“I want to make a timepiece that will not break, even if dropped.” That quote came from an engineer named Kikuo Ibe, who promptly set about fulfilling his vision in 1981. After a bevy of experiments and some painstaking trial and error, Ibe and his team finally created the first G-SHOCK watch two years later. Bolstered by its square-shaped design and unique inner structure, the original DW5000C was highly functional and virtually indestructible. It would not only spawn thousands of subsequent models, but revolutionise a new genre in watchmaking. At a time when slim and delicate watches were all the rage, G-SHOCK broke the rules to resoundingly successful effect.
Now, the brand is bringing its own story full circle by way of a brilliant new model. Dubbed the Full Metal 5000 (aka GMWB5000D), it gives the original DW5000C a thoroughly modern makeover. This is where nostalgic design and forward-thinking technology collide, resulting in the best of all worlds. It just goes to show that G-SHOCK has come a long way since its boundary-pushing debut, without ever losing sight of what made these watches so special in the first place. If you’re ready to go full metal, here’s your perfect opportunity. Plus, who doesn’t want to own a watch that sounds like it came out of a “Terminator” movie?
Directly inspired by the first G-SHOCK model, the new Full Metal 5000 flaunts a vintage square-shaped case and bezel, and a brick pattern beneath the face of mineral glass. Crafted from metal, it pairs nostalgic design and a luxurious finish to perfection. As such, the watch can adapt to a slew of ensembles and situations. That’s right, gentlemen, these pieces aren’t just for the gym or wilderness anymore, as many of them make for veritable eye-catchers in their own right. The Full Metal 5000 is certainly no exception.
Being a G-SHOCK, the new watch comes loaded with benefits. It’s sturdy, shock-resistant, and water-resistant to 200m. Features include a super illuminator LED light, 1/100 second stopwatch, five daily alarms, 39 time zones, full auto-calendar (to the year 2099), special STN LCD, and a solar battery for self-charging power. Throw in Bluetooth connectivity and Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping and you gain access to things like two-way time sync. Link with the adjoining G-SHOCK app for a swath of additional features, including world time for approximately 300 cities, and phone finder.
G-SHOCK GMWB5000D Style Tips
Between its retro aesthetic and lustrous metal finish, G-SHOCK’s latest model delivers so much more than innovation and fortitude. This shock-resistant stunner is outwardly versatile and stylish, to the point that you can rock it long after your workout. That is, of course, presuming you pair it with the proper outfit. See images below for some style inspiration, which will help you make the most out of your new Full Metal 5000.