Casio unveiled their line of G-Shock watches in the 1980s and has since changed the watch industry landscape. The G-Shock’s popularity quickly skyrocketed right after its release thanks to its modern aesthetics and its outstanding shock-resistant build. It truly earned its moniker as being “the toughest watch in the world” and showed just how far you can push the boundaries of watchmaking.
In this article, we will be taking a look at the very best G-Shock models in the market today. We will gather the cream of the crop and pick entries from the broad price range spectrum and highlight anything from entry-level to high-end models. But before we begin, we will first give you a quick lowdown or summary of the multi-faceted G-Shock watch series to give you a better understanding of what makes this tough as nails fan-favorite timepiece line special.
- 1 Basic G-Shock Features
- 2 G-Shock Price Range
- 3 Best G-Shock Watches – Budget-Friendly to High-End
- 3.1 G-Shock DW9052
- 3.2 G-Shock DW5600E-1V
- 3.3 G-Shock DW6900
- 3.4 G-Shock G100-1BVMCI
- 3.5 G-Shock G9000-1
- 3.6 G-Shock G900-1A
- 3.7 G-Shock GA2000
- 3.8 G-Shock GG1000 Mudmaster
- 3.9 G-Shock G9300 Mudman Compass
- 3.10 G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman
- 3.11 G-Shock GD400 Military Watch
- 3.12 G-Shock GN1000B Gulfmaster
- 3.13 G-Shock GWA1100-1A3 G-Aviation
- 3.14 G-Shock GPW1000-1A Gravity Master
- 3.15 G-Shock MTGS1000BD-1A Twisted Metal
- 3.16 G-Shock GA4001AJF Hyper Colors
- 3.17 G-Shock GPRB1000-1JR Rangeman
- 3.18 G-Shock GG1000-1A5 Mudmaster
- 3.19 G-Shock GBA800-8A Urban Trainer
- 3.20 G-Shock GMWB5000D-1CR
Basic G-Shock Features
From the get-go, G-Shock watches pushed forth a level of quality and consistency that has yet to be seen in the watchmaking industry. The first-generation G-Shock watches were equipped with the following features:
- High-level shock resistance
- 200-meter water resistance
- 12/24-hour format (for digital watch models)
These features were introduced along with the first couple of G-Shock models and have become a staple of the brand to this day. All the current and higher-end G-Shock models will also have these features and more.
G-Shock Price Range
What is also laudable about Casio’s G-Shock watch line is how accessible it is to consumers. G-Shock watches come in budget-friendly and high-end luxury models. Their entry-level watches are also quite fantastic in their own right. While the affordable G-Shock models might not have the slew of features that its more expensive brethren have, it still manages to hit the ball out of the park in terms of durability.
As you go above the entry-level models, you will see some noteworthy additions to the watch such as Casio’s proprietary Tough Solar feature which equips the G-Shock with solar-powered technology. Most mid-range G-Shock watches are also equipped with a multi-band 6 feature which automatically adjusts time-based on radio signal reception in your current given location.
While G-Shock is typically known to feature digital displays, there are also analog and hybrid watches in its catalog. However, expect analog G-Shock watches to be mostly present in the mid to high range models. As we go farther into the higher echelon of G-Shock watches, you can expect even more features and higher quality build and materials to be implemented into its design. The sky truly is the limit when it comes to the Casio G-Shock. Well, then – let us take a look at the finest G-Shock watches in the market today!
Best G-Shock Watches – Budget-Friendly to High-End
Let’s start things off with a true classic in this series, the G-Shock DW9052 model. The outstanding longevity of this model is a testament to its quality as it has been around since the 90s and is still one of the most popular choices when it comes to entry-level G-Shock watches.
The durability of the DW9052 is unquestionable and it has been a staple wristwear for athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and even in the construction industry. Despite being a barebones type G-Shock watch, the DW9052 is still equipped with some decent features such as top-tier impact/shock resistance, a 200-meter water resistance rating, alarms, and timers.
Taking its aesthetic cues from the OG G-Shock watches of the 80s, the DW5600E-1V model features a retro-looking square 43mm resin case. Most G-Shock watches tend to skirt almost at the 50mm range, so this particular model is surprisingly sleeker than your typical G-Shock watch.
That said, its construction still manages to deliver fantastic levels of durability that most timepieces in this price range can only dream about. It has a more compact design while still being extremely tough makes this a great G-Shock choice for those with small wrists and prefer something less tank-like.
