New Casio G-Shock watches put a stylish twist on a retro shape with gold and carbon

Casio has launched a pair of new G-Shock watches that take the classic square shape of the MR-G line and add premium materials including diamond-like carbon (DLC), titanium and gold plating. We expect to see many more new twists on the classic G-Shock shape as the DWC500C nears its 40th anniversary in 2023, but these are probably two of the sleeker takes on the vintage design.

The G-Shock MRGB5000B-1, pictured above, has an all-black case and strap, with gold ion plating on the buttons and case back, while the silver MRGB5000D-1 is crafted from strong titanium carbide. The face top is made from a cobalt alloy which Casio says is four times harder than standard titanium.

Both watches have photovoltaic material with a subtle brick pattern on the face, with a red outline reminiscent of the original DW5000C, launched in 1983. The displays of both are topped with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the pair is water resistant to depths of 200m.

Robust designs

Although they’re not fully featured smartwatches, they can be connected to the Casio Watches app for Android and iOS so you can register them and change their settings using your phone.

You also get the usual five daily alarms, a full auto-calendar (so the watch always shows the correct date), world time for 49 cities, a stopwatch, countdown timer, and a bright LED backlight with afterglow.

Of course, these materials and design frills don’t come cheap. Pre-orders for both watches begin tomorrow (March 3) direct from Casio, with the MRGB5000D-1 costing $3,500 (about £2,600 / AU$4,800) and the MRGB5000B-1 priced at $4,000 (about $3 £000 / AU$5,500).

About Robert L. Thomas

Check Also

The best of timeless pieces

If there is an underestimated phenomenon in the history of watchmaking, it is the Quartz …