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Casio G-SHOCK to launch Initial Blue

by Philip Kaspar
14 December, 2012
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

G-Shock Initial Blue

Casio G-SHOCK are all set to release a second set of highly collectible theme-coloured 30th anniversary model G-SHOCK watches on January 25, 2013. The six new models are called “Initial Blue”, with the black base colour and blue liquid crystal displays and buttons signifying a new dawn in the era of G-SHOCK.

The G-SHOCK brand started from a simple idea: create a watch that is virtually unbreakable. The original shock-resistant model was released in 1983. By overturning the idea that wristwatches are fragile and easily breakable, G-SHOCK created a whole new market for tough watches. Since that time, the brand has continued to evolve in pursuit of even greater toughness.

Each of the six anniversary models has its own unique features.
—The GA-113B-1AJR features a big face and is equipped with a 1/1000-second stopwatch.
—The GA-303B-1AJR has a retro-style design with a wheel-motif sub-dial.
—The GW-9230BJ-1JR is equipped with the Tough Solar battery charging system.
—The GB-5600AA-A1JR and GB-6900AA-A1JR are compatible with Bluetooth® v4.0 (Bluetooth low energy wireless technology).
—The MUDMAN GW-9330B-1JR is dust- and dirt-resistant, and has twin censors for compass bearing and temperature.
—Each watch comes with a special custom package.

More new G-SHOCKS

Meanwhile, although my Japanese is not up to telling you what exactly is going on, it seems two new models are also about to emerge from Japan, the Casio G-SHOCK 30 Stars and the G-SHOCH 6900MT 7JR (both pictured below). We can guess what the 30 stars refers to, and we will just have to see if this particular model is marketed outside of Japan.

G-SHOCK 30 stars

G-SHOCK 30 Stars

G-SHOCK 6900MT – 7JR

Casio G-SHOCK 6900MT- 7JR

 

Meet the man behind the G-SHOCK – Mr. Ibe

Mr. Ibe, G-SHOCK inventor

This is the man responsible for the development of G-SHOCK, the super resilient watch and the introduction of one of the world’s most collectible watch series. Mr Kikuo Ibe , better known as ‘Mr Ibe,’ is the engineer who forned ‘Project Team Tough’ in 1981 with a dream to create ‘a watch that doesn’t break even when dropped.’ 200 experimental prototypes later, it was a child’s bouncing ball that lead to the finished product.

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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