The G-Shock DW6900 model is another that takes some smart design options from G-Shock models of yesteryear – in particular, the three sub-dial rings that count seconds. This design feature first made its appearance during the 90s, so it is quite fun to see this watch design come back.
The DW6900 model features a 48.5 resin case and comes packed with the base G-Shock features such as excellent shock resistance, a 200-meter water resistance, LCD backlight, timers, alarms, and an auto-calendar. Overall, another great choice for those looking for a budget-friendly G-Shock watch.
The G-Shock G100-1BVMCI features an analog dial with a digital display, which also means this is larger than most budget-friendly G-Shock watches in the market today. The main feature that this G-Shock model brings to the table is its dual-time display.
You can easily monitor two time zones with this feature. Add the G-Shock level durability and other basic features on top, and you have yourself a fantastic G-Shock analog watch that packs a good amount of functionality. We also liked the use of a red-accented hour hand which helps improve overall legibility.
This is definitely one of the best G-Shock deals that you can grab at the lower end spectrum of the price range. The G9000 is one of the most durable entry-level G-Shock watches in circulation. This achieves this by not only incorporating the tried-and-true G-Shock build formula but by also including extra protections such as protective rubber caps and extra resin layers on the edge of the back case.
Besides the impeccable toughness that the G9000 brings to the table, it also has some slick features in tow. The G9000 comes with a hands-free backlight and world time functionality (48 cities). It also has a 200-meter water resistance rating and the staple G-Shock functionalities (stopwatch, alarm, etc.) in its sleeves as well.
We are now going into the mid-range watches, and first up we have the G-Shock G900 model. The G900 series is best known for its extremely long battery life, which is currently clocked in at seven years! Consider that this is not a solar-powered G-Shock watch and that number is even more amazing.
The design of the G-Shock G900 gives off that heavy-duty vibe and looks like it will fit right into the construction industry. The G900 is equipped with a decagonal bezel and extra bumpers on the resin case to further enhance its shock-absorbing capabilities. Other notable features include a 1/100 second stopwatch, 60-minute countdown timer, and the ability to set up to 5 daily alarms.
The G-Shock GA2000 series features a carbon core guard design which further increases the already impressive durability of this watch brand. This increase in toughness may mean a heavier weight, but Casio countered this by instead reinforcing the resin case with carbon fiber. This means that the GA2000 is more robust without affecting its size and weight.
The G-Shock GA2000 also comes with a nifty quick-release lever for removing the bands. If you love switching between different types of bands, then this feature is tailor-made for you. Overall, the G-Shock GA2000 is one of their most robust models around. Despite its toughness though, the GA2000 manages to deliver a relatively slim and lightweight build that aims to provide better comfort.
G-Shock GG1000 Mudmaster
The G-Shock Mudmaster series is one of the brand’s more prominent watch lines. The Mudmaster series is synonymous with functionality and durability. With its military-style watch aesthetics, the Mudmaster is certainly a no-frills watch that focuses more on function rather than fashion. This is not to say that the Mudmaster lacks in the flash department, far from it. The tactical approach that the GG1000 Mudmaster employs in its design definitely has a certain level of charm to it.
You will also notice that the Mudmaster features a rotating bezel as well as a built-in compass, making it a noteworthy companion for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition, this is a hybrid watch that utilizes both analog and digital displays.
G-Shock G9300 Mudman Compass
If you think that the Mudmaster models are a bit above your current paygrade, then an excellent alternative would definitely be the Mudman series. This is a more budget-friendly alternative to the Mudmaster series, while still being able to deliver top-tier outdoor performance. Of course, the Mudman series will need to drop some key features found in the Mudmaster models to reach its more affordable price tag. Namely, the Mudman models removed the barometer and altimeter. That said, you still have the compass and thermometer, as well as some extra features to round things off.
Other notable features in the G9300 Mudman includes a world time tracker, lunar cycle, moon graph, and a solar-powered battery that increases longevity exponentially. Basically, do not skip past Mudman watches in favor of its more popular Mudmaster sibling. You will be missing on an excellent G-Shock watch series.
G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman
For outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers looking for an adventure, may we introduce to you the G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman. This fantastic and durable watch features a top-tier build with a slew of features that will help keep you on your toes when tackling the great outdoors. Not only does the GW9400 Rangeman utilize the always reliable G-Shock toughness, but it also comes with a built-in compass, altimeter, and barometer.
