guards, a retangular dial with backlight, a multi-function alarm, a 1/100th-second stopwatch, 12/24 time formats and more, the DW9052-1V is water-resistant to 200m and provides maximum visibility in the dark.
Case Diameter: 48.5mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: ~$44

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DW5600E-1V

One of the most basic, least expensive G-Shocks around, the DW5600E can take a shocking amount of abuse before finally giving up the ghost. Smaller and thinner than the DW9052-1V, it still features all the typical G-Shock functions (countdown timer, auto calendar, Afterglow backlight, etc), but the thinner profiles means it’s barely noticeable on-wrist.
Case Diameter: 45mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: ~$46

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GM6900

Following the original squarish 5600, the 6900 series is probably the next most iconic G-Shock. The unusual profile and large “G” button at 6 o’clock make it look eminently function-first and like almost no other watch. While more G-Shock watches have gone “full metal” in recent years, the GM6900 features the standard resin core but with an outer metal case, offering a sleek, unique look while maintaining all the toughness and features the brand is known for.
Case Diameter: 49.7mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: $180

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GW9400 Rangeman

The Rangeman series takes the G-Shock to the next level of toughness and utility, employing a Shock-Resistant Triple Sensor that gives the wearer altitude, barometric pressure, temperature and direction readings. The watch’s cylindrical buttons are impact-resistant and extremely easy to manipulate, and additional features include sunrise/sunset data and one-touch time recording and elapsed time measurement.
Case Diameter:
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: $215 (frequently discounted to under $200)

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GBD-H1000

Announced in 2020, the GBD-H1000 is the first G-Shock watch to incorporate a heart rate censor. That makes for a total of five sensors that also include a compass, thermometer and others for a range of genuinely practical functionality. In combination with smartphone connectivity and other premium features like solar charging, the GBD-H1000 makes for a compelling watch for a range of activities.
Case Diameter: 55mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: $400

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DW5000C

The DW5000C is the G-Shock for those who want some heavy metal in their lives. Riffing on vintage G-Shock case designs, the DW5000C is constructed entirely from stainless steel and incorporates a super-illuminator LED light and solar battery, making it self-charging. Using Bluetooth and the G-Shock app, the user can take advantage of two-way time sync and Atomic Timekeeping technology.
Case Diameter: 43mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: $485

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GWF-A1000 Frogman

Early G-Shocks were often made for professionals working in physically demanding environments, and none has maintained that purpose more clearly than the Frogman. With its chunky, asymmetric case, it’s remained a dive tool rather than gone the street fashion direction of many other G-Shock lines. For 2020, it’s been thoroughly redesigned with an analog display and a unique new feature for divers: with the push of a button, the hour hand can be hidden under the minute hand to track decompression stops.
Case Diameter: 53.3mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: $800

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