Of course, the Rangeman does not stop there. It also comes equipped with a solar-powered battery, the ability to set up to five daily alarms, Mb6 atomic timekeeping, and a thermometer. In addition, users can get all the necessary information via a highly organized display. Despite the multi-feature design, the Rangeman manages to keep things perfectly organized and user-friendly.
G-Shock GD400 Military Watch
The military aesthetics of the G-Shock GD400 utilizes a sleek and stealthy approach with a focus on providing an ergonomic experience for the wearer. This model also comes with an excellent value for money, as is the case with G-Shock watches. You can also count on the GD400 model to provide all the standard features that you would expect in a G-Shock watch.
Those who get the G-Shock GD400 will have access to an LED display complete with auto backlight, countdown timer, five daily alarms, World Time, daylight saving mode, an auto-calendar, and a low battery alert. Speaking of the battery, it can last for up to 3 years before needing a replacement.
Underneath the 49.7mm diameter resin case is a quartz movement. The build of this G-Shock watch also meets the signature impact/shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance. Overall, this is a highly reliable watch for both land and water activities.
G-Shock GN1000B Gulfmaster
Staying true to its moniker, the Gulfmaster GN1000B incorporates several features that will make it a highly suitable companion for marine activities. What’s more amazing is that the GN1000B Gulfmaster is relatively cheaper than some of your average dive watch that offers similar qualities.
Some of the key features found in the GN1000B Gulfmaster include twin sensors that display current direction as well as environmental temperature readings. The GN1000B is also equipped with bearing memory, moon data, and tide graph for when sailing the high seas or just recreational sailing. The watch is also equipped with a super illuminator that automatically adjusts the LED light depending on the level of lighting in the environment.
As this is a dive watch, the GN1000B Gulfmaster also has a 200-meter water resistance rating, making it a suitable wristwear for most water-based activities such as swimming and snorkeling. We do refrain you from using it for scuba diving though.
G-Shock GWA1100-1A3 G-Aviation
From the vast ocean to the equally vast sky, we have the G-Shock GWA1100-1A3 G-Aviation which is one of the better pilot watches in the market today. Besides the signature G-Shock durability, the GWA1100 model is also equipped with all the essential features you would expect from a pilot watch.
The GWA1100 utilizes multi-band atomic timekeeping for high accuracy adjustments depending on which time zone you are currently in. The watch also comes with Casio’s Tough Solar Power technology, a Triple G Resistant design, and 200-meter water resistance. In addition, users will also gain access to a digital compass and the other staple G-Shock features (stopwatch, countdown timer, auto-calendar, and hourly alarm.
G-Shock GPW1000-1A Gravity Master
Coming in with a robust and mechanical design, the G-Shock GPW1000-1A Gravity Master definitely looks the part of an extremely durable timepiece – even more so than your normal G-Shock standards. This is another G-Shock pilot watch and as you would expect, it comes with some key features that are specific to this category.
The stylish and practical design is certainly one of the GPW1000-1A’s strong suits. As with all G-Shock watches, this model features a modern robust design and build. It offers an outstanding level of shock resistance and is also designed to handle harsh environments without breaking a sweat.
This model also comes with Bluetooth connectivity which means you can pair it up with your smartphone for a more streamlined experience that offers improved convenience. Similar to the GWA1100 model, this G-Shock pilot watch also has the Tough Solar Power feature which means it utilizes solar-powered batteries – boosting its longevity considerably. We also liked how the companion app can display your exact location in real-time. That is a perfect feature to have for an aviator.
G-Shock MTGS1000BD-1A Twisted Metal
With a name as cool as that, the G-Shock MTGS1000BD-1A model definitely has a hefty expectation it will need to meet. Fortunately, this rugged G-Shock watch checks all expectations and passes with flying colors. This model is also one of G-Shock’s higher-end models and as such, it comes with some equally impressive build and capabilities.
First of all, this is one of Casio’s larger G-Shock models at 53.5mm in diameter. That said, its larger build also meant that Casio can infuse it with some top-tier technology, one of their most advanced to date, actually. The watch is also a legit tank and is designed to absorb punishment that you no timepiece should expect to go through. Well, that is not exactly a surprise considering that this is a G-Shock watch.
As for features, Casio incorporated as much as they can within the G-Shock Twisted Metal. It features their proprietary Tough Solar Power technology that gives the watch the ability to recharge via sunlight. It is also equipped with the signature Triple G Resist design which means it can easily withstand impacts, centrifugal gravitational force, and is also vibration-resistant.
Other notable features include a World Time (29 cities, 29 time zones), a daylight-saving mode, and the ability to automatically switch the standard time based on its coordinated universal time feature. This is as complete a G-Shock watch can get at this point and is definitely a must-have for fans of this watch brand.
G-Shock GA4001AJF Hyper Colors
Looking for a nice alternative to the G-Shock that we get here stateside? Why not take a look at the G-Shock Hyper Color? This model is the Japanese version of the G-Shock that we have here and looks incredibly more stylish and experimental with its aesthetics. This model here features a contrasting glacier white and black color scheme. It is definitely an eyecatcher in every sense of the word.
As for features, it is completely identical to the GA400 modes that we have here. It has an incredible level of durability, a 200-meter water resistance, a bright LED backlight, and your typical stopwatch and countdown timer functionalities. If you want something rather unique G-Shock design, we highly recommend you check out the Japanese Hyper Color series version.
G-Shock GPRB1000-1JR Rangeman
This is a high-end entry to the popular Rangeman watch line is filled with exceptional features designed to help you tackle the great outdoors. First off, this Rangeman model comes with the Tough Solar Power system, which is a first in regards to GPS watches. This time around, the GPRB1000-1JR Rangeman won’t even need battery replacements or power outlets to recharge as it is solar-powered, an extremely helpful capability in an outdoor-centric device.
Of course, that is not the only thing that this G-Shock Rangeman model brings to the table. Besides its highly precise and reliable GPS navigation system, this model also comes with Bluetooth connectivity and Triple Sensor feature. To go into further detail, the GPS system here is quite in-depth and will not only display your current location, but also the bearing and optimum route to the destination in real-time. The GPS system also has a backtrack feature that lets you see your trail directly back to your starting point.
You also get the ability to save crucial tracking data information such as time, date, longitude/latitude, altitude, pressure, and temperature with up to 60 free slots. The Rangeman GPRB1000-1JR also uses a ceramic back case that adds some sophistication to the normally rugged G-Shock. Overall, this is currently one of the top GPS navigational watches in the market today.
G-Shock GG1000-1A5 Mudmaster
If you prefer analog displays when it comes to your watches, then you might want to check out the GG1000-1A5 Mudmaster model. Besides the fact that this is a hybrid analog-digital watch, it is also quite snazzy when it comes to its design with its military-style aesthetic. It features twin sensors (compass and thermometer). We liked how the compass utilizes a bearing feature that allows users to record specific routes.
The GG1000-1A5 Mudmaster also has that rugged military camouflage design which makes it fit right into your typical outdoor gear and accessories. This design is complemented by the 56.2mm resin case which rather bulky, in a good way. One thing I would like to point out is that the GG1000-1A5 seems to have downgraded features compared to the Rangeman model while keeping the price tag relatively high. That said, if you like its look and are satisfied with its features, go right ahead as it is genuinely an excellent outdoor watch.
G-Shock GBA800-8A Urban Trainer
Next up, we have a fitness tracker/sports watch from G-Shock which is pretty much a given considering the reputation of this Casio watch line. The main selling point of this timepiece is its fitness tracking capabilities. These features will help you develop your workout plan to suit your specific needs.
The most striking aspect of the GBA800-8A model is how low-key its design is compared to other G-Shock watches. It takes a more minimalist approach with its all-black color tone and is far sleeker than your typical hulking G-Shock watch.
As for features, this model comes with Bluetooth capability which means you can use it to connect to your smartphone. As for its default features, the GBA800-8A model also comes equipped with workout-specific functions such as a built-in 3-axis accelerometer, countdown timer, stopwatch, and a 200-lap recorder. Connecting the watch to your smartphone will also expand its uses to include heart rate monitor and other fitness sensors.
G-Shock is not just about its tough sporty design and look, it also has some nice surprises for those looking for something with a little more luxurious appeal. In comes the fantastic GMWB5000D-1 model which is made from stainless steel rather than resin. Casio fused their signature G-Shock design into a stainless-steel body and the result was expectedly top-tier.
The full-steel build of this G-Shock model is also complemented by its classic square case design. While it definitely has a very traditional appearance, this is one of Casio’s more advanced timepieces. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity which gives you access to a whole slew of features such as World Time and other app-specific functionalities.
There is a reason why this model is considered the ‘Rolex’ of digital watches. Not only does it blend together the old-school and new-school practices of watchmaking, but it also comes with the signature toughness of a G-Shock watch. If you are a fan of G-Shock watches, consider the GMWB5000D-1CR model one of its highest-ranking